The silliness of regional distinctions for IPA's has always been pretty amusing to me. I remember back when I first started brewing around 2008 or so and West Coast IPA's were all the rage in the same way that hazy IPA's are today. Brewers were labeling their beers as "west coast" style even when they were brewed thousands of miles away from the coast. Back then, it seemed like people had the belief that West Coast IPA's were dryer and more bitter while East Coast IPA's were sweet and malty. In the last 15 years, it seems like as newer beer drinkers have entered the scene that the terms really don't have any meaning anymore and East Coast IPA is synonymous with hazy IPA to many people. I found a list that I thought was very amusing that listed Two Hearted as one of the classic examples of the East Coast IPA. That same list defined Union Jack as a classic example of the West Coast IPA. I pointed out to the author that those two beers have the same basic stats... 7% ABV, IBU's are 60, real close color (I'm drinking them side by side right now and Two Hearted is just a tiny bit darker), they share either the same or similar yeast strain... Side by side, they taste like they definitely fall into the same style. Now as I watch a bit of a resurgence in more "West Coast" IPA's, it seems like I'm constantly watching customers voice opinions about them that are contradictory to my experiences and what I think of the style being. One recently said that they should be 100 IBU (Back in 2008 or so the conventional wisdom was that the bitterness units should be a 1 to 1 ratio or just slightly higher with the gravity units) and another said that no respectable west coast IPA would use crystal malts (I think Blind Pig is one of the best IPA's out there and it uses crystal malt as well as the two I'm drinking right now both use crystal malt). It seems like there's really just no meaning anymore, so I'm curious... When you hear "West Coast IPA" being used to describe a sub-category of the American IPA style, what does it mean to you?