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Originally posted by T Dub:
Originally posted by DirtySouth:
IPA Tasting tonight about to kick off in 30 mins:

Bells HopSlam
NoDa Brewing Hop Drop n Roll
Southern Tier 2XIPA
Foothills Jade IPA
Ballast Point Scuplin
Green Flash Green Bullet
Lagunitas Sucks
Brew Kettle White Rajah

I am certain another one or two will show up from the other 2 guys coming over.

What was the outcome? What were the favorites?

Could possibly be that we had 3 North Carolina judges out of 5 total judges, but the NC offerings won.

The final tally's looked something like this, although the fine details really are faded (top 3 are definitely in order).

Foothills Jade (#1 by 4 of 5 judges)
NoDa Hop Drop n Roll (#1 by other judge, and # 2 by 3 of the 5)
Westbrook IPA
White Rajah
Three Floods Alpha King (although not an IPA)
Stone IPA
Southern Tier 2XIPA
FullSteam Hula Hoop RyePale Ale (another NC IPA, but unanimously, it brought up dead last)

May have missed one or two, but I captured most.

This was fun and we will be doing it again after a significant glassware purchase in the near future. It was surprising, because I think all of us wanted Hopslam to win after all falling in love with it last year. I was really anticipating Sucks to do better being that I have been drinking that steadily over the past month.

Last Green Flash did not get opened as somehow it got mixed up with a bunch of stouts over on the other side of the fridge.

Probably doing stouts here next month.

Already have:

Westbrook Mexican Cake
Westbrook Orange Bliss
Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders KBS (last years)
Bell's Expedition Stout
Thirsty Dog Siberian Night
Goose Island BCS
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Any others I need to get my hands on for this???

I drank my last 2 Terrapin W-n-B last week, but could find more. Very similar to FBS though.
Been drinking mostly MI beers while on vacation up in Boyne:
Dark Horse Brewing Crooked Tree IPA - pretty nice, although I think it's a bit less interesting or hoppy than I'd like
Short's Chatterbox - liked it when I first had it at lunch with a burger, but had another bottle last night and was less impressed
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - found this to be easy drinking, but nothing spectacular
New Holland Monkey King - only got a sip of this, but am intrigued to try more. Too bad I never saw it before being up here, or at least never noticed it.
Oddside Ales Hop Gobbler - never heard of this brewery before out of Grand Haven, but I enjoyed this beer.
Saugatuck Brewing Company Pathfinder - this was OK.
Also had a couple from Greenbush Brewing Company at dinner a couple nights ago - I think it was the Mammoth, which is their Winter Weizenbock. I liked it enough to have 2.

I also picked up a couple six-packs of Bell's Hopslam, since I missed the boat on release in Chicago and haven't seen it anywhere else. I definitely overpaid for it, but oh well.
Live a Rich Life (a Belgian-style double IPA from Three Floyds). Named for a former brewery employee who passed away.

Was shocked to find several cases of bombers at the Lincoln Park (Chicago) Whole Foods. This is outstanding stuff.

First purchased about two years ago when I visited the brewery in Munster, IN. At the time it was being sold at the brewery only, and I liked it then too. Good for sharing.

I'm seeing more and more Three Floyds available on Chicago shelves lately. Either the brewery expanded, they changed distribution patterns, or both.

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