India Pale Ales

India Pale Ale remains the king of craft beer, and has held this position for probably close to a decade by now. That said, there are now nearly as many sub-categories of IPAs as there were overall styles of beer a decade ago. For this reason, the “hazy” IPAs were put into a category all by themselves, and this category featured the more traditional English and West Coast IPAs. Banded Peak came out ahead this time around with their Southern Aspect IPA – a West Coast IPA that pushes the traditional bounds somewhat with a good amount of tropical fruit character, along with some tangerine and lots of grapefruit.
Kirk Bodnar

Best In Class

Banded Peak Southern Aspect IPA

Alberta, Canada

$17-19 (4-pack cans) CSPC 800493

Judges Selection

Apex Predator Brewing White Raven

Alberta, Canada

$16-18 (4-pack cans) CSPC 783190   

The Establishment Brewing Company Sky Rocket II

Alberta, Canada

$17-20 (4-pack cans) CSPC 820797

The Establishment Brewing Company Straight Razor          

Alberta, Canada

$18-20 (4-pack cans)  CSPC 818135  

Good Mood India Pale Ale    

Alberta, Canada

$16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 804437   

Born Colorado Lap 1 DIPA     

Alberta, Canada

$16-19 (4-pack cans) CSPC 818496   

Good Mood India Pale Ale    

Alberta, Canada

$16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 804437   

Grizzly Paw Evolution IPA      

Alberta, Canada

$12-13 (4-pack cans) CSPC 780020

Hazy and New England Style IPAs

India Pale Ales (IPA) grew from the pale ale with British brewers adding more hops for preservative purposes around 200 years ago. The very best have a balance between the malt and the hops, and our winner, Calgary’s Banded Peak Southern Aspect, is an easy drinking IPA that doesn’t smack you in the mouth with bitterness. From the tiny state of Vermont, the Hazy/Juicy IPA was born early in the 2000s as a lighter, more citrusy, and less bitter IPA. Now showing up everywhere in North America, Calgary’s Annex Ale Force Majeure has a nose and flavour of tropical fruit balanced with a slightly bitter finish that proved to be our favourite…
David Nuttall

Best In Class

Annex Force Majeure NEIPA

Alberta, Canada

$18-20 (4-pack cans) CSPC 809204

Judges Selection

Collective Arts Life in the Clouds NEIPA  

Canada

$5-7 CSPC 799950           

OT Brewing 5 Hundie Hazy IPA

Alberta, Canada

$12-15 (4-pack cans) CSPC 820771

Alley Kat Fish Bone New England IPA      

Alberta, Canada

$16-18 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 816336      

Banded Peak Microburst Hazy IPA           

Alberta, Canada

$18-20 (4-pack cans) CSPC 818695

Town Square Megawatt NEIPA  

Alberta, Canada

$14-16 (4-pack cans) CSPC 804187

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