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The West Coast IPA. The beer that could arguably be called the first shots fired in the Craft beer arms race. West Coast IPA's are the place where hops get to showcase what they do best: Moderate caramel malt backbone with mango, stone fruit, floral taones, tropical tones, and a citrus hop character that finishes clean. This brew is a great representation of what the baby darling of the beer world used to be. Take a break from all that juice and haze, and embrance some crisp, dry history.
The most popular American craft beer style. They range in ease of drinking (session) from easy to quite huge knock-you-out-of-your-chair flavor and alcohol. Hop flavor is medium to very high and should reflect an American or New World hop character, such as citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness. Malt flavor should be low to medium-low and is generally clean and grainy-malty although some light caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Low yeast-derived fruitiness is acceptable but not required. Dry to medium-dry finish; residual sweetness should be low to none. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted in stronger versions. Maybe slightly sulfury, but most examples do not exhibit this character.