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Best West Coast IPA?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by AxesandAnchors, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. sil1

    sil1 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Knee deep simtra
  2. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Subscriber

    Just have to stop and note the concept, worthy of adoption: having a beer on hand to help wash another down.

    Might be worthy of its own thread: What beer do you use to wash down a particular other?

    In the spirit of this thread, I may just wash down a Sculpin with a Ruination or wash down a Racer 5 with a Double Jack.
    BrewLou likes this.
  3. Does the West Coast brew a nice IPA? I might have to pick something up.
    Phoam and VonZipper like this.
  4. thebeerzerker

    thebeerzerker Initiate (15) Dec 24, 2012

    Good Life--Descender
  5. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    This is at least 75% of what I drink, that being fresh West Coast brewed IPAs. No ORDER!

    Alpine Neslon
    Alpine Duet
    Societe The Pupil
    Societe The Apprentice
    gshak likes this.
  6. Exit 16, Union Jack, Green Flash, Hop Stoopid
  7. If you live in Portland and left Workhorse off of your list, then you're just silly!

    PtY will be all over Portland in February.

    For me in Norcal,

    Hop Rod Rye
    Berryessa Double Tap (Berryessa is up there with Boneyard for the best new(er) IPA brewer out west)
    Berryessa House IPA
    Auburn Ale House PU240
    Hop Shortage
    PaulStoneAnchor likes this.
  8. tyrsis

    tyrsis Savant (470) California Mar 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Poor Man's
  9. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    They've struck out with me on a couple occasions so I've left their stuff on the shelf since. If you say it's that good though I will give'em another shot. Thanks.
  10. Yeah, it took me a while to appreciate Laurelwood too. Once I had Workhorse, I never questioned their ability again!
  11. Since I've been on an IPA kick lately, here's my $.02 (in no particular order)

    Pliny The Elder
    Racer X
    Lagunitas Sucks
    FW Double Jack
    Brewcycler likes this.
  12. I think we need a polling function with choices tied in to the BA rating database. It wouldn't be infallible, but it would be a good starting point.

    [yes, I just made this point in another thread, but it applies here as well]
  13. Mark

    Mark Advocate (595) California Jun 18, 2001

    My everyday favorites are;
    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin
    Lagunitas IPA
    Firestone Union Jack
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Drakes IPA
  14. John11486

    John11486 Savant (410) California Feb 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Pizza Port Kung Fu Elvis
    Beachwood Hop Ninja
    Kern River 5th Anniv.
    Alpine Nelson
    Drakes Aroma Coma
  15. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Savant (310) Ohio Oct 18, 2010 Beer Trader

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    BUNZILLA Champion (885) Indiana Jan 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    some of my favorites :

    alpine - pure hoppiness
    kern river - just outstanding
    russian river - blind pig
    ballets point - sculpin
    stone - enjoy by
  17. Don't care for AleSmith, but like Green Flash, Drakes, Stone IPAs, also Hop Stoopid.
  18. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012

    Drakes Aroma Coma
    Oakland Brewing Sticky Zipper
    Knee Deep Hop Shortage
    Racer 5
    FW UJ
    Green Flash WC IPA, Imperial
    BS Sculpin
    SN Torpedo, Southern hemi, northern hemi, estate
    Lagunitas Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Maximus, IPA, Lil sumpin sumpin
    Etc, etc, etc...
  19. DCRA

    DCRA Aficionado (160) California Dec 14, 2011

    Double Nelson
    Cask Nelson
    JO IPA
    Enjoy By
    Ruination 10th
  20. Nelson, Duet, O'Brien's, Pupil, Just Outstanding, Blind Pig, Sculpin, Camel Corps, Eraser, Double Jack.
  21. Popp24

    Popp24 Savant (350) California Nov 5, 2010

    Green Flash I am assuming.
  22. Popp24

    Popp24 Savant (350) California Nov 5, 2010

    Pure Hoppiness, Nelson or any IPA from Alpine for that matter. Also Sculpin, Racer 5, Aroma Coma, Blind Pig, Alesmith IPA, Mongo, Enjoy by, Ruination 10th to name a few. I have not been privileged enough to taste Citra yet but hopefully some day soon.
  23. Popp24

