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India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

Added by thagr81us on 01-04-2011

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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,384
Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rivals any American IPA. Try 24.

A: Pours a very hazy coppery golden amber with plentiful yeast particles in suspension, light carbonation, and apricot highlights. The beer has a dense two finger creamy beige head that very slowly reduces to patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Sheets of lacing follow and stain the tulip glass. A looker.

S: Abundant aromas of citrus/orange fruit flesh hops upfront with backdrop aromas of sweet caramel malts.

T: Follows the smell but more. Starts with a blaring burst of citrus fruit flesh, juicy, along with sweet caramel malt high lights and then washes wih layers of complex, juicy and mostly citric hops. Floral and bitter like nasturium. More sweet than bitter, juicy, abundant.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bright and crisp upfront and into a mildly bitter, clean wet finish.

O:Bright and balanced between sweetness upfront and fading amounts of bitterness in the finish. One of the best every day IPAs out there and compares well with One Claw their Rye APA. Try 24 New favorite brewer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and very hoppy. Good IPA.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange with a big white head and tons of sticky lacing. Notes of orange, citrus rinds, pepper, dank, and grass. Medium body, refreshingly crisp, yet smooth with a clean finish. Highly drinkable IPA with big hop flavors and not much balancing that out. I really enjoyed this, not a world beater but very enjoyable.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has an orange color with a medium white head on top. Doesn't have an overpowering hop smell, more citrus than hops. Tastes just like it smells, hoppy with a little citrus to it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice drinking East Coast or New England type style IPA. Nice blance...sweeter flavor....no biting bitterness or catty hop burps...I'd call the hops grassy...not sure what is used...reminds me of some of the IPA's I enjoyed in the mid 90's...to be honest I could session this a lot easier than some IPA's but a true hop head would not like this. I think it is pretty solid for what it is. Nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of adrianholt
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, but loads and loads sediment (some is fine in my book but this was excessive). Smell was decent. Taste was decent. Just looking for a little less bitter and a little more hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was pretty let down by this one. It is hazy orange with noticeable sediment. The smell is sweet and bready and the taste is basically the same. Malt forward and quite ordinary. nb

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Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber color with a two-finger, foamy, milk-white head and lacing. It has a fairly malty smell for an IPA with pine, citrus, and floral hops. The taste is a very nice blend of sweet and bitter: there is a hint of tropical fruit and caramel but the piney, resinous hop tastes are abundant. It's a very well-balanced ale. It has a medium body, is moderately carbonated, and the ABV is 6.8% makes it super-drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding American IPA. It is well-crafted and balanced, and very drinkable. I'm glad Westrook now distributes in New Jersey and I will definitely seek it out again. It has justly earned its excellent rating.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid IPA. Purchased at the Trader Joes down the road from the hotel. Pours clear and golden in color with a nice, white head. Pure hoppy aroma and the flavor follows suit. Crisp and clean, especially for an IPA with the heft this one presents. Bought the sixer and am pleased to consume all 72oz before my departure on the plane back to South Florida tomorrow.

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Photo of AlsBeer
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried 2 cans because I was concerned about the appearance. What troubled me was the presence of sediment in the glass. Otherwise a hazy straw yellow with a 3/8 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Decent hop/malt balance fades to a lingering hop bitterness. Overall a good American IPA except for the sediment.

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Photo of adamgnoth
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - a constant yellow/red hybrid. You pour the beer and immediately wonder how much the malt will show through on the taste as you see the red tinge.

Smell - piney, resinous, freshly laid carpet

taste - a bitter hop assault on the back sides of your tongue. A light bready sensation from the obvious caramel malts

feel - well carbonated with a lot of bubbles tickling your tongue

overall - this was more malty than I expected. I will buy this beer anytime I see it as long as it's fresh. The date is printed on the bottom of the can. I won't be as excited next time knowing it is heavier malt than a super hop head like myself likes.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque orange with 2 fingers of head.
S - Aroma is a very nice mango / citrus.
T - Flavor is muted grapefruit and malt. A little bitterness on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very drinkable. A good but not great IPA.

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Photo of tlema1
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One week old from the can
L: beautiful orange/Amber color
S; not much of a nose
T: light body, juicy
F: bitter finish, took away a bit from the experience
O: very fresh, enjoyable

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a light haze under a 3” lacy light cream colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to recede to ¼ its normal size.

S: Minty hop aromas with herbs and citrus. Hop aromas are medium to a little more, clean fermentation aromas, malt aromas are medium low.

T: Luscious, rich fruit flavors - Citrus, melon over light bread crumb. Layered, medium high hop flavors.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.

O: Rich, very well developed hop flavors.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - gorgeous hazy orange. Tree House would be proud! Blood orange juice.

S - rich fruity malts. Reminds me of DFH. Earthy and piney with an underlying sweetness.

T - a little let down! The nose promised so much flavor, but it somehow feels... empty. Still, heavy-duty malt backbone with some lightly floral notes occasionally peeking through.

F - thinner than expected, much like the flavor. Head feels nice on the lips. Low, seeping carbonation with sharp prickles.

