India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 93
Gots: 167 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 1,184 | Reviews: 206
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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.

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted snifter; translucent orange gold with a fluffy white head that fades slowly to a finger-thick puck of foam with some spotty fine lacing above it. Visible suspended sediment and resins in the liquid...mmm.
Smells awesome. Reminds me of the older Sucks. Pine, mango, sweetness, citrus, other tropical fruit, dank.
Taste follows; very clear in flavor, yet complex. Very pine forward, resins coat the mouth. Seems very bitter at first for the 60 IBU listed on the can, but it smooths out into some citrus and tropical fruit lightly in the end.
Mouthfeel is light, nice carbonation, light body. Crisp clean finish, makes it very drinkable.
Overall, another "hyped" IPA that I've finally tracked down, and wasn't dissatisfied by. Tasty, drinkable stuff.

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An East Coast/West Coast showdown tonight, with a Westbrook IPA (12 oz can; date stamp shows it was canned only 3 weeks ago) up against Green Flash Hop Head Red (12 oz bottle; marketed as a “red IPA”; also very fresh according to date stamp). Perhaps giving the underdog a slight advantage, I start with the Westbrook. The Westbrook pours an attractive, hazy, orange-amber with a bone-colored head that has moderate retention and size. Lacing is quite nice for an IPA.

Aroma: IPA credentials are intact with the powerful aroma of floral, herbal and citrus hops, and a hint of spruce. Some malt presence too, giving it a nice baked bread background.

T: A rich floral-piney-citrus hop mix. The claimed IBU of 60 seems right; despite the aroma and hop flavor, this is not overly bitter.

M: Medium body with soft but medium-high carbonation; lively but not harsh; dry finish.

O: A solid West Coast style American IPA with a mix of floral, piney and citrus elements. Clearly more complex and appealing than the Green Flash. Recommended.

Photo of jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark orange with brown tones. Slightly opaque. Had a small and quickly disappearing head. There were a few floaters within it as well.

S - Smells like a mix of tropical and citrus as I get orange and pineapple. Definitely a sweetness in the nose

T - At first, there is a nice sweetness with a sweet malt and pineapple at first. There is also a sweet tangerine with a twist of orange zest. There is a slight pine hops that gives it a slight bite on the end. Overall, goes through a nice array of flavors in this one.

MF - Light carbonation. Medium body with a nice stickiness to it.

O - A solid and easily drinkable IPA from Westbrook. It does go through a nice variety of hops which gives it a nice complexity for the style.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Lee – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Also present are hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops are less robust. Somewhat grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus rinds. Midway through the sip the hops turn more bitter with the addition of earthy flavors. The earthy and slight citrus hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was very excited about this beer after just smelling it but the way it tasted was less impressive. Still, a solid beer from a nice new brewery in the area – worth a shot.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter. 12/02/13 on the bottom.

A: Pours a hazy amber gold with a dense off white head. Loads of visible carbonation in this one. Nice lacing as the head dwindles down.

S: Fresh hop aroma with a nice citrus tone. Earthy and floral as well. Herbal qualities as well. Malts add some sweetness to the background.

T: The best way to describe this would be succulent hops. The combination of sweet malts and fresh hops really makes for a mouth watering combination.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a nectar like mouthfeel that can be enjoyable in IPA's. Finish is a bit sticky. Hops dry out the tongue.

Overall this is an IPA you can enjoy all night. Has a great kick of bitterness and substantial hop flavor. Something thats certainly worth picking up.

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ths is super fresh. Canned yesterday. Color is a bright orange with slight haziness. Head is white, not large yet seems to stick around as a nice little layer. Aroma is sweet, bright, and dankly/freshly hoppy. A general kind of hoppiness including pine and citrus. Taste is fantastic. Fruit, spice and plenty of fresh hoppy flavors. Great balance in this beer. Just enough malts to hold up in hop village. Texture is slightly syrupy, slick, and body is appropriate at a medium level. Overall great!

