Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! It was a long weekend of fishing, grilling out, and generally being a responsible adult. So now it’s time to shake off the Sunday Scaries while cheering Duke on in the Final Four. Oh yeah, and the wife brewed her first beer today, so we have about a month until there is a review on that! We made a Stone IPA clone and are planning to randall it on chai tea spices for a Chai-PA. Anyways, let’s get into it.
Jai Alai vs. Joyland: Our Cindarellas come in fresh off upsetting Bells Two Hearted and look to continue the party. They come off with a great smoothness, but a lesser hop profile and complexity of the Jai Alai. Meanwhile, Cigar City’s flagship beer keeps the pedal to the metal with citrusy hop flavors and a counterbalance of a malt backbone. It combines complexity with drinkability, which our Joyland can’t find an answer to. In the end, Jai Alai cruises to another easy win.
Founders All Day IPA vs Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA: This matchup is a clash of two styles, one a lighter, more drinkable, but still hoppy, session IPA and a full bodied heavily hopped traditional IPA. Can this smaller, more agile beer out-IPA a blue-blood? The All Day IPA has a grassy malt backbone and a nice crisp bitterness while DFH 60 Minute comes barreling down the court with a full bodied pine hops aroma. Even though you can crush a dozen of the All Day IPA, it loses out again on the flavor and complexity that the 60 Minute carries.
It looks like we have a championship set-up between two storied and widely loved beers. The Jai Alai and the 60 Minute. This should be a barn burner, so stay tuned!
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!