Jeff has never been an IPA fan. Ever. For six years, he refused to make an IPA, because every beer produced at Crabtree is a passion beer for Jeff. He couldn't find passion for an IPA.
One day, a home brewer brought in an IPA for Jeff to try--he thought it was pretty good and not harsh like other IPAs. Jeff thought, "maybe IPAs don't have to taste so terrible. Let's try it out." Jeff sat down and went through five different iterations of this beer.
Longtime Crabtree fans will remember some of these variatons:
1. The Black IPA gave the malt profile, but Jeff didn't love it.
2. The English IPA went from dark to light, and fine-tuned the hop profile. But it was too malty.
3. East Coast Style IPA; Jeff liked it, but didn't love it.
In the Summer of 2016, Jeff spent a week at the desolate beach Silver Strand in Coronado Beach for a family reunion and asked his dad to go pick up two cases of different IPAs made in California. Jeff couldn't go to the liquor store and get replacements for the crappy beer his dad bought, so he started drinking one profile of beer each night of vacation. Jeff identified his love for the aeromatics of the IPAs and decided to focus on these traits in his own IPA recipe.
Jeff is from California, so he named his final IPA recipe West Coast IPA to pay homage to his homeland and remember that week of vacation spent drinking crappy IPAs with his scotch-drinking family.
Copper in color with a hop finish that is pleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics. Aromatics of tropical fruit and grapefruit are finished by a dry crisp bitterness.
Pale Malts, Black Malts
Columbus Hops, Eldorado Hops, Cascade Hops