In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the burgeoning American craft beer scene paved the way for brewers to redefine traditional European styles, including the IPA. Over time, American IPA’s diverged into unique subgroups – one of the most popular being the West Coast-style IPA. In fact, there have been discussions surrounding adding a BJCP category specifically for this style of beer.
The hop is the star in West Coast IPA’s – defined by intense hop aroma, aggressive bitterness, and above-average ABV. Unlike traditional IPA’s, the understated maltiness allows for a hop-forward character bursting with tropical, citrus, and piney flavors.
Couple of our favorites: Pizza Port Swami’s, Surly Overrated, Firestone Union Jack, Alpine Duet