Episode #91: Southern California Double IPA Showdown

With most beers, the fresher it is, the better. This is especially true with hoppy beers, so when Chris found two a California Double IPA that was 3 days old, and another that was 11 days old, he knew what he had to do – pit them against each other to determine final supremacy.

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Breweries and Beers

tootiLagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
tooti Port Hop 15
Port Hop 15

Comments 7 

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Thanks for the comment, Rich. I think you make some good points, that not all 87’s are created equal. I think that a score given to a beer that’s brewed and tasted as it was intended is the most legitimate in many ways. I’m also not the intended market for Bud Light if you think about it, so that score would also need to be qualified. To be honest, I think all my scores should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s just one (or sometimes two) people talking about how they feel about a particular beer.

      All that being said, I’m pretty sure I’ve had the Hop 15 before and likely it. I know for a fact that there are several Port beers that are absolutely world class. I just think that the particular bottle I tasted during this show was not very impressive. Muddled and overly bitter, with unappealing fusel alcohol and acetone flavors. Again, just one guy’s opinion. I’d love to know your thoughts.

  1. From "Scott Ellis" :

    Finally just tried the Port 15 and I didn’t taste any of the fusel alcohol and acetone flavors. It didn’t wow me, but i thought it was a solid DIPA. Is it possible you got a bad bottle? Or is it more likely just my inexperience aand me not being able to pick up on that?

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Scott, you are not wrong at all. What you taste is what you taste. Judging from recent BA and Ratebeer reviews, it’s me that is wrong! More importantly just be happy you had a tasty DIPA!

  2. From "Brandon Melton" :

    Lagunitas’ beers are typically very clear because they, unlike almost all other breweries, make it their common practice to use hop extract.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      True, although Russian River also uses hop extract for their IPAs, and I don’t recall them being that brilliant. Of course, I could be wrong. Thanks for the comment, Brandon!

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