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East Coast vs. West Coast IPA - A Bitter Divide.

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bluesman:
I thought it would be beneficial to have this discussion.

From my experience there is a huge smack you in your face hops presence with West Coast IPA's as opposed to a more subdued hop effect with East Coast brews. The West Coast has the convenience of the Pacific Northwest "C" hops (Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus)  pine needle and grapefruit.

Whereas the East Coast has some European influences with the use of more crystal malts which leads to more body and darker beers. There is also the combining of American and English hops which are less bitter.

Dogfish Head's founder Sam Calagione states that "ounce for ounce I use as many hops as my Pacific Coast counterparts, including extra-bitter American hybrids such as Warrior and Amarillo."

Being an East Coast guy, I find the availability of West Coast beers to be limited but I am always searching for new examples of my favorite style of beer. I love IPA's, with lots of fresh hops.

What's your take on our American IPA's ?

beersk:
Yep that pretty much sums it up for me.  West Coast typically has more of a bitterness up front whereas the East Coast IPAs have more body and hop flavor (think dogfishhead's 60 minute IPA).  That isn't the same all around, it's not 100% divided, but in general that's how it is, I think.  You've got breweries like Sierra Nevada who doesn't have any explosively bitter beers, but explosive hops flavor.  And honestly I'm having a hard time thinking of an explosively bitter East Coast IPA, probably because we just don't get that many East Coast beers here in Iowa other than Sam Adam's. 

beer_crafter:
Some of the newer east coast IPAs stand up to the West Coast.  I would put Ithaca's Flower Power up against anything  from the west in terms of sheer hoppiness.  Captain Lawrence Double IPA, if you blindly tasted it, tastes like something from northern cali.  Nugget Nectar is no slouch too.

tankdeer:
That pretty much sums it up.

That being said, Pliny > 90 minute.  :P

bluesman:

--- Quote from: wahoo on January 22, 2010, 09:16:46 AM ---Some of the newer east coast IPAs stand up to the West Coast.  I would put Ithaca's Flower Power up against anything  from the west in terms of sheer hoppiness.  Captain Lawrence Double IPA, if you blindly tasted it, tastes like something from northern cali.  Nugget Nectar is no slouch too.

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I will have to look out for those mentioned. Thanks. I am on the eternal search and rescue mission of every IPA I can possibly find. I should really start a log with tasting notes. It's really hard to keep track of all these beers.

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