India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
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)
11-16-2011 23:33:10 | More by kkipple
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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