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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ADTaber, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DaPan, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rjknyy, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ejimhof, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

drewone, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

themom, Nov 16, 2012
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
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

OriolesFan1008, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sammy806, Aug 25, 2012
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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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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

brentk56, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Mattybz28, Jul 04, 2012
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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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

analienacorn, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler brought to our Memorial Day cookout. Poured into a shaker pint glass...

A: Black; quarter-finger of mocha head; leaves some blobs of lace.

S: Sweet malts; ground coffee; hempy hops.

T: Starts with a blast of hops - citrusy and pine resin, followed by sweet roasted malts and chocolate; very roasty on the finish.

M: Full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a little too full for the style, perhaps - but I guess it is a pretty wide open style; sticky.

O: A nice American Black Ale... Hoppiness is good, but just a smidge more mouthfeel and roastiness than I’d expect for the style. A nice brew, though -

*from notes (5-29-12)

jpro, Jun 25, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Covert Hops is black, passing no light. A huge, dense, creamy chestnut head fills the glass and builds well above the rim. The head retention is impressive and leaves a coating of fine lace as it drops at a glacial speed turning rocky in places and dense-creamy in others. A fine mist of carbonation clings to the wall of the glass.

Once the head permits the nose, one can clearly detect rich pine sap with chocolate and coffee. A fresh, citrus background of orange rounds it out. There are also some notes of cigar smoke, but the chocolate returns with warmth.

Bitterness is well controlled, especially given anticipation from the aroma. Toasted character is equally prominent with black coffee, some chocolate and vanilla. Warmth brings out the sweetness.

A light body with soft carbonation, a silky texture, some residue on the lips, and alcohol more prominent than expected. Given the relatively low alcohol content it is quite impressive how much flavor Westbrook was able to develop.

This is clearly one of the better examples of this style. It adroitly brings out the hops one expects from an IPA as well as the roasted malts one expects from a stout. This one was enjoyed on its own, but could easily accompany a juicy burger.

SLeffler27, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

freduardo, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
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.

elgiacomo, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

iL0VEbeer, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

CSQ1111, May 17, 2012
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Covert Hops from Westbrook Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.