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Hazy, Juicy, Sludgy and Confused. How do you introduce the largest blind tasting that Paste has ever conducted? The first time was inand the beers we received then seemed like a staggering, unfathomable figure.
It was equally true in when we blind-tasted IPAs again and received a whopping entrants. Every time we do this, it seems like the previous mark will be impossible to surpass.
As the beer geek market has matured, IPA has changed Brewery vivant matured along with it, branching off into numerous offshoots like capillaries splitting from an artery. Since the last time we did this tasting, trends have come and gone, and the pace of adaptation in the market has seemingly only accelerated.
Suffice to say, we have some strong opinions, positive and negative, about where IPA is headed. Some of those opinions will be reflected in the beers you see in the ranked portion of this tasting. Read on, and find out. A Note on Beer Acquisition As in most of our blind tastings at Paste, the vast majority of these IPAs were sent directly to the office by the breweries that choose to participate, with additional beers acquired by us via locally available purchases and the occasional trade.
A Note on Beer Freshness Obviously, when it comes to tasting IPAs, freshness is a factor that looms large, so allow me to address it directly here. Throughout the many days of preliminary tasting, we attempted to drink daily heats of beer that corresponded roughly to when each beer reached the Paste office.
Before the finals tasting, we also reached out to all of the breweries in the top 25 to inform them that their beer had made the finals, and offered them an opportunity to send in fresh beer if they chose to do so for the final.
Rules and Procedure — This is a tasting of IPAs, largely determined by how the breweries chose to label their products. The beers were separated into daily blind tastings that approximated a sample size of the entire field.
Awesome, style-appropriate glassware is from Spiegelau. Entries were judged by how much we enjoyed them for whatever reason, not by how well they fit any kind of preconceived style guidelines. As such, this is not a BJCP-style tasting. IPAs Paste has conducted a whole lot of blind tastings over the years, but never have we organized one where so much great beer—and so many great breweries—ended up in The Field, rather than the ranked portion of the list.
There are breweries that ended up in the top 25 final and can also be found here in The Field, as well as breweries that produced multiple beers that almost made the ranked portion, but fell just short. In general, we tasted a lot of great IPAs in this tasting, but we also tasted a whole lot of bad beer as well.
Especially among the hazy subset of IPAs, it was frequently impossible to know what to expect until we stuck our noses into the glass. Others were sludgy catastrophes that seemingly had more yeast and hop particulate in suspension than they did water. As this substyle has come to dominate the hype cycle as far as IPAs are concerned, there has been a definite tendency for some breweries to get caught up in it to their detriment—stuck in a loop of creating progressively more and more absurdly overhopped IPAs until the result tastes like a puddle of grass clippings and yard waste.
We tasted far too many beers of that nature. Still, simply looking at the names of breweries in The Field, you know there must be a lot of quality here.
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