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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,312
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 103
Gots: 206 | FT: 15
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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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 1,312
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.69/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Snazzy, green, elephant and hop addled 12 oz can. Thank you very much Jason!

Pours a light orange with a razor thin white cover that pools unevenly to the edges. Lacing is patchy.

Smells odd: soapy, sugared melon, and just faintly of vomit. There must be some ingrediental pairing that causes the slightly nauseating reaction upon me sniffer. It recalls Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner, a recollection that I’d prefer remained deep, deep in my subconscious.

Wow, this might cause cavities. Yet, I see no dentist calmly yet sternly warning me of the contents of this can. Overly sugary and sweet with a bitterness through the middle that tickles the vomitory sensation once again. It is just so odd. It may not be anything wrong with the beer, but rather a visceral reaction to something going on here.

Strangely uneven, with some sips showing promise and other just seemingly way off kilter. I’m flummoxed.

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Photo of BuckeyeBeers
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
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 maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this extra that arrived in a recent box. Going gentle tonight after a looong Darkness Day eve last night. 12 oz. hop-green can, dated 9/11/14, consumed while watching the 2014 World Series.

The pour is SF Giant orange, no clarity here. Smells like sweet candied oranges. That’s it.

Westbrook IPA seems like more of a spare pale ale. Like the nose, the beer is dominated by oranges, married to a raw sugar sweetness. Mid-palate brings two or three pine needles, fleeting bitterness. Ends sweet. Moderately drinkable, as in, I’m probably going to finish it.

I’m not into balanced, nor sweet, IPAs, so this one already has two strikes on it. Just not very interesting; mediocre.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz canned Nov 27, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber, on the dark side for an IPA, with a one finger off-white head that leaves some lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is apricot, a touch of citrus, lemon, some resinous hops, good amount of malt, particularly sweet bread dough, some caramel. Good strength, but rather malty and the malts and hops clash a bit.

Flavor generally mirrors the aroma, apricot, light citrus/lemon, resinous hops, sweet bread, caramel, moderate sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

This really, really reminds me of a hoppy Amber Ale, not so much an IPA. And it’s pretty fresh too, just 3 weeks old. A letdown.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer in a big box provided by the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is kind of mild, hops, a malt balance, some pine, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tons of carbonation shooting up the glass, 2 fingers of head with great retention, murky orange pour.
Aroma of slight citrus, grapefruit, a bit of plastic? Hmm.. Hopefully the taste isn't as off..
Ok no plastic flavor.. Just a lot of herbal bitterness and some caramel malt. Nothing outstanding with this one.
Medium in body with high carbonation.

This is a decent ipa and I'm glad to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whoa. Tons of foamy white thick head. Solid. Cloudy orange color brew. Nice thin lacing.

Tons of smooth, mellow citrus. Kinda plastic-y. Lots of oats and cereal grains.

Dry, earthy, smooth, easy drinker, way light on the pine. Not sticky or resinous. Kinda middle of the road flavors, slightly better. Nice forward carbonation, sweetness is mild, yet pronounced. Bitterness is lacing just a bit, but carb. makes up for the lack of bite.

I wish flavors were a bit more pronounced with aroma. Killer brew from an awesome colored can! I have to say, slightly better drank from the can...kinda sad, but still solid. Nothing awesome, nothing bad, just solid. Recommended.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 9.99/ 6 pack. Canned 5/21/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy yellow with a quarter finger pale head. Head fades to a thin cap that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of orange, grapefruit, citrus peel and some pine.

Taste is a decent blend of citrusy hops with a little pine and notable caramel malts. Easy drinking and balanced without anything to wow me.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter orange peel aftertaste.

A perfectly acceptable IPA that doesn't quite raise above to myriad of hoppy options available. No problems drinking it but it won't be a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of Cobrito
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1-27-15.

hops: C hops according to clones on the net.

Cloudy, cross between orange, gold, and amber. Beautiful. However, Medicore head and lacing.

Nose is underwhelming, suggests way too sweet an IPA with muted hops.

First half of palate is the same, but second half gets way more complex and interesting, hops start to come through and finish is very good.

Feel is nice, medium big.

