A cat holding a gun, riding a fire-breathing unicorn in space. If you haven’t seen the label artwork on Karben4’s Fantasy Factory IPA, take a gander at the featured image in this post. It’s a visual delight, and has always made for an easy point of purchase decision for this beer.

Up against the Fantasy Factory, we have Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA. I haven’t tried this before, but Deschutes Brewery is a very well known and respected brewer so I’m curious to see how things play out here.

HopDuel Survey

Better labelKarben4 Fantasy Factory IPA
Better aromaDeschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
Better tasteKarben4 Fantasy Factory IPA
Better finishDeschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
WinnerKarben4 Fantasy Factory IPA

Tell us about it

This was a great duel. Each came away with a couple categories and both are solid contenders in the IPA group. The Fresh Squeezed IPA’s aroma worked a little better with my senses and it’s finish was a bit smoother. The Karben4 Fantasy Factory is a textbook IPA, strong hop flavor, with a palatable, but bitter aftertaste. In the end, they were close enough in drinking experience that the label artwork actually won the day.

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