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India Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,288
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 104
Gots: 202 | FT: 16
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: 209 | Hads: 1,288
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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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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).

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
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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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/2/13. Pours a hazy golden with a massive head that lingers and laces very well. Nose is of citrus hops that are well balanced against a slight pine background. Grapefruit, orange and tangerine are discernible. Light medium body and very well carbonated. The delicious taste follows the nose against a slightly sweet backbone. Mild bitterness is well balanced with citric hop flavor and tartness over a slightly sweet background. Tamer than their citrus ninja variant, in a good way. Crisp finish from a burst of carbonation that leaves a exceptional lingering tart bitterness and flavor. An excellent IPA. Even at almost 4 months age, this is world class.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter. 12/02/13 on the bottom.

A: Pours a hazy amber gold with a dense off white head. Loads of visible carbonation in this one. Nice lacing as the head dwindles down.

S: Fresh hop aroma with a nice citrus tone. Earthy and floral as well. Herbal qualities as well. Malts add some sweetness to the background.

T: The best way to describe this would be succulent hops. The combination of sweet malts and fresh hops really makes for a mouth watering combination.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a nectar like mouthfeel that can be enjoyable in IPA's. Finish is a bit sticky. Hops dry out the tongue.

Overall this is an IPA you can enjoy all night. Has a great kick of bitterness and substantial hop flavor. Something thats certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, w/o freshmess info that I can find.

Pours hazed dull lighter tangarine, gauzy eggshell head, leaves a decent collar, fine film and nice fine scattered sheets and strands of lacing.

Oranges and resiny hops in the nose.

Hopped up but not overly bitter, loads of mixed citric fruits, and a moderate resiny hop finish. Better then average, fruity, quite pleasant and assertive IPA in a can, what could be bad?

Well worth a try.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the recommendation of my distributor and I couldn't be more pleased that he suggested this little green can of deliciousness.

Appearance: Pores a hazy, golden orange color with a 1 finger thick white head. Good amount of carbonation present.

Smell: Smells like a mixture of tropical fruits and TANGERINE. A lot of tangerine coming through, with some mango.

Taste: The hops definitely leap forward on this beer with a taste almost identical to the nose. A lot of fruits, tangerine to me is definitely what steps forward the most, and there is a slight sweetness to it balanced out with the malty undertones.

Mouthfeel: slick, oily feel with a solid amount of carbonation. It definitely has a resinous feel to it but it doesn't linger too long at all. Fades away cleanly.

Overall: A very solid IPA, extremely fresh tasting and incredibly well balanced. It really does fade away smoothly despite a nice kick from the hops in the beginning. For the price and ease of drinking this is definitely a must and going to be a regular at my place.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in NYC over the weekend. Served in a pint glass. The hazy gold body was capped by a big, compact/solid white head, that showed a lot of retention. Plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Through the body you could see lazy carbonation rising.

The initial whiff had TONS of grapefruit, and sweet citrus aroma! TONS! As the pint went on though, that aroma diminished heavily. But, yeah, the initial smell was just classic American IPA all the way...and it was good.

The first sip had resistance: the firm head pushed back, with its thick, creamy texture. Just an excellent mouthfeel...so smooth and creamy. Medium bodied beer. Solid IPA with a good balance and even bitterness. There was a gentle yet lingering bite in the finish. Notes of Citrus rind & bread-like malts. Excellent balance.

Solid all around. This is nothing that stands out of the pack in the IPA category, but it is dead on for the style and does it much justice. Very tasty IPA, well crafted, and very worthy of a high score.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Murky light honey, small near white head. TONS of small bubbled cling lace.

S - Malty, perfume, some hops.

T - Complex blend of hops, perfume, coriander and malt.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Interesting beer. Thanks for the trade that brought this to me.

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Photo of GJ40
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can bought at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Golden and clear with a nice white head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of floral and citrusy hops. It's delicate and gentle but quite assertive. The flavor follows closely. It's all about effective hop flavors. A creamy, smooth texture with a nice low carbonation.

Fantastic stuff leading the way for the beer scene in SC!

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear deep amber orange with big 2-3 finger foamy head.

The aroma is fantastic. It’s super juicy orange, with mango, apricot, a bit of grapefruit, nectarine, peach. There’s a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

The front just hits you with a good amount of tropical blast of hops. It’s of juicy peach, orange, mango, nectarine. There’s a gentle sweetness, without a big body, that matches with that. It then rolls into a good bitterness with grapefruit peel and floral drying.

This is a well crafted hoppy IPA. It’s light drinking with tons of hop aroma and flavor. Westbrook continues to impress me.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, bright orange in color with a nice, dense, 1.5 finger head. Retention is tremendous, as is the lacing.

S- Lots of resinous, piney hops bitterness. Fairly one dimensional, as this piney goodness lasts throughout the entirety of the smell. Slight floral note at the end of the sniff.

T- Big hops bitterness right up front, like in the scent, and also like in the scent, the hops bitterness is mostly to all piney with a slight hint of citrus and floral flavors. Bitterness picks up towards the end of this hop-smack-in-the-face, and leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M- Sticky and medium in thickness, this beer is a true IPA as far as feel goes. Medium to high in carbonation, this is a fairly drinkable except for the intense hop bitterness that will take a toll on your palate.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tons of carbonation shooting up the glass, 2 fingers of head with great retention, murky orange pour.
Aroma of slight citrus, grapefruit, a bit of plastic? Hmm.. Hopefully the taste isn't as off..
Ok no plastic flavor.. Just a lot of herbal bitterness and some caramel malt. Nothing outstanding with this one.
Medium in body with high carbonation.

This is a decent ipa and I'm glad to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.