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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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792 Ratings

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 77 | 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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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz canned Nov 27, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber, on the dark side for an IPA, with a one finger off-white head that leaves some lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is apricot, a touch of citrus, lemon, some resinous hops, good amount of malt, particularly sweet bread dough, some caramel. Good strength, but rather malty and the malts and hops clash a bit.

Flavor generally mirrors the aroma, apricot, light citrus/lemon, resinous hops, sweet bread, caramel, moderate sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

This really, really reminds me of a hoppy Amber Ale, not so much an IPA. And it’s pretty fresh too, just 3 weeks old. A letdown.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 02:55:58 | More by elgiacomo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-19-2012 02:42:20 | More by injuredreserve
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a fine stemmed tulip glass.

A- very hazy golden-orange color with a solid 1+ finger head that leaves some lacing as it fades. There is noticable sediment in the glass.

S- what a powerhouse of aroma going on: strong caramel malt, potent citrus, peach, mango, etc. You can name just about any fruit grown in the southeast and it's smell just may be in this IPA. Remarkable.

T- there is citrus, lemon and grapefruit rind, the hops build a great taste. And so do the malts, caramel sweet with a bit of dry bread or biscuit flavor.

M-medium body, silky, not thick. Beautiful balance between malts and hops. The 65 IBUs are right on; bitter hoppy finish without the burn.

O- I applaud Westbrook's effort here. This IPA stands on it's own, up to some of the most highly regarded IPAs in my judgement. Well done.

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 22:23:58 | More by NiceTaps
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2012 20:28:23 | More by MonkeyboyATL
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South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to year-round IPA. Always fresh from Greenville Beer Exchange and they just started dating the bottoms of the cans.

Pours Hazy gold with a foamy white head. Decent Lacing

Smell is slightly floral and spicy- hints of tangerine citrus and pine.

Taste is a collaboration of peppery, piney, citrus and light malts. Very hop forward and easy on the palate. It beautifully melds a bunch of American C-hop flavor characteristics without palate-wrecking bitterness.

Medium-high carbonation- lighter mouthfeel.

VERY refreshing IPA. South's closest thing to Heady Topper!

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 02:17:48 | More by Netdigger2
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

11-24-2012 12:16:23 | More by BigDaddyJohn
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-16-2012 12:16:34 | More by adamcthomp
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4/5  rDev -2%

11-11-2012 06:14:57 | More by ilikebeer03
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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce aluminum can poured into a Duvel-branded tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a deep, hazy gold – and by hazy, I mean nothing gets through. The head rises all the way to the top of the glass and beyond, a fat, rich, rocky froth that slowly recedes and leaves behind huge, boulder-like patches of lace on the walls of the glass as it empties.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose – grapefruit and tangerine take center stage, mingling with notes of mango, papaya, passion fruit and pineapple. It’s an extremely enticing aroma, and perhaps one of the best aromas in any IPA in the Southeast – if not more far-reaching than that.

Fairly light-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a touch of prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. The palate is, similar to the nose, a citrusy affair. Tangerine and grapefruit mingle with grapefruit rind up front, melding with candied mango and a peppery spiciness in the middle, where a supporting base of biscuity malt peeks through. More fruitiness folds into the back of the palate, followed up by grapefruit rind and a powerful dryness that lingers well into the finish.

An absolutely outstanding IPA that—dare I say it!—may dethrone SweetWater’s take on the style as this reviewer’s choice of Number 1 IPA in the Southeast. Superbly drinkable and explosively flavorful, this IPA showcases hops almost like no other – and it comes in a highly portable, easily recyclable, UV-impenetrable container to boot.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 23:55:36 | More by superdedooperboy
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4/5  rDev -2%

11-06-2012 21:45:21 | More by baybum
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-06-2012 01:40:39 | More by KevE
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4/5  rDev -2%

10-17-2012 18:45:25 | More by ncaudle
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into CCB pint glass.

A: Very hazy, orangish amber in color, with a nice white head and a relatively low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pine resin hops, caramel malts, some citrus notes.

T: Follows the nose. Malt is bready & chewy, and a little more dominant then I would prefer. Pine & citrus rind hop flavors. Hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Nice ticklish body between the carbonation sensation & hop bitterness, no particular alcohol presence.

O: Solid IPA. Doesn't really have any qualities to make it stand out from the crowd, but very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 17:28:31 | More by macrosmatic
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

10-10-2012 00:52:27 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-05-2012 23:13:00 | More by pintofparadise
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-05-2012 19:15:35 | More by fehrminator
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4/5  rDev -2%

10-01-2012 19:51:01 | More by wmc0005
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-30-2012 01:27:54 | More by dcbdc1
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-30-2012 00:38:32 | More by mendonjoebeer
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South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus aspect going on here was really quite nice and very inviting. This made it easy to drink with just about any type of food you threw at it. I personally chose pulled pork, but it went quite well. There wasn’t a huge hop aspect going on which was nice if you aren’t a huge hop head that is looking to nuke their palate. A solid offering from Westbrook that should not go ignored if you are a big fan of IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 10:44:58 | More by thagr81us
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a few of these on tap at The Salty Dog the other night and really found myself enjoying them. I knew I had to grab a sixpack and review it.

Can into nonic pint.

A glowing fireball of orangey gold with perhaps some light amber/auburn hues if the light hits it just right. Thick, foamy, sticky, three-fingers of off-white head hold a surpriaingly nice retention and leave some thick curtains of lacing behind. This really looks great.

Smells great too-- a dry biscuity malt underneath a pleasant citrus hop attack. Lots of citrus hops, with a little floral and pine to boot.
The flavor follows suit... Decent bitterness, but not overwhelmingly bitter. The hops have been used for aromatics and flavoring, and done so quite well if I do say so. The finish dries out a bit which is nice, but as it warms I detect a slight booziness.

Feels is good-- medium, malty, little oily, dry bitter finish. The malts do a great job balancing the hops, and while I find this beer hoppy, I wouldn't say it is the hoppiest... But it also isn't overly malty-- it just found that perfect balance.

The only complaint is that the ABV is pretty high... A bit too high to be a good session beer, but this is quite good nonetheless.
I'm truly surprised that this beer doesn't get more praise.
Well done Westbrook. Well done indeed.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 00:56:18 | More by AleWatcher
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to instantmessenger for passing on a couple of these in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this delicious IPA. A blend of Ameri[CAN] hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and again in the fermentor [sic] for a complex and layered hop experience."; "Best served at 45-50 [Deg.] F in a tulip or English style pint glass."

I employed an inverted Glug following a Crack that revealed yet another brimful craft CAN. I had about two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing behind. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow with lots of floaties in evidence. I may be getting to this one either a) too late or b) just in time. Nose was solid, very piney, quite minty. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were present, definitely pine, albeit somewhat muted. Finish was semi-dry, still hoppy, but I CANnot help but wonder what a fresh one might be like.

Serving type: can

09-23-2012 20:53:39 | More by woodychandler
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours tangerine orange with thick white head that lingers well in Duvel tulip.

Smell is heavy with pine, resin and citrus.

Taste is smooth sweet malts and pine. Mild to moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a good example of the style.

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 18:20:31 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-12-2012 18:42:45 | More by carrollmel7
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4/5  rDev -2%

09-09-2012 14:28:06 | More by TimoP
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.