1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

603 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 603
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%


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:
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

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 01-04-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 603 | Reviews: 146 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of MattyBones
MattyBones

New York

4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the recommendation of my distributor and I couldn't be more pleased that he suggested this little green can of deliciousness.

Appearance: Pores a hazy, golden orange color with a 1 finger thick white head. Good amount of carbonation present.

Smell: Smells like a mixture of tropical fruits and TANGERINE. A lot of tangerine coming through, with some mango.

Taste: The hops definitely leap forward on this beer with a taste almost identical to the nose. A lot of fruits, tangerine to me is definitely what steps forward the most, and there is a slight sweetness to it balanced out with the malty undertones.

Mouthfeel: slick, oily feel with a solid amount of carbonation. It definitely has a resinous feel to it but it doesn't linger too long at all. Fades away cleanly.

Overall: A very solid IPA, extremely fresh tasting and incredibly well balanced. It really does fade away smoothly despite a nice kick from the hops in the beginning. For the price and ease of drinking this is definitely a must and going to be a regular at my place.

Serving type: can

11-22-2013 13:39:24 | More by MattyBones
Photo of MusicaleMike
MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in NYC over the weekend. Served in a pint glass. The hazy gold body was capped by a big, compact/solid white head, that showed a lot of retention. Plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Through the body you could see lazy carbonation rising.

The initial whiff had TONS of grapefruit, and sweet citrus aroma! TONS! As the pint went on though, that aroma diminished heavily. But, yeah, the initial smell was just classic American IPA all the way...and it was good.

The first sip had resistance: the firm head pushed back, with its thick, creamy texture. Just an excellent mouthfeel...so smooth and creamy. Medium bodied beer. Solid IPA with a good balance and even bitterness. There was a gentle yet lingering bite in the finish. Notes of Citrus rind & bread-like malts. Excellent balance.

Solid all around. This is nothing that stands out of the pack in the IPA category, but it is dead on for the style and does it much justice. Very tasty IPA, well crafted, and very worthy of a high score.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 18:19:37 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of srandycarter
srandycarter

California

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Murky light honey, small near white head. TONS of small bubbled cling lace.

S - Malty, perfume, some hops.

T - Complex blend of hops, perfume, coriander and malt.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Interesting beer. Thanks for the trade that brought this to me.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 19:24:57 | More by srandycarter
Photo of GJ40
GJ40

North Carolina

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

Sampled from a can bought at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Golden and clear with a nice white head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of floral and citrusy hops. It's delicate and gentle but quite assertive. The flavor follows closely. It's all about effective hop flavors. A creamy, smooth texture with a nice low carbonation.

Fantastic stuff leading the way for the beer scene in SC!

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 01:37:13 | More by GJ40
Photo of dar482
dar482

New York

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear deep amber orange with big 2-3 finger foamy head.

The aroma is fantastic. It’s super juicy orange, with mango, apricot, a bit of grapefruit, nectarine, peach. There’s a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

The front just hits you with a good amount of tropical blast of hops. It’s of juicy peach, orange, mango, nectarine. There’s a gentle sweetness, without a big body, that matches with that. It then rolls into a good bitterness with grapefruit peel and floral drying.

This is a well crafted hoppy IPA. It’s light drinking with tons of hop aroma and flavor. Westbrook continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 04:22:18 | More by dar482
Photo of boilermakerbrew
boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, bright orange in color with a nice, dense, 1.5 finger head. Retention is tremendous, as is the lacing.

S- Lots of resinous, piney hops bitterness. Fairly one dimensional, as this piney goodness lasts throughout the entirety of the smell. Slight floral note at the end of the sniff.

T- Big hops bitterness right up front, like in the scent, and also like in the scent, the hops bitterness is mostly to all piney with a slight hint of citrus and floral flavors. Bitterness picks up towards the end of this hop-smack-in-the-face, and leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M- Sticky and medium in thickness, this beer is a true IPA as far as feel goes. Medium to high in carbonation, this is a fairly drinkable except for the intense hop bitterness that will take a toll on your palate.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 01:06:51 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of facundoCNB
facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 21:35:34 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of JohnG190
JohnG190

New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep beautiful gold with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. The palate, much like the nose, is all about fruit with notes of pepper and a solid malt backbone. Finishes dry with a hint of bitterness. Light bodied and moderately carbonated, very refreshing. Overall, if this isn't the best IPA from the SE United States, it's in the top two! Great job, Westbrook!