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

Canned on 9/17/2014.

Served cold into a shaker pint glass, Westbrook's IPA is a hazy yellow-orange color with thin white head. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is fruity and fresh with citrus and tropical fruit.

Flavor is sweet up front and great hop character from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall a very good IPA and drinkable too.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral citrus hop aroma. Hazy lemony appearance with moderate head. Above average mouthfeel, nice malt backbone. Good carbonation. Very good drinkability.Some fruit,complexity not just a hop attack. Slightly drying finish.
Very pleasant fresh IPA thanks Doug.
Thanks again for another one this past week. Light lemon, draft fresh. Thanks again, Doug K.

Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in oversized snifter at Bomboras on HHI, SC.

pours a warm golden glow with a nice frothy head. lacing all over the place.

smells of floral bouquet, orange peel & sour apples and a slight peppery bite.

this is a nice beer. citrus explosion that presents as grapefruit, orange & green apples. Puckering bitterness that hangs a while on the aftertaste.

medium body with a good amount of carbonation. little dry feel with a sour and bitter finish. just like I enjoy my IPA's.

this is a good beer. most of the time you have to get into a DIPA to get into this kind of depth. at 5.6% abv, could drink this bad boy all day long.

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for the cans! You rock, brother!

India Pale Ale pours a very attractive gold color. It’s quite hazy and has a light copper or orange tint with backlighting. A huge off-white head covers it. It stands over three fingers tall. Very impressive! It’s quite slow to dissipate and leaves a very thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. Looks great!

The nose is good. The malt base smells like a mix of toasted and caramel varieties. They’re easily noted early on, but quickly give way to strong hop notes. The hops are almost exclusively citric (as far as I can smell). Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are noted throughout. Smells like this one leans rather hard in the hop direction. That’s good. I prefer than in American IPAs. Alcohol isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor is likewise impressive. It does have a toasted and caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet. The malts are nothing more than a backdrop for the hops. They are primarily citric. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors are delicious and resonate throughout. There’s a touch of a piney flavor, as well. It’s definitely bitter, but not palate wrecking. Definitely enough to keep things lively and interesting though. The toasted malts seem to emerge stronger on the tail. Not my favorite thing. Still very tasty nonetheless. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. Finishes with a fruity hop flavor and a kick of bitterness.

India Pale Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is rather light and soft. It goes down nice and easy. I’d be damn tempted to take down a few of these cans if they were at my disposal.

India Pale Ale is my first exposure to Westbrook Brewing Co. beer. It’s a nice start. This is an impressive American IPA. It’s full of delicious hop flavor and is nice and bitter. My only small complaint is the toasted malt flavor is just a little too strong. Minor grip. Very good stuff. Set up a trade for a few cans. It’s worth it.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look- Pours a very cloudy bronzish-straw glass with no head and only some lacing.

Smell- Clobbers you with spruce/pine when first poured, but that aroma is quickly outshone by grapefruit . Eventually they both make peace, blend and fade into one smell.

Taste- Much like the smell- first a blast of pine, but then the grapefruit notes take over. After that they blend into one "thick" taste. Trying to find one or the other will reveal it, but just enjoying the beer and not critiquing it allows them to meld into, I don't know, "pinefruit"? The beer is quite bold at first, but mellows as it goes along. Substantial bite.

Feel- Nice, but not exceptional.

Overall- A good beer, enjoyed it and would happily drink one if offered, but wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of VRH
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a light straw colour with moderate head that remains thin. Slight latex aromas with grapefruit zest on the nose, followed by mineral, & white pepper on the palate, & a big grassy lingering finish. Very solid IPA -- crisp, & enjoyable. From the tap
@newbeers - Beverage World!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Nice white head and great lacing.

