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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

787 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 76 | FT: 12
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:
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

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 01-04-2011)
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2012 21:20:53 | More by Reaper16
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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.