West Coast Before Dawn is a 6.5% West Coast IPA from West Coast Brewing, based in Mochimune, in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught though its availability is unknown at the time of writing. West Coast Before Dawn is brewed with a variety of hops that include Comet, El Dorado, and Simcoe.
- Alcohol : 6.5%
- Style : West Coast IPA
- Hops : Comet, El Dorado, and Simcoe
- IBU :
- Availability : Unknown
- On Sale : From September 2022
- Size : 500 ml
- Price : From 900 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Grapefruit and papaya with some melon and peach when warmed up. Low malt aroma.
- Notable Tastes : Smooth bitterness with a tropical flavour of papaya and melon.
West Coast Before Dawn : Aroma & Taste
West Coast Before Dawn poured out a slightly hazy golden amber colour with a thin amount of white head on top that dissipated quite quickly. The aroma wasn’t your typical West Coast IPA aroma – there was just a smidgen of citrus presence in the form of grapefruit but there wasn’t any piney resinous character that I have come to love with a West Coast IPA beer. Nor was there much of a malt character to the beer. When West Coast Before Dawn had warmed up, there was a noticeable shift in aroma towards a melon and peach base instead – a very interesting shift it must be said.
The body to West Coast Before Dawn started off with a smooth bitter punch, that brought along the grapefruit, along with a papaya-like flavour. The only reason I noted that is because I had eaten a papaya a day before – it’s not often I eat them but West Coast Before Dawn did have a similar flavour to that. There was also some melon lingering in the background, but I did find myself wanting some resin notes, which left me wanting. After letting West Coast Before Dawn warm up a bit, there was just a touch of caramel malt flavour, but barely.
West Coast Before Dawn : The Bottom Line
West Coast Before Dawn made me realise that I do miss the classic West Coast IPA flavour of citrus and pine. It’s not a bad beer but calling it a West Coast IPA is a bit of a stretch.
West Coast Before Dawn : Where to Buy
West Coast Before Dawn can be bought online at the following places: