Liquid Yeast


LAX is a clean versatile strain isolated from a famous west coast microbrewery. With little ester production, it allows New World Hops to take center stage.

Min order 5hL

What makes a West Coast IPA?

There are a few things that distinguish a West Coast IPA from other IPAs. Firstly, West Coast IPAs tend to be very hop-forward, with a strong bitterness and a resinous, piney flavor. This is achieved by using lots of hops during the brewing process, both in the boil and as dry hops. Secondly, West Coast IPAs tend to be very dry, with little malt sweetness remaining in the finished beer. This helps to accentuate the hop flavors and makes for a refreshing, crisp beer. Finally, West Coast IPAs are usually pretty highly carbonated, giving them a lively level of fizziness.

What yeast is good for a West Coast IPA?

Generally speaking, any yeast strain that is good for producing an American IPA will work well for a West Coast IPA. However, there are a few yeast strains in particular that are often used for this style of beer. Some of the most popular strains include LAX by WHC Lab, Wyeast 1056 (American Ale), Wyeast 2007 (Pounder Crabtree Ale Yeast), and White Labs WLP001 (California Ale). Each of these yeasts will produce a beer with a nice clean flavor and a good level of bitterness.

Suitable for

Brown Ales, Imperial Stouts, Pale Ales, Red Ales, Stouts, West Coast IPAs

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Flocculation – Medium to Medium Low

Temperature – 16-22°C

Comparative Strains
California Ale, American Ale, Flagship, West Coast, Chico

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