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Washington State IPA Blind Challenge Pt. 3

Beer 5-6 Pairing

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Beer 6 is the darkest beer so far, with a caramel, coppery color. It also has a thinner head than beer 5. Beer 5 is a pretty amber color, with better head retention and lacing than beer 6.

beer 5 has a pretty prominent pine component, and much less sweet than the other beers. It has a bit of a Lysol, aerosol spray thing going on, but it’s not bad. Some spices come through, as well, with a hint of citrus, a pleasant nose. Beer 6 is a pretty closed nose. It is much darker than the rest of the beers I’ve had so far. A bit of caramel and some dark fruit, maybe raisins as well, but that is about it. Going back to beer 5 after smelling beer 6, it actually ends up smelling very chemically, and really not good at all. Very interesting.

Very light mouthfeel, again, for beer 5. Beer 6 maybe a bit thicker, but not much, and little carbonation, like beer 5.

apples straight away, a little more hops come through here with quite a bit of pine starting on the mid-palate and progressing towards the end, which has much more bitterness then the other beers. And a lot more off-balanced then the other beers. Beer 6 is much more balanced with a lot of fruits coming through. Some milk chocolate at the front end, then apple and grapefruit, and a bit of applesauce with cinnamon. But it is a bit watered-down and light in flavor.

Beer 6 is definitely the best beer of the tasting so far, and it’s also the darkest. Beer 5, 82 points. Beer 6, 85 points.

And this round’s loser is…
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Hale’s Mongoose IPA
Stats:
India Pale Ale. 6.0% ABV. Seattle, Washington.

Another Seattle beer that has Centennial and Nugget hops with Pale and Crystal malts. A pretty straight-forward beer.

Let’s take a look at the bracket now…
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