India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 1,242
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 104
Gots: 189 | FT: 17
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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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer comes out a nice golden yellow color, and it's a bit hazy, lighter yellow along the edges if you hold it up to the light. Small bubbles at first but they blow up a little. There's some decent lacing and glass retention.

Smells good, you can tell it's a well balanced beer. Can says it's a base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts. It's definitely a nice biscuit breaddy type smell. Not aggressively hoppy, but pretty well layered that has floral and pine hints along with a touch of citrus.

Much like the smell, the taste comes out very well balanced. Sweet caramel almost like a sweet glaze over homemade crusty bread. Slightly herbal, but a good amount of sticky pine and citrus pith, like a very ripe grapefruit and tangerine blend.

Mouthfeel is good. Full flavor and a nice lingering flavor. Well carbonated, but not over and it still feels kind of soft without that nitro feel. Balance is the word of the day here, there's a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Starts with a sweet grain feel and works it's way to an herbal earthy finish. Great drinkability and all around a nice solid beer. Would classify this as an anytime IPA. Well done. (1,227 characters)

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

Golden and hazy, full of juice and fruit, mild bitterness, moderate carbonation - suggests lots of pale fruits, both orchard and tropical; citrusy hops with floral elements. A nice, full-feeling IPA. (199 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a dash of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive.

Smell: fruity, tangy hop character atop a toasty malt base. Very fresh and enticing.

Taste: sweetish, toasty malt with a lightly fruity, lightly green hop character. Good, but on the toasty side for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: a well-built and very drinkable IPA. Maybe the malt base isn't 100% to my taste, but otherwise it's a very good beer. (607 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on a recent trip to upstate New York, do not get Westbrook in my state. Can bottom dated 2/5/15, so this could be very old.

a: Hazy orange with a half finger thick white head which receded to wispy surface foam and a few spots of lacing.

s: Moderate strength pine and citrus.

t: Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, moderate bitterness on a dry finish.

m: Medium, perfect body for an IPA, good carbonation tingle.

o: An outstanding IPA, on the higher side of IBUs for a single, enjoyably sippable. If I could get this regularly at a good price, it would be a go-to. (593 characters)

Photo of cfalls
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful head and hazy copper color.

Mostly malts on the nose. Woodsy.

Bitter hops. Complex taste. Not very floral or citrusy. Too sweet.

Nice oily feel, medium to low carbonation.

Not bad, but anywhere I can find this I can probably find something better. (265 characters)

Photo of abb610
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in Charlotte, its has been tough finding fresh cans of this beer across the border. Ive always said that if you can find a can in the first 2 weeks, it is one of the best ipas you can buy. Now that NC has distro, getting it on draft is not a prob and the 2 week rule doesnt apply. England has their ipas as does the west coast. There should be a southern ipa class, and westbrook ipa would be leading the pack with noda hop drop falling in second. Southern ipa????? Well, theres tea, and theres sweet tea and if you are from the south, when you order a tea, you automatically get sweet tea. These southern ipas are a little sweeter but somehow at the same time not maltier. The sweetness coupled with the abundance of hops without being bitter is what this beer is and i love it!!! Its not super clean or crisp like a tea without sugar, but when you add that helping of sweet malt, damn beau, you got sumpin gooooood brotha shoooooot!!! Cheers (962 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a small creamy white head, receding slowly and leaving a really nice lacing.
Smells divine, with rich strong pine (tons!), pomelo, kumquat, some papaya, faint mango, light floral notes. Hints of pistachio and a nice caramel maltiness that has a bit of toast in there, too. But wow, so much pine!
The taste is much more balanced, with the fruitiness taking center stage, lots of blood orange, peach, mango, maracuja, faint khaki fruit, with a way more dense caramel backbone. Some light sweet floral notes, a tiny bit of honey. Pine shows up in the end, with a light toast (i get a hint of pine nut, actually) and some spicy, leafy fresh hop, nice and bitter. A hint of that sticky-icky dank, too, but not the main thing.
Aftertaste has rich hop resin, pine, lots of grapefruit peel and a mild sweetness lingering. Bitterness is generous, but doesn't cling, leaving room for that nice fruity flavors. Medium body, medium carbonation, almost smooth.
A huge IPA, with a great bunch of hops, so clear and tasty. So perfectly tweaked. I'm sad i only have one can. (1,081 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Tank 7 tulip. Nice pale gold color. Hazy. Solid two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, and toast with marmalade on the nose.