    Popp24 Savant (350) California Nov 5, 2010

    Simtra is good for sure. Not sure how widely available it is though.
  24. Popp24

    Popp24 Savant (350) California Nov 5, 2010

    Haven't seen Boneyard beers down in So Cal. Hear good things about them though.
  25. Popp24

    Popp24 Savant (350) California Nov 5, 2010

    I agree with all this.
  26. Madskill

    Madskill Savant (290) California Nov 25, 2012

    I'm having PTE, sucks, 90min and sculpin tonight! Every body have a safe and happy new year! Cheers!
  27. Just downed a half glass of Sculpin - wow, not sure I've had this before but it is very rich. A bit on the bitter-aftertaste side for me but I can't get over how much aroma it has ... smelling all the usual good stuff: pineapple, grapefruit, liche (yes, look it up) and even some mango. Taste is not as drastic or complete but aroma is amazing.

    Nothing goes down as smooth as a FW DJ, now on tap at Handles, along with FW UJ.
  28. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Advocate (555) California May 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    KRBC Citra DIPA (fresher the better)
    Societe Pupil
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich
    Drake's Aroma Coma
  29. Im surprised to see Societe's Pupil getting so much love in here. I went to Societe on the way home after a trip to Alpine last week and found their beers to be rather unremarkable. I believe Pupil and The Butcher (their Imperial Stout) are by far their best beers but wouldn't even put them anywhere near the same level as Alpine. With that being said, here's my list.

    1. Nelson
    2. Blind Pig
    3. Pliny
    4. Exp Hoppiness
    5. Duet
    6. Stone Ruination 10th Anniv
    7. Sculpin

    Honorable mentions: Lagunitas Sucks, Stone Enjoy By, FW Double Jack, Alesmith IPA

    There are so many other good West Coast IPAs that I left out but these are my go-to's and favorites.
  30. I think Pupil is about as close you can get to Nelson without actually having Nelson.
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  31. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (545) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    duet, nelson, pure hoppiness(when bottled properly & fresh!), citra, pliny, jo, hoppy birthday, bad boy, denver jackhammer, citraholic, alpha supreme(pale ale that should be an ipa!), pliny, blind pig, mongo and sculpin. i purposely left out younger.
  32. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (545) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Try Beachwoods Alpha Supreme. . . .nelson hops! But more like Hoppy Birthday. Very drinkable and full of flavor. IMO.
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  33. I've been wanting to try something from them. I've heard nothing but great things.
  34. Madskill

    Madskill Savant (290) California Nov 25, 2012

    Just had a sculpin and I think it wasn't that good
  35. TheBoog013

    TheBoog013 Savant (380) California Feb 24, 2011

    In no particular order...

    Port Brewing's Anniversary IPA
    Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
    Enjoy By
  36. IPAStammer

    IPAStammer Disciple (50) California Nov 21, 2010

    Year-Round West Coast IPAs

    Kern Just Outstanding
    Alpine Nelson
    Stone Enjoy By (seems like it is going to be an every other month thing now)
    Ballast Sculpin
  37. Luv2putt

    Luv2putt Disciple (50) California Jan 3, 2013

    In addition to RUssian River,GreenFlash,Bear Republic, Laguanitas , don't forget our friends to the north at Ninkasi... Their Tricerehops double ipa and Total Domination IPA are on par !!!!!!
    dcgunman likes this.
  38. OTB

    OTB Savant (465) California Sep 2, 2011

    Alpha Supreme may be BETTER than Hoppy Birthday IMHO. My god is that insane beer, stopped in Beechwood for growler fills of Hop Jitzu and had a taste of Alpha. BTW, Hop Jitzu may be one of the best Citra IPA I have had in a long time ! Unbelievable quality craft coming from Beechwood right now. I am now putting them up with Alpine, Kern and RR for my tastes.

    1424IpA likes this.
  39. Looked it up...no such thing. I think you meant lychee.