On a dreary and unseasonably cold day, a collection of Western New York’s finest IPAs brightened the palate at Marcy Casino. The comfortably-attended event organized by Mike Shatzel featured India Pale Ale style beers from each of 12 local breweries.
There were many delicious IPAs on tap, but here’s a list of my top 5 standout beers:
(1) Woodcock Brothers: XPA 6.0 (6.5%). The best of the hoppy lot. Flavor-filled and overflowing with citrus notes, this beer is made with Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops. It is available in 16-oz cans at the brewery but is selling fast (don’t worry, I heard they are making more).
(2) Big Ditch: Deep Cut (8.5%). The greatness of this beer is easy to overlook because everyone already knows and expects this beer to be top notch. Deep Cut is intricately layered with citrus, tropical punch and wild berry flavor. After numerous iterations and tweaks, Big Ditch has ‘bullseyed’ the flavor on this award-winning beer.
(3) Southern Tier: Pub Ale Research Batch IPA V2 (6%). This IPA was turning heads and palates and stood out among the many IPAs on tap. Mosaic and Equinox were used to dry-hop this beer in pellet and whole leaf form. Marked by tremendous flavor and balance, let’s hope this beer makes it’s way on tap again soon.
(4) New York Beer Project: Behold! The Galaxy on the Horizon (8.3%). This IPL was brewed with Galaxy, Horizon, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s and Apollo hop pellets and whole-cone Chinook hops. The dry hops were added during the slow temperature drop and lagering phase which allowed for the beer to condition properly while at the same time uptake the aromatic oils from the hops. This beer offers a clean malt profile to allow the citrus, fruity hop character to really shine.
(5) Community Beer Works: Yuz Not That IPA (5%). This beer is made with yuzu, an East Asia citrus fruit. “Yuz” brings vibrant and bright tropical notes without an overwhelming bitterness.
Here are some of the other breweries and beers that attended:
Here are some other photos from the event: