India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
05-30-2012 21:20:53 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-12-2013 07:23:42 | More by AdamToomey
3.1/5 rDev -24%
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.
04-20-2014 01:55:26 | More by Beaver13
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-10-2013 23:52:18 | More by Billolick
4.19/5 rDev +2.7%
Hazy golden hued beer with a quarter inch white head. Brussels lacing. I get a faint aroma of citrus hops, but I really have to seek it out. I get a pretty acute burst of citrus hops which quickly fades into a nice, mellow hop burn. There's a good light malt backbone to keep the hop intensity in check. The mouth is crisp and dry.
03-18-2014 04:34:16 | More by Franziskaner
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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