Very interesting beer. Has aspects that I hate--a cloyingly sweet note from nose to mid-palate--and that I love--a complex malt-hops mixture with a memorable finish. Reminiscent of NODA hop drop n roll, but better, really. Admire the fact that brewmaster brought out two powerful characteristics--the sweet note and the more bitter finish--but it's not really my thang.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that I received in a trade with Skrip, thanks man. First off the can design is just great, perfect shade of green and the label is awesome. Color is hazed orange, good head. Aroma is hoppy but weird. Flavor is fruity hops and slightly bitter but also has this weird flavor from the malts that throws me way off. Not a bad IPA but my friends enjoyed it more than i did.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange into my Sawtooth pint glass.

A: Amber in color, white head that settled at a depth of 1-2 fingers of head. This beer left great mmounts of lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus kinda overpowers the other smells . Very fresh probably due to the fact that it is brewed 5 miles from the store.

T: Cirus a plenty and some hops.

M: Well balanced, props Westbrook.

D: Growler worthy.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New to Atlanta, picked up a 6 pack today dated 11/27/12. 3 weeks old = fresh

A - A slightly darker shade of yellow, maybe bronze. Lots of head and lace left all over the glass. And TONS of sediment floating around in this unfiltered brew. Impressive

S - An even balance of bitter and citrus hops. The hop aroma explodes out of the can, but is not as strong out of the glass. Strong malt presence evident as well.

T - A very well balanced brew with some nice citrus notes, but a bitter aftertaste. Apricot, bread, and a ton of grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

O - A good IPA for sure, and glad to have this brewery in GA. Looking forward to try some more of their offerings

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grass, earthy malt, citrus hops, floral hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, but average aroma and blend.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A mingling of bitter grapefruit and pine upfront with a finish of caramel and tea leaf malts. Piney, tinny and bitter on the palate it drinks with a a touch of harshness.

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Photo of craytonic
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow-amber pour, good head and lacing
Smell: Pineapple, papaya, and the other fruits you expect from an ipa.
Taste: A bit too much booze, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit with a touch of light malts
Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is slightly aggressive
Overall: would be a good IPA to have on tap locally, well executed but not something I would seek out constantly.

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a cuvee glass. Dated 8/14 on bottom of the can!
Formed a nice white 2 finger head, which dissipated after several minutes and left some fine lacing in the glass. Nice dark golden orange body, slightly hazy.
Smells of some pine and citrus and malts, smells very balanced, there isn't one dominating the other.
Has a nice bitterness on the tongue; orange pulp at first, nice bitterness in the middle and finishes dry with a light sweetness. Very easy to drink.
A nice lingering hop taste on the tongue.
Overall I would say this is a very good IPA, not mind blowing but still a very decent IPA, really happy to have had this one!! Nothing wrong with this beer at all.
Another gift from goingbrokeonbeer, thanks again bruh!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, orange color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace

Aroma: Tons of fresh, citrus hops along with cooked cabbage. Reminds me of the SN wet hop's.

Taste: Pretty full-bodied up front with nice malt sweetness before the onslaught of bitterness. Again, a very fresh, green citrus hop bitterness that lingers on into the finish and is quite strong, almost bracing.

The Rest: Overall, not a bad IPA, just a few character flaws. The cabbage aroma is its biggest fault, mostly because I got a bit wiff of it with every sip. The finish is a bit harsh, but with this much green hop character, I guess that's to be expected. I don't see many other reviews mentioning a cabbage aroma, so maybe I got an off batch.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: Pours a semi-clear copper with small white and tan head. It has a malt and grapefruit nose with other citrus hops and some caramel for backbone. Flavor is more assertive on the bitterness, and has more of a piney quality. Pretty good stuff with a good balance. Not my favorite IPA but I wouldn't tell anyone to steer clear of it.

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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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; honey colored; 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass; moderate lacing;

S: a little dank pine; banana, pineapple, orange;

T: flavor doesn't explode - it's a little subtle; pine came first, followed by grapefruit and pineapple which both lasted through the finish (with a bit of apricot at the end as well); minimal bitterness;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: For my taste, this definitely needed more bitterness; it just seems like it was missing something; a nice beer, but not something I would seek out;

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Photo of BWED
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz. can

A- Bronze/burnt orange, with a half finger off white head.

S- Very woody and bit of pine hop aroma, backed up by a slight caramel sweetness.

T- Some more woody hop, quite bitter, with some dull malt taste in the background. A little off.

M- Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation, and a looming bitter finish.

O- This beer was very promising in appearance and smell, but the taste seemed to be a bitter overload. A little too much was going on. Solid, but the bitterness just wasn't a pleasant as most IPAs.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.