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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,290
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 103
Gots: 201 | 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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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.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that only died down a bit, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacy webs of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of caramel from the underlying malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the caramel malts are a bit more noticeable towards the finish. Overall, it has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have a good balance for a hop-forward IPA as it has very nice citrusy aromas and flavors but has enough underlying malts to keep things from being too hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely fantastic east coast style ipa, if you told me this was made in vermont, i would believe you. everyday is christmas when drlovemd87 is your pal, lucky me, he is one hell of a beer advocate! this pours very pale blonde in color, washed out a little, yeasty and resinous, light malt color, robust splashy soft white head with expert retention. it smells like something ive had from lawsons, really, the hops are that bright, mixed between tangerine zest and new spruce tree spring growth. its beautiful in the nose, but the taste is even better. just caramelized pilsener malt is a very worthy base for this, which otherwise would probably not have the fortitude to support such a resonant hopping. the label gives very little information in the hops, to my dismay, but i am sure of one thing, this is refined and calculated and dialed in a professional way that is unrivaled. its only as bitter as it needs to be, and the hop cone itself just dances on the tongue from first sniff to long after the swallow. its majestic in that way. maybe i am bored with colorado ipa, i hate to even propose such a thing, but this took me to a hoppy (happy) place i havent been in some time. medium bodied, i could drink ten of these, and would love to do that someday. everything about this refreshes me, both palate wise and spiritually. ipa is medicine, and this is the shamans share!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sixer from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours golden with a nice head. Nose carries some citrus and pine. Fairly hoppy and bitter through the flavor. Quite crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poure out as a nice yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good on this beer. The smell is hoppy with a decent amount of malt in there as well. The taste has a very good malt and hop balance. The mouthfeel is smooth, very drinkable and refreshing. Overall it's a solid IPA. I would drink it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves a lots of lace sticking to the pint glass

Smell: Are we in a pineapple plantation or what?

Taste: Pineapple and other typical fruit, including grapefruit, mango and lemon; the malt acts as a platform upon which these tropical flavors can strutt their stuff

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This has to be one of the top everyday IPAs on the market today; just mashes all the buttons on my book

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 7/29/13. Thanks to Chris for this one!

Hazy orange with little suspended floaties. Intricate spindly lace around the edges of the glass. Lasting surface foam that has a creamy texture to it.

Softly sweet citrus aroma, nectarine maybe, slightly herbal.

Firm bitterness, earthy and herbal, slight citrus peel and and a vague malt sweetness. Medium bodied with light carbonation, dry aftertaste. Easy drinking. Overall a pleasant above average IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to start going back and retrying some of my first reviews, figured I would start here. Poured a nice hazy amber with a big off white frothy pillow like head. Nice slow fade and good visible carbonation gave an always great look. Big citrus hop profile, orange, tangerice, pineapple express, mixed with a bit of a pine resin feel. Some decent malt balance to be found as it warmed. The flavor always hits the spot here again. This is just such a nice well rounded hopped up session beer. Just great all around and never really have a bad thing to say about it. Its the 90mins little brother and rightfully deserving of its spot next to it. Great Brew!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.25 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours out a medium copper-toned body, somewhat cloudy, and with a foamy, fairy dense, off-white head.

Smell: Pale, toasty malts with a sweet-scented caramel notes fused with aromatic hop scents of florals, resinous dried grasses, and lemon rind.

Taste: Pale malts, then I'm chewing on some toasty breadcrusts, with a bit of caramel sweetness mingled with a small touch of brown sugar. Pithy lemon rind, maybe a bit of white grapefruit, too. Sharp florals, moderate grassiness. Hint of the alcohol presence. Fairly bitter and more than enough to knock off the upfront sweetness well in time for a dry, bitter, smooth finish with some citrus juiciness holding on for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed it for being a good American IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Oliver's in Albany, enjoyed chilled from the can in a tulip pint.

The color is beautiful golden with amber hue and 3 finger smooth pale white head with frothy look and lace is foamy. The smell is strong citrus scent of hops with light fruity yeast and subtle pine in the hop aroma with light malt sweet essence with mild floral note. The feel is decent with good hop presence and gentle caramel in the peripheral with slight creamy texture from medium high carbonation with dry finish and subtle alcohol.

The taste has a good amount of citrus flavor with bitter grapefruity quality from American Hops with slight orange zest aspect and mellow pine notes with some light grassy astringency and alcohol in the last sips with very light malt sweetness supporting. The Overall impression is a solid take on the American IPA style but not exceptional- pretty drinkable though I wouldn't seek it out.

