A couple weesk ago I put up a post about a blind beer tasting where the taster was put to the test. He was given three brews and had to identify them by taste and smell alone. It didn’t go well, and his answers were right in line with complete random chance. Well a couple weeks back Rick Boyd at Brewforia held a blind beer tasting, but instead of the taster being put on the spot, here the beer was the center of attention.
They drank and rated 6 Imperial IPAs. Two were from regional breweries in the Pacific Northwest, and the rest were either national or far bigger that the two regional breweries represented. The results show the power of branding in the marketplace. Strip all that away and what are you left with? Here are the results as reported by Rick…
Last Saturday we held our first Brewforia Beer Trials where customers tasted 6 imperial IPAs blind, they were given tasters of each glass and a score sheet to keep track of how they felt about the beers based on 4 different observations: Sight, Smell, flavor, mouthfeel and the urge to want another.
We’ll get right to the point, here is how things shaped up (based on total points awarded) according to the guys and gals who joined us last Saturday for the first ever Brewforia Beer Trials — Imperial IPAs.
Average score, out of 100.
- Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA – 71
- Beer Valley Leafer Madness – 68
- Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid – 67
- Dogfish Head 90 Minute – 66
- Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA – 63
- Stone Ruination IPA – 59
You guys definitely know and love the beers that are close to home (Eugene and Ontario, Oregon), that’s an immediate observation that can be gleaned from the results — the top two are Imperial IPAs that aren’t on Beer Advocate’s top 50 or RateBeer’s top 25 for the style.
You can find a more complete breakdown of the results on Brewforia’s Blog Page. It definitely goes to show 1) that we are brewing some pretty awesome beer here in these parts (I live about 30 minutes from where Leafer Madness is made), and 2) Branding plays a huge role in what we buy and think is good. Rick goes on to break each of these beers down by scores given on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, so I encourage you to go to his site and see the complete analysis. Interesting stuff.