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India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

Added by thagr81us on 01-04-2011

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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,384
Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this extra that arrived in a recent box. Going gentle tonight after a looong Darkness Day eve last night. 12 oz. hop-green can, dated 9/11/14, consumed while watching the 2014 World Series.

The pour is SF Giant orange, no clarity here. Smells like sweet candied oranges. That’s it.

Westbrook IPA seems like more of a spare pale ale. Like the nose, the beer is dominated by oranges, married to a raw sugar sweetness. Mid-palate brings two or three pine needles, fleeting bitterness. Ends sweet. Moderately drinkable, as in, I’m probably going to finish it.

I’m not into balanced, nor sweet, IPAs, so this one already has two strikes on it. Just not very interesting; mediocre.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Canned on 9/17/2014.

Served cold into a shaker pint glass, Westbrook's IPA is a hazy yellow-orange color with thin white head. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is fruity and fresh with citrus and tropical fruit.

Flavor is sweet up front and great hop character from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall a very good IPA and drinkable too.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Killer IPA. Poured with a huge thick, slow to settle, cream colored head with lots of lace and a clear amber color. Aroma is malt and lots of fresh hops. Flavor is mainly hops with just enough malt sweetness and carbonic tang to make it all work as a traditional IPA. Excellent body. Can drink the bejesus out of this

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 8/19/2014 into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with two finger dense white head with decent retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

S: Bright citrus with pineapple and grapefruit. Pine straw and floral hops.

T: Big hop punch with a nice malt back bone. Citrus is less noticeable in flavor than in aroma.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The finish has a nice hop bite and leaves a slight bitter after taste.

O: Well executed basic IPA. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Hoping to find a fresh batch to compare.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in a pint glass.

Super cloudy, yellow in color, white head. Great strong hoppy aroma, mix of citrus and floral. Slightly bitter taste, hops dominate. Just enough malt balance. Medium body.

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Photo of VRH
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a light straw colour with moderate head that remains thin. Slight latex aromas with grapefruit zest on the nose, followed by mineral, & white pepper on the palate, & a big grassy lingering finish. Very solid IPA -- crisp, & enjoyable. From the tap
@newbeers - Beverage World!

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Photo of youneedmeonthatwall
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Golden/yellow cloudy pour out of the electric green can! Nice head but not on the Lovelace level. Very aromatic and that first taste is killer. Not overly bitter. Very nice buzz off the 6.8ABV. As this is my very first review, please excuse the lack of detail. All I can say is that if you love a hoppy brew, you cannot go wrong with this terrific IPA out of Charleston. This is my new go to IPA.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev 0%

From a can recently brought back from SC. There was a canned date on the cottom, but mostly missing and therefore unreadable.

a hazy yellow body with a foamy white head, good carbonation and an above medium mouth. Nice fruity hop taste, with a good sweetness from the malt background coming through the bite. A good solid IPA, not quite Sweetwater level, but pretty damn good. Would grab it if seen again.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

This to me is an IPA that stands out. Medium body, slightly fruity and not overly bitter, this is the type of IPA you could give to an amateur beer drinker and find them surprised to enjoy it or satisfy a seasoned BA.

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a cuvee glass. Dated 8/14 on bottom of the can!
Formed a nice white 2 finger head, which dissipated after several minutes and left some fine lacing in the glass. Nice dark golden orange body, slightly hazy.
Smells of some pine and citrus and malts, smells very balanced, there isn't one dominating the other.
Has a nice bitterness on the tongue; orange pulp at first, nice bitterness in the middle and finishes dry with a light sweetness. Very easy to drink.
A nice lingering hop taste on the tongue.
Overall I would say this is a very good IPA, not mind blowing but still a very decent IPA, really happy to have had this one!! Nothing wrong with this beer at all.
Another gift from goingbrokeonbeer, thanks again bruh!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured can dated 7/30/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours bright glowing orange with a one finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Smell is fruity orange pine mango.

T-Full flavored fruity orange rind, pine bitterness and some earthiness.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body and well balanced crisp carbonation.

O-Very solid fruity bright ipa, reminds me of jai alai, awesome!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no canning date (marked "- - -" on the bottom), poured into a Darkness goblet 7/20/2014.

