The Orange County IPA Classic hosted by Riip Beer Company and the OC Mashups

Orange County Mashups is proud to announce our Winter competition – a collaboration competition with Riip Beer Company!  The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to brew on Riip’s 10 barrel system alongside Derek Testerman, Head Brewer.

Quick Date Guide

Fill out the Sign Up Form by January 31st
Bring your entries to Riip Brewing or Windsor Homebrew Supply between February 11th and 23rd.
Attend the March Club Meeting for results.


AHA website
BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines
Online Sign Up Form
Competition Labels


All beer entered must be developed by homebrewers, on a homebrew system. No individuals belonging to a professional brewing agency many enter.  Previous winning beer entries from any Orange County Mashups Competition within the last 12 months, or minor variations of, are not allowed.  Previous winning entrants may enter the competition using a different brew recipe.  In the event that a beer is judged by the competition organizers, staff, or Beer Judges as too similar to a previous entry, recipes will be compared to confirm eligibility.  In the event that recipes are not available, the beer will be disqualified.   Entries must be entered under the name of the person(s) entering it.  Do not use a business or fictitious name.

Entrants must be a paid OC Mashups Grist member as well as an AHA member at the time of entry.  AHA memberships are available on the AHA website. If you are not a Grist member, please sign up today!


Homebrewer’s should be thoughtful of the commercial scale brewing process and understand that production timelines and ingredient availability may impact Riip’s selection.  Any beer produced must be able to be made on a commercial scale, for profit.  Please consider the following guidelines when choosing your entry:
The intent of this contest is to feature hop-forward beers, as Riip Beer Company is well known for.
Riip Beer Company operates a clean facility, no wild beers will be considered, no bacterial fermentations are acceptable either.
Riip would like to accept both West Coast and East Coast hoppy beers.
Judges will be asked to allow for New England Style IPAs, Double IPAs and Pale Ales. There is no existing BJCP Style category for these beers, so we will be using Gordon Strong’s BYO article as the style guideline. ( Judges will be provided with a copy of the article to review in order to judge these beers. Please enter these beers as 34C Experimental Beers and Use the Description area of your label to explain what type of beer it is (New England IPA, New England Pale, or New England Double IPA).

Riip Beer Company gets final discretion of the recipe made available to the public. If the winning beer is made with a cost prohibitive or otherwise unfavorable ingredient, Riip may opt to brew a runner-up beer.

The competition will not be accepting any Black IPAs.


Paid Grist Members are eligible to submit one free entry.  Additional entry, up to two (2) (for a total of three (3)), cost $5.00 each.

Entrants must fill out the Online Entry Form no later than Wednesday, January 31st.  If an entrant enters additional beer without payment, all entries after those paid for will be disqualified.  In addition, if an entrant enters more beer than eligible, additional entries will be disqualified. If at tasting, due to labeling, it is unclear which entry is paid for, all entries considered to be possibly in error will be disqualified.

Submit three (3) 10-ounce to 14-ounce bottles per entry.  Bottles must be free of ink, paint, and labeling other than competition entry labels.  Bottles may not include any identifying marks.  Bottles with raised lettering or logos are acceptable.  Caps with non-identifying logos (for example a hop pellet, American flag, or the Barley Forge logo) are also acceptable.  If any member of the judging panel considers a mark identifying, the entry will be disqualified.  Operator(s) and Judge(s) have final discretion on the determination of identifying marks.  Attach a Competition Label to each bottle with one (1) to two (2) rubber bands.  Do not tape or glue.  Certain entry styles require additional entry information to be properly evaluated.  Refer to the BJCP 2015 Style guidelines for identification.  Do not provide additional details unless prompted to by the BJCP guidelines.

If you have special instructions for the judges (for instance, to roll a bottle before opening) this may be included on the competition label.

All entries must be dropped off at Riip Beer Company or Windsor Homebrew Supply Co between noon February 11th at and 5 PM February 23rd.  Facilities will be unable to receive entries before or after the submission period and entries will be turned away.  Entrants are responsible for the presentation of their bottles and delivery. Drop off locations accept no liability.


Entries will be judged to the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines

The BJCP Categories that will be accepted in this competition are:

12 C. English IPA
18 B. American Pale Ale
21 A. American IPA
21 B. Specialty IPA
22 A. Double IPA
29 A. Fruit Beer
29 B. Fruit and Spice Beer
29 C. Specialty Fruit Beer
34 C. Experimental Beer

Keep in mind all Category 29 and 34 beers should be hop-forward beers!


Judges will be BJCP qualified and entries will be judged against the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines. Judges have the power to disqualify an entry at any time.  Judges will have final say over the winning beer (by score) and best in show (by selection).  Results are non-contestable.


Results will be announced at the March 2017 OC Mashups meeting.  Judging forms will be distributed at that time.  The “Best in Show” winner will be eligible to, at Riip’s discretion, work with Riip Beer Company to brew a beer on Riip’s facility, for sale at Riip Beer Company.  If the “Best in Show” winner is unavailable or unable to do so, a backup will be selected.  Riip Beer Company has final discretion on selection of recipe and formulation.

For additional information & questions, please contact