While the shelves are stocked with the most ridiculous (though, delicious) IPAs you could possibly imagine - thick, hazy, infused with interesting flavors and packed full of gimmicks - it’s nice to roll it back to a classic once in a while. That’s exactly what the West Coast IPA from Three Notch’d is here to give you. Having drank many of those gimmicky IPAs recently, this was a very nice change of pace.
Style: West Coast IPA
Hazy might be the craze, but West Coast is the OG.
Flashback to the days when IBUs ruled craft and savor the big citrus/grapefruit profile from iconic American-grown hops. Our West Coast IPA delivers as advertised -- crisp, noticeably bitter, and crystal clear.
How it Looks
West Coast IPA from Three Notch’d Brewing pours a crisp, bright, golden yellow. It has a moderate head that sticks to the side as I drink the beer down, but for the most part dissipates pretty quickly. Though it is advertised as being crystal clear, I noticed the slightest bit of haze, but that certainly wasn’t a deterrent.
How it Smells
The aroma of the West Coast IPA from Three Notch’d Brewing is dominated by the bitter hop profile. I was searching for some specific citrus notes, but it was difficult to find. Eventually, I did pick up on the grapefruit notes, and there was also a small presence of mealtimes in the aroma as well.
How it Tastes
As advertised, this IPA focuses on the hop bitterness without the gimmicks and it is very crisp and refreshing.
On first sip, the bitterness West Coast IPA from Three Notch’d Brewing is what really hits up front and throughout the entire drinking experience. As advertised, this IPA focuses on the hop bitterness without the gimmicks and it is very crisp and refreshing. It’s got a very light mouthfeel with little to no coating sensation after the sip.
Similar to the aroma, I really had to hunt for the citrus flavors in this one, but as the beer warmed up a little bit, I found that the bitterness was more tame and I was able to pull out that grapefruit and orange flavor. Also once it was a bit warmer, I was able to taste some more of those malt characteristics.
Overall, I definitely recommend the West Coast IPA from Three Notch’d Brewing Company. It’s a nice step back from the gimmicky IPAs that we are all becoming too familiar with, and is a very refreshing IPA for any occasion. At 7.5%, it is a relatively easy drinker that focuses on big hop flavors, and that’s exactly what I want from time to time.