California West Coast IPA Thread (2022)

Discussion in 'US - West' started by RaulMondesi, Jan 3, 2022.

  1. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Rumor is that my local Beachwood does ship anywhere in California.
     
  2. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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  3. bcm119

    bcm119 Champion (828) Feb 17, 2001 California
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    Urban Roots is at the top of my list of breweries to try that I haven't yet. Another one is Mad Fritz which I have a tasting appt tomorrow for, pretty excited about that.

    Having a Drake's Denogginizer now that is decidedly old school, with big pine and bitter citrus pith. I love that style and it's boosting my transition from work to weekend mode very effectively.
     
  4. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Is that a pizza port collaboration? I feel like they had a pizza port collaboration called Beach Run there last night but I'm not sure. As I understand it the cans we see are picked up personally by the bar owner in the bay area. He goes down and fills up a van with cans and kegs. And then their sold like draught pints for like $6-$7. So I don't mess with anything over 6 weeks or so, and usually not older than a month since it's such a premium.

    I think the beach run cans were from December :confused:

    I'm drinking some Dankful from 1/20 though and glad that SN is keeping that on the shelves relatively fresh. Hope it stays that way over the summer
     
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  5. BlameHouston

    BlameHouston Aspirant (224) Aug 21, 2020 California

    Bear Rupublic now dating via a PKGD vs previously Best By on 12packs of Racer 5, individual bottles which are still almost impossible to see. Good transition :slight_smile:
     
  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Well I dropped in to Eel River brewing this evening to discover that today they released their annual organic dipa Earth Thirst. It's a solid enjoyable classic wc dipa. Glad to have a pour the day it's packaged and enjoyed a can at home too
     
  7. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,668) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    I used to love Eel River when they had wider distribution in Oregon, them and Butte Creek ( are they still around?) for organic beers.
     
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  8. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    They've pulled back a lot. Probably good for them, they've been catching up with the times as well. I actually tried a wc ipa dry hopped with blueberry puree last week and it was remarkably tasty.

    I hope they can settle comfortably into their place as a solid local brewer
     
  9. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,668) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    I liked Eel River's Amber ale quite a lot for some reason. I wonder if they still have it on tap?
     
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  10. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It was on tap today. They haven't abandoned many of their standards
     
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  11. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,668) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    I need to venture down to Fortuna this camping season
     
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  12. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I believe Beach Run was a collab with Alesmith. PO did a collab version with BW called Beach Retreat. I believe it was the first one of the Neach Retreat. BW/PP version came out a month later? Now the new BW version of Beach Retreat.
    @unlikelyspiderperson > https://shop.beachwoodbrewing.com/
     
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  13. bcm119

    bcm119 Champion (828) Feb 17, 2001 California
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    Butte Creek has been gone for a decade at least. They were bought by Mendocino Brewing (Eye of the Hangover, anyone?) which of course closed as well.
    I recall both Eel River and Butte Creek having a similar, not-so-good husky/grainy quality which lead me to believe high quality organic brewing ingredients were difficult to source. I don't know if that assumption was true, but that was many years ago. The Eel River beers I've had recently weren't bad at all. I'm glad they're still kicking, they have a great rebrand/logo!
     
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  14. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    This has gotten much better as far as malt goes, hops are another story. In order to get with the times in terms of hops they have begun making many ipas that are organic malt and conventional hops, from talking to folks there they've said that many modern hops have exactly 0 acres of organic cultivation going on.

    That said, I just picked up their annual organic dipa - Earth Thirst - yesterday and it's nice. Not as bright as last year, when they prominently named the organic hop varieties used, but still a very enjoyable dipa that has a distinctly northwest vibe to it
     
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  15. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,124) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    Next time we have a debate about fresh hops vs wet hops, I'm going to use this post as evidence that you have no idea what you're talking about.
     
  16. BlameHouston

    BlameHouston Aspirant (224) Aug 21, 2020 California

    !tranquillo amigo, think loza farms :slight_smile:
     
  17. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    :flushed::dizzy_face: I deserve that. As a devoted beer nerd I must deeply apologize to the community. This beer was briefly conditioned on blueberries. It almost tasted like the best beers wet hopped with Mosaic:innocent:
     
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  18. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,382) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Kern Double Chuuurch! Bangs hard. Wow. This is insanely good.
     
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  19. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,382) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Had There Does Not Exist Psychic Advsor yesterday because of recommendations here. Awesome Westy.
     
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  20. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Yesterday was a Kern River kinda day. Chuurch!, canned 2-21 was so delicious. Finished off with Citra. The 3 C’s from KRBC. Today is going to be a RiiP day. Will check out their new location in HB.
     
