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Best West Coast IPA?

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

  1. DocJitsu

    DocJitsu Savant (440) California Dec 28, 2009

    Alpine Duet, Alpine Bad Boy, Alpine Nelson, and Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy.
    dcgunman likes this.
  2. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (850) New York Mar 21, 2010 Verified

    Enjoy By, Ruination 10, PTE, Nelson
  3. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (460) California Jul 1, 2009 Verified

    hop jitsu. . . . .
  4. Oisin

    Oisin Aficionado (215) California Oct 14, 2005

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    RayRay73 likes this.
  5. Oisin

    Oisin Aficionado (215) California Oct 14, 2005

    Hey, Alesmith IPA fan, I have a question. I love, or perhaps I should say loved, Alesmith's IPA, but the last three bottles I've gotten seemed way different. It didn't have that wonderful chewy resinous texture or that grapefruit and pine flavor that once made it my favorite IPA. Have you noticed any changes? Have you heard of any changes to the brew? I'd love to hear that I just got a few bad bottles or that there was a temporary glitch and Alesmith IPA is back to its former glory.
  6. andys_war_hall

    andys_war_hall Aficionado (225) Texas Dec 7, 2012 Verified

    Moylan's has some great IPA's. Just had Hopsickle last night and it was delish.
  7. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (460) California Jul 1, 2009 Verified

    When it's fresh. . . .it's great. Palate wrecker is getting ready for release. Should be any day now.
  8. terence

    terence Savant (330) California Mar 18, 2012

    Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin, Hop Stoopid and Pliny the Elder.
  9. How about Old School House Ruud Awakening?
  10. MiScusi

    MiScusi Advocate (675) California Feb 12, 2005

    The best IPA is the one I've had that nobody else knows about. That's how it works in craft beer these days.
    beernazi, rather, Matthouse3 and 4 others like this.
  11. BadFish619

    BadFish619 Initiate (5) Jan 28, 2015

    1- Apline Nelson
    2- Russian River Pliny the Elder (the Younger is a special treat, in a class of it's own)
    3- Stone Enjoy By
    4- Russian River Blind Pig
    5- El Segundo Hop Tanker (probably the best beer that you've never had- 2 five left is awesome too)

    StoneBrewingCo likes this.
  12. I'm going to keep this on topic by stating the best single IPA not double as many have mentioned. Ballast Point Sculpin IMO is the bar for which they should be set.
    riotontheroad and SoleBriety like this.
  13. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,135) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Verified

    I used to really love Green Flash WCIPA, but I don't care for the reformulated one.
    Right now I'd go with Sculpin or Pliny.
    My all-time fave might be Stone's 10th Anniversary/RuinTen, though.
  14. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Advocate (610) California Oct 10, 2013 Verified

    Top West Coast IPA for me;
    1. Sculpin -Ballast Point
    2. Duet - Alpine
    3. Blind Pig - Russian River
    4. Alesmith IPA - Alesmith
    5. Freshly Squeezed - Deschutes
  15. Spreetaper

    Spreetaper Advocate (505) New York Jul 16, 2014 Verified

    Live on the East Coast but travel to the West Coast fairly often.

    1. Pliny the Elder - Russian River (on tap in brewery and bottle)
    2. Alesmith IPA - Alesmith (bottle)
    3. Kismet - Mother Earth (bottle)
    4. Bling Pig IPA - Russian River (on tap in brewery and bottle)
    5. Line and Twine - Petaluma Hills/HenHouse Brewing collaboration (on tap in brewery)
  16. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Savant (425) California Nov 3, 2013 Verified

    Pliny / Elder-Younger
  17. DblDiamond

    DblDiamond Savant (420) Arizona Jul 17, 2013 Verified

    This one is awesome.
  18. zestd

    zestd Savant (395) Idaho Jan 18, 2013

    1. Boneyard- RPM
    2. Bale Breaker- Topcutter
    3. Russian River- Blind Pig
    4. Laurelwood- Workhorse
    5. Stone- IPA

    All singles I've had. I still haven't had a Barley Browns ipa or any Alpine stuff.
    TheeWalrusHunter and almostjay like this.
  19. DblDiamond

    DblDiamond Savant (420) Arizona Jul 17, 2013 Verified

    Mosaic Showers- Noble Ale Works
    Pliny, Blind Pig- Russian River
    Nelson, Bad Boy- Alpine
    City of the Sun, Blazing World- Modern Times
  20. It all boils down to freshness for me, and all of the following, when fresh, are basically interchangeable for my palate:

