IPA vs. IPA
Sequels, love em' or hate em', they exist. Some are amazing and tie up the loose ends from the beginning, others just pale in comparison to the original masterpiece (Predator 2). This is the second installment of Beer Up's Beer KO in which we pitted two very niche'y beers against each other in a style vs. style comparison. While I loved the original UFC spectacles, I do think beers compare best within their style or genre similar to fighters within a weight class. So the most recent battle features a match-up within the very popular IPA style. So in the word's of big John McCarthy, "let's get it on!".
Round 1- Battle of Two Celebrated IPA's
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA-
Brew Kettle White Rajah-
Head to Head-
Luckily I held on to some bottles of this as I was preparing to share with some fellow beer enthusiasts on a business trip. Just as fortunate, was that Cigar City finally made it's way to Virginia and I was able to score some of these for the comparison. The three of us sat down with both beers and tasted them side by side. Going into the test, I was swayed by the hype of the Rajah and was expecting it to win out. However, much to our shock we found the Jai Alai to be more juicy in taste and less bitter. It truly was a surprising upset of one fantastic beer over another.
Treehouse Haze vs. The Field
Haze Round 1-
When I opened the Haze and poured it, the first thing that struck me was the mystical hazy milky look to it, followed by it's herbaceous scent. Drinking it only got better. So smooth, so hoppy and easy to drink. This beer was not bitter in any ways and had a passion-fruit and pineapple finish. Even the non beer drinkers in the room praised the smoothness of the Haze. Surely this could not be as good as it seems so we cracked the Sucks. Always reliable, always ready for a fight, the Sucks did not disappoint. However it was still no contest, what struck us was how much harsher and grapefruit like the Sucks was. The grapefruit is a good thing, and Lagunitas makes incredible beer, but this was a clear cut knockout.
Round 2 Haze vs. Schafly Tasmanian IPA-
Round 3 Haze vs. Six Point-
Sipping the Sensi brought that same fruity smoothness as the Haze. Comparing them side by side was almost identical with the smooth mouth-feel and drink ability. When I closed my eyes it was hard to tell them apart but we still preferred the Haze slightly due to that more fruity finish. A virtual dead heat, you had to give the champion a "benefit of the doubt" win by the slightest of margins. The milky appearance of the Haze in the glass also made it easily identifiable at a glance which added some style points.
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