  21. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Crusader (708) Mar 10, 2013 California
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  22. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Damn that's a solid lineup
     
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  23. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Remember when you stood in line for knuckle sandwich? Remember when they moved to there new location?
     
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  24. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    9pm or death!...metal
     
  25. bcm119

    bcm119 Champion (828) Feb 17, 2001 California
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    I was thinking of this reply today because I tried that Trader Joe's organic IPA called Farm Island, brewed in Maine (I'm guessing it's brewed by Peak Organic, but not sure). It's really not bad at all, especially for 7.99/sixer. Curious where they found decent organic hops. Or maybe you can get away with non-organic hops since they are such a small fraction by volume? Either way, it's a good deal.
     
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  26. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    There are fairly solid organic supplies of many of the major hops used. It's (according to this one particular employee at a brewery that makes a fair bit of organic beer) mostly the new aroma varieties that don't have organic acreage.

    And I'm not sure how they calculate the ratio but I believe processed food is allowed to contain 5% inorganic ingredients and still carry the usda label?

    I know that Eel River does have a couple brands of ipa that are not labeled organic but claim "made with organic grain" on the label, so that leads me to believe that - for hoppy styles at least - using organic grain but not hops doesn't suffice for purposes of labeling
     
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  27. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (231) Jun 13, 2006 California

    I have determined that I need to steer away from any ales with Sabro hops. Beach Run (Alesmith/Pizzaport) and Remote Location (Pizzaport) and another one recently that I can't recall, all had Sabro. Something about Sabro tastes like sweaty gym socks dipped in old coconut oil = hard pass.
    Anyone else have this opinion of Sabro hops?
     
  28. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (356) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    Yep. I find single hop Sabro to be sunscreen flavored and undrinkable. The recent Remote Location is okay since it's not single hop but Sabro takes away rather than adds anything IMO.
     
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  29. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    I don't know about that exact flavor profile but yeah I've never enjoyed Sabro beers
     
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  30. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'm not sure why, but I saw Waldos today and felt compelled to pick it up. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the classic Lagunitas that nursed my young hop addiction. Sweet with a pleasant but generic hoppy bite that could only come from some kind of hop extract, and surprisingly clean on the finish.

    I don't know how long it will take me to get to the other 3. Wish I'd just bought a single
     
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  31. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Crusader (708) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    One of my favorite events:

    The LA IPA Fest is back!

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    The wait is over! At long last, LA's favorite beer festival is returning on May 21st, 2022 - and this year, we're going bigger with even more great California beers in a brand new location.



    Join us at Brennan's in Marina del Rey for a full day of hops! Your ticket gets you 5 pours from our selection of over 60 of the best West Coast IPAs in the state, a chance to vote on which one will be the People's Choice winner, and a commemorative glass.



    Not enough for you? Go VIP and you'll also get to rub shoulders with our panel of industry-leading brewers for an exclusive Judges' brunch at 10am. Then you'll get to view the first round of tasting with them as they select their choice for Best California IPA.



    Will North Park Brewing repeat 2020's 1st place prize? Can Green Cheek Beer reclaim their trophy to score the threepeat? Find out with us at Brennan's!

    Get your tickets now![​IMG]
    Psst! Early bird tickets are $9 off - but you've got to act soon! Prices go up after April 30th!
     
  32. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Grabbed a 4pk of KRBC Citra from Wine Country the other day. God it's good. I forgot how malty and sticky it is. Classic throwback
     
  33. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,335) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Got 2 cans left from a half case. So good.
     
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  34. 310gts

    310gts Initiate (69) Jun 22, 2018 California

    Latest batches of Hello LA and Competition from HPb are pretty great.
     
  35. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (231) Jun 13, 2006 California

    New Karl Strauss/Sierre Nevada collab : "What's cooler than being Cool?" Cold IPA = very good. Also bought new Societe IPA called Billboard Dreams and will report later when I open one.....
     
  36. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,990) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    That’s a good one. Just don’t wait too long.
     
  37. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,990) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Agreed. A year or so back I posted a thread called “hatred of sabro hop” or something like that.
     
  38. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,080) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Your wisdom reached me telekenetically. I woke up after posting that with a new outlook on life. I finished the other 3 over the last two days. A nice throwback and gets you tore back
     
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  39. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (737) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I didn’t buy it but it was sad to see Keene idea sitting warm on the total wine floor. Has anyone tried the green flash version of Keene idea? Used to love, love the OG version.

    [​IMG]
     
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  40. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (624) Jul 9, 2010 California

    all they need to do now is ruin Bad Boy (if they haven't already)