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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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1,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 94
Gots: 151 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 1,142 | Reviews: 199
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Pa-Michigander for a box of random kindness that included this gem.

Lightly cloudy gold topped by a couple of fingers of off white foam, which calm to a cap that lasts all the way. Beautiful lace adorns the pint glass.

Orange zest and light grapefruit, even lighter hints of floral, neutral sweet balancing it, make for a med. strength aroma that is tasty.

Well integrated taste that is all the flavors of the aroma, with a hint of grain and more bitter to it. Very well balanced in the taste, and a finish that is just right for the flavor profile.

Very light bodied, good amount of resin, though, med. carb., and a really tasty and clean bitter to the finish.

Like all of Westbrook's beer this is a solid representative of the style, isn't flashy, just solid and delicious refreshment.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely fantastic east coast style ipa, if you told me this was made in vermont, i would believe you. everyday is christmas when drlovemd87 is your pal, lucky me, he is one hell of a beer advocate! this pours very pale blonde in color, washed out a little, yeasty and resinous, light malt color, robust splashy soft white head with expert retention. it smells like something ive had from lawsons, really, the hops are that bright, mixed between tangerine zest and new spruce tree spring growth. its beautiful in the nose, but the taste is even better. just caramelized pilsener malt is a very worthy base for this, which otherwise would probably not have the fortitude to support such a resonant hopping. the label gives very little information in the hops, to my dismay, but i am sure of one thing, this is refined and calculated and dialed in a professional way that is unrivaled. its only as bitter as it needs to be, and the hop cone itself just dances on the tongue from first sniff to long after the swallow. its majestic in that way. maybe i am bored with colorado ipa, i hate to even propose such a thing, but this took me to a hoppy (happy) place i havent been in some time. medium bodied, i could drink ten of these, and would love to do that someday. everything about this refreshes me, both palate wise and spiritually. ipa is medicine, and this is the shamans share!

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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