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Home » Compete » Older Competitions » 2005 Lucky Baldwin's IPA
2005 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival Judging Results
    Every June, David Farnworth opens his doors for his third festival of the year, his IPA Festival. Always with a sense of community pride and volunteerism, the Falcons (led by Tom and Lois Hamilton) help David out by arranging a blind judging of all the festival beers with evaluations leading to winners. Of course the Falcons willingly jump into battle against many of the hoppiest beers provided on the West Coast.
India Pale Ales
There were 26 regular strength IPA's available for the judging this year and 4 tables of judges set to work on the lot. Beers were mostly from the West Coast, but we did have at least one goer from the Old Country.

The Judges each selected their best beers to then be eliminated in a final round.

First Round Winners
Bear Republic - Racer 5
Drake's - IPA
Oggi's - Torrey Pines IPA
Russian River - IPA
Pizzaport Brewing (San Clemente) - El Camino IPA
Pizzaport Brewing (Solana Beach) - Swami's IPA
The first round winners were scooped up, renumbered, poured afresh and passed to the judges for their second evaluation. In the spirit of true Americana, every judge had one vote to determine the winners.
Overall Winners - IPA
1st Place:Pizzaport Brewing (San Clemente) - El Camino IPA
2nd Place:Oggi's Pizza - Torrey Pines IPA
3rd Place:Bear Republic - Racer 5
Double (Imperial) India Pale Ales
After all the hard work of judging the first 26 beers, our weary judges were now presented with the task of tackling their beefier cousins, the Double IPAs. Tasty, hoppy and potent these were the beers many judges were looking forward to. The judges tackled all 12 outright and selected winners from the pool.

Overall Winners - Double IPA
1st Place:Russian River - Pliny the Elder
2nd Place:Alesmith Brewing - Yulesmith
3rd Place:Pizzaport Brewing (Solana Beach) - Lou P. Lin

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