I recently got back from an amazing trip to the PNW (Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) where, in addition to the fantastic cultural attractions, I enjoyed some terrific food and drink. Being a resident of Cambridge, MA, I consider myself to be spoiled by the outstanding quality of beers (particularly hoppy beers) available in my area. I've rarely had a Trillium, TH, HF, etc. offering that I considered to be anything less than stellar. However, drinking beer in the "land of hops" was an interesting experience. I enjoyed some great beers in Seattle (killer Brett-infused saisons at Holy Mountain Brewing) and in Portland (an amazing blueberry muffin wild ale at Great Notion), as well as some other impressive stuff. However, with the exception of some of the hoppy offerings at Great Notion, none of the IPAs/DIPAs blew me away. I was looking for those citra and mosaic juice bombs that I was used to from back home. The stuff I was drinking, such as Boneyard's Hop Venom and Melvin's 2X4, tasted cloying sweet on the front end and punishly bitter on the finish. Stuff I might have liked more in 2008, but not today. That said, with East Coast and West Coast hoppy beer styles being so dramatically different from each other, shouldn't a separate style category exist for each? I found myself slamming a lot of these PNW hoppy beers simply because they didn't exhibit the characteristics I (and many others) now look for in the style. If there was a different category for each however, I feel like my scoring (at least here on BA) would be much more fair to these West Coast offerings. Thoughts?