Best West Coast Style IPA

Best West Coast Style IPANear and dear to our beer drinking hearts is the West Coast Style IPA. While not an officially recognized style by beer judges, this particular style of IPA has captivated the country.  Known for it’s abundance of bitterness and over the top American hop aroma, this is a style we see being adopted out outside of it’s birthplace on the left coast.  Please scroll through the list and pick one that you feel is the Best West Coast Style IPA.  If you have one in mind that is not on this list, you can write it in on the comment section below. Below are some guidelines for this poll. Poll ends July 25th at 5PM West Coast Time.

Poll Guidelines

  • One vote per person. No cheating!
  • A complaint doesn’t equal a write in.
  • Cheering on is encouraged, but not counted as a write-in vote.
  • Rally the troops via Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.
  • You can write in a vote in the comment section below. If a write-in vote gains traction, we will talley the vote and add it to the main list.
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Best West Coast IPA

  • Firestone Walker Union Jack (15%, 406 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (14%, 378 Votes)
  • Fat Head Head Hunter IPA (12%, 320 Votes)
  • Russian River Blind Pig IPA (7%, 190 Votes)
  • Alpine Beer Co. Nelson IPA (6%, 171 Votes)
  • Stone Ruination IPA (6%, 164 Votes)
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA (6%, 162 Votes)
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (4%, 105 Votes)
  • Drake's Aroma Coma (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Societe The Pupil IPA (2%, 65 Votes)
  • Lagunitas IPA (2%, 56 Votes)
  • Kern River Just Outstanding IPA (2%, 51 Votes)
  • Port Brewing Wipeout IPA (2%, 50 Votes)
  • AleSmith IPA (2%, 49 Votes)
  • Beachwood Brewing Amalgamator IPA (2%, 45 Votes)
  • Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA (2%, 45 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dales IPA (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Eagle Rock Populist IPA (2%, 43 Votes)
  • El Segundo White Dog IPA (2%, 42 Votes)
  • Golden Road Heal The Bay IPA (1%, 40 Votes)
  • Boneyard RPM IPA (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Maine Beer Lunch IPA (1%, 26 Votes)
  • Noble Ale Works Big Whig IPA (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Smog City Hoptonic IPA (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Mad River Jamaica Sunset IPA (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Bootlegger's Far Out IPA (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Ironfire 5150 IPA (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Surly Overrated IPA (0%, 13 Votes)
  • La Cumbre Elevation IPA (0%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,683

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  1. says

    Sequoia Brewing – General Sherman IPA
    Vote local!! Not a lot of distribution like those on the list but a great hoppy IPA!

  2. Joe von Herrmann says

    Tap It IPA gets my vote. The only thing holding it back from greater recognition is the lack of distribution beyond SLO.

  3. Jonathon Stratton says

    Union Jack is my #1. Ruination shouldn’t even be on this list since its an imperial IPA.

  4. says

    Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA beat Union Jack head to head in the finals of Brewing News National IPA Challenge in 2010…it’s gotta be Head Hunter!

  5. Jeff says

    The omission of both Tap It IPA and Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack is vexing.Why Boneyard and no other Oregon or Washington IPAs???

  6. Sean says

    It appears that the beers with the most votes are the same beers with the widest distribution. That makes sense, but it’s too bad these beers can’t be judged on equal ground.

  7. Gina Black says

    You’ve got some wonderful IPAs on there but you’re missing two of my favorites: TAP IT and Hoppy Poppy (Figueroa Mountain).

  8. Bobbob says

    TAP IT! IPA in SLO is really good. I buy it at Albertson’s in Paso all the time.

  9. Michael says

    Smog City is killing it with the Hoptonic and Amarilla Gorilla. My favorite so far.

  10. Paul C. says

    What about the the Sacramento area?? We ha amazing West Coast IPAs at Rubicon, New Helvitia, Berryessa, Ruhstahler, Track 7, Jack Russell and Hoppy!!!

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