Tuesday, May 5, 2015
IPA Blind Tasting
Last month, a website called Paste presented a list of 116 American IPAs, ranked based on a blind tasting of all the beers. I liked the fairness of the methodology but do not fully agree with all the results, but since I have not tasted most of the listed IPAs, my opinion could be wrong. Paste only ranked the top fifty beers, and chose to list beers 51 to 116 in random order, but we all know Redhook's Longhammer IPA must have anchored the bottom at 116. The top beer was White Rajah IPA, from Ohio's The Brew Kettle (yeah, I had never heard of The Brew Kettle either). Coming in at third was Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin, the highest rated San Diego beer. I like this distinctive beer but prefer regular Sculpin, which placed 20th. Other San Diego beers in the top fifty include Stone's new Delicious IPA (6), Alesmith IPA (23), and Port Brewing's Wipeout IPA (48). Stone IPA and Coronado's Islander IPA were the only other San Diego beers on the list and they did not make the top fifty. In a blind tasting of IPAs, I hope I would have had the ability to place Stone IPA and Russian River's Blind Pig in the top fifty.