O - much more enjoyable to look at and smell, which unfortunately is the least enjoyable part of beer!

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Photo of gopens44
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This mega frothy head beer is a nice turbid murky orange that would make any Vermonters either proud or jealous. Lacing is generous and sticky as well.

Very vibrant tropical and earthy nose that rounds out with a little caramel sweetness.

Taste is immediately bitter with some mango, hints of grapefruit, a smattering of something floral and an earthy finish. The sweetness in the nose only plays in long enough to offer balance but leaves behind only a ghost of honey but nothing cloying in an otherwise bitter aftertaste. Overall body is just think enough to be refreshing but still pretty solid. Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo during the recent edition of GABER. Cheers guys!

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 60

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, slightly creamy white head with good retention. Opaque gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to full wisp and clings to the top of the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving some light dots of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts, some honeydew melon, peaches, pine and lots of grapefruit on the nose. Grapefruit and grapefruit.

TASTE: Pale malts and grapefruit up front. Big finish with more grapefruit, lemon, citrus and grassy hop flavors. Some decent hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. Not a whole pile of complexity here, but there's lots of bold, in-you-face grapefruit flavors and bitterness. Really dominant there. Definitely a grapefruit bomb, but that's just my bag, so I greatly enjoyed the two cans I brought back with me and will gladly get more next year. Highly recommended if you see it.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad that I finally got to try this. I was in Charleston a few days ago and had several of these while there. Very nicely balanced IPA. Quite bitter and citrusy but it had a nice malt backbone. The Gose is still my favorite from this brewery but this was a good beer. Paired rather nicely with some fresh shucked oysters and shrimp and grits...

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz can dated 8/19 into a nonic pint, thanks Michael! Comes out a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized head that leaves some lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine with a strong malt backbone. Flavor has much less malt than the nose hints of, its more hoppy here. Big grapefruit and pine notes, grassy, bitter. Sweet caramel malts fight the bitterness but never overcome. Solid body, matches the ABV. Overall a classic IPA worthy of it's name.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a dumb plastic wine glass.

Golden orange with 1 finger of loose head. Hazy with light carbonation.

Grapefruit, honey, caramel, and pine.

Grapefruit juice and honeydew melon with a papaya/pineapple twang. Honey backbone with drizzles of caramel. Finishes with pine sap and lingering florals.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, silky, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Citrus-y and tropical with light pine. A solid IPA that is juicy and keeps a restrained bitterness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Westbrook IPA has an orange colour and fine but sticky foam. All looked clear and bright until, right at the last second, a sandy brown stream shot out the can, depositing what looks like pan scrapings and scattering them throughout the glass. I'll call it unsightly, just to be polite.

The aroma is reminiscent of dried orange peel and has a subtle amount of spice. There's also the token bitter, organic leafy matter. Hops are loud and proud but don't hog all the spotlight; toasty, bready maltiness factors in too, which is a little surprising given this was twice dry-hopped.

The presence of crunchy malt on the palate, however, is entirely expected given the use of Munich and cara-pils, both of which are renown for tall, ample body and hearty mouthfeel. There's some wholesome flavour associated with those malts too, though the taste-show is largely that of the hops...

The bulk of the tasting notes is comprised of citrus and tropical fruits, including but not limited to lychee, blood orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Little droplets of pine serum dribble over the finish, which, due to the malt, isn't all that bitter after all. The alcohol (6.8%) doesn't interfere either.

The date printed on the underside of the can goes back two and a half months. So far as I can tell this is a "canned on" rather than a "best before" although I'm skeptical because its contents don't live up to public opinion. My rating is lower than expected given Westbrook's reputation and my other, far more impressive experiences with their brands. And that's why I'll likely give this one another shot.

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Photo of pmangold
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very bright ipa that has tons of fruit/citrus/pine on the nose. the taste follows suit with grapefruit/citrus up front, a bitter back end with just enough malt to balance it out. very good IPA from Westbrook.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can at a Mellow Mushroom. Poured into a house pint. I thought this was going to be on draft but I misread their dumb pothead menu.

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy gold with a one-finger whitehead. Lots of lacing behind.

Aroma: Pine, apricot, grapefruit, more fruit, floral.

Taste: Follows the nose. Very appealing IPA with some bitter bite. Nice mix of pine, fruit and floral character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy on the palate for a 60 IBU IPA. Deceptively drinkable.

Overall: Terrific IPA. Glad I misread this dopey menu.

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Photo of BuckeyeBeers
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overall this was a disappointment when compared to the hype around westbrook. The bitterness was aggressive and there was little depth of flavor. This would be a low grade alternative to session ipas like founders all day ipa. Pretty disappointed with this one, westbrook should stick to over hyped/priced dark beers.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Ommegang goblet.
Hazy gold with long lasting finger of head.
It smells light and fruity and fresh.
Orangey bitter with a floral-fruity bite and a lingering, mildly hoppy finish.
Smooth, thick mouthfeel with a mild effervescence.
Overall, a pleasant beer, but not remarkable. Would have for casual drinking, but wouldn't buy regularly.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.