Best West Coast Style IPA

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| July 1, 2013 | Comments (35)

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

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  • Cheering on is encouraged, but not counted as a write-in vote.
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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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35 Responses to “Best West Coast Style IPA”

  1. Chris R #

    Ironfire Brewing Company’s 5150 IPA has my vote!

    April 11, 2014 at 8:27 am
  2. Head Hunter rocks!

    August 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm
  3. L W #

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

    July 26, 2013 at 10:01 am
  4. Joe von Herrmann #

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

    July 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  5. Rob #

    Firestone’s Union Jack is the best IPA.

    July 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  6. Jake Skidmore #

    Union Jack! By far the best!

    July 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  7. Jonathon Stratton #

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

    July 24, 2013 at 8:29 am
  8. HEAD HUNTER !!!!

    July 24, 2013 at 7:25 am
  9. Josh Nemec #

    Head Hunter for the WIN!!

    July 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm
  10. 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!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:24 am
  11. Denise Clymer #

    Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA

    July 17, 2013 at 11:08 am
  12. Kristijan Begic #

    Head Hunter all the way! Insanely good brew.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:22 am
  13. Jeff #

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

    July 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  14. Erik E #

    Rubicon IPA. Great brew.

    July 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm
  15. Sean #

    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.

    July 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  16. jh138 #

    Voting for: Union Jack

    July 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  17. jh138 #

    Voting for: Union Jack!!

    July 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  18. Gina Black #

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

    July 12, 2013 at 11:06 am
  19. Bobbob #

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

    July 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm
  20. Heather #

    I would say Squatters IPA or Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA.
    Both great brews!

    July 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  21. MPE #

    Has to be Russian River Blind Pig, Ballast Point Sculpin is a close 2nd.

    July 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm
  22. Chris #

    Gotta support my boys at BP and vote for SCULPIN!

    July 9, 2013 at 8:17 am
  23. Chris #

    Gotta go with my boys from BP(Ballast Point) and support that SCUPLIN!

    July 9, 2013 at 8:15 am
  24. Bruno Leblanc #

    Going with Union Jack… A vote from Montreal, Canada

    July 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm
  25. Mickey Rodriguez #

    Union Jack!

    July 6, 2013 at 3:25 am
  26. Jeff Garvey #

    Blues Blowhole, Old Dominion Brewing

    July 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  27. Michael #

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

    July 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  28. Paul C. #

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

    July 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm
  29. MZ #

    Melrose or Laurel from Beachwood!!

    July 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm
  30. dunn #

    By name alone, it has to be Green Flash! ;-)

    July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am
  31. Jeff Coleman #

    The Brew Kettle’s White Rajah

    July 2, 2013 at 9:13 am
  32. Deano #

    Voting for ETHOS – Tallgrass Brewing Co.
    110 IBU

    July 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  33. Robert #

    Heady Topper is great but at 8% it is a double IPA.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  34. MD #

    Vote for Smog City Hoptonic – aka Old Town. Best IPA in LA and Orange County!

    July 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  35. Jemma Wilson #

    Go Union Jack!

    July 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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