A- Hazy light copper body with a one finger white head with fair retention time. Drops into a medium sized collar and leaves bits and pieces of lacing.

S- Pineapple, citrus, green hops, a bit of toffee and bread. Smells like a beer that's just been put into the primary fermenting vessel, in that it's "green" in a good way.

F- A bit of floral notes up front, some bread and toffee in the middle, with a bit of pine and a non-descript bitterness on the backend, perhaps pineapple. Not super bitter, but quite good.

M- Medium in body, a bit creamy, neither dry nor resinous. Drinks very easily.

O- It's a solid IPA. Nothing pops about it, but the profile is fairly unique in that it smells like a green beer. Perhaps thats why the can is green.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with some sediment and a big head. Some lacing. Not a big nose on this beer. Dank hops, pine, apricots, and grapefruit. The taste is piney hops and grapefruit up front. More dankness and pine as it warms. Light malt flavor. Herbal. Bitter grapefruit finish with some dank and pine. A hint of mint. Oily mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. Overall, solid IPA I would grab again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; honey colored; 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass; moderate lacing;

S: a little dank pine; banana, pineapple, orange;

T: flavor doesn't explode - it's a little subtle; pine came first, followed by grapefruit and pineapple which both lasted through the finish (with a bit of apricot at the end as well); minimal bitterness;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: For my taste, this definitely needed more bitterness; it just seems like it was missing something; a nice beer, but not something I would seek out;

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale green with a rich white head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Smells of malt and bitter sweet citrus, lime, lemon, grapefruit, star fruit. A nice bouquet.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front followed by sweet star fruit in the back that brings its sour bite. There is a very thin malt middle with slight bread notes. This one definitely stands out from other IPAs as unique and has some great flavor, but it doesn't quite all come together for excellence.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark gold color with a ton of sediment floating around; so much sediment that it looked like the bottom half of a bottle fermented Belgian bomber. It had a nice foamy 1 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing and rings as it went down, leaving a white layer on top.

Wow, smells of fresh grapefruit, lemon zest and piney hops up front, followed by caramel, light malt, orange peel and a blast of pineapple. The citrus hops dominate, especially the fruity notes of the pineapple and grapefruit.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, orange peel, graham cracker and a lightly spicy ending that had some cinnamon or brown sugar and pepper in the mix. The citrus hops are fresh and the fruity notes work well with the malty backbone for a complex flavor and very good balance. After each sip it seems the balance gets better and this is very sessionable and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a medium to almost chewy body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter grapefruit-like finish that trails off sweet with nice cracker accents.

Overall a damn good beer that borders on great. An all purpose IPA that is easy drinking and hides the ABV perfectly. I highly recommend this beer as it’s a textbook flavorful IPA out of a can.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: great floral hop presence
Appearance: light hazy yellow
Taste: floral hoops upfront, nice malt base, followed with a bitter finish
Overall: nice floral hop IPA with a decent amount of malt sweetness. Could use a little more malt to balance out the bitterness in the aftertaste. Solid beer. Worth a try

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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 rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation and one finger head.

S-There is some malt, a grassy spicy note along with some citrus.

T-Starts with a light bit of malt then a pine/grassy note with a good hop bite. End has some faint citrus.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins, slight carbonation.

O-A good IPA, it does nothing to distinguish itself from the others on the market, but it does come in a can.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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 EdwardK77
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a thick foam head which dissipates nicely throughout the drinking period. Cloudy and golden in color.

S- Sweet citrus is the main scent.

T- Well balanced sweet and bitter components. Great citrus flavor.

M- Really nice smooth drinking IPA. Light to medium body, very little effervescence.

O- This is a really quality IPA. It gets better as it warms up. I would buy this again.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2014 BJCP Category 14b American IPA

canned 4/22/14

poured into two snifters

big thick head that held up strong even after a few sips.

nice piney and floral nose, very light though

clean sessionable sip, medium body

taste is aggressive piney hops

well balanced

finishs dry and hoppy

would not seek this out over some others for my normal consumption, I drink Dales daily, but this is a great IPA to have anytime. I will grab a sixer next time I am at the brewery.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.