Our Pale Ale (originally brewed 4 months ago as an IPA) ended up taking 1st Place in the Pale Ale category! We were completely shocked, having never expected to win in this category which had about a 100 entries in this category alone! All the 1st Place entries (30) were then placed in a Best of Show round, which had a BOS winner and 4 Honorable Mentions. Our Pale Ale took Honorable Mention, placing it in the top 5 beers of 1,242 beers!
The Pale Ale was a simple recipe with 2 row, Crystal 40, Munich, a little sugar, and Cascade/Centennial hop additions. It was stored for 4 months at room temperature. I actually planned on entering another beer I brewed specifically for the competition and then "discovered" this beer in the closet (having forgotten about it). I did a side by side comparison and decided to enter the "aged" beer instead. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!
|This is right after getting our 1st place ribbon.|
|And clearly we're really happy after getting Honorable Mention for Best of Show!|