Best West Coast IPA?

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

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  1. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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

    EnronCFO Zealot (521) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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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

    EnronCFO Zealot (521) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Then read reviews. Forums should be about debate and discussion.
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  4. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

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

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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.
  6. ggfunk

    ggfunk Initiate (64) Mar 29, 2010 Oregon

    A few days ago Beermongers had Palate Wrecker. That would definitely be worth checking out!
  7. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it!
  8. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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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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  9. Schmaltzy

    Schmaltzy Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2009 California

    dipa: alpine bad boy, Societe everymans ipa
    IPA: any Societe or alpine ipa
  10. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Hangar 24 Double IPA
    Stone Ruination
    Drakes Aroma Coma
  11. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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.
  12. esullivan880

    esullivan880 Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012

    Enjoy by was a womderful treat and is side by side with alesmith for me.
  13. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,758) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Seriously, though, I second FW Union Jack. Probably the best pine-forward IPA I've had.
  14. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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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  15. lxCheshireCatxl

    lxCheshireCatxl Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Texas

    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.
  16. 395er

    395er Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2011 California

    Excluding PtE:

    Alpine Nelson
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    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.
  17. ChiPool

    ChiPool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

    +1 to Sculpin. Was fortunate enough to go on a tour of BP a gew weeks ago.
  18. Amerikon

    Amerikon Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2008 California

    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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  19. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (297) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    with all the info archived on this site, how can there still be so many questions?
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  20. grabowr

    grabowr Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Georgia

    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.
  21. BrewLou

    BrewLou Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2009 New York

    Lagunitas Sucks is a favorite, and some Hopstoopid to wash it down.
  22. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (759) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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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
  23. ECalebrews449

    ECalebrews449 Aspirant (222) Dec 23, 2012 Nebraska
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    Green Flash Palate Wrecker is a good one to try, hop aroma that will clear your nasal passages!
  24. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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.
  25. avelarjunior

    avelarjunior Aspirant (245) Nov 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest. The best American IPA, IMO
  26. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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.
  27. kfordham281

    kfordham281 Initiate (184) Oct 29, 2005 Georgia
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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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  28. notfaded1

    notfaded1 Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Arizona

    Good choice on the Green Flash wcipa... U can't go wrong... It's got some of the freshest grapefruityness of ipas!
  29. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Union Jack my favorite
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  30. IHyphySF

    IHyphySF Aspirant (243) Nov 21, 2011 California
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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.
  31. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Alpine's Bad Boy
    Pizza Port's Poormans DIPA
    Drake's Hop Salad
    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

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Too diverse of a market so Ill choose only 5.

    Pliny the Elder
    Palate Wrecker
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Blind Pig

    Someone needs to send me some Alpine.
  33. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Whatever any body else's opinion is, it's wrong.
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  34. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (614) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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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.
  35. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Poo-Bah (3,058) May 29, 2005 Ohio
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    There are so many good ones, but the best is Fat Heads Head Hunter.
  36. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    Not that anyone seems to care but Ipa and iipa are different styles. Carry on.
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  37. GrizzWranglin

    GrizzWranglin Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    You're out of control, dude
  38. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,161) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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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
  39. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,033) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I like Fat Tug!!!
  40. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,733) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    i like these
    KR Just Outstanding
    Alpine Duet
    Blind Pig
    Port Wipeout
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