Boundary Bay IPA Last Washington Beer Standing in Brewing News National IPA Championship

February 15th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Washington Breweries

Fifteen IPAs from Washington breweries competed in this year’s Brewing News National IPA Championship, but going into the 3rd round just one remains: Boundary Bay IPA. This competition pits 128 of the best IPAs from across the country against each other in a “March Madness” style competition. Judges are given two IPAs to evaluate in a matchup, and they simply choose their favorite to move on to the next round.

There are five total rounds for the competition, and the third round will be taking place this weekend in Seattle. Boundary Bay IPA will be taking on Hop Ride IPA from Tenaya Creek Brewery in Las Vegas, NV. Hop Ride beat out Bowser Brewing Electric City IPA and Laurelwood Workhorse IPA in the first two rounds, while Boundary Bay bested Harpoon IPA and Pagosa Brewing Single Hop. The winner of this matchup will move on to face the winner of Port Wipeout IPA vs. Crossroads Outrage IPA. The final round will be held on March 4 in Buffalo, NY.

You can see the full results and track the remaining rounds at the competition website.

Here are the other fourteen Washington IPAs that entered the competition, along with their results:

Naked City Athena IPA – lost to Marin Brewing Three Flowers IPA in 1st round
Black Raven Beak Tweaker IPA – lost to the Brew Kettler Production Works White Rajah IP in 2nd round, beat Boston Beer Whitewater IPA in 1st round (Samuel Adams)
American Brewing Breakaway IPA – lost to Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA
Diamond Knot IPA – lost to Pelican IPA in 1st round
Two Beers Evolutionary IPA – lost to Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA in 1st round
Scuttlebutt Gale Force IPA – lost to Rochester Mills Seeing Double IPA in 1st round
Big Time Icculus Pale Ale – lost to Pelican IPA in 2nd round, beat Willoughby Brewing Moonshadow IPA in 1st round
Ice Harbor IPA – lost to Michigan Brewing High Seas IPA in 2nd round, beat Schmohz Brewing IPA in 1st round
Elysian Idiot Sauvin – lost to Widmer Spiced IPA in second round; beat Harmon Point Defiance in 1st round.
Silver City Indianola IPA – lost to Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in 1st round
Fremont Interurban IPA – lost to Hoppin’ Frog Hoppin’ To Heaven in 1st round
Fremont The Sister – lost to Moylan’s Harvest IPA in 1st round
Redhook Long Hammer IPA – lost to High Water Hop Riot IPA in 1st round
Harmon Point Defiance IPA – lost to Elysian Idiot Sauvin in 1st round

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Wit fan

    Exactly why organized competition among beer means nothing……………There are four IPA`s that the consumer would prove by sales absolutely dominant the winner in most of these rounds.

  • Kaiser

    Wit fan – I could not agree less. Blind tasting takes all bias out of the equation; name recognition, marketing, preconceived likes and dislikes, etc…
    Higher sales does not equal superiority. Many of these IPAs are from small brewpubs that don’t even distribute out of a single location. Does that make their IPA worse than one sold across the country in six-packs? Absolutely not.

    While I’m not saying there aren’t results that don’t surprise me, unless you’ve tried all these beers yourself and feel differently, then I’m not sure how you can argue with blind tasting.

  • Scott

    If you haven’t done a blind tasting, you’re missing out. I did it for the Beveridge Place IPA competition last November and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done with beer.

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