IBB IPAPA Swell 16 | #1 BT Sticky Juice Vs. #9 515 Passe / #4 TG Fire, Skulls Money vs. #12 515 OJ Gets Lei'd - The Iowa Beer Blog

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Monday, March 5, 2018

IBB IPAPA Swell 16 | #1 BT Sticky Juice Vs. #9 515 Passe / #4 TG Fire, Skulls Money vs. #12 515 OJ Gets Lei'd


515 Brewing has two beers still alive in the Swell 16 but two very tough match-ups this week. Barn Town's Sticky Juice rolled Brightside's Hopnotize in Round 1 and celebrated with a sell-out bottle release on Saturday at the brewpub. Toppling Goliath's Fire, Skulls and Money beat a Barn Town beer pretty handily to advance to face another West Des Moines product.

GAME 1

#1 BARN TOWN STICKY JUICE NE STYLE IPA

How it got here: "Triple hopped" with Citra and Mosiac, this beer debuted in early 2018 and is a contender for IPA of the year. This beer packs a big 8% ABV but you never know it as it hides behind the exploding citrus hops. Barn Town's first batch sold out in four days at the brewery and various keg releases in Des Moines and Iowa City haven't lasted long either. Untappd users love this beauty at 4.5 bottle caps with almost 500 check-ins.


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#9 515 BREWING PASSE

How it got here: Part of their single hopped "Meh" series, Passe is the Citra option. Brewer Barb announced on Twitter that it the hops were in and it was time to brew this delicious beer. While it's likely still in the tanks today, it should tap in March forcing the committee to make a tough decision and eventually allowing the beer in the tourney. It will be a serious player, no doubt. For stats, it a solid 5.9% ABV. Untappd users like this at 4.04 bottle caps with over 1300 check-ins.


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Central Iowa Bracket Round 2

#1 Barn Town Brewing Sticky Juice DNEIPA
#9 515 Brewing Passe



GAME 2

#4 TOPPLING GOLIATH FIRE, SKULLS AND MONEY

How it got here: FSM was a new beer from TG, released in March of 2017. It was almost immediate that it became one of the state's best IPAs and finished 4th on my list of Iowa's best IPAs in 2017. It's a beautiful marriage of Citra, Mosiac, Galaxy and Nelson hops over an unfiltered hazy soup that resembles a NE Style IPA. It's a perfect 7% ABV and Untappd users love this at 4.31 bottle caps with nearly 10,000 check-ins.


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#9 515 BREWING OJ GETS LEI'D

How it got here: OJ had to get by Peace Tree's East Village IPA before it could get lei'd. The beer was selected to participate in a play-in game to reach the official first round. The match wasn't close as 515 rolled to an easy victory.

515's OJ IPA is a Des Moines legend but here we have a fruited version that made its debut in October of 2017. It's a beer that takes you to the beaches of Maui with it's soft wheat and orange flavors that gets coconut and pineapple additions. At 4.9% ABV you can make a day of pounding these at the beach, if only you had one in Iowa to visit. Untappd folks like this one at 3.95 bottle caps with over 250 check-ins.


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Central Iowa Bracket Round 2

#4 Toppling Goliath Fire, Skulls and Money
#9 515 Brewing OJ Gets Lei'd

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