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 00:20:21 | More by JohnG190
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:54:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of cjgiant
cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking from can, used plastic cup for pour to get appearance, so hard to give confident rating on it. First sip from can was a very refreshing, solid beer that appeared well balanced.

The beer is a little more breast than most up front. There is also some floral notes, like a little orange blossom. Other tastes are not individually strong, but a little toffee, maybe a little ruby red near the end. There is a light dryness to the beer throughout, but it doesn't grab you at the end, like some IPAs.

I ended up really enjoying the beer although the deeper analysis revealed it to lack some depth. A solid can't-go-wrong IPA, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 20:57:46 | More by cjgiant
Photo of mpedara429
mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is done from notes. I had this while on vacation in South Carolina.

A: Poured out a deep amber color with two fingers of slightly off white head.

S: Powerful smell of grapefruit and orange followed by floral notes and pine.

T: Similar to the nose. Nice malt to hop bitterness balance.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: A very solid IPA that is widely found in South Carolina. The only issue is that it doesn't stick out from many of the other IPAs I've had.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 23:47:06 | More by mpedara429
Photo of stephenjmoore
stephenjmoore

Maryland

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

A- Slight haze on a pale orange body. Very thin white head that dissappears quickly.

S- Mandarian oranges, grapefruit, apricots, very fruity with a nice citrusy hop presence.

T- Very piney and bitter up front with the juicy fruit flavors coming through towards the middle. Finish lingers with juicy hops as well.

M- Smooth and crisp with medium carbonation and medium body.

O- Very nice IPA, that is very delicious and drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 23:09:01 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of IPAdams
IPAdams

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with two fingers of white foam. Recedes to a small foam on top that lingers and leaves good lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and pine kicks you in the face as soon as you open the can. Very strong smell, very good.

Taste- Good malt backbone, hint of caramel. Again a good presence of grapefruit, citrus and pine. A bit more subdued than the smell but still pretty good. Good bitterness but is a bit unbalanced on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Both carbonation and mouthfeel were a bit on the light side.

Overall- Good IPA, very drinkable. Great smell and good taste to back it up.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 23:26:34 | More by IPAdams
Photo of jbwimer
jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Bell's snifter. Bottom of the can says it was canned on 7/12/13. So, its pretty fresh.

A- Fairly aggressive pour resulted in about a finger and a half of an off-white head, which dissipates within a couple of minutes, leaving some lacing on the glass. It has a somewhat dull, cloudy, golden color with some sediment floating around. Didn't see that in the first six-pack I bought or when I had it on draft. Whatever.

S- Smells delightful. Blissful citrus and pine notes that you would expect from an IPA, backed up by a faint caramel scent from the malt. I wish they made IPA-scented air-fresheners. They'd be in every room I set foot in.

T- Taste matches the scent almost to the T. Which is a very good thing. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. I like it when hops dominate. And that is the case in this beer. Very crisp and clean. Some balance is provided by the malt. Don't wanna get too carried away.

M- Lightly carbonated. Warms the throat as you drink. As noted above, the hops linger on the tongue, which is ideal.

O- A really, really solid IPA. Especially for a fan of the West Coast style. Well done, Westbrook. Glad I picked this up while in the Carolinas. Two six-packs did me well while on vacation. Damn good beer to drink on the beach.

Serving type: can

08-07-2013 01:11:26 | More by jbwimer
Photo of ThickNStout
ThickNStout

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 06:12:57 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of clayrock81
clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a reddish brown that's seethru with good carbonation and head and your typical citric, floral hops with some caramel/bread malts. Taste is more of the same and this is a good IPA; balanced, like the citric hops and the touch of sweetness and breadiness and the crisp finish. Just slightly off, to me, from being a classic American IPA but I recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 20:25:53 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Mojo
Mojo

Alabama

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can -> Westbrook snifter

A - pours up a medium gold. Not much head, but that might have been my fault on the pour. Retention is poor and there is no visible lacing. Lots of pinprick sized bits of yeast settle into the bottom of the glass.

S - Very citrus with pine, floral, resin, and bread.

T - This actually reminds me of Founder's Harvest. It has that great grapefruit flavor with a big bitter finish. Very refreshing.

M- Medium thick without tons of carbonation.

