Category 17: West Coast-Style IPA

Color:
Straw to gold
Clarity:
Chill haze or hop haze is acceptable at low levels
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Low to medium-low. Caramel or roasted malt character should not be present.
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
High to very high, exhibiting a wide range of attributes including floral, piney, citrus, fruity (berry, tropical, stone fruit and other), sulfur, diesel-like, onion-garlic, catty, resinous and many others.
Fermentation Characteristics:
Fruity esters range from low to medium. DMS, acetaldehyde, and diacetyl should not be present. These beers are characterized by a high degree of attenuation.
Body:
Low to medium
Additional Notes:
These beers are highly attenuated with an assertive hop character and a dry, crisp finish. While the West Coast India Pale Ale style has been around for some time, the style itself has progressed over time from original inception to modern day examples – this guideline serves to align directly with modern-day examples of the style.
Alcohol by Volume:
6.30% – 7.50% (beyond this would be considered a double IPA)
IBU:
50-75
SRM Color:
2-6