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  1. Rich Coghlan
    June 1, 2021 @ 4:19 pm

    First, kudos to Alesmith for it’s excellent brews. By association, I would expect the same from Alvarado Street, but I am not familiar with them, living on the east coast.

    Forgive me if I don’t properly understand the concept of a west coast IPA, but how can this style include southern hemisphere hops that were not in common usage, if available, at the time when the style first appeared? Wasn’t the concept of a west coast IPA intuited from the origins of the American (Yakima valley west coast) hops, available at the time, which were used? Should not this latest IPA iteration be more properly called a ‘southern hemisphere’ IPA, especially if you associate the style name with the geographic source of the hops used? My recognition of a west coast IPA starts with a fair amount of bittering, not these ‘juicy’ tropical fruit hops that lack bitterness.

    I welcome any helpful comments.


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