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Battle of the IPAs, @BrewDogShored (part 1 of 2)

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8 IPAs enter: 1 IPA leaves. They're doing a thing at BrewDog Shoreditch today where eight London breweries are collaborating in a blind tasting of their IPAs. Without any knowledge of which one is which (but see photo of the board behind the bar for the candidates), here's what The BBG and I think.

1) Decemt floral hoppiness on the nose, a nice bitterness on the palate after that, and a bit of a kick to follow. Leave it to warm up a little bit, and the nose gets a bit more rubbery. Strong start to an eight-beer session, anyway...

2) ...to the extent that this feels a bit weak. Less hoppy, more bubblegummy, with little else going for it.

3) and to be honest, this is even less interesting: after a mouthful or two it seems to be entirely comprised of bitter mouthfeel without any flavour, which is a fascinating scientific achievement but not entirely satisfying as a beer. There's a small hint of spice fairly late into the glass, but that's about it. Having said that, both 2) and 3) are beers you'd be delighted to have in a general session, they just don't hold up that well against the other ones in this set.

4) Now it's getting interesting again, with one of those prominent hops that snells like you've left the gas on. It's my favourite so far of all the beers: meanwhile, The BBG is reminded of IPA Is Dead: Dana, one of those beers that could open up enormously with food. Sadly, we don't break out the cheesy chips until flight #2 - coming soon...
25th Apr 2015, 18:05  

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