Posts tagged ‘Sour Ale’

May 2, 2015

The Bracket is Mightier IV: A New Hop

No, you didn’t miss it.

We made the difficult decision last time to stop live blogging our beer brackets. Not only does it slow down the process as we furiously write up mid-tournament reviews, but, frankly, the quality of blogging declines as the bracket goes on (ahem).

So instead, here is our post-game analysis of Beer Bracket IV: A New Hop. There were a couple highlights this time around. For starters, its the first time that a #1 seed has gone all the way. The Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge, a delightfully tart and complex Flemish Sour Ale from Belgium, didn’t lose a single match up on its way to the crown. All our previous winners rose up from the losers bracket to take the top spot.

Southern Tier’s Choklat won the annual “top tier seed crashes and burns” award. Chocolate notes have many fans in the beer community, but our judges did not look favorably on what tasted like carbonated chocolate water.

This was also (sadly) the farthest a Washington beer has got in the competition. Elysian’s Punkaccino – a flavorful and well-balanced coffee and pumpkin ale – put up a good fight in the championship against the Cuvée, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Someday, Washington beers!

Here is how it all went down:

Beer Bracket 4 -Winners Bracket

Losers Bracket

And here were the entrants, seeded:

  1. Brouwerij Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge
  2. Southern Tier Choklat
  3. Elysian Punkuccino
  4. Fremont The Brother
  5. Black Raven Trickster
  6. Hop Valley Alpha Centauri
  7. Alesmith Yule Smith
  8. Uinta Sea Legs Baltic Porter
  9. Anchorage Galaxy White IPA
  10. Old Schoolhouse Ruud Awakening
  11. Elysian Dark O’ The Moon
  12. Schooner Exact Hoppy the Woodsman
  13. Two Beers Fresh Hop
  14. Black Raven Tamerlane
  15. Evil Twin Justin Blaeber
  16. Ninkasi Oatis Vanilla Stout
  17. Perennial Artisan Ales Saison De Lis
  18. Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit
  19. Eel River Raven’s Eye
  20. La Trappe Jubilaris
  21. New Belgium Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
  22. 10 Barrel Big Ol Pumpkin
  23. Iron Horse Lagunatic Brew

Stay tuned, our fifth bracket is imminent and it is bound to be an exciting one!

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