Given a finite amount of money and liver function, how does one choose what beer to drink from the seemingly infinite array of choices? Is that the question that keeps you up at night? If so you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find the results of blind taste tests so that you can make an informed choice on your next trip to the bottle shop or bar. I encourage you to leave comments to register your own opinions on the best beers out there. A list of posts in this section is given below. Click on the title to be directed to the full post.
King of Ohio Session Beers
After a one year hiatus the King of Ohio contest returns, this time with a focus on session beers. Nearly 60 Ohio breweries provided their best session beer for an epic showdown in Columbus. A panel of 14 judges evaluated the field and picked the best sub 5% abv beers in four categories: session ipa, lager/kolsch, sour, and ales. The champions of each category then squared off to find the King. In an upset Ohio’s newest brewery walked away with the title.
Marzen/Oktoberfest Blind Taste Test
With fall upon us I was curious to see how Ohio brewed Oktoberfest beers stacked up against each other and the German originators of the style. So I put a panel of seven judges, twelve malt-forward but drinkable beers, homemade pretzels, and German music together in one room to find out the answer. Spoiler alert – the locals did quite well.
Imperial Stout Blind Taste Test
In this taste test ten iconic imperial stouts are pitted go head to head. The field includes GABF medal winners from Ohio (Boris the Crusher, Anastasia) and elsewhere (The Abyss, Expedition Stout), local favorites (Oil of Aphrodite, Oubliette) and well loved imperial stouts from throughout the land (Founders Breakfast Stout, Three Floyds Dark Lord, Epic’s Big Bad Baptist).
King of Ohio IPA Challenge
In this series of posts that span more than a month I teamed up with beer bloggers from across Ohio in an ambitious project to identify and crown one Ohio brewed IPA as the King of Ohio. The process includes two blind taste tests, one with 16 central Ohio IPAs and another that included the top IPAs from around the state.
- Five blogs unite to choose one Ohio IPA to rule them all
- Central Ohio IPA Blind Taste Test
- The people have spoken, Central Ohio’s most popular IPA
- The King of Ohio IPA crown goes to …
- Tasting notes and further rambling from the King of Ohio IPA finals
Sipping Saisons on the Summer Solstice
Saisons are a wonderful and increasingly popular style of beer. Dry and effervescent with a flavor profile that is equal parts spicy and fruity. In this post 12 Saisons are profiled and rated from best to worst in a blind taste test.
Night of the Black IPAs
Do you like your beers dark and bitter? If so this emerging style of beer might be just the thing for you. In this post I describe our blind taste test comparison of 10 Black IPAs.
American Robust Porters, A Blind Taste Test
In this post we review the history of porters, sample three English Porters, and have a showdown between eight of the best known American brewed Porters to separate the men from the boys.
Quadrophilia: Searching for the World’s Best Quadrupel Ale
A series of posts that describe this devoutly good and devilishly strong style that originated in the Trappist Breweries of Belgium and Holland. Fifteen different ales are compared and contrasted.
- An introduction to Quadrupel Ales
- Round 1 – American Quadrupel Ales
- Round 2 – Battle of the Belgian Quads
- The Final Round Part 1 – Meet the contenders
- The Final Round Part 2 – And the winner is …
- Supplementary Round – Five quads to rule them all
- The Last Word – A definitive list of the top Quadrupel Ales
Ohio vs. Michigan Beer Battle 2013
This is a series of posts pitting eight Ohio beers against comparable beers from that state up north.
- Round 1 (Amber Ales) – Bleeding Buckeye vs. Bell’s Amber Ale
- Round 2 (Belgian Style Ales) – Rockmill’s Saison vs. Bam Biere
- Round 3 (Rye PAs) – Wiley Wolverine vs. Red’s Rye PA
- Round 4 (Porters) – Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter
- Round 5 (IPAs) – White Rajah vs. Two Hearted Ale
- Round 6 (Christmas Ales) – Holly Jolly vs. 4-Elf
- Round 7 (Double/Wet Hopped IPAs) – Bodhi vs. Hopivore
- Round 8 (Scotch Ales) – Wulver vs. Backwoods Bastard