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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: 1,309
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 103
Gots: 206 | 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: 1,309
Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -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 rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -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 EdwardK77
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a Shaker pint glass at Sassafras Restaurant in Greenville, SC.

Appearance: Hazy golden to light amber. Initial thick white head dying back to a persistent thin foam across the top. Persistent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy - orange and grapefruit citrus.

Taste: Hoppy, but balance with hops. Initial flavor is citrus - mix of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The middle is a very solid malt sweetness, hints of caramel and bready as well. Finish is a crisp bitterness, like a fresh cut grapefruit/lemon. Quick tartness and not lingering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A straight forward and good American IPA. Went well with food (blue lump crab crakes) and I easily could have had another. Very drinkable and a nice balance of hops and malt, even if nothing really amazing or deep in the hop aroma/flavors. I did notice however that the flavor began to weaken as the beer warmed up, which surprised me. Normally I find the flavors get stronger as the beer warms up. In this case they got weaker. Must have been some combination of the food with the flavors of the beer. Odd. Still, a good AIPA.

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Photo of Kendo
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy honey-golden with a nearly 2-finger whitish head on top. Plenty of visible "floaties" in suspension. Good lacing.

S: Tropical fruits - mainly pineapple - and some citrusy hops.

T: Follows the nose, with light caramel foundation, then big time pineapple juice with a touch of apricot. Finishes with a surprising lemony bitterness (think lemon peel or pith - i.e., more concentrated lemon) that seems to come out of nowhere to really coat the palate and linger in the aftertaste as though this beer was freshly hopped - or pulled through a Randall. ABV heat is noted on the back end and in the belly.

M: Medium in heft; carbonation is modest and fine.

O: Better than I expected - Westbrook beers made their way to the area relatively recently, but for some reason I've stayed away. I would certainly go back for this one again, particularly if I was in the market for a good canned IPA.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whoa. Tons of foamy white thick head. Solid. Cloudy orange color brew. Nice thin lacing.

Tons of smooth, mellow citrus. Kinda plastic-y. Lots of oats and cereal grains.

Dry, earthy, smooth, easy drinker, way light on the pine. Not sticky or resinous. Kinda middle of the road flavors, slightly better. Nice forward carbonation, sweetness is mild, yet pronounced. Bitterness is lacing just a bit, but carb. makes up for the lack of bite.

I wish flavors were a bit more pronounced with aroma. Killer brew from an awesome colored can! I have to say, slightly better drank from the can...kinda sad, but still solid. Nothing awesome, nothing bad, just solid. Recommended.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour -- light, hazy orange color with a finger and a half of tight, frothy white head. Plentiful lacing.

Nose is bright and piney, with a melange of citrus behind it.

Taste follows suit -- bright and slightly bitter with pine first, subtle tropical fruit second, namely pineapple, and all sorts of citrus following that. For some reason it's reminding me of both Bells Two Hearted and Heady Topper. Like a slightly more potent Two Hearted, or a Heady Lite. Maybe Centennial hops? There's also a touch of savory scallions on the finish. In any case, I like that it's hoppy, bitter and unique enough to make its mark, but still tastefully restrained.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied and well rounded. There's a semi-dry finish with just enough of the honey malt center lingering around and coating the palate to give the dry hop flavors an afterlife.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

this beer was interesting, to say the least

A-from now on im giving beers a 5 automatically for the appearance rating...i dont care what it looks like...in fact, the murkier and shittier looking the better

S-overripe tangerines and oranges, heavy caramel...no pine to speak of

T-same as the smell...hop bitterness reminiscent of pepper at the end

M- the highlight of this beer...they nailed this aspect...very full

O-good...nice drinker with a unique profile that i would drink again

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Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, dated 2/27/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity candy with some resiny hops and a little garlic.

The flavor is sweet fruity candy with resiny garlic hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of an odd mix of fruity candy and garlic hops.

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Photo of eepound2
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally bought this beer after passing on it several times. I thought this was a very good ipa. Poured from a 12 oz can and pours a nice, caramel/golden color with a decent size head.

Smell is good not great...Taste is pretty awesome. Definitely has some citrus notes and flavors that are pretty well balanced. I will be buying this beer again for sure

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a willibecher. This was canned on 02/27/14.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, medium amber and leaves a 2 finger, very sticky, white head that lingers for a long while before leaving a puffy layer atop the beer, leaving a lot of lacing.

Smell: Resin out first, followed by some citrus notes, citrus rinds, malts, a hint of pepper. Nice, subtle aroma.

Taste: Matches the smell really well. Resin, hint of pine, citrus, citrus rinds, malts. Tasty, well balanced and mild. ABV is well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Finishes smooth.

Overall: This is a very easy drinking, well balanced IPA. I have a feeling that if this were a bit fresher it would be more hop dominant. The hops and malts are very balanced in this one, and it goes down very easy.

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Photo of ThoughtPolice
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Sam Adams goofball glass. Finished a Westbrook Gose just 10 minutes before pouring this one.

