West Coast IPA Thread

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by RaulMondesi, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (239) May 2, 2016 California
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    Good thing you made room, Beachwood just released new 4 pack today.
     
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  2. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (743) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    I feel your pain, what a great thread.

    Wish West Coast IPAs weren't extinct here on the East Coast. Sooo tired of hazy, low bitterness juice bombs......yawn.

    Cheers
     
  3. Hype_Train

    Hype_Train Initiate (171) Feb 8, 2017 California

    I wish El Segundo Brewery would bring back hop tanker that was by far one of the best double ipas I've ever had from them.
     
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  4. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (335) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    Found 2/21 Pupil at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa and it tastes and smells exactly like I remember from circa 2014. What a fantastic WCIPA.

    At $12.99 this will be a staple in my fridge for as long as I can find it fresh.
     
  5. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (128) Dec 19, 2010 California
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    I’m currently enjoying the same beer. It’s more bitter than I remember from back in the day, but I’m still enjoying the hell out of it. Really tasty beer. Will purchase again.
     
  6. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I don’t believe I had Alpha Neo.
     
  7. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (239) May 2, 2016 California
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    Had it last night, you're not missing much. I got another pack of Simcoast instead.
     
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  8. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    After having my first Pupil can last night I would definitely keep this nice 12oz cans in my fridge. I didn’t have any 12oz cans or bottles till yesterday. It’s nice to finish off the day with a 12oz instead of 16. And my local bbq place has the Roustabout in on draft. I will visit for lunch today. Let’s hope the Pupil cans will be around consistently and fresh. Man these guys should of started canning years ago. I guess it’s never too late. Smog?
     
  9. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,331) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Fieldwork's Boss of the Plains is worth noting in this thread. Solid WCIPA, though with less frequent and convenient availability as some others mentioned in this thread.

    And I so wish some place in Sac stocks cans of Pupil. If you've seen it, LMK.
     
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  10. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,497) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I wish fieldwork would send some cans out into the wild. I always enjoy their wc ipas when we get them on tap up here but we seem to get more of their hazies (which do tend to be the more hybrid style and are often pleasant enough)
     
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  11. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (3,211) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    I’m curious on opinions on El Segundo Clear AF and Steve Austin. Was going to give each a go tonight, but they are both only rated in the high 80’s. Grabbed a Mayberry instead. What up, BA’s?
     
  12. StonedRaider

    StonedRaider Initiate (154) Oct 25, 2007 California
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    Having a Clear AF at the moment. It’s nice. Low bitterness and a light aroma but packs a nice fruity hop flavor profile. It probably would have been more impressive if I didn’t have it right after a RR Happy Hops. That beer was much more bitter and citrusy which hits all the WCIPA characteristics to a T.

    I haven’t had Broken Skull recently but as I recall, it’s at about the same level as Clear AF. I’d recommend both.
     
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  13. Sebowski

    Sebowski Initiate (135) Jan 11, 2010 California

    Burgeon Keep it Nelson is fanfuckingtastic. In cans too.

    Current Alpine Not Nelson is awesome.

    And we just need to pin this at the top of this thread: "anything from Amy of the pizza ports is killer"
     
  14. Sebowski

    Sebowski Initiate (135) Jan 11, 2010 California

    These ratings affect you that much? Mayberry is a 92 and the others are 88s, so that just seals it for you? ‍♂️
     
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  15. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Steve Austin’s can in my fridge waiting to be finished for the next fresh batch of cans to be released this month. Clear hasn’t shown up yet. But got fresh Mayberry cans next to Austin. I don’t have any issues with El Segundo IPA’s. I know some here do. Some folks here like Gordon Road stuff. Or 4Boys offerings. To each it’s own. Drink whatever you like and enjoy. It’s all good. :wink:
     
  16. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,497) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Kukmin IPA from the Booth is excellent fresh. Solid west coast bite but complimented with floral flavors and an almost green tea quality. I'm pretty sure they get around sac and the bay
     
  17. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (3,211) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    I know. I have issues. I also trust in Yelp. I generally believe in BA and Yelp reviews. I’ll still have to try these two though.
     
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  18. MonkeyBread

    MonkeyBread Defender (622) Apr 26, 2014 Nevada
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    Trust in Untappd. Most data points.
     
