It was not to be for a New Mexico brewery this year.
The National IPA Challenge hit the fast forward button and released the final results of the competition today (Monday). Sadly, the last New Mexico entry, Canteen’s Hop Baller, did not make it to the medal stand, ending a four-year run of local IPAs claiming the title.
Trickster’s Brewing’s JuiceBox IPA beat Hop Baller in the Bracket 3 championship qualifier, and then went on to take home the gold medal as the top IPA of 2018. Though the name may sound like it’s of the hazy New England-style, it is an old-fashioned West Coast-style hop bomb. Trickster’s is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, so the next time you find yourself crossing the panhandle on Interstate 90, well, now you have a place to visit for a pint.
Barley Brown’s Hazer Beam IPA took silver and Karl Strauss’ Boat Shoes IPA claimed the bronze. Boat Shoes had forced Bosque’s Scale Tipper to walk the plank back in the fifth round.
Knee Deep Brewing’s Lupulin River took gold i
Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew
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