Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sierra Nevada brewed an intriguing double IPA for its summer Beer Camp extravaganza, appropriately called West Coast Double IPA. This sneaky good double IPA is in the vein of West Coast IPA standard bearers Stone Ruination and Russian River's Pliny the Elder. This means West Coast Double IPA is more than just another tired example of extreme hops, and that it has nuance and character. It has a floral sweetness to go with its hop bitterness, and its malt adds a rich depth. Its abv is a respectable 8.5%, but in a twist, it drinks smaller, which lets its flavors expand and coaxes out that intangible nuance thing. West Coast comes in squat, twenty-four-ounce bottles. Sierra Nevada proves once again that its IPAs take a backseat to no brewer.