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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

777 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 86
Gots: 74 | FT: 12
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)
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Just under two fingers of white head formed when poured into an english style pub glass. The foam was very fine with moderate staying power. As it slid into the beer it left a nice coating of lacing with just a few dry spots. The beer is a hazy copper color with lighter gold hues. No sediment or hop particles to speak of.

S: Big hop aroma with lots of citrus fruits (mango, pineapple, kiwi), pine (spruce, juniper) and a touch of dankness. Some fruity esters coming through, fermentation character is my thought, very different then hop aroma. Malt is upfront and noticeably bready, doughy and a touch of biscuity-ness. Hop dominant overall.

T: Clean pine bitterness that feels low but after a few sips it almost builds up, kind of like spicy Thai food. Its a very smooth and round hop bitterness that blends nicely with the malt profile, which is very balanced for an IPA. Pine is the dominant hop flavor, but also getting grapefruit and citrus flavors. The malts come off as a clean (almost pilsner like) bread character with a touch of bread.

M: Moderate carbonation on this thing with a medium body, not super dry. The interesting building bitterness thing leaves a pine aftertaste on the tongue that makes it feel kind of dry.

O: Very clean IPA with an interesting pilsner/lager like quality that I enjoyed. Good nose with a round bitterness and a great hop flavor.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 00:49:06 | More by guityler83
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

Can from a trade. The sender is not on BA but thanks to him anyway. Can dated 2/23/13. Sampled on January 29, 2014.

The pour is a cloudy golden yellow with a long lasting white fizzy head. Loads of carbonation.

The aromas are among the best one can absorb on an American IPA such as this. Toasted biscuit malts are quickly overtaken by the floral and grapefruit hops and a touch of butterscotch or toffee lingering around the backside.

Smooth but carbonated medium body. A lot of burping!

Like the aroma the taste has a floral and citrus zesty character with a buttery note that is in no way offensive but balances it all out. Long lingering hopped finish. Not overpowering like some AIPA's can be. It seems extremely well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 22:43:06 | More by puboflyons
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POTABLE83

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-29-2014 16:09:05 | More by POTABLE83
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Mphis

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2%

01-29-2014 04:21:56 | More by Mphis
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2014 01:14:44 | More by LouDogg114
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-27-2014 12:49:46 | More by IPAFrankieH
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JLapadura

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 05:05:24 | More by JLapadura
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mweso2000

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

01-25-2014 23:16:31 | More by mweso2000
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-22-2014 23:23:55 | More by Justinbshelton
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2%

01-19-2014 00:14:07 | More by grumpygerman
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2014 20:59:15 | More by qcbrewer
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-16-2014 04:02:37 | More by thampel09
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magnusdave

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

01-15-2014 22:13:57 | More by magnusdave
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-14-2014 23:48:19 | More by facesnorth
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-13-2014 18:16:38 | More by Hultkrantz
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utopiajane

New York

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

Pours a hazed orange with some lighter lemon yellow hues. A fat and firm head of off white foam that won't fall and sticks to the glass like it's in love. The nose is outrageous with grapefruit. The tart fruit and the earthy rind. Monstrous hops. The malt is a touch of sweetness on the nose and there are some pine needles. Nothing will prepare you for the taste. This malt is special and it's unique. it tastes like a sugar cookie. It has substance and form but it's not heavy or full. It has some grainy sugar on it. The grapefruit is bright and vivid and there is even more citric character as you drink. Touch of the lemon zest. A bit of dank and grass comes forward on the nose to introduce a soft spice on the nose and on the palate. In the drink there is a lip smacking bitter and a some sticky resin to finish dry and delicious.

This one will make you see colors.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 13:20:21 | More by utopiajane
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2014 22:55:07 | More by Lambocalrisien
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%

01-12-2014 03:11:44 | More by ortie
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fmccormi

New York

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

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a fat, stubby, stemmed tulip glass; a canning date of December 2 is printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“494/495 12/02/13 13:30”), making this can just a bit over five weeks old. But, it’s been refrigerated pretty consistently.

Appearance (4.0): A good two fingers of custard-colored head come off of the pour, capping an orange-tinted, 24ct gold body that’s moderately cloudy. The head and body are definitely attractive; retention is average, dying down without too much encouragement, but leaving some very pretty, wide lacing where the head’s gone down.

Smell (4.0): Sweet, juicy, juicy citrus character like pink grapefruit juice, a bit of pineapple flesh, a little sugar cookie sweetness, and finally something weird going on in the back with the hops—kind of dank but not exactly resinous. Either way, overall I really like this.

Taste (4.0): Quite sweet hop character at first, showing a lighter shade of that sweet grapefruit, mixing with a bit of that same sugar cookie-ish malt from the nose. Bitterness comes along just after that, with a clean, tart citrus bitterness—not like citrus peel, but more like unsweetened orange juice. The malt comes out a bit more clearly after that, with a pale, fresh-baked biscuit tone. Ultimately it has a very easy finish, not taking too long but not too quick, either.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Pretty straight forward but highly drinkable: modest carbonation that covers evenly, foams softly, tingles but falls short of prickles, and finishes gently and dry. Very easy to put back.

Overall (4.0): 4’s across the board sounds about right. A very solid appearance, very good smell, very pleasant taste, and high drinkability all come together and work well for the beer. Not that it matters much, but I love the look of these cans, too, and dating is always a plus. Either way, this would be a good buy in the $10-12 range when it’s fresh and refrigerated. Nice one, Westbrook.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 03:40:06 | More by fmccormi
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Zimm

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-09-2014 02:10:19 | More by Zimm
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-07-2014 05:33:13 | More by CoolEthan
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-06-2014 15:50:18 | More by Kurmaraja
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 15:43:25 | More by Georgiabeer
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-04-2014 10:19:25 | More by largadeer
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2014 22:09:16 | More by rkarimi
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.