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One of the best-selling and best-tasting IPAs we offer. This is your typical hoppy “West Coast IPA”. At just under 7% a.b.v., Stone has ample hop aroma, tons of flavor, and bitterness throughout, with a nice, smooth, dry finish. Stone uses a process called “dry-hopping” for this IPA, which results in a burst of aroma and flavor. Stone IPA received a score of 100 on ratebeer.com and a score of 99 from the Beer Advocate

Lagunitas IPA — Petaluma, California

This good-looking golden brew is California’s top-selling IPA. Lagunitas is moderately bitter and not overly hoppy, which gives it a beautiful, balanced bitter-to-fruit ratio. Flavors include grapefruit and lemon, and it finishes with a nice piney, dry taste. With an a.b.v of 6.2%, Lagunitas is a great IPA that exemplifies the West Coast approach. Lagunitas IPA received a score of 94 on ratebeer.com and a score of 87 from the Beer Advocate.

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA — Healdsburg, California

Easily my favorite IPA that we carry, this next-generation IPA is extremely impressive. Bear Republic drinks extremely easy, but hits you with the bitterness you expect from an IPA. The finish is one-of-a-kind with a creamy, citrus feel that quenches your thirst and leaves you wanting more. With an a.b.v right at 7%, I highly recommend this IPA for any palette or occasion. Racer 5 IPA received a score of 99 on ratebeer.com and a score of 94 from the Beer Advocate.

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Green Flash Brewing Co West Coast IPA — San Diego, California

I cannot confirm that Green Flash came up with the term “West Coast IPA,” but this beer is the exact definition of the west coast style. At 7.3% this beer contains tons of orange and grapefruit flavor with a perfectly hopped taste from start to finish that still finishes dry and smooth. It also has a touch of sweetness that balances this beer to perfection. Green Flash West Coast IPA received a score of 99 on ratebeer.com and a score of 100 from the Beer Advocate.

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