Best West Coast IPA?

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  1. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    With so many IPA's on the market these days I find myself disappointed more often than happy. Excluding the ones I mention (if you like them just like this post instead) tell me some IPA's that you feel are the best of the best. Lets keep it to west coast, or west coast distributed beers only. It's not that I have something against other regions, I don't, I just can't get my hands on them before they start loosing their magic. These are a few of my favorites;

    Russian River - Pliny The Younger (don't bother mentioning The Elder)
    Firestone Walker - Double Jack
    AleSmith - IPA
    Midnight Sun - Cohoho
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  2. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,764) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    This will end well
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  3. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Kern river citra.
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  4. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Hoping for recommendations rather than a debate.
  5. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Aspirant (259) Feb 14, 2011 California
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    My favorite are the following
    Pliny the younger
    Firestone double jack
    Alesmith IPA
    midnight sun cohoho

    I'm not even going to talk about the elder though
  6. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    Enjoy By
    Ruination 10th Anniversary
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  7. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    West Coast IPA
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  8. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    From who?
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  9. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,205) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Why can't we mention Pliny the Elder?
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  10. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    Blind Pig
    Union Jack

    Since you apparently have no interest in keeping it to IPAs that are actually easy to find - Alpine Nelson.
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  11. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Pliny The Younger is the only one that isn't readily available in my market (Portland).
  12. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Initiate (30) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

  13. LampertLand

    LampertLand Poo-Bah (1,731) Nov 2, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    West Coast of Canada , I'll give ya two , that score a 94
    Driftwood's 'Fat Tug' & Central City 'Red Racer IPA" comes in the green can
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  14. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Green Flash's single IPA. Their Imperial is really good too
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  15. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Try Knee Deep's Simtra :slight_smile:
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  16. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I don't think mentioning Pliny the Elder helps anybody else, it's widely regarded as one of the best IPA' need to beat it over the head . Personally, I prefer The Younger.
  17. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,732) Sep 24, 2008 California

    I'm throwing Lagunitas Sucks into the ring. That's definitely up there.
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  18. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

  19. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (526) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    You would have been better served if you had posted this in the Northwest forum. Your compatriots will know better what's distributed in PDX.

    Take two Boneyard RPM IPAs and two Boneyard Hop Venoms DIPAs and call me in the morning. All will be well.
  20. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I walked right past this at the bottle shop today. It seems like the reviews are a bit mixed as far as this having either a very citrus flavor or being a little more malty. Is this on the sweeter side for an IPA?
  21. LampertLand

    LampertLand Poo-Bah (1,731) Nov 2, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    No , and the Imperial is ok/good from what I've heard
    I'm also not a big fan of IPA's , just mentioned two I've tried
    and most people love both or rate as great , awesome ....
  22. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,732) Sep 24, 2008 California

    It's definitely sweet, but that's not to say it doesn't have it's strong hop bitterness. Best way I can describe it is a predominant ruby red grapefruit flavor.
  23. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Yep, you're right didn't think to put it in the regional section. Also, Boneyard Hop Venom, I totally forgot about this one! I've only had it on tap a couple times, but it is a very tasty IPA
  24. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Thanks for the info. I'm not a huge IPA drinker either, although I appreciate them when they're done well. It's just getting ridiculous sifting through all the mediocre ones these days to find a good one.
  25. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I haven't seen any Green Flash stuff on the shelf in Portland yet, I'll have to keep an eye out. Thanks.
  26. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    +1 to this, Fat Tug is amazing
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  27. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Knuckle Sandwich and anything from Alpine.
  28. ste5venla

    ste5venla Devotee (478) Oct 25, 2010 California

    Some that haven't been mentioned are Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Ballast Point Sculpin, Pike Double Dry Hop Double IPA, and Gigantic Dynomite Double IPA.
  29. dmoser

    dmoser Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 California

    drinkin one now. a friend of mine who had never tried it described it as a thicker, stronger KRBC Just Outstanding. Then brought home a JO a few days later and sure enough, similar profile.

    Best of the West?
    KRBC JO will always be a favorite, as well as FW UJ which is what I drink mostly, RR PtE is always a treat, Lagunitas IPA (seriously, I haven't tired of that flavor yet) and Sucks, Drakes Aroma Coma, Sierra Nevada Torpedo was the best beer I had ever tasted one night while taking psylocybin in a first amendment religious freedom kind of way, knee deep simtra tastes pretty f'ing good right now, stone makes some fantastic imperials, green flash can't go wrong there, homebrews locally from people have probably made me say wow more that commercial brews. well maybe not, but it's close.
  30. ggfunk

    ggfunk Initiate (64) Mar 29, 2010 Oregon


    which shelves are you looking on?
  31. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 Oregon

    Falconer from widmer is really solid when fresh, as is terminal gravity IPA. Deschutes bond street stuff is great too. Elysian's avatar jasmine IPA as well as their new ipa rotation are solid.
  32. CapeCodHopHead

    CapeCodHopHead Initiate (142) Nov 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Living on the east coast I don't get a chance to try to many west coast IPA'S. The ones I've tried are pretty damn good.( sculpin, racer 5, hopstoopid, union jack). But I think here in the east we have our fair share of great IPA'S also (HT, maine beer co. lunch, and anything from HF and Lawsons). East vs West IPA'S would be a great thread!
  33. pbs76

    pbs76 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2012 Washington

    Boneyard owns the West Coast IPA racket, imo. RPM is out of this world and really can't be touched in the single IPA department. I'd say right behind that is Sculpin, Blind Pig, and Union Jack. For doubles, Hop Venom, FW Double Jack, Stone's Ruination, and Hair of the Dog's Blue Dot stand at the top of my list. We did really enjoy the Shipwrecked DIPA from Mission Brewing while down in San Diego. Of course, everything that Lagunitas touches in the IPA dept is pure gold. All the following beers from them seem to be a derivative of IPA to me: Sucks, Brown Shugga, Sumpin' Sumpin', Sumpin' Wild, and Hop Stoopid are all incredibly good and widely available in the PDX.
  34. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,805) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Alpine Duet. Sclupin is a close second. Stone IPA is a wonderful beer that rarely gets love on here, I think its "too available".
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  35. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (837) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Flying Fish Exit 16
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  36. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    That's a hop profile I can get with...surprised I haven't seen a brewer go with a Ruby Red IPA in reference to this profile, not the addition of grapefruit.
  37. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,074) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Why not, because it's better than Younger? :wink:
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  38. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    Singles: Sculpin and Blind Pig
    Double: Pliny the Elder, Kern River 5th Anniv, Alpine Bad Boy, Stone Enjoy By, and Sucks.
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  39. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (580) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    FW Union Jack when fresh. The perfect IPA for me.
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  40. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (338) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Agreed.... when Union Jack is fresh, for the price, is tough to beat IMO, one of my go to I.P.A.s'.
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