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Covert Hops - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Covert Hops is a crafty ale. Its stealthy dark appearance belies a light body and beguiling hop aroma from the loads of herbal, piney hops (4+ lbs per barrel to be exact) that melds exceedingly well with its deliciously devious roasty flavor.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: avalon07 on 03-31-2012)
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by UnderPressure:
Photo of UnderPressure
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 3-3-12. Opened 10-25-12. Served at 48 degrees F.

Overly carbonated. I'm surprised the bottle didn't burst. Big time air escape while prying the cap. 95% foam when pouring into a pint glass... An obvious flaw. Opaque, black beer. A rocky, long-lasting tan head fills nearly the entire glass. Lacing everywhere.

Heavy spicy/piney American hops in the aroma. Roasted malt accompanies.

The flavor is reminiscent of a hoppy porter. Chocolate and coffee with heavy hops. Plenty of bitterness. Great flavor.

Light bodied. Intense, attacking carbonation even after all that foam. A long lasting very bitter finish.

This would've been an awesome beer if it wasn't for all the carbonation. It's taking me all night to drink this beer waiting for the carbonation to die down every time I pour some. It's been bottled for nearly 8 months. Maybe the residual yeast has been working on fermentable sugars during that time.

UnderPressure, Oct 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Mantooth, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

ChrisMetcalfe, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

whitekiboko, May 17, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a New Belgium globe. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and subtle dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, citrus, citrus hop, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really wasn't expecting to get coffee on this one based on the aroma alone. However I found it to be quite enjoyable and added a nice level of complexity to the hop presence in this one. A really well done brew that I'm glad I got the opportunity to try, I suggest you do the same.

thagr81us, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black with reddish-brown edges and a creamy khaki head that settles to a dense, 1-inch head that refuses to dissipate.
S - Big, resinous hops backed up nicely by dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, and bitter chocolate. Hops are fresh and pungent, with lots of citrus and pine.
T - Wow, tons of deep, earthy roasted malt character with more resinous citrus hops. Bitter coffee, chocolate, brownies, and burnt toast followed by a long-lasting hop bitterness. Bold, but still fairly balanced and drinkable.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a touch over medium-bodied and good carbonation.
O - Such a tasty Black Ale, it's nice to see the malt take more of the center stage, instead of just providing an ample base for loads of hops. Another fine Westbrook brew.

jsanford, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Was this thing brewed with Belgian yeast. Explosive when the cap pops off. Pours mostly head even with the most careful of pours. Hugely carbonated. With all that being said it's a very good beer. Coffee and Hops my two favorite things in both the aroma and flavor. Yum Yum. Balanced with strong flavors of both and they work very well together. I'll definately seek this one again, but next time I'm aware of the carbonation. Whew!

wcudwight, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sammy806, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

freduardo, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Tatuchris, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of fat58hwy
1.25/5  rDev -66%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a bomber at Growlers while on vacation in Hilton Head after trying and enjoying their IPA. I was very excited by try this after I got home. As I poured it in the glass, the beer immediately turned to foam. The bottle was infected. I notified the brewery to see what their response would be. They admitted thay had a problem with that batch and they should have been pulled from the shelves. Unfortunately, I had the same result with their Pacific Jade Rye Pale Ale. They offered to replace them if I brought in the email the next time I am in Charlotte. As I live 376 miles from there, I don't see making the trip and remembering to bring the email. I don't know what I expected, but I thought blaming the store and making a lame offer was disappointing. Not the way to build a faithful following. This is more a review of the Brewery than the on the beer, I felt it needed to be posted.

fat58hwy, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter, an appropriate vessel to contain the explosive tan head. It slowly settles into a clumpy foam island, and even a half hour is still a thick skim. Pretty impressive lacing, too.

The bottle's about 2 months old, and I'm left to wonder whether the nose may have been a bit more potent a few weeks back. Herbal hops are more prominent than pine, with cocoa and leathery roast all around.

The strong herbal/leathery combo takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end it works pretty well, and a hearty dose of IBUs is always appreciated in a CDA. Dryish finish that showcases a pungent edge to the hop profile. Pretty solid effort here from Westbrook.

PDXHops, May 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jeff1973, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

drewone, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this American Black Ale, on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. This ale poured a dark black color, produced a thick brown head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted grain and herbal piney hops. Medium in body, this ale featured roasted grain, and piney hops. Overall this brew is a bit off balanced, the hop flavor fades at the end and leaves an almost watered down taste at the finish.

GossageBrewery, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: As expected, a lot of hops in the aroma, along with a good shot of coffee as well.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor had a good deal of hops and coffee, and also some malt in the finish. At first, this beer seemed to be out of balance, with the coffee taking center stage, but it balanced out as it went along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid example of an ABA. Not spectacular, but definitely drinkable.

avalon07, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Covert Hops from Westbrook Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.