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east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:36:11 AM »
Hi guys!

Id been a time reading about those terms (east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA), to distinguish some IPAs. I would like to know which the exact differences between them are. I suppose that it has to be with differences in the hops, when to add them or maybe some malt. If you can please tell me which are the main differences between them it’ll be nice.
I don't know if here it’s the right place to post this, but I don't know where to do it, so here I go, if you think  it should go in another place, please move it.


Thanks a lot!!
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 07:13:04 AM »
I'll be honest, I'm from the East Coast and drink craploads of IPA's, and I couldn't tell you the difference between East and West Coast IPAs. Some of your standard East Coast IPA's are Victory Hop Devil, DFH 60-minute and Harpoon IPA. For the West Coast, Stone Ruination and Lagunitas IPA are good examples. They are all usually hopped with Cascade and/or Centennial or some other US style hop. I don't see any major differences between them in general.

With IPA's, the only big difference to me is American (see above examples) vs English (Shipyard IPA and Left Hand 400lb Monkey are great examples).
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 07:34:16 AM »
Well I'm from the west coast living on the east coast, and I and all my west coast visitors would tell you there is a big difference. While there is a term "west coast ipa", I have never heard midwest or east coast ipa as a term.
 
From my taste buds the "west coast ipas" are very hop oriented beers.  Standard ipas produced by east coast breweries are more malty and far less hop oriented. There are "west coast style ipas" produced on the east coast and midwest though.

There are of course large differences in taste and cuisine thoughout the U.S.

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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 07:57:32 AM »
From my experience, west coast IPAs are typically drier than IPAs produced in other regions of the country.

 
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 08:22:13 AM »
West coast IPAs are the way AIPA should be.

East coast IPAs need more hops.

Let the bickering begin.... ;D
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 09:07:41 AM »
West coast IPAs are the way AIPA should be.

East coast IPAs need more hops.

Let the bickering begin.... ;D

+1 totally agree, and I live in the midwest :P

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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 09:47:38 AM »
I think it's more about hop flavor.  West Coast IPA's have much more hop flavor and tend to use fruitier flavored hops.  East Coast and most of the midwest IPA's have a solid hop bitterness, usually from the citrusy type hops like Cascade and Centennial, but not nearly the level of hop flavor as the West Coast ones.
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 09:56:50 AM »
Does a "Midwest IPA" just require a hefty addition of corn?

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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2012, 10:08:17 AM »
If there's a distinction, "East Coast" IPAs can be a little sweeter, maltier, and possibly use a more expressive yeast.  "West Coast" seem bone dry and clean, all hops.

To be honest, I don't think this is a distinction that exists as much anymore.  The traditional examples were the breweries in NE that use British yeast, and Dogfish Head with the malty 90 minute IPA.
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2012, 10:26:37 AM »
When I hear "West Coast IPA", I just mentally substitute "Imperial IPA".
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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2012, 10:41:36 AM »
West coast IPAs are the way AIPA should be.

East coast IPAs need more hops.

Let the bickering begin.... ;D

Or you could address the question instead of hijacking the thread

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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2012, 11:00:03 AM »
Does a "Midwest IPA" just require a hefty addition of corn?

 - Kyle (from Indiana)

Some of say we are the North Coast.

Some are a little more malty in the East.  The West Coast IPAs have a simple malt bill and a ton of hops, bone dr finish on some.

The ones around here are more "Balanced".
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east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2012, 11:02:44 AM »
West coast IPAs are the way AIPA should be.

East coast IPAs need more hops.

Let the bickering begin.... ;D

Or you could address the question instead of hijacking the thread

The OP was asking for an opinion since there's no definitive answer.  I gave my opinion.  What's yours?


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Re: east coast IPA, west coast IPA & mid west IPA
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2012, 11:06:45 AM »
Some of say we are the North Coast.

Some are a little more malty in the East.  The West Coast IPAs have a simple malt bill and a ton of hops, bone dr finish on some.

The ones around here are more "Balanced".
naw, the west coast IPAs are more "balanced"  They have the closest hop weight to malt weight of any of them.

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2012, 11:10:33 AM »
Some of say we are the North Coast.

Some are a little more malty in the East.  The West Coast IPAs have a simple malt bill and a ton of hops, bone dr finish on some.

The ones around here are more "Balanced".
naw, the west coast IPAs are more "balanced"  They have the closest hop weight to malt weight of any of them.

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