IPA Throwdown Tasting at Full Throttle Bottles Tonight

April 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Events

With the IPA Fest taking place at Cooper’s Alehouse, and Beveridge Place Pub currently pouring lots of hoppy beers for their I.P.April, you have plenty of choices if you’re looking for a few lupulin-inspired pints out and about. But, here is a chance to taste a bunch of different IPAs from WA, OR, & CA and bring your favorites home to enjoy. Head on down to Full Throttle Bottles from 5pm to 7pm and vote for your favorite; the IPA with the most votes will be 10% off for the entire month of May.

More details from Full Throttle:

Georgetown, WA – Just because we can, we’re gonna do a little taste testing competion this week! We’ll be taking 8 IPAs to represent Washington, Oregon, and California, and seeing who YOU think makes the best most well rounded IPA. I know the selection is Washington heavy, but hey, we have a LOT to choose from up here!!! Now we won’t be comparing Imperial or Double IPAs, but regular straight up IPAs. It’s not about who has the highest IBUS or can make the most extreme beer, but who has the best tasting IPA. These were chosen at random so don’t think there aren’t hundreds of other top notch IPAs out there! Here’s how this will work: You will get to choose 4 (yes only four) of these to taste (remember that 2oz limit?). Voting will be done with tickets in a ballot format. The beer with the most number of tickets at the end of the event will be my beer of the month and will be 10% off for the entire month of May!! So be patient as we attempt our very first IPA Throwdown! PS-beer selection will depend upon availability too, so be prepared if we have to swap one or two out!


Boundary Bay IPA:  Inside Passage Ale (IPA) is a style that was developed during the days of the British Empire; IPA’s higher alcohol content & big hop character were natural preservatives that protected the beer during its long voyage eastward to India. As one story goes, a shipwreck washed many cases of IPA to England’s shore & the locals tasted the beverage… the rest is history. 6.4% ABV, 80 IBU. Washington

Diamond Knot IPA: Their Flagship beer, the one for which Diamond Knot is known throughout the Puget Sound. Columbus hops impart intense bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and a hint of cedar. 6.2% ABV, 40 IBU. Washington

Schooner Exact 3-Grid IPA: 3-Grid IPA is Schooner Exact’s flagship ale. This India Pale Ale’s citrus notes are created by Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Amarillo hops from Yakima Valley, making it a true Northwest-style crowd pleaser. The alchemists at Schooner Exact balance the hoppiness with a hint of malt, making this IPA one that pleases the staunchest of hopheads as well as the microbrew newbie. 6.5% ABV, 77 IBU. Washington


Snoqualmie Wildcat IPA: Snoqualmie Brewing uses enough premium barley (Two-row Pale, Munich, Aromatic, Carapils and Crystal) malts in the Wildcat IPA to create a malt base that stands up to 75 IBUs of alpha acid bitterness. Three additions of 100% Columbus hops give this beer the aroma and flavor IPA lovers enjoy. 6.6% ABV, 75 IBU. Washington

Laurelwood Workhorse IPA: The Workhorse IPA is Laurelwood’s biggest seller in pubs, and it’s no wonder why. This is an extremely well balanced yet super flavorful IPA brewed in the West Coast style. The over-the-top aroma comes from a heavy handed dose of hops in the kettle, hop back and 2 separate dry-hop additions. A slightly sweet finish helps balance the hop bitterness and creates an ale that is both big on flavor yet remains quite drinkable. 7.5% ABV, 80 IBU. Oregon

Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic IPA:  Better known as the “HUB” IPA, the Hopworks namesake IPA is a Northwest classic. Generous additions of Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops find their way into the kettle, hop-back, and dry-hop. This judicious use of the “brewer’s spice” creates rich and resinous flavors of citrus fruit and pine. The finest organic Canadian pilsner malt and organic Munich and Caramel malts then bring balance to your new favorite beer. 6.6% ABV, 75 IBU. Oregon

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: An instant classic, Union Jack is the recipient of numerous awards including back-to-back wins at the Great American Beer Festival. Bold citrus and pineapple aromas meet savory malt flavors resulting in a truly balanced effort. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage. 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU. California

Racer 5 IPA: This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops. There’s a trophy in every glass. 7.0% ABV, 75+ IBU. California

We will be tasting these on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 5-7pm. Bring your own non-plastic or non-paper glass to be GREEN and save $1!

Thanks, Erika & Crew


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