Previous 2015 Installations: Part I, Part II, Part III
Captain Lawrence IPA vs. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA vs. Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA
Another tight decision. Both beers really open up in the IPA glass. A strong bouquet of flavors. Deep and aromatic and flavorful flavors (I'm running out of ways to describe these things) with the correct amount of hoppiness. Monkey Fist provides a smooth balance while Celebration abound s with deep balance. Deepness beats smoothness. Celebration to the finals.
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA vs. Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
One thing I am learning from this fourth IPA taste Test Tourney is that it is almost useless to set these beers against one another in competition. As can be detected in many of the previous matches, it is very difficult to choose. This Final proved no different. Alas, choose we must.
Both have solid transitions from bottle to IPA glass. The IPA glass adds body and fullness to the beer. Sculpin has more of an citrus aroma, more overall fruity. Celebration, while bold also exhibits a tenderness of craft. That boldness form celebration allows it to leap out to an early lead over Sculpin. The more I imbibe Sculpin, the more of its nuances I realize. It's slow and steady but begins to win the race. The powerful hops in Celebration makes their case and a last minute sprint to the finish line falls short due to the almost perfect mixture of hops and flavors within Sculpin. Sculpin is the beer which I could always have another one. Sculpin wins!