India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Fresh outta the new bright green can... canned on Nov 4th, if I'm not mistaken, date is on the case, not the can (this should be fixed). That makes this beer 12 days old in the can. Nice.
A. Unfiltered and particle-heavy dusty dull yellow. Fat, lacy off white egg-white head. Rustic. A hefty amount of sediment settles at the bottom of my glass - honestly, this might do well with some filtering.
S. Huge hop nose for an IPA - tons going on here, mostly of the sweet fruity, grapefruit variety. Pine adds nuance, as does an earthy spicyness and muted malt presence - this is fresh hop galore. Slightly acidic and very very green... I like it.
T. Surely the most hop forward IPA to come out of the Carolinas since HopArt. This is all about the sticky green hop resins, and is a joy to drink. The characterful malt sweetness plays backup and helps balance the bitter and herbal hops. Very good beer when this fresh, I'm curious how muted it gets in the can after a few months.
M / O. No trouble at all to put back. Crisp, adequate carbonation and medium body, never too sweet or bitter.
I hope the recipe is more or less locked at this point. Westbrook IPA will easily replace Avery IPA as my go to canned IPA - it's the same price, local and fresher! What's not to like? Great job, Westbrook. No Homer.
EDIT: After consuming numerous cans of this, I simply have to bump the taste score to a 4.5. I hope subsequent batches are this good, because this stuff is dreadfully delicious (at least when super-fresh)
Serving type: can
11-16-2011 23:33:10 | More by kkipple
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