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Old 12-21-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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... and so did I! I poured two glasses of brew - a Sierra Nevada Celebration, and my own IPA which was the "Hoppiness is an IPA" recipe from Brewing Classic Styles. I then had her do a blind taste test, which made her very nervous.

Eventually, she tentatively said that 'that one' (mine) had a lot of good aroma, and better flavor, while the other (SN) was "just bitter".

She was very relieved when I revealed the identities of the brews.

In fairness to SN, I am sure that a commercial beer would have a hard time competing against a fresh, dry-hopped homebrew in the aroma category. I also understand that the two recipes are not really similar. I also feel that last year's Celebration Ale was better than this one.

In any case, my beer was the winner. I'm happy about that, for sure.

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Old 12-21-2011, 01:31 AM   #2
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Congrats!

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Old 12-21-2011, 02:17 AM   #3
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I would probably like yours better too if had to sleep w you j/k

I personally don't think the SN Celebration is that great. I would pick a SmuttyNose Finestkind over it for sure.

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Old 12-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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I also feel that last year's Celebration Ale was better than this one.

In any case, my beer was the winner. I'm happy about that, for sure.
Word.

Congrats on your 'win!'
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
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Ive been meaning to do this, it seems like a great excercise.

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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Congrats! and I Love the idea... I shall tell my wife tonight that there will be a duel in the coming months. I challenge Stone Ruination for the honor of my Queen.

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:59 PM   #7
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So who would have ended up sleeping on the couch if she didn't picked yours?

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
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IPAs and the wife...that is a great story. My wife hates, as in does not like at all, any hoppy beer. She still tries them everytime though, just to make sure. Her typical comment of "It smells like cat pee and tastes like a x-mas tree." is always fun to hear...

FWIW she is a stout drinker in the cold 1/2 of the year and a wheat drinker in the warm 1/2.

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:24 PM   #9
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FWIW she is a stout drinker in the cold 1/2 of the year and a wheat drinker in the warm 1/2.
Sounds like mine.

She never drank beer until we went to Germany in Sept. Now she's bringing home random porters and stouts like she did animals when she was in vet school.
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So who would have ended up sleeping on the couch if she didn't picked yours?
I would have blamed Jamil!
She has a broad range of tastes where beer is concerned, which is great. She likes stouts, malty ales like Scottish and Marzens, and hoppy stuff like APA's and IPA's. So far she has liked most everything I have brewed, although she also likes stuff I won't be brewing, like berry alcopop. But, nobody's perfect.
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