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IPA March Madness Recap – IPA’s on tap!

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Apr - 03 - 2013

HopsDear Enotecans,

Last Wednesday we put on the 4th Annual IPA March Madness Tournament.  It was a great time, and this is a recap of the event, including letting you know about some special IPA’s that were tapped for the event and can still be had by pint or growler.

Beer Camp:  Did you know Russell from Enoteca is going to Sierra Nevada Beer Camp?  He’s leaving this morning and chronicling his experience on the Enoteca Facebook page here!

How did the competition work?

We pour the beers in blind head-to-head match-ups.  They all come out in pitchers regardless of original packaging.  You have an A glass and a B glass in front of you, and we pour each selection.  You won’t know which two beers are in your two beer glasses, and you get to vote for your favorite. This takes brand name, price, and label out of the equation. What do you really like? The loser is revealed, and the winner proceeds to the next round.

We’ve noted which beers are On Tap!  See our What’s On Tap? page for growler fill information, and join our Keg Tap Text Message service to be notified when new craft beers are tapped.  Learn more about growlers to go here.

Round 1

First Match:
A: Citrus and pine on the nose; red-gold color; good malt/hop balance; rich body, hint of sweetness.  Tastes like a double or imperial IPA.

B: Light pine nose; anemic golden color; malty but with hops underneath.

Winner: A.  Loser: B.  Loser of first match: Oskar Blues GUBNA. On Tap!

Second Match:

A: Mild nose; red/gold color; mild balanced malt and hops; sweetish; hops more apparent when eating food while drinking

B: Very mild nose; sl red with gold color; mild taste with muskiness but big hop finish.

Winner: B.  Loser: A.  Loser for second match: Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

Third Match:

A: Mild aroma; reddish gold color and cloudy; unpleasant, off-taste with definite hop presence.

B: Mildly hoppy nose; slight red-gold color; hoppy approach with herbal notes; malt background with strong hop finish; clean.

Winner: B.  Loser: A.  Loser for third match: Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. On Tap!

Fourth Match:

A: Nice hop nose; mostly golden in color; very full head; good hop start and finish with malt presence; starts firmly, but finishes weakly.

B: Piney nose; slight red with gold color; good hops interesting malt complexity.

Winner: B.  Loser: A.  Loser for fourth match: Laughing Dog Alpha Dog. On Tap!

Second Round

First Match:

A: Winner of First Round, First Match

B: Winner of First Round, Second Match

Winner: A.  Loser: B.  Loser for second round first match (and now we know winner of first round second match): Odell Myrcenary

Second Match:

A: Winner of First Round, Third Match

B: Winner of First Round, Fourth Match

Winner: A.  Loser: B.  Loser for second round second match (and now we know winner of first round fourth match): Stone Enjoy By 4/20/13

Final Round

A: Winner of Second Round, First Match

B: Winner of Second Round, Second Match

Winner: A.  Loser: B.  Loser for final round (and hence winner of second round second match, and first round third match): Firestone Walker Double Jack. On Tap!

Final Victor

The winner of First Round First Match, Second Round First Match, and Final Round:

Avery The Maharaja!  On Tap!


Upcoming Event Reminders

drinkery-and-refugeYou can always see what’s coming up at Enoteca by seeing the calendar on our left sidebar on our newly revamped Events page. We’re gearing up for March, it’s here, it’s Spring, and we have some incredible events planned.

  • April 2nd: Two Dollar Tuesday – $2 Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout cans.
  • April 5th: Free Flight Friday: April Wine Club with Debbie Keller. Pick 3 from the new Club selections to taste.
  • April 8th: Mixology Monday, Spring Has Sprung edition.
  • April 12th: Free Flight Friday: Mercer Canyon with Jim Daanen.
  • April 13th: Mad Men themed 60′s style cocktail party. Dress up if you want, but come enjoy some historic cocktails, and win prizes including $25 gift certificates to the Drinkery! Get a text message reminder here.
  • April 17th: Col Solare wine tasting with head wine maker Marcus Notaro.
  • April 19th: Free Flight Friday: Four Lakes with Heather Scaman.
  • April 24th: Know Your Tequila. Pre Cinco de Mayo educational tequila tasting. Details TBA.
  • April 26th: Free Flight Friday: Dusted Valley with wine maker Chad Johnson.


Categories: Craft Beer


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