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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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204 Reviews
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 1,266
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 104
Gots: 196 | FT: 17
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: 204 | Hads: 1,266
Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of eepound2
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of ThoughtPolice
4.61/5  rDev +13%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev +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. (331 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (498 characters)

Photo of tresmonos
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (464 characters)

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

Received this as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a nice one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin light blanket. Loads of particulates due to a haphazard pour.

S - Aromas of very light sweet malts...this is mostly just all hops. Loads of citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) and fainter pine. Nice and aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not much in the way of malts. More of the nice citrus ( tangerine and grapefruit), the finish is more citrus peel bitter than anything. The malts come out a bit more on the finish, lightly sweet. Quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, lightly carbonated, alcohol is hidden very, very well.

O - Overall, this was a tasty IPA. Light the citrus hops this brings to the table. (812 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a can.

This is a very drinkable IPA with a sturdy level of maltiness and a pleasingly moderate level of hoppy and malty aroma. The hop aroma is not overpowering but is very pleasing.

The taste and mouthfeel of this beer are its best attributes, as the hop bitterness is solid and pairs seemlessly with the malt backbone of the beer.

Very solid IPA and worth trying. (399 characters)

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

Fresh 12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Although only one state away from NC---this one not distributed here (yet) and that is a shame.

Orange and slightly hazy appearing with 1 cm head and lots of lacing.

Bright effervescent IPA with pungent citrus notes that rise out of the glass and burst on the tongue. An citrusy IPA lovers delight--powerful grapefruit notes--some pine and light on the tropical fruits.

Good body and just a tiny bit on the over-carbonated side.

A favorite that I look forward to on every visit to the Charleston area. Should be on everyones list to try (and for me, get again). (608 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a can dated 1/21/14. Pours a nice cloudy orange, with tons of bubbles rising up to the top. There's a thick off-white head that really sticks around.

Aroma is really nice - lots of citrus & pine. Maybe a little bit of resin. There's a little bit of malts detectable on the nose, and it seems to be nicely incorporated.

Flavor is nice and citrusy and a little bit peppery-spicy, with some significant bitterness, although it's balanced out by some nice caramel malts that come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, with a ton of carbonation. Super dry on the palate and on the finish.

Overall, a really great IPA. Not as great as some of the standouts of the style, but definitely in the top tier. (747 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy dark-ish yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty potent, this can seems pretty fresh. Big citrus and pine blast to the nostrils.

This IPA definitely flies under the radar- it's most excellent and refreshing. Very citrusy, without being too sweet- tons of grapefruit, orange, and peach, with some light pine bitterness. The bitterness doesn't really last very long.

This is medium bodied, with a exceedingly crisp mouthfeel, and a medium body. Very, very drinkable.

Westbrook does a ton of crazy stuff- but don't overlook their basic IPA. It's quite tasty. (670 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
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. (756 characters)

India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.