Results of Round 3 of the National IPA Championship

March 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments · California Beer, Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

Deschutes Inversion IPA took down my favorite IPA, the Boundary Bay IPA, in Round 3. Thanks to timmycorkery on Flickr for the photo.

Deschutes Inversion IPA took down my favorite IPA, the Boundary Bay IPA, in Round 3. Thanks to timmycorkery on Flickr for the photo.

The NW was well represented in round 3 with five beers still alive. They battled it out over the weekend, and the results are in for the Elite 8.

Deschutes Inversion IPA ended the run of Boundary Bay IPA (my favorite…), Rogue Yellow Snow IPA took down the Marin IPA, the Big Sky IPA beat out the Moylan’s IPA, and the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA beat the Hoppin’ Frog Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA.  

So, out of the final 8 IPAs left standing the NW still has 4 alive. Here are all of the remaining matchups:

Big Sky IPA vs. Pearl Street Caskastrophe
Big Dogs Brewing Hop Harvest vs. Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
Deschutes Inversion IPA vs. Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA vs. Blind Tiger Top Gun IPA

The possibility of an all NW Final Four is still alive…good luck to all the contenders!

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Ep

    Caskastrophe is the worst name ever — mostly because I can’t figure out how to say it.

  • ethan.john

    Do you know how the contenders were chosen? I’m surprised to see that standbys like Pliny aren’t in (maybe because it’s an Imperial?), and I’m *really* surprised to see Deschutes’ rather bland IPA in the finals.

    I had the chance to sample the Boundary Bay at Naked City a few days ago (I had gone back for another round of Pliny the Younger, but alas, they were out), and the BB IPA was pretty wonderful compared to the Deschutes standard. Really surprised to see Inversion win in that one.

    I’ll have to see if I can’t try that Nevada IPA too, since Stone’s IPA is one of the best I’ve ever had.

    I suppose results like that are what happens when you don’t taste things blind… always hard to determine what a beer would taste like if you didn’t know what it was.

  • Kaiser

    The competition was open to any brewery that wanted to submit an IPA, but the ABV limit was 7.5%. So, Pliny is a bit too high. Would have loved to see them enter Blind Pig, though.

    Overall, I think it’s a pretty great representation of some of the best IPAs in the country for sure….and I love blind tastings; there is always plenty of surprises.

    And, Ep, I completely agree with the caskastrophe. Try saying that 5 times in a row after a few beers.

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