Medium-light body. Smooth, firm feel. Typical hop-forward flavor. Slight bready malt up front, then marmalade, lemon rind, dry herbs, and grapefruit juice. Fairly well-balanced, but still a bit abrasive on the palate. Lingering oily, resin-like hop flavor.

Overall, a good IPA, but I wish it was a little better balanced with more of a fruity bitterness instead. If I drank this one repeatedly, I bet the flavor would really grow on me. (630 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean finish on a delicious, crisp and balanced IPA. Wouldn't classify as "East Coast" or "West Coast" style at all. Rather, just a very good, hop-forward beer that manages to present a bunch of different characteristics without being over-bearing on any of them. Well done! (274 characters)

Photo of HopintheSouth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew from Westbrook! Glad they made their way into NC. Mouthfeel is almost like an imperial IPA, very clean and pleasant bitterness. And lots of citrus, pine and slight malt on the backbone. I dig this one. Well done (223 characters)

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

Poured from a can, a yellow orange body that is hazy and unfiltered. aroma is tropical, pineapple citrus, grapefruit, taste matches. Well balanced IPA. Very drinkable. (167 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Couldn't find a canning date, my hunch is that this one may be a bit old given the reviews I've read. Beautiful honey-orange color. Slightly hazy. Large thick head with good retention. Great aroma upon cracking the can, but it seemed to fade very quickly. Flavor was more English IPA. Focus on malts and very mild bitterness. Body is quite smooth and on the full side of medium. Nice beer. (396 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Charleston, clear golden pour with frothy thick white head. Aroma of mouth watering pine. Malty, smooth and not too bitter, this stuff is so drinkable! Head retention and lacing were remarkable (203 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Birmingham. Rather dank and mildly bitter with those being the only notes. No real presence of pine/grass/tropical fruits that I value most in a IPA. I'll think of this as like Enjoy By's little bro. (218 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass

Hazy golden yellow, thin bubbles, trace lacings

Faint aroma of tropical fruits and sweetness

Hops on the middle of the tongue

Low sudsing , smooth, gentle bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste

Good beer (229 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - 12 oz can into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange (think Texas Longhorns). Nice head that fades to excellent lacing and minimal head retention.

Smell - Nice grapefruit hop bouquet, I get some bread on the nose as well.

Taste - Great bitter hops, flowery and grapefruity. Very much the American IPA. No complaints.

Feel - Smooth and crisp. The hop bitterness lingers nicely.

Overall - very solid IPA. I have had better and I have had worse, but you can't go wrong with this. Top end of the spectrum. (504 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA, not the best I have had but certainly not among the worst either. I am a fan of the style and this one is done very well. It has a feel and texture much like pseudosue in a way. But not exactly their either.

Look: Golden with a reddish hue, cloudy but not super hazy either.

Smell: Floral, malts, sweet some honeysuckle in there.

Taste: Floral, not really very bitter, fruity with some honeysuckle and malt notes in there. Not very bitter very well balanced.

Overall: Solid beer by Westbrook these guys apparently know what they are doing. (567 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can. Pours orange/pale amber with dissipating head.

Inviting aromas of orange citrus, sweet honey and floral notes (lavender?).

Tastes of light orange citrus, notes of honey and some spice and black pepper. Finishes fairly dry with some bitter but not overpowering grapefruit pith.

Light to medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation. Nice.

Overall a satisfying, light and flavorful easy drinking IPA. Some nicely balanced fresh hop flavors. Drinks like a session beer. I could drink a few cans and not get tired of it. (531 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is what a bunch of those new-fangled "Vermont-style" IPAs wish they could be. I'd gladly drink the hell out of this and One Claw before killing myself trying to get the last NE juice bomb. (203 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Excellent IPA. Golden colored, solid inch, inch and a half of head; well-carbonated but not overly so. Has all the big hop nose and flavor of a "west-coast" IPA but very little of the bitterness (60 IBU, it reads on the can). I suspect it's from a combination of finishing hops in the boil and dry-hopping, as are alluded to on the can. Well-balanced. 6.8 abv without any alchy bite. If I lived in the area, this would be a regular buy. As it is I'm definitely taking some home with me! (486 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (797 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.