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Which beer is not like the others? 10.11.11

The goal is to identify the outlier and explain why it doesn’t belong on the list. There may be more than one answer, although I happen to have a specific one in mind.

a) Mission Street Pale Ale
b) Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel
d) Revolution Ales Anti-Hero IPA
d) Three Floyds Alpha King
e) LaCumbre Brewing Elevated IPA

In case you’ve forgotten: Round one ~ Round two ~ Round three ~ Round four.

22 Responses to Which beer is not like the others? 10.11.11

  1. Todd S October 11, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    The Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel is a belgian pale ale; the others are american style pale ales or IPA’s.

    • Stan Hieronymus October 11, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      That is true, Todd. But in the last one the outlier was the beer brewed with a different yeast. I wouldn’t do that two times in a row.

  2. Bill October 11, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Mission St. is a private-label beer, the others aren’t?

    • Stan Hieronymus October 11, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      Also true. I guess I should have two private label beers in there, because that’s not the difference I was thinking of.

  3. Kristen England October 11, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I would say the mission street is the only beer under 5%…which says a lot in todays market.

  4. Stan Hieronymus October 11, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Also correct, but still not what I was thinking of. Guess I should have designed this better. Had two low abv beers, two pumpkin beers . . . just kidding.

  5. Brett October 11, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Is it that the Mission Street Pale Ale was the only of these beers to medal at GABF this year?

    • Stan Hieronymus October 11, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Finally an option I had taken into account. LaCumbre IPA also won a medal, gold in fact, in the most entered category ever.

  6. olllllo October 11, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    All the beer labels were designed by Randy Mosher except, Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel

  7. Jeff Alworth October 11, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    It’s a good thing you’re not handing out prizes for correct answers, Stan, or you’d be on the hook three times already–before anyone got the answer you were thinking of.

    Incidentally, I’ve never tasted any of these beers and haven’t the vaguest clue.

  8. Stan Hieronymus October 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Jeff – You’ve never had Mission Street Pale? You have Trader Joe’s in Portland, right? And I think you even get the full Firestone Walker line.

    I respectfully suggest you try Mission Street and FW Pale 31 side by side. Add Double Barrel to the mix if you are into threesomes.

  9. Will Glass October 12, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I agree with Todd S! That was the first thing I thought of.

  10. Stan Hieronymus October 12, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    OK. Next time I better specify the question is not “style” related. Because I’m pretty sure none of them will be.

    In fact, I would argue that Hommel is not a “Belgian Pale.” It’s a pale beer from Missouri, fermented with yeast sourced from Saison Dupont. But that is probably another discussion.

    In any event, it’s not the outlier. Sort of a clue.

  11. Cory King October 12, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Could one say that there is no such thing as Three Floyds Pale Ale? They have Alpha King, Zombie Dust, etc., but no beer that is just called Pale Ale… Editor: What a dunce I am. That’s now corrected. Can’t believe somebody didn’t mention that brain fart before. Meant to emphasize AK is a pale ale and left the name out. Thank goodness that Paul, next comment, put me out of my misery.

  12. Paul October 12, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    All the breweries except LaCumbre have brewmasters that used to work at Goose Island.

  13. Stan Hieronymus October 12, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks, Paul.

    And to everybody else, I’ll try to make the less one less ambiguous but nonetheless challenging.

  14. Steve October 12, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Is there a running list of Goose Island alumni brewers? I believe Jonathan at Piece Brewpub in Chicago is also a graduate.

  15. Phil October 12, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    A through D were all formulated by former Goose Island brewers

  16. Stan Hieronymus October 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Steve – No list that I know of. It might be as thick as the “Companion to Beer.” Not only Perennial in St. Louis, but also 4 Hands Brewing.

  17. olllllo October 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I wish someone would do something like this for Brewers of Note:

  18. brewer a October 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    what’s this about brewmasters from Goose Island? We don’t have any former Goose brewers on staff. Jim Cibak used to work for us but that’s been years and he didn’t formulate AK.

    • Stan Hieronymus October 17, 2011 at 5:45 am #

      Sorry, Andrew. I was just so happy that somebody got the connection I was looking for . . . but I should have made the “real” answer clear.

      All the beers but La Cumbre were made at breweries with a direct (human) Goose Island connection. (Cibak being 3 Floyds).

      Curiously, when Jeff Erway worked at Chama River (the only place he worked before starting La Cumbre) he had an IPA medal in the Alpha King Challenge.

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