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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,312
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 103
Gots: 206 | FT: 15
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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Reviews by Reaper16:
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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler filled at Corks and Tops, Tuscaloosa, AL

Pours a light and clear shade of ghostpenny. I just made that up; see, the beer is colored like a penny would be if a penny were cartoonishly, preternaturally light and translucent. Not much head here: less than a finger of grey-white foam that dissipates as fast as it takes to turn the lights on in your room when you hear a scary noi...ok, I'll stop.

My first impression of the aroma is that it seems quite balanced. Not in a "nothing is sticking out" way or a "the nice way of saying that the hops are unassertive" way, but in an intriguing way that connects the hops and malts. Most IPAs don't have a coherent linkage between their malt bills and their hop bills other than "throw some crystal malts in there to tame the bitterness." This beer? It smells like a deciduous forest on a Summer's day. The nutty malt works with some legit red apple flavor (not a green apple off-flavor, but red apple cider/juice). Connecting those further are the spicy, pine notes (I know: pine trees are coniferous, not deciduous. Work with me, here). There's some light orange and grapefruit pith aromas too. It would be an average IPA aroma if not for how well-connected everything is. The hop bill was thought through, that's for sure.

That balance is less successful on the palate, simply because it allows the malts to shine too much. A nice malt bill that's dryer than one would expect from a malt-forward IPA; almost like they used Caramunich malts in here as part of the beer's caramel/crystal malt dynamic. The hops are straightforward: spicy, lightly citrusy. They're also earthy in a way that works well with the malt flavors. As it warms, I pick up on some passionfruit(!), which is welcome. This is solid, well-conceived stuff.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. I wish there were a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty solid just the same.

Overall, this is a nice session IPA. It makes more sense to drink during the Fall than the Summer, given it's earthy flavors and malt notes. I'll give it another go when football season starts.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves a lots of lace sticking to the pint glass

Smell: Are we in a pineapple plantation or what?

Taste: Pineapple and other typical fruit, including grapefruit, mango and lemon; the malt acts as a platform upon which these tropical flavors can strutt their stuff

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This has to be one of the top everyday IPAs on the market today; just mashes all the buttons on my book

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely fantastic east coast style ipa, if you told me this was made in vermont, i would believe you. everyday is christmas when drlovemd87 is your pal, lucky me, he is one hell of a beer advocate! this pours very pale blonde in color, washed out a little, yeasty and resinous, light malt color, robust splashy soft white head with expert retention. it smells like something ive had from lawsons, really, the hops are that bright, mixed between tangerine zest and new spruce tree spring growth. its beautiful in the nose, but the taste is even better. just caramelized pilsener malt is a very worthy base for this, which otherwise would probably not have the fortitude to support such a resonant hopping. the label gives very little information in the hops, to my dismay, but i am sure of one thing, this is refined and calculated and dialed in a professional way that is unrivaled. its only as bitter as it needs to be, and the hop cone itself just dances on the tongue from first sniff to long after the swallow. its majestic in that way. maybe i am bored with colorado ipa, i hate to even propose such a thing, but this took me to a hoppy (happy) place i havent been in some time. medium bodied, i could drink ten of these, and would love to do that someday. everything about this refreshes me, both palate wise and spiritually. ipa is medicine, and this is the shamans share!

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Photo of DanGeo
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AdamToomey
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide snifter at around 45 degrees...allowed to warm throughout.

A - Pours a light gold; shades of amber give it depth and complexity. It looks like a nice glass of caramel. Head is minimal but lacing throughout.

S - The real highlight of this beer is the aroma. Nice and subtle grapefruit aromas give way to a sweetness from the malt. Hints of spice in the background...peppery even. As the beer warms, the sweetness from the malt starts to take over.

T - A nice balance here between the malt profile and the hop bitterness...nothing too overwhelming. That being said, also nothing exceptionally rememberable. Grapefruit and caramel malt dominate the taste profile with hints of spice...same as the nose.

M - Feels a little light in my opinion. Not sure why. The carbonation seems about right for the style but the beer seems to go straight down the hatch with little for my taste buds to remember it by. Nothing sticks here.

O - Overall, the beer is good...not great...not bad...just good. I would buy it and drink it again; however, I would know when doing so, that I was buying a solid version of the style but nothing above and beyond.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, dated 2/27/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity candy with some resiny hops and a little garlic.

The flavor is sweet fruity candy with resiny garlic hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of an odd mix of fruity candy and garlic hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, w/o freshmess info that I can find.

Pours hazed dull lighter tangarine, gauzy eggshell head, leaves a decent collar, fine film and nice fine scattered sheets and strands of lacing.

Oranges and resiny hops in the nose.

Hopped up but not overly bitter, loads of mixed citric fruits, and a moderate resiny hop finish. Better then average, fruity, quite pleasant and assertive IPA in a can, what could be bad?

Well worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.