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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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fat58hwy

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:27:01 | More by fat58hwy
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craytonic

District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Dan!

Appearance: Big tan head, takes up most of the glass
Smell: very herbal, too much roast and tar
Taste: Roast and dark malt dominate, not much else going on. Bitter like old burnt coffee
Mouthfeel: medium body and mouthfeel
Overall: Dumped this sucker very quickly, just not enjoyable at all due to the burnt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:39:58 | More by craytonic
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

05-17-2012 00:43:15 | More by whitekiboko
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 20:15:41 | More by GossageBrewery
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-20-2012 22:57:02 | More by OriolesFan1008
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-10-2013 23:56:38 | More by ejimhof
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottled March 3, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours black with a huge brown head even with a very careful pour. Looks infected, but it’s not, just over-carbonated. When it does finally settle down, it holds a small cap and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, a lot of dark roasted, if not burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, a little dark fruit and anise. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is similar, piney hops, some citrus, chocolate, dark roasted malts, toffee, coffee, dark fruits. Minimal sweetness, mild bitterness, little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and starts with extremely prickly carbonation that distracts from being able to taste the beer. Subsequent pours from the bomber have settled the carbonation down and is much smoother and more enjoyable.

Very good Black IPA, but carbonation issues hurt the appearance and mouthfeel. If they sort those out, they’ve got a good one on their hands.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:25:07 | More by elgiacomo
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-15-2014 01:38:41 | More by jeff1973
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A foamy explosion, with the initial pour being all foam; settles into a murky obsidian with a nice head, excellent retention (no suprise) and good lacing

Smell: Burnt embers dominate with the piney hops underneath

Taste: Starts out with a lot of roasty char and, while the hops arrive in the middle to add a bitter and piney dimension, the char winds up overwhelming the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but overcarbonated

Overall: Balancing the flavors in an American Black is a tricky thing and, in addition to the carbonation issues, this beer doesn't handle the balance as deftly as some others I have tried; Westbrook needs to cut back on the char so that the hops be more prominent in this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:58:25 | More by brentk56
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-21-2013 15:20:37 | More by Mantooth
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sammy806

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-25-2012 19:56:57 | More by sammy806
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huntermop

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-23-2014 21:28:59 | More by huntermop
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themom

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-16-2012 19:47:13 | More by themom
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-06-2013 05:52:23 | More by sendbeer
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-09-2013 18:38:36 | More by icehawk
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-20-2013 23:59:31 | More by ADTaber
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PDXHops

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:00:07 | More by PDXHops
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jorrx003

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-13-2013 22:31:35 | More by jorrx003
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-22-2013 07:10:42 | More by drewone
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-31-2013 21:22:34 | More by mikeincharleston
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Mattybz28

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-04-2012 03:33:38 | More by Mattybz28
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raverjames

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-21-2013 14:02:32 | More by raverjames
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-17-2012 21:00:02 | More by CSQ1111
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-30-2013 02:59:34 | More by JISurfer
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rjknyy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2013 21:51:52 | More by rjknyy
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Covert Hops from Westbrook Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.