    1. Barley Brown's - Pallet Jack
    2. Breakside - IPA
    3. Russian River - PtE
    4. Boneyard - RPM
    5. Bale Breaker - Topcutter
    6. Ballast Point - Sculpin
    7. Alesmith - IPA (draft, haven't had a bottle that was as good as draft)

    I have them listed as #5, but Topcutter might be my favorite of the bunch simply because it is available in cans. A beer that good, in can format, that's readily available in their distribution area (which is most of the populated areas in WA) for $8/6-pack is the perfect beer in my opinion.

    I also must add the caveat that I haven't had the pleasure of drinking anything from Alpine or Kern River, and I suspect that I'd have their offerings in my list if I had.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2015
  21. wheelzntoys

    wheelzntoys Savant (415) California Nov 10, 2013 Verified

    Beachwood cHops
    Alpine Nelson
    Kern Citra
    Kern Deep River (on tap at Kern)
    Pliny Elder
  22. fureousangel

    fureousangel Advocate (635) California May 19, 2012 Verified

    Pliny The Elder. The best beer ever.

    Other than that, Julian puts out liquid gold at Beachwood Brewing, Hop Ninja is my favorite.
  23. 1. Russian River Blind Pig
    2. Boneyard RPM
    3. Alpine Nelson
    4. Ballast Point Sculpin
    5. Altamont Hop Arsenal
  24. Mtj28

    Mtj28 Aficionado (230) Texas Nov 3, 2014

  25. ESCO138

    ESCO138 Savant (370) California Dec 10, 2013 Verified

    1. Nelson - Alpine
    2. Citra - Kern River Brewing
    3. Pliny The Elder - Russian River
    4. Amalgamator - Beachwood BBQ
    5. Pupil - Societe
    ChrisShip likes this.
  26. Absolut

    Absolut Advocate (580) California Sep 19, 2011 Verified

    had Mayberry yet from el segundo? its great
  27. MjBrewhouse

    MjBrewhouse Advocate (560) Idaho Mar 25, 2014 Verified

    Hop stoopid
    double Jack
  28. Terp96

    Terp96 Savant (325) North Carolina Oct 18, 2004

  29. riotontheroad

    riotontheroad Advocate (515) California Apr 7, 2010 Verified

    my thoughts exactly!
  30. fegelFatso

    fegelFatso Zealot (85) California Jun 23, 2013

    ANYTHING from Beachwood... Except Hop Ramen... That beer sucks :)
  31. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Advocate (510) California Dec 19, 2006

    Pliny the Elder.
    laketang likes this.
  32. JTW10

    JTW10 Aficionado (140) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2013

    people sleep on racer 5 but when fresh that beer stands up to anything being mentioned in here, and you can buy it anywhere for a good price
  33. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (620) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Verified

    Honestly, RPM by Boneyard. or any India pale ale by BONEYARD.
    osubeav2003 and cavedave like this.
  34. Ipaupaweallpa

    Ipaupaweallpa Savant (400) Alabama Dec 26, 2014 Verified

    Did it.
  35. turbotype

    turbotype Advocate (540) California Nov 5, 2013 Verified

    I went with the theme of "is it available where I live (west coast)" and "was it actually made on the west coast", and lastly, "is it west coast styled?". No order. ;)

    West coast style AIPA
    • Russian River Blind Pig
    • Pizza Port Swami's IPA
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack
    • Ballast Point Sculpin
    West coast style IIPA
    • Pliny the Elder
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack
    • Pizza Port Kook
    • Stone Enjoy By
    I'm sorry, but Alpine/Green Flash just doesn't make the cut for me. :cool:
    crob3888 and rather like this.
  36. Pliny & Racer 5
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  37. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poobah (1,020) Ohio Jan 8, 2014 Verified

    Pliny the Elder, Enjoy By, Hop Stoopid, and Hop Craic are the best I have had
    oldn00b and SanFranJake like this.
  38. charlzm

    charlzm Champion (950) California Sep 3, 2007 Verified

    Sculpin. Union Jack.
    Catracho5 likes this.
  39. Boulez

    Boulez Initiate (15) California Nov 11, 2014

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  40. Boulez

    Boulez Initiate (15) California Nov 11, 2014

    Curious why Maximus wasn't on that list?