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Best West Coast IPA?

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

  1. AxesandAnchors

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    Belmont, Saraveza, John's Market, Bailey's, Whole Foods, but I wasn't saying that we don't have it (I see they distribute in Oregon) I've just never taken notice of anything from them. I don't buy packs though, only bombers, 750's, and the occasional 12oz. when they don't offer a larger format. So this may be why I'm missing them. Any place in particular have a better selection of Green Flash than others?
     
  2. EnronCFO

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    On here for a month and he's already too good for Pliny the Elder. Love it.
     
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  3. EnronCFO

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    Then read reviews. Forums should be about debate and discussion.
     
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  4. AxesandAnchors

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    No sense arguing over The Pliny's, what else do you like?
     
  5. AxesandAnchors

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    How long one has been a member has nothing to do with how much one is into craft beer. Furthermore I never said I was too good for it, it just doesn't do anyone any good to mention because if you live on the West coast, are into craft beer, and drink IPA's you already know Pliny The Elder. The idea was to get suggestions, not debate with each other. There are plenty of threads that do that.
     
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    A few days ago Beermongers had Palate Wrecker. That would definitely be worth checking out!
     
  7. AxesandAnchors

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    Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it!
     
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    Why not The Elder?

    My favorites are Nelson, PtE, PtY, Ruination 10th, Blue Dot, Cowiche Canyon fresh hops
     
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    dipa: alpine bad boy, Societe everymans ipa
    IPA: any Societe or alpine ipa
     
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    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Hangar 24 Double IPA
    Stone Ruination
    Drakes Aroma Coma
     
  11. AxesandAnchors

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    Already covered the Pliny topic.

    I love Hair of the Dog, their vintage Fred and Adam list always gets me though. I can never seem to pass it up. I also love Doggie Claws. I guess I need to give Blue Dot a fair shake. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    Enjoy by was a womderful treat and is side by side with alesmith for me.
     
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    Seriously, though, I second FW Union Jack. Probably the best pine-forward IPA I've had.
     
  14. AxesandAnchors

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    AleSmith IPA has been my go to when I'm feeling like an IPA (and don't want to risk a bad bottle). It always seems to be consistent, fresh, and well rounded.
     
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    Have you had the Stone IPA or the Ruination? I think they are pretty tasty.
    Or even the Lagunita Hop Stoopid. Not considered a IPA but its golden yet strong and bitter and they also put as many different hops as they could.
     
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    Excluding PtE:

    Alpine Nelson
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    Stone Enjoy by 12/21/12


    I "forget" about Alesmith sometimes, and I agree, their IPA is a really solid representation of the West Coast style. I had a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA for the first time last week, and frankly, really disliked it.
     
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    +1 to Sculpin. Was fortunate enough to go on a tour of BP a gew weeks ago.
     
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    I know I'm not the first to mention it, but certainly Green Flash's West Coast IPA is one you want to get. They usually come in 4-packs but it would be a pretty big mistake to pass it up just because it's not in a 22oz bottle. To that I'll add that Ballast Point's Dorado DIPA. I'll take it over Sculpin any day especially since they don't charge out the ass for it like they do for Sculpin.

    I also haven't seen much love for Racer 5 in this thread, which is another favorite of mine.
     
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    with all the info archived on this site, how can there still be so many questions?
     
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    Green Flash's IPA is really good. In fact all of the Green Flash beers I have had (Rayon Vert, the IPA, Double Stout) are excellent except the Le Freak...which is a one time try.
     
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    Lagunitas Sucks is a favorite, and some Hopstoopid to wash it down.
     
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    Oh good, another one of these threads. Fantastic...its like the 4th one started this week and the millionth since BA was launched...have fun duking it out y'all
     
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    Green Flash Palate Wrecker is a good one to try, hop aroma that will clear your nasal passages!
     
  24. AxesandAnchors

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    Ok, Green Flash West Coast IPA it is. I'll definitely pick it up next time. I had Racer 5 last night and it reminded me of Total Domination, which is to say I thought it was just mediocre.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest. The best American IPA, IMO
     
  26. AxesandAnchors

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    I really don't understand why some people feel like every thread needs to be an argument, why can't we just have a discussion and share some suggestions. Not everybody is going to agree, great that's pretty obvious, but more people are better served by adding to the conversation rather than tossing around snarky comments. It's obvious that only a few of you never intended to add to the conversation, so why post? The rest, the majority, seem quite content with sharing suggestions.
     
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    Haven't seen Caldera IPA mentioned yet. It's a really good IPA in my opinion. Not saying it's the best, but certainly among a handful that I enjoy way more than most.
     
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    Good choice on the Green Flash wcipa... U can't go wrong... It's got some of the freshest grapefruityness of ipas!
     
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    Union Jack my favorite
     
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    IPA:Blind Pig, Sculpin, Aroma Coma,Torpedo, Racer 5, Cali Sunshine Rye IPA, Alesmith IPA, SN celebration
    DIPA:Racer X, Mongo, Dorado, Hoptimum, PtE, Casey Jones, Alpine Double Nelson

    Lots of Cali IPAs to choose from and i love them all.
     
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    Alpine's Bad Boy
    Pizza Port's Poormans DIPA
    Drake's Hop Salad
    Citra
    Just Outstanding
    Cafe Racer 15
    Simtra (when fresh, Knee Deep dooesn't bottle date)

    Dreadnaught, when fresh is equally as good as this and your list, minus Younger...but of course.

    Not a big fan of Double Jack...
     
  32. flayedandskinned

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    Too diverse of a market so Ill choose only 5.

    Pliny the Elder
    Sculpin
    Palate Wrecker
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Blind Pig

    Someone needs to send me some Alpine.
     
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    Whatever any body else's opinion is, it's wrong.
     
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    I too would like to join the circle jerk of opinions and simultaneously offer up my own, so that we may engage in some more meaningful discourse.
     
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    There are so many good ones, but the best is Fat Heads Head Hunter.
     
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    Not that anyone seems to care but Ipa and iipa are different styles. Carry on.
     
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    You're out of control, dude
     
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    Double Sunshine is the best beer in the world... (Opinion, not stating as fact) So my list starts there. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy is on it's heels. Apline Nelson.... I saw someone mentioned Blue Dot (Hair of the Dog)... that beer is so awesome and doesn't get enough play in my mind.

    Ithaca Flower Power, Sculpin when fresh, Green Flash West Coast... I think that's the top of list for me..

    (oh yeah, Knuckle Sandwich) Cheers Man
     
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    I like Fat Tug!!!
     
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    i like these
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