Tonight's west coast DIPA trials:
Tonight, I tried something different - I had them all ice cold, then let them get room temp. Here's the verdict:
ICE COLD:Port Brewing's Hop-15
. Harsh as ever. Waaaaay f'n bitter, no flavor. Sad, really.Iron Springs Casey Jones
. Malty, nothing, then a nice floral finish. Surprisingly good.Drake's Denogginizer
. Damn. Best DIPA evar. Srsly. Perfect balance of citrusy hops, & malty backbone.Boonville's Imperial IPA
. I've always thought the hops they used were odd. Still do. Malty as hell. Bleh.
Funny how DIPAs taste as they get warmer...a lot changes.
ROOM TEMP:PB Hop-15
. Soapy hops now, but easy maltness. Not bad.Iron Springs Casey Jones
: Grassy, but heavy on the malt still. Good for those who need a solid foundation to their DIPAs.Drake's Denogginizer
: Lost quite a bit of its hoppiness, sadly. This one is amazing cold, but looses its amazingness as the temps increase. Sad, but still fuggin awesome.Boonville's Imperial IPA
: A little hoppiness, then quickly turns malty, in a sticky sweet way. Not great at all. These guys need to get their game on, fosho.
Final verdict: Drake's Denogginizer
is the best, hands down. Never thought someone so local could do it so good, but there you go.
i had high hopes for Iron Springs, since their brewer used to brew the best IPA ever at Triple Rock in Berkeley, but eh....way too malty for my tastes.
Hop-15 is more of an experiment than anything else, but that's like most of PB's stuff. Hits & misses, and this is better than most, but misses the sublime mark.
Skip Anderson Valley's Imperial IPA. Not worth it, at all. Hella malty. What is this, the east
Granted, I'm a west coast hophead. But I stand by what I taste.
Denogginizer is better - far better - than RR's Pliny the Elder, but Pliny's better than the others - as far as balance goes. Iron Springs' Casey Jones is a close second, tho, and harder to find. I've talked to Christian, the brewer of Iron Springs, and he said (as do many others) that they tried to emulate Pliny. He's the only one that comes close.