I went to the IPA summit last Friday, hustling there quickly after work so we could get a table and sample some of the available wares.
Now, I like IPAs but I think one takeaway from this event is simply this: you cannot just drop a bunch of hops in your beer of stylistic choice and call it an IPA. Also: at least three of the beers were IIIPAs (Triple IPAs!) and all I could think of is the silliness of rating a movie XXX. One X really tells me all I need to know about what the film has in it.
The following are the brief notes on some of the beers I tried.
Anchorage Galaxy White (front row, 3rd from the left) is a great saison but with a citrus bite at end. This is not an IPA.
Worthy’s Imperial had an odd finish that I couldn’t get behind.
Boulder’s Mojo Rush is nice if a little unremarkable. Once again demonstrating that IPAs generally shouldn’t be served on nitro.
But favorites included Boneyard’s Notorious, which was a well balanced ale and Ft George’s Roses on Roses, aged in bourbon barrels and nicely rounded out.
Sleep Over Coffee from To Ol has a nice espresso note nose to finish, which I liked but the girlfriend did not. There really wasn’t any IPA characteristics, though.
Laurelwood had a rare disappointment with the Boss 12.0 which was unpleasantly smoky. I don’ t know what was up with that beer.
Finally, Double Mountain also had a clear winner on our tray with the Molten Lava.