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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: 1,308
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 105
Gots: 205 | 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: 1,308
Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I didn't really like their 1st batch back in Feb. But they have been rumored to re-formulate this IPA and I believe it!

A: Slightly hazy, deep golden color with a fluffy, one finger, white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Mild citrus hop scent.

T&M: Mildly sweet up front with a wild hoppy citrus bitterness at the back of the tongue. Flowery bouquet of hops, hops, and more hops. Beautifully balanced with a grapefruit and pine prominence.

This stuff is awesome and I definitely will actively search for this now. If you are an IPA lover, don't miss this highly drinkable gift of original flavor in IPA's.

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Photo of jpro
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oak Barrel Tavern in West Ashley...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, looks like a nice cloudy copper with a white head that exhibits some slight retention leaving some wispy lace.

S: Citrus hops, pine resin, light grapefruit and floral notes. Nice hoppy aroma!

T: A delightful pine resin bitter and some light tropical fruit syrup hoppiness; some grapefruit on the finish; very light, bready malts; a touch buttery.

M: Kind of light, with a moderate carbonation; this is where this beer falls short for me - its a little thin feeling.

O: Pretty drinkable... its got a great aroma and taste, and nice look about it; the mouthfeel is my only knock on this beer - just a tad watery. Other than that, not a bad brew! Very glad I tried it -

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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.

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

Growler filled fresh at the Westbrook Brewery.

A - Pours a clear orange-amber with a creamy white head that recedes to a thick haze, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Big citrus hop aromas, mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a tiny pit of pineapple and pine resin. Very crisp and clean.
T - The pineapple stands out a bit more in the taste, along with the orange and pineapple. Slightly sweet and toasted malt provides a very nice balance.
M - Creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Overall, a wonderfully sessionable IPA that I will drink whenever possible!

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

Okay, I see that I might be disagreeing slightly with the reviewing community on this one. It was a good IPA to be sure.

Copper color, nice head. Pretty good head retention, nice spots of lace. Good looking.

It lacks a bit in the nose. Expected a bit more out of it. Not bad by any stretch. Good. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Dry, and not too sweet with some earthy bitterness. Good finish.

Medium body, carbonation is good.

Overall, I found this beer to be a 4 out of 5 overall, and in almost every category.

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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 GSmithBeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at beertopia
A: it looked the part. nice appearance for an ipa.
S: it had a citrus aroma. good smell. nothing overpowering.
T: the taste was good. i couldn't quite place it. good for a new brewery. seems like it might be refined over time. i'm hopeful for them
M: Good mouthfeel. well carbonated.
O: i would give this a good overall ranking. a good effort. there were better ones at the festival.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strongly hoppy, evergreen aroma promises a great IPA to satisfy any hop-head. It pours a smewhat hazy golden amber with a pale orange-tan head. Sipping this beer is like drinking a pine tree - it is seriously hoppy, mildly bitter, with an undertone of grapefruit. Texture is fairly fizzy and leavs a nice hoppy tingle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Got this one on-tap at Oak Barrel Taproom. Had a golden brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, robust smell of hops, citrus, malt, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (grapefruit?), a hint of caramel, and some malt. A lot like a West Coast IPA. Nicely complex and very flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: An extremely easy to drink - and drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler at Greenville Beer Exchange for $11

A: Pours a cloudy hop-hazed dark copper color with a big fluffy off-white cap. Retention is excellent

S: Whoa, really different from anything I'm used to...Overripe apples (almost smells like rotten apples in a good way if that makes sense), lots of citrus, and a subtle mango note. Really different nose - not "bright" by an IPAs standards, but certainly hoppy...

T: Again, rotten apples, orchard fruit, citrus, a little more mango. Very well balanced and citrusy overall. Perfecty balanced with a slight sweetness

MF/D: Great level or carbonation, medium feel, alcohol is not noticeable. Very drinkable, it really grows on you

Notes: First beer from Westbrook and certainly not my last. Absolutely awesome beer in an interesting and very different way. Highly recommended

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Photo of HopDawg
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this growler up directly from the Brewery. Absolutely beautiful tasting room. Felt like we were in Napa.

Can't remember exactly what we paid but it was very reasonable and well worth it.

Served in a tulip glass - reviewed with input from my awesome hop loving wife.

A: Golden - orange, slightly cloudy, beautiful bone white head

S: Really aromatic - many of the expected IPA smells - mango, watermelon bubble yum, lemon, green apple, vanilla - yet somehow more beguiling.

T: I'll admit I'm a bit of a homer, but this is just an outstanding take on a style - that while done to death - admit it - most everyone loves it. This beer immediately reminds me of my current favorite IPA - Moylan's NorCal. Huge blast of C hops - Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade - really well balanced but really tropical and juicy.

M: I'll admit - I'm never sure exactly what this means - but it feels pretty good.

D: Yeah. Oh Yeah.

Admittedly, We love a good IPA. And this one stands with the very best of 'em in my opinion.

2 months in and Westbrook is already making beer that stacks up with anything in the country. Watch these guys - they have the potential to be the Bells of the South. Man, moving in 2 months - sure are gonna miss having local beer with the quality of Coast and Westbrook.

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