Shane's Big DIPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. Bottled on 3/14/13 – only 6 days old.
L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, frothy, cream-colored head. Average retention that fades into a thin cap of cream-colored froth at the center of the beer surface and around the edge of the glass with some decent patchy lacing. Clear with an average amount of bubbles.
S – An awesome, juicy hop bouquet of grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, some pineapple, and some of that onion that everyone always talks about is apparent right up front. There may be some bready, caramel malt here, too, but the hops own this one – just as it should be.
T – Starts off sweet with caramel, bready, and biscuity malt with some orange, mango, and pineapple juicy fruits. As the taste progresses, bitter hops with grapefruit, mango, peach, and mild onion flavors come screaming in. There’s a nice spicy kick to the hops at the finish, too. For as hop-forward as the aroma was, the taste is very nicely balanced.
F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and very dry finish. Bitter and spicy hops linger and blend very nicely with a solid mouth-and-throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.
O – This is a good DIPA. It has a great hop bouquet and, while the hops are very apparent and bitterness stands up with the best of them, the taste is quite balanced. Some things that would really bring this one to the top of the charts would be better head formation and retention, a tiny bit more carbonation to add to the appearance and mouthfeel, and finding a way to make the ABV a bit more unnoticeable (I’m never quite sure how some of the best do this). Regardless of those suggestions, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer, especially given the nearly 10% ABV. Westbrook continues to impress me. I hope that they continue to grow and, as time goes on, more and more people get to try their brews.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 03:19:51 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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