Originally Posted by Yambor44
We just starting getting Rebel IPA here in my neck of the woods recently. Had it on tap first and then went and bought some in the bottle. Both I thought were very good. Drinking one now. The hop aroma and flavor are not huge, but I think it really works for me.
I am glad I searched for "Rebel" and found this thread. I have been on a "IPA only" kick for a long time now in my brewing and drinking. This is the style that appeals to me the most at this time. I used to love DFH 60, then thought they must have changed the recipe. I then realized later that it was the malt profile that I no longer cared for. I now know my favorite style has a name. West Coast. I love these IPA's.
What's the difference between Caramel 40 (or 60) and Crystal 40 (or 60)?
Which one should be most used for a West Coast style IPA?
Who has a good West Coast style IPA recipe they would like to share or link to?
IMHO, search for clones of Russian River's Blind Pig (IPA), and Pliny the Elder (IIPA).
Pliny the Elder is consistently rated at the top on both Ratebeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com
Vinnie of Russian river says to not use more than 5% crystal malt. The hop complexity gets lost much beyond that, in my experience. This supports many of the prior comments.
There are many other great west coast IPAs, but Russian River is a good place to start the adventure.