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  19. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,497) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Trust the force, it's the only galactic constant. And west coast ipas have the force in spades
     
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  20. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Zealot (578) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Go in blind. Reject your eyes and ears. Only tastebuds. Trust the hops
     
  21. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Devotee (497) Sep 24, 2013 California
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    Blind tastings > All rating systems
     
  22. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (3,886) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Seeing a lot of Cali IPAs here. Am i correct to assume that PNW IPAs are not now similar to West Coast IPAs?
    Oregon , Washington and BC have some great IPAs..some that are even in every dive bar...Boneyard RPM..its a great IPA but i guarantee any down at heal bar in Oregon will have it!
     
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  23. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,497) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    RPM is a great wc ipa. You are just seeing cali heavy because this is essentially a cali only region (don't know if I've ever seen a poster from hawaii post in here) so we mostly have access to cali beers. But fuck ya for oregon and washington west coast goodness
     
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  24. atomicpunk5151

    atomicpunk5151 Aspirant (226) Jul 25, 2010 California
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    Some West Coast from SLICE. Big Mosaic. Some old school dank. Some modern Mango.

    [​IMG]
     
  25. BreakingMyBalls

    BreakingMyBalls Initiate (107) Apr 27, 2017 California

    I picked up a 4 pack of Alpha Neo at Beachwood last night and wow, the neomexicanus hops in it give it a super unique aroma and flavor. I swear I taste coconut. Also grabbed a pack of Citraholic. I gotta say, I think Beachwood does the best west coast style IPAs in the region, and the prices are also great. Two 4 packs for $27 bucks after tax, not bad!
     
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  26. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,331) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Oh there's definitely plenty of IPAs from PacNW that fit here. My favorites include Pallet Jack, Bodhi, and pFriem IPA. While I love Hop Venom and Notorious (the uber dry finish batches), I've never been a big fan of RPM.

    If we throw DIPAs into this thread then Sticky Hands would definitely have to be included.
     
  27. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Initiate (170) Jul 13, 2012 California
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    Im hoping this is a very hilarious joke...
     
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  28. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (221) Jun 13, 2006 California

    I think someone mentioned earlier in thread about Alesmith IPA, and I thought "damn i used to love that beer, I'm going to buy some next time I'm out".....then I learned they don't make it anymore and only the Lupped In and Juice Stand, neither of which I enjoyed.
    So I bought Weekend Vibes (Coronado) which is respectable at 11.99 a 6pk.
     
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  29. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Just finishing up my crowler of RiiP Super Cali. Another one of the better west coast ipa’s. I haven’t seen Raider Bob tapped in a long time.
     
  30. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (680) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    I still have not had a lot of exposure to Riip, but I *did* get to try this at LA IPA Fest. It was pretty great.
     
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  31. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (239) May 2, 2016 California
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    Like a baby Beachwood
     
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  32. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Ian McCall, ex head brewer from Beachwood is making his own roots in OC area at RiiP. There’s a lot of great beers coming out of RiiP. Both west coast and hazy.
     
  33. ADfan

    ADfan Initiate (36) Nov 28, 2010 California

    I need to try that one.
    I was at the tasting room last week and had 2 hazy’s and 2 west coast and I liked the hazy’s more. Don’t remember the names but it wasn’t Super Cali.
    I had one of their brown ales at Brew Kitchen that was outstanding the next day.
     
  34. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Don’t skip on RiiP if you see it on tap. They offer mostly IPA’s. When on tap their stouts are pretty darn tasty as well.
     
  35. Hype_Train

    Hype_Train Initiate (171) Feb 8, 2017 California

    @dcgunman is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with riip, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. Any promotions or advertising done about RiiP is solely by @dcgunman is his opinion only.
     
  36. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (927) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    True this. Although I hope to get a gig working there part time as a beer taster/tender when I retire in a couple of years. And when’s your next visit to riip/harbor barber @Hype_Train?
     
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  37. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,206) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    This. Depending on the batch, this can be in my top three WC(D)IPAs.
     
  38. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,331) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Pupil cans located in Bakersfield, tasty AF! Hope they see distro to Sac.
     
  39. fegelFatso

    fegelFatso Initiate (185) Jun 23, 2013 California

    I love Broken Skull... in the words of Steve himself “That’s a good f***ing beer!”
     
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  40. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (680) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    I happened to be at ESBC one weekend he was there and bought the entire place a round of it. Got a pic with him, too. Cool dude.
     
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