A local brewery won the Brewing News National IPA Challenge, (a challenge going back now 10 plus years as a bracket style tourney). It happened to be La Cumbre Project Dank.
It's funny. Maybe because im so used to having it weekly, and as each batch changes hopping/malts every month or so, I get to try it all. but Ive been in a funk with that one lately. This AWARD changes nothing. It has quite the up charge in price compared to the standard offering, But I never really feel that it is WORTH IT to have it maybe more than four times a year.
I had the winning batch today and it didnt quite wow me. I cant really pinpoint if I am just spoiled. Its like We only like the rare stuff or beers we trade for that arent always attainable.. I'm trying to capture what the "hype" is about and I just cant get it. It's selling like crazy now that it has a new title . For the 4th year in a row, the IPA challenge title has gone to NM. All of those pretty much west coast IPA with tropical elements.
its good but is it the best? i guess thats the sort of underdog attitude you have growing up here. You dont feel deserving of top awards and feel its greener elsewhere. I know I've traded that with a few people here over the years. I dont feel a lot has changed. But outsiders in a blind format still love what that beer is about. I cant blame them. But I want something less abrasive and more in the NE ipa format.. I guess you cant win them all