Taste Test: Wheatwine ~ Ithaca Brewing 13 vs. Boulavard Brewing Harvest Dance vs. Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Taste Test Results

Today we are having a pool party with a bunch of friends at one of their homes.  I figured that this would be a great opportunity to do a blind taste test of Wheatwines because we have a great eclectic group of people at this party.  For the taste test, I am going to use five people to be the judges for this blind taste test…one is a Wine Snob…one is a Craft Beer Snob…three are Craft Beer/Wine novices.  I thought that using people from different drinking sub-cultures would make for some really great results.  I will be sitting this one out as I have already had all three of these beers and rated them.

image

Ithaca Thirteen vs. Boulevard Harvest Dance vs. Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop

 

Parameters:

  • Each one of these beers has been properly cellared at my house for a minimum of 4 months
  • Each judge was served but not informed ahead of time what beers they were being served
  • Each judge received a 3oz sample per serving
  • Each judge was served a different beer each of the three rounds and all three beers were served a minimum of once per round
  • Each judge was to score each beer based upon an individual score by category of Appearance, Smell, Taste and Mouthfeel on a 1-5 scoring system.  The individual categories were compiled to create an overal score for each sample.

Ithaca Brewing Thirteen (NY)
Appearance: Orangish Hue, Passes Little Light, Creamy White Head, Great Lacing
Smell: Orange, CitraHops, Wheat
Taste: Grapefruit, Orange, Bready
Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet, Mildly Bitter

My Previous Rating: 4.15 Rating
Beer Advocate Wheatwine Category Ranking: #3

  • Judge #1   4.00 Rating
  • Judge #2  3.00 Rating
  • Judge #3  3.00 Rating
  • Judge #4  4.50 Rating
  • Judge #5  4.25 Rating
  • Overall Rating: 3.75 Rating

Boulevard Brewing Harvest Dance (MS)
Appearance: Golden Straw/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Some Lacing
Smell: Peach, Pineapple, Citrus, Wheat
Taste: Peach, Pineapple, Orange, Wheat, Black Pepper
Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Sweet, Semi Drying

My Previous Rating: 4.15 Rating
Beer Advocate Wheatwine Overall Ranking: #5

  • Judge #1   3.50 Rating
  • Judge #2  4.00 Rating
  • Judge #3  3.75 Rating
  • Judge #4  4.00 Rating
  • Judge #5  3.50 Rating
  • Overall Rating: 3.75 Rating

Mikkeller/Three Floyds Collaboration Boogoop (IN)
Appearance: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head, Great Lacing
Smell: Orange Zest, Grapefruit, Sweet Malts
Taste: Sweet Malts, Grapefruit, Oranges, Orange Zest
Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying

My Previous Rating: 4.35 Rating
Beer Advocate Wheatwine Overall Ranking: #10

  • Judge #1  4.00 Rating
  • Judge #2  4.00 Rating
  • Judge #3  4.50 Rating
  • Judge #4  4.50 Rating
  • Judge #5  3.50 Rating
  • Overall Rating: 4.10 Rating

As all three of these beers are excellent on their own but when compared side by side, the results speak for themselves…the Mikkeller/Three Floyds Collaboration Boogoop was the overall winner.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s