Smell - Hop pellet aroma. Like smelling hops before adding them to the boil. Kinda raw. Caramel malt and a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Blend of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine. All sorts of hop flavors. Toasty malt bill. Very biscuity. Even a hint of rye, but maybe that's a lingering flavor from my last beer. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium bitterness. Well balancbalanced and never too sweet.

Overall - Decent IPA, but nothing stands out.

Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a short tulip glass.

A - kind of hazy orange-gold body with dissipating head. Good lacing.

N - spicy sweet smell with honey, orange, grapefruit and spicy notes.

T - fruity more than spicy or resiny for an ipa. Very little alcohol taste. Maltish background.

M - chewy up front then a kind of ... Fullness? In the middle of he mouth. Then a tingly spiciness.

O - I liked this quite a bit. Nice tasty spicy Ipa. Cheers.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can dated late December into snifter. Radiant orange color, a sight to behold. Really a beautiful beer to look at, those little carbonated bubbles stick to the glass like they are holding on for dear life. Tastes of sharp citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. This is a delicious IPA, I don't see it around my shops on Long Island often, but if it were it would be a damn fine Go To.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus aspect going on here was really quite nice and very inviting. This made it easy to drink with just about any type of food you threw at it. I personally chose pulled pork, but it went quite well. There wasn’t a huge hop aspect going on which was nice if you aren’t a huge hop head that is looking to nuke their palate. A solid offering from Westbrook that should not go ignored if you are a big fan of IPAs.

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 8/19/2014 into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with two finger dense white head with decent retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

S: Bright citrus with pineapple and grapefruit. Pine straw and floral hops.

T: Big hop punch with a nice malt back bone. Citrus is less noticeable in flavor than in aroma.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The finish has a nice hop bite and leaves a slight bitter after taste.

O: Well executed basic IPA. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Hoping to find a fresh batch to compare.

Photo of bum732
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Very fresh-cut grass like, resiny hoppiness, intense, candy-like grapefruit, pine with a prominent malt aroma in the background.

L: Hazy dark burnt orange. White creamy head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Big malt backbone followed quickly by a grassy, fresh hoppiness. Medium, grassy bitterness, quite smooth. Grapefruit peel and fresh cut grass hop taste with some pine. Has a very bisquity maltiness, but not heavy or masking the hops. Finishes dry with some resin.

M: Medium full body, refreshing, medium carbonation.

A very unique IPA, but i loved it. Loved the grassiness with the grapefruit/pine, almost had a negroni taste to it. Malt backbone elevated the without being dentrimental, rare in an IPA. A must try.

Photo of Mongrel
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour -- light, hazy orange color with a finger and a half of tight, frothy white head. Plentiful lacing.

Nose is bright and piney, with a melange of citrus behind it.

Taste follows suit -- bright and slightly bitter with pine first, subtle tropical fruit second, namely pineapple, and all sorts of citrus following that. For some reason it's reminding me of both Bells Two Hearted and Heady Topper. Like a slightly more potent Two Hearted, or a Heady Lite. Maybe Centennial hops? There's also a touch of savory scallions on the finish. In any case, I like that it's hoppy, bitter and unique enough to make its mark, but still tastefully restrained.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied and well rounded. There's a semi-dry finish with just enough of the honey malt center lingering around and coating the palate to give the dry hop flavors an afterlife.

Photo of mscudder
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint. Canned 6/25.

A - Pours a crisp orange hue with a sizable off-white head. Impressive retention and quality lacing.

S - Nice aromatic hops with a slight caramel sweetness. Touch of lemon.

T - Biscuit flavored malts serve as a stage for loads of hops and tropical fruits. Fruits include: pineapple, grapefruit, mango and lemon. Nice stuff.

M - Large body for an AIPA. Not overbearing, although recedes as the hop profile takes over.

O - A solid brew from Westbrook that I will be inserting into my AIPA rotation. Retains the refreshing nature of AIPA's while adding something a little different. Honestly, this is far better than their bombers. Cheaper too!

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.