Thanks To All Who Participated in the 4th Annual Heart of Cascadia - The Colors of IPA!

There were 78 entries judged and 72 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

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Thank you for your interest in the 4th Annual Heart of Cascadia - The Colors of IPA! organized by Oregon Brew Crew, Green Dragon. Be sure to read the competition rules.

Heart of Cascadia began in 2013 as a style competition focused on "Cascadian Dark Ale" and "Northwest Red Ale" - two styles who have taken root in the Pacific Northwest. This year we are doing things a little differently! We are looking for homebrewers to expand their IPA horizons and add a little color! We are embracing the new 2015 style guidelines and opening up the competition to the entire "American IPA" and Specialty IPA" category. While the standard American IPA is being accepted and judged equally, our hope is to recieve dozens of entries from all the specialty IPAs outlined below. Or come up with your own special IPA variation!

Black IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale): The hop character of an IPA combined with the dark color of a porter. Roast character from the dark malts can be present but much more subdued than a stout or porter, the hops still take center stage. Local examples include Deschutes Hop in the Dark, Widmer Pitch Black IPA.

Red IPA (Northwest Red Ale): Malty flavors of an American Amber blended with the hop characters of an American IPA. Deep red color from darker malts along with slight toasty or dark fruit flavors. Strong hop presence distinguishes this beer from an Amber. Local examples include Hopworks Rise Up Red, Laurelwood Red Elephant.

Brown IPA: A hoppier version of an American Brown Ale. Retains the light body and drinkability of an IPA without getting too heavy or sweet. Some fruity and toasty malt character will be present and accent the hops. Examples include Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.

Belgian IPA: An IPA made with Belgian yeast to add fruity, spicy character. Belgian examples tend to be hoppier versions of a Tripel or Belgian Pale Ale. Examples include De Ranke XX Bitter, Stone Cali-Belgique, Piraat Triple Hop.

White IPA: An IPA brewed in the style of a hoppier Belgian Wit with the additions of wheat to the grain bill and sometimes spices and orange peel. Lighter in color and body than a traditional IPA and sometimes hazy from the wheat. Local examples include Deschutes Chainbreaker.

Rye IPA: Traditional IPA with the added dryness and spicy notes of 10-20% Rye Malt added to the base malt bill. Examples include Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 4th Annual Heart of Cascadia - The Colors of IPA!

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stAlex BrehmRed Red Rye (Stay Close To Me)21G: Specialty (Rye IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
2ndTim BrinsonTropicale Midnight Breeze21D: Specialty (Black IPA/CDA)Oregon Brew Crew
3rdBrian McFaddenS.M.A.C.C. In The Mouth IPA21A: American IPA

Winning Entries

Table 1: Brown IPA (7 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stJim ThompsonFoxy Brown IPA21E: Specialty (Brown IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
2ndJon LarsonMonkey Tail Brown IPA21E: Specialty (Brown IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
3rdCaleb CushingLil Witch21E: Specialty (Brown IPA)OBC / Grain Reaper

Table 2: Belgian/White IPA (8 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stNicholas GolsanIn Brewges21C: Specialty (Belgian IPA)
2ndSander HoekstraWhite IPA21H: Specialty (White IPA)OBC
3rdJeff Roth
Co-Brewer: Kyley Quinn
Aunt Ester Belgian IPA21C: Specialty (Belgian IPA)Oregon Brew Crew

Table 3: Specialty IPA (11 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stDoron Richartz
Co-Brewer: Kendrick Martin
Mosaic IPA21B: Specialty (Other IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
2ndTim BrinsonTropicale Trois21B: Specialty (Other IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
3rdAlex BrehmWombat Juice21B: Specialty (Other IPA)Oregon Brew Crew

Table 4: American (12 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stBrian McFaddenS.M.A.C.C. In The Mouth IPA21A: American IPA
2ndGabe Sainz
Co-Brewer: RJ Stangland
NWIPA1.321A: American IPAOBC
3rdSpencer WilliamsGalactic Shock21A: American IPACentral Oregon Homebrewers Organization

Table 5: Black IPA (12 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stTim BrinsonTropicale Midnight Breeze21D: Specialty (Black IPA/CDA)Oregon Brew Crew
2ndSpencer Williams
Co-Brewer: COHO
Double Black Diamond21D: Specialty (Black IPA/CDA)Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization
3rdPatrick SchneiderDark Horse IPA21D: Specialty (Black IPA/CDA)Independent

Table 6: Red IPA (16 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stJeremie And Jenn McPolanderMcP Red IPA21F: Specialty (Red IPA)
2ndJim ThompsonHalf Penny Two Penny21F: Specialty (Red IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
3rdTim BrinsonTropicale Sunset Breeze21F: Specialty (Red IPA)Oregon Brew Crew

Table 7: Rye IPA (12 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1stAlex BrehmRed Red Rye (Stay Close To Me)21G: Specialty (Rye IPA)Oregon Brew Crew
2ndBrian McFaddenKelly RyePA21G: Specialty (Rye IPA)
3rdNicholas GolsanRyesing Sun21G: Specialty (Rye IPA)