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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 dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium golden orange in color with light amounts of yeast particles in suspension, light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy/foamy beige head that slowly reduces to several medium sized thick patches, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange/grapefruit hops upfront with some light to moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts underneath.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of sweet caramel malts that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront. Minimal amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Really well balanced with light amounts of sweetness upfront and light amounts of bitterness in the finish. Overall, quite enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. I would highly recommend this one as an everyday drinker - great for outdoor events in the summer since it is available in cans.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to instantmessenger for passing on a couple of these in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this delicious IPA. A blend of Ameri[CAN] hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and again in the fermentor [sic] for a complex and layered hop experience."; "Best served at 45-50 [Deg.] F in a tulip or English style pint glass."

I employed an inverted Glug following a Crack that revealed yet another brimful craft CAN. I had about two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing behind. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow with lots of floaties in evidence. I may be getting to this one either a) too late or b) just in time. Nose was solid, very piney, quite minty. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were present, definitely pine, albeit somewhat muted. Finish was semi-dry, still hoppy, but I CANnot help but wonder what a fresh one might be like.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Dated April 17th 2013.

A slightly murky and cloudy peach amber body, with some small pin head sized carbonation that rises slowly. Head on the pour makes off white color and barely a finger tall, but settles to about a three millimeter tall puck.

Hop angle on the nose comes with some minor dark earth and pine. Some grassy character as well. Some minor orange and juicy tropical notes hit as well but it's quite buried.

Palate surprise quite a bit. Slightly warming juicy character, but a real good fruit and tropical hit with a quick bitterness in the mid palate. Finishes with a good malt sweetness and minor thick and oily finish. Fruit hop angle starts to warm and dominate nicely.

Overall a bit of a sleeper IPA, but very drinkable and surprisingly enjoyable and easy drinking also. Would easily drink again if given the opportunity.

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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.

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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 dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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

A solid offering from Westbrook. Love the fact that it's in cans- I'm always looking for a good canned IPA to add to my rotation, and this one fits the bill. Balanced malt and hop profile, not sweet, but perhaps a little thicker than some in the mouth and finish. The hops are a range here- some citrus and pine, some herbalness, and a touch of spiciness in the finish. Solid blend without anything particularly jumping out at me. A well made, well rounded serviceable IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a bubbly, filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of pineapple and citrus, pine tassel, and a subtle bready backbone. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with a sharp and spiced hops character that cleans the palate. Subtle bitterness at the end, with a sweet, fruity, and slightly grassy aftertaste. The finish is smooth and clean, with a subtle dryness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to Founders tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a lot of white head (about 3 fingers). Tones of sediment present in the glass.

S - Big floral hop aroma up front with some earthy notes and a fairly prominent malt backbone that adds hints of caramel.

T - A big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a sweet caramel malt backbone with some candy-like flavors present as well. Fresh floral, earthy and piney hop flavours are present. This comes across as more of an English/American IPA hybrid to me.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Lots of good hop oils present.

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour reveals an inch tall white dense head on a somewhat hazy copper beer. Clumptastic lacing and well above average head retention.

S- Gives of a very pleasant citrus aroma, mangoes?

T- Sweet citrus on the forefront. Hops dominate malt in this offering. Very bitter on the tail-end of each taste. Drinks it's stated ABV.

M- Medium to medium thick mouthfeel for the style, well carbonated.

D/O- An IPA that will certainly get a mention with those at the top of the pile once it get more reviews. Awesome that I got a chance to try this up-and-coming IPA from Westbrook.Thanks a ton to johntangus for this great local extra!

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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 aasher
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This can was courtesy of jpmclaug, thank you immensely for this new tick Jason!

This beer pours a light to medium bodied darker orange in color with a two finger, white and very soapy head. The nose is pretty reminiscent of a fresh hop or harvest IPA (like other IPAs in cans). It's soft, slightly floral, slightly piney, and has a slight citrusy maltiness as well. I like it. The harvest esque feel is a plus. The flavors consist of a pretty clean and light malt bill with subtle sweetness, light pine, and a light floral component. It's well balanced and how soft everything is is a plus and makes it more drinkable. Drinking it you can tell that this beer was built for a can. It drinks very smoothly and is approachable enough for people new to the style as well as hopheads. If this beer was available in my market, I'd drink a lot of it. This is a nice beer. I'm glad I could try it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.