Appearance: Looks dope. Very nice Werther's Original color. Cloudy, unfiltered, as most beers really should be.

Smell: It's a nice, funky, somewhat atypical American IPA smell. Has hints of English style IPA, such as lightly earthy, lemongrass scents. I also get light orange, and a little more pine. There's a lemon cupcake thing going on that I like.

Taste: The aroma carries into the taste pretty well. More malty than the most common IPAs. Very nice doughy malt character. Lemon, coriander.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium-Thick body, lingers a good while with that lemon cupcake flavor. Not so thick that I couldn't have a few.

Overall: This beer has reignited me. Can't wait to take a split 6 of this and Gose down the river in a tube this summer! Boy oh boy, life is good. This beer reminds you of that.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- My can poured a retarded amount of head, not even worth measuring. So that is why I docked some points on A. Medium golden, white fluffy head.

S- The nose is dulled down big time for me. I am getting some citrus faintly.

T- The taste is really great, but muted like the nose. I am not a huge IPA guys, so when the hop profile is tuned down a bit and some citrus takes the forefront, I am a big fan!

M- Very very smooth with a waxy feel to it. My mouth is coated in that wax feeling some beers gives you.

O- I thought this was a great IPA, very sessionable.

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Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy-hazy, light orange-yellow in color. Forms a fairly large, fluffy, off-white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Pleasantly aromatic. Mostly citrus. Grapefruit and orange. Not incredibly juicy, but certainly citrus forward. Lighter notes of pine. Some light malts.

T: Taste is all hops and that isn't a bad thing. Again mostly citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. But the pine comes through more in the taste than it does in the aroma. A bit of resin and spice on back end.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Moderate-to-heavy carbonation. Somewhat prickly in the mouth.

O: A very nice, hop forward IPA available at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, orange color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace

Aroma: Tons of fresh, citrus hops along with cooked cabbage. Reminds me of the SN wet hop's.

Taste: Pretty full-bodied up front with nice malt sweetness before the onslaught of bitterness. Again, a very fresh, green citrus hop bitterness that lingers on into the finish and is quite strong, almost bracing.

The Rest: Overall, not a bad IPA, just a few character flaws. The cabbage aroma is its biggest fault, mostly because I got a bit wiff of it with every sip. The finish is a bit harsh, but with this much green hop character, I guess that's to be expected. I don't see many other reviews mentioning a cabbage aroma, so maybe I got an off batch.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hued beer with a quarter inch white head. Brussels lacing. I get a faint aroma of citrus hops, but I really have to seek it out. I get a pretty acute burst of citrus hops which quickly fades into a nice, mellow hop burn. There's a good light malt backbone to keep the hop intensity in check. The mouth is crisp and dry.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted snifter; translucent orange gold with a fluffy white head that fades slowly to a finger-thick puck of foam with some spotty fine lacing above it. Visible suspended sediment and resins in the liquid...mmm.
Smells awesome. Reminds me of the older Sucks. Pine, mango, sweetness, citrus, other tropical fruit, dank.
Taste follows; very clear in flavor, yet complex. Very pine forward, resins coat the mouth. Seems very bitter at first for the 60 IBU listed on the can, but it smooths out into some citrus and tropical fruit lightly in the end.
Mouthfeel is light, nice carbonation, light body. Crisp clean finish, makes it very drinkable.
Overall, another "hyped" IPA that I've finally tracked down, and wasn't dissatisfied by. Tasty, drinkable stuff.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ths is super fresh. Canned yesterday. Color is a bright orange with slight haziness. Head is white, not large yet seems to stick around as a nice little layer. Aroma is sweet, bright, and dankly/freshly hoppy. A general kind of hoppiness including pine and citrus. Taste is fantastic. Fruit, spice and plenty of fresh hoppy flavors. Great balance in this beer. Just enough malts to hold up in hop village. Texture is slightly syrupy, slick, and body is appropriate at a medium level. Overall great!

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Photo of tresmonos
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is gold haze with thick, fluffy carbonation that clings to the glass (when poured). Intense floral and citrus aroma. The hops overcome the three malts in the brew. I dislike malty IPA's and this flavor profile does not tilt towards the malty flavor profile. If anything, the malts sweeten the flavor. The finish is all hops with a dry bite.

I used to live in Michigan and Nebraska - this is South Carolina's cross between Two Hearted Ale (MI) and Crop duster (NE). This is a seriously underrated IPA from South Carolina. If served in a can, don't let it breathe - just pop the top and enjoy it.

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Photo of Shumania
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tumbler style glass

A: Murky burnt orange copper color. Fluffy two inch white head with good carbonation

S: Sweet citrus orange and tangerine

T: On the sweeter end of IPAs from the malt. Lots of citrus punch with orange peel and tangerine similar to the smell with a small hop finish

M: medium body with lots of effervescent bubbles

Not your typical IPA, but pretty refreshing and a solid option.

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