The Colorado Brewers Guild has partnered with PorchDrinking.com and Union Station to launch the debut of The Big Reveal, taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, during the 2019 Colorado Craft Beer Week. Tickets are on sale NOW!
This intimate, elevated beer tasting event aims to celebrate Colorado’s best of the best within a specific style category, by taking brand recognition out of the equation in the form a blind tasting.
For this inaugural edition of The Big Reveal, attendees will be given approximately two hours to “blindly” sample and vote on 20 of the best traditional American IPAs brewed in Colorado. That means attendees will have no idea what 20 beers they will be tasting, or what breweries they are from. However, after votes have been placed and counted, we will reveal all 20 breweries and award the top three IPA’s voted on by attendees and crown the best American IPA in Colorado.
Here’s a brief overview of the tasting notes of a traditional American IPA.
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through. A prominent to intense hop aroma featuring one or more characteristics of American or New World hops. Color ranges from medium gold to light reddish-amber. Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy. Hop flavor is medium to very high and should reflect an American or New World hop character. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness. Malt flavor should be low to medium-low and is generally clean and grainy-malty although some light caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Dry to medium-dry finish; residual sweetness should be low to none. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. Medium-light to medium body, with a smooth texture. Medium to medium-high carbonation. No harsh hop-derived astringency
The first edition of The Big Reveal will take place Saturday, March 23 from 2-5pm at the underground Gallery Bar at Union Station. Space is VERY limited, only 100 tickets will be sold!!