India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 93
Gots: 166 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 01-04-2011

A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this highly drinkable IPA. A blend of four American hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and twice in the fermentor for a complex and layered hop experience. Best served at 45-50˚F in a tulip or English style pint glass.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 205
Photo of MrMeerbill
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Sort of a one trick pony hoppy with a light pine and citrusy note on the finish

Photo of abb610
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in Charlotte, its has been tough finding fresh cans of this beer across the border. Ive always said that if you can find a can in the first 2 weeks, it is one of the best ipas you can buy. Now that NC has distro, getting it on draft is not a prob and the 2 week rule doesnt apply. England has their ipas as does the west coast. There should be a southern ipa class, and westbrook ipa would be leading the pack with noda hop drop falling in second. Southern ipa????? Well, theres tea, and theres sweet tea and if you are from the south, when you order a tea, you automatically get sweet tea. These southern ipas are a little sweeter but somehow at the same time not maltier. The sweetness coupled with the abundance of hops without being bitter is what this beer is and i love it!!! Its not super clean or crisp like a tea without sugar, but when you add that helping of sweet malt, damn beau, you got sumpin gooooood brotha shoooooot!!! Cheers

Photo of Cobrito
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1-27-15.

hops: C hops according to clones on the net.

Cloudy, cross between orange, gold, and amber. Beautiful. However, Medicore head and lacing.

Nose is underwhelming, suggests way too sweet an IPA with muted hops.

First half of palate is the same, but second half gets way more complex and interesting, hops start to come through and finish is very good.

Feel is nice, medium big.

Very interesting beer. Has aspects that I hate--a cloyingly sweet note from nose to mid-palate--and that I love--a complex malt-hops mixture with a memorable finish. Reminiscent of NODA hop drop n roll, but better, really. Admire the fact that brewmaster brought out two powerful characteristics--the sweet note and the more bitter finish--but it's not really my thang.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/3/15 canned on date.

Grassy, resiny, lightly dank cannabis aroma, with an accompanying grapefruit and mango character. Toasted malt underlies, lightly nutty.

Flavor reveals big grassy notes throughout. The malt backbone is toasted and fairly sweet, providing contrast to the moderately bitter finish. Fruit character is more muted, and earthy and herbal hops seem to be more of the focus. The finish is a touch more bitter than I prefer, and I wish the fruity hop character were more pronounced.

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a small creamy white head, receding slowly and leaving a really nice lacing.
Smells divine, with rich strong pine (tons!), pomelo, kumquat, some papaya, faint mango, light floral notes. Hints of pistachio and a nice caramel maltiness that has a bit of toast in there, too. But wow, so much pine!
The taste is much more balanced, with the fruitiness taking center stage, lots of blood orange, peach, mango, maracuja, faint khaki fruit, with a way more dense caramel backbone. Some light sweet floral notes, a tiny bit of honey. Pine shows up in the end, with a light toast (i get a hint of pine nut, actually) and some spicy, leafy fresh hop, nice and bitter. A hint of that sticky-icky dank, too, but not the main thing.
Aftertaste has rich hop resin, pine, lots of grapefruit peel and a mild sweetness lingering. Bitterness is generous, but doesn't cling, leaving room for that nice fruity flavors. Medium body, medium carbonation, almost smooth.
A huge IPA, with a great bunch of hops, so clear and tasty. So perfectly tweaked. I'm sad i only have one can.

Photo of crosenkrantz
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Generic and formulaic India Pale Ale.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more malt than hop. Good balance. I will drink more when in SC.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Tank 7 tulip. Nice pale gold color. Hazy. Solid two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, and toast with marmalade on the nose.

Medium-light body. Smooth, firm feel. Typical hop-forward flavor. Slight bready malt up front, then marmalade, lemon rind, dry herbs, and grapefruit juice. Fairly well-balanced, but still a bit abrasive on the palate. Lingering oily, resin-like hop flavor.