O - This was nice surprise. Loves this one.

Serving type: can

07-26-2013 03:04:44 | More by Mojo
Photo of mscudder
mscudder

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint. Canned 6/25.

A - Pours a crisp orange hue with a sizable off-white head. Impressive retention and quality lacing.

S - Nice aromatic hops with a slight caramel sweetness. Touch of lemon.

T - Biscuit flavored malts serve as a stage for loads of hops and tropical fruits. Fruits include: pineapple, grapefruit, mango and lemon. Nice stuff.

M - Large body for an AIPA. Not overbearing, although recedes as the hop profile takes over.

O - A solid brew from Westbrook that I will be inserting into my AIPA rotation. Retains the refreshing nature of AIPA's while adding something a little different. Honestly, this is far better than their bombers. Cheaper too!

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 00:17:54 | More by mscudder
Photo of wedge
wedge

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 07/12/13 (yesterday!)

Hazy golden orange with a small, creamy head that ends up a fine, white covering. Fresh, spicy grapefruit and pine resin...candied, fruity, and resinous. Hoppy taste: zesty citrus, tropical fruit, sap, floral notes...very tasty and fresh. Bitter, medium body. Great stuff. The guy I spoke to said they went back to an older recipe (hop-wise) with this batch. I don't know what the last batches were like, but this is terrific.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 23:16:10 | More by wedge
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 02:04:07 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of jrsone
jrsone

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into my Westbrook snifter/tulip.
Appearance is slightly cloudy but still sunny orange. The aroma is every sweet hop smell you crave: mostly floral with slight hints of grass, grapefruit and pine. There's a slight hint of booze fusels and sweetness from the Munich malt.
Taste is upfront hops; more bitterness than 60 IBUs suggest, but still very smooth. Hop flavor is mostly citrus, slightly different than the smell. SO MUCH hop flavor.
I've been in Charleston for 5 days now and have been drinking this consistently, and mostly from the can. This beer loses nothing when drank straight from the can. In fact, the aroma is more pronounced. The brewery could almost make the same claim as Heady Topper and implore people to drink straight from the can.
Overall, this may be the best regular IPA I've ever had. It's more balanced than a citrus bomb and the drinkability is very high. Much lighter than you'd expect from 6.8% ABV. This is one of two beers Westbrook cans and is available almost everywhere in the Charleston area. This is not a special release IPA and beats most breweries' special releases by a mile.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 17:01:45 | More by jrsone
Photo of FLima
FLima

Brazil

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with an ok head with short retention.
Delicious citrus aroma of grapefruits and hints of resin and pine.
Malty flavor that is overcome by its bittering and fruity hops. Hints of grapefruits, pine and hop resins. Dry with a long last bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Great IPA, if it makes me sneeze as it did it is a good indication. Seems bitter than its 60 IBU indicates. For hopheads like myself.

Serving type: can

06-21-2013 19:49:22 | More by FLima
Photo of champ103
champ103

Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. A coating of lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Perfume like hops all over the place. Very fruity as well. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Orange and lemon rind. Very floral. The hops just won't quit, so many things going on.
T: Follows the nose with that great perfume like fruitiness. Grapefruit and pineapple all day. Maybe a bit of cracker like biscuit malts. Again, a ton of hop flavor is packed into here. A bit more of a resiny bitterness lingers though.
M/D: A medium body with crisp, effervescent carbonation. Very dry and clean. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

I need to get a few six packs of this before I head to the beach. A great hoppy IPA that is bursting with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 19:27:54 | More by champ103
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New craft bar opened 5 minutes from my house today so stopped in to check it out. Westbrook ipa on draft! Brew was served in a gsb pint glass. Nice murky orange with a thin head. Smell is spot on, great balance of citric dankess and soft tropical fruit notes. Taste matches the nose. Not overbearing hoppines. Everything is in the right place. Terrific beer. I think i may need another. Cheers westbrook, great ipa. Can hold its own with the big boys.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 00:24:38 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of DenverHopHead
DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westbrook IPA doesn't look too flashy after being poured from a can into a pint glass, but this beer makes up for it in two key areas, smell and taste. A hop punch to the face at the first whiff, excellent! Followed up by a deliciousness that took me by surprise! A very easy to drink beer during the Spring and Summer and from a can! A bit pricey, but very good!

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 12:33:31 | More by DenverHopHead
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.