Episode #197: Pliny, Heady, and Sculpin: Top IPA Blind Tasting – Episode #197

It was bound to happen…I forgot to plug in the mic. Bear with the audio on this one. That said, this was a pretty fun show. I happened across three 98-100pt IPAs all two weeks old, all packaged within a day or so of each other. People asked for a blind tasting, so we did it. The end result? No spoilers needed – they’re all good!

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Breweries and Beers

tootiThe Alchemist Heady Topper
The Alchemist Heady Topper
tooti Russian River Pliny the Elder
Russian River Pliny the Elder
tooti Ballast Point Sculpin
Ballast Point Sculpin

Comments 4 

  1. From "Michael Ford" :

    Gosh, i love my IPA’s. Is Fat Head’s Headhunter IPA available in Chicago. it is dynamite and dare I say as an Ohio boy , i like it better than some of the West Coast big boys. i would love to hear your take on it.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Sadly, it’s not here in Chicago…I am a huge fan of that beer, however. I always look forward to trying it when the opportunity arises.

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