Overall, a good IPA, but I wish it was a little better balanced with more of a fruity bitterness instead. If I drank this one repeatedly, I bet the flavor would really grow on me.

Photo of Terp96
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A real go to IPA and as close to the standard of the American style as it gets IMO. Very solid.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean finish on a delicious, crisp and balanced IPA. Wouldn't classify as "East Coast" or "West Coast" style at all. Rather, just a very good, hop-forward beer that manages to present a bunch of different characteristics without being over-bearing on any of them. Well done!

Photo of beerstrut
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balance of friendly and interesting. Color quite yellow green, perfect for Spring!

Photo of HopintheSouth
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew from Westbrook! Glad they made their way into NC. Mouthfeel is almost like an imperial IPA, very clean and pleasant bitterness. And lots of citrus, pine and slight malt on the backbone. I dig this one. Well done

Photo of Zack_Norman
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a big fan of this brewery. This is one of the best beers they make that is available year round. A classic IPA. Perfect

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to session brew.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, a yellow orange body that is hazy and unfiltered. Well balance IPA. Very drinkable.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can dated late December into snifter. Radiant orange color, a sight to behold. Really a beautiful beer to look at, those little carbonated bubbles stick to the glass like they are holding on for dear life. Tastes of sharp citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. This is a delicious IPA, I don't see it around my shops on Long Island often, but if it were it would be a damn fine Go To.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Couldn't find a canning date, my hunch is that this one may be a bit old given the reviews I've read. Beautiful honey-orange color. Slightly hazy. Large thick head with good retention. Great aroma upon cracking the can, but it seemed to fade very quickly. Flavor was more English IPA. Focus on malts and very mild bitterness. Body is quite smooth and on the full side of medium. Nice beer.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Charleston, clear golden pour with frothy thick white head. Aroma of mouth watering pine. Malty, smooth and not too bitter, this stuff is so drinkable! Head retention and lacing were remarkable

Photo of oldmankoch
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Birmingham. Rather dank and mildly bitter with those being the only notes. No real presence of pine/grass/tropical fruits that I value most in a IPA. I'll think of this as like Enjoy By's little bro.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass

Hazy golden yellow, thin bubbles, trace lacings

Faint aroma of tropical fruits and sweetness

Hops on the middle of the tongue

Low sudsing , smooth, gentle bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste

Good beer

Photo of CIBoy10
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - 12 oz can into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange (think Texas Longhorns). Nice head that fades to excellent lacing and minimal head retention.

Smell - Nice grapefruit hop bouquet, I get some bread on the nose as well.

Taste - Great bitter hops, flowery and grapefruity. Very much the American IPA. No complaints.

Feel - Smooth and crisp. The hop bitterness lingers nicely.

Overall - very solid IPA. I have had better and I have had worse, but you can't go wrong with this. Top end of the spectrum.

Photo of ScottG818
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight out of a can...drank a ton of these during my last trip to Charleston. One of my favorite IPA.

Photo of JGam115
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malt backbone, wet hop aroma. Amazing malt, good carbonation. Classic American IPA

Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA, not the best I have had but certainly not among the worst either. I am a fan of the style and this one is done very well. It has a feel and texture much like pseudosue in a way. But not exactly their either.

Look: Golden with a reddish hue, cloudy but not super hazy either.

Smell: Floral, malts, sweet some honeysuckle in there.

Taste: Floral, not really very bitter, fruity with some honeysuckle and malt notes in there. Not very bitter very well balanced.

Overall: Solid beer by Westbrook these guys apparently know what they are doing.

Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a short tulip glass.

A - kind of hazy orange-gold body with dissipating head. Good lacing.

N - spicy sweet smell with honey, orange, grapefruit and spicy notes.

T - fruity more than spicy or resiny for an ipa. Very little alcohol taste. Maltish background.

M - chewy up front then a kind of ... Fullness? In the middle of he mouth. Then a tingly spiciness.

O - I liked this quite a bit. Nice tasty spicy Ipa. Cheers.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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