Shane's Big DIPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 371
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 39
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 03-21-2013

A monstrously big and hoppy Double IPA. The recipe for this beer was developed by Brewer Shane Cummings. F**kin' A!
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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2014 is on another level, bumping it up from the previous 4.29 from 2013. Upping the 2015 version from 4.41

A - Pours a cloudy opaque orange, slight muddied brown, but very light overall. A full finger of off-white head, retention is decent, great lacing.

S - Fresh grapefruit rinds, maybe some sweeter citrus flavors (mango/orange), sweet caramel malts still find a way into the nose. Pretty much smells like your standard fantastic citrus DIPA

T - Dry, bitter, sweet citrusyness up front - zesty citrus, some sweetness, then a bit of pepper/spice and a mild alcohol burn mixes with bitterness through the finish. Pretty standard flavors but very good - the slight but obvious sweetness and spice is a nice touch. Definitely a bit of a hop bomb.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, a bit of a kick in the back of my tongue. Leaves behind a tihck feeling on the palate but quite drinkable as I find most dry bitter brews.

O - Very good hop forward citrusy DIPA with a little kick of spice. Definitely very drinkable for a 9.6%er (1,047 characters)

Photo of BIN29
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: One of the darkess dipa. Deep hazy dark orange. Small head.

S: This when the beer get pretty unique. Malts and sweet fruits. You know right away this dipa is leaning towards the malt from the smell. You don't get a lot of citrus here, maybe litile peach and mango.

T: Taste weird at first. I got pistachio, nutty-like flavor from the first sip. It's amazing and complex. Layers of tropical sweet flavors. But the major thing about the taste of this beer is the sweetness. This is really sweet dipa with slightly dry and wonderfully mild bitterness.

F: Medium-body. Light in carbonation. This is a big beer where you want to drink it slow to appreciate the elements but you don't want the beer to get warm.

O: Westbrook is one of my favorite breweries. Always solid stuff and subtle flavors. (799 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn draft pour with off white head. Grassy hops and grapefruit nose and taste. Velvety smooth tongue coating; medium body. Good balance of alcohol, citrus juicy hop flavors and green grass. Tasty. (204 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Gorgeous apricot. SLightly hazy. Messy off white head and lacing.
smell: floral and citrus richness. This reminds me of 2 hearted.
taste: Wow. Fully expected to be let down after the awesome nose. This is delish. Floral and citrus again (and rich) with a nicely balanced finish between all those hop flavors and a delicate malt, with a slight and very nice bitterness as it exits.
overall: i keep trying IPA's expecting more of the same ol same ol and it's nice to be surprised. (492 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on 3/14/13, yeah I only drink IPAs a week old or fresher, Im kind of a big deal

A: Pours an absolutely crystal clear, golden amber with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Decent retention, and leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A huge, dank, resinous hop aroma. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits too, orange, pineapple, papaya. Some sweet malts to balance it all out. Very nice.

T: Tons of sweetness with tropical fruits and sweet malts. Citrus in the from of lemon zest and tangerine. The sweet and citrus flavors are coupled nicely with a big piney bitterness that is most prevalent on the finish. This is really, really good.

M/D: Just an incredible smoothness for the style, reminiscent of Pliny in that regard. Medium bodied with a carbonation level thats definitely on the lower end of the spectrum, but I actually prefer it that way. The ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. From top to bottom, just a great beer. Hopes this makes the regular rotation over at Westbrook. Just thinking about the opportunity to alternate between this and Boy King makes me salivate (and feel lucky to live in a Charleston!). Highly recommend. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly hazy deep golden body, fat pale head slimmed into a cap and persisted

S: lotsa of citrus and floral hop action, sweet malts undertones of honey and warm biscuit

T: clean, fresh, and tight - full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, amply hopped and bright - malts are smooth and bring a nice sweetness to the underscore the shining hops

M: smooth and soft - very plush; soft fuzz of carbonation, fresh, juicy and wet - a real mouthful

O: super-juicy and fresh, with a casual bitterness that sneaks up on ya - hidden masterfully by all the flavors and feel until your tongue is wrapped and trapped - delicious and highly drinkable (646 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in person from CasanovaCummins. Poured from a bomber, bottled on 3/14/13, into my Stone goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with a very minimal amount of head. Quickly falls to a thin film.

S - Holy hop bomb Batman! This one is just bursting with floral notes and tropical fruits. Mangos, pineapples, and papayas. Smells better than most DIPAs I've ever smelled.

T/M - Caramel malts combine with the hops in such a way that it almost gives the beer a bourbon barrel aged flavor. Kinda coconutty. The hop profile is so big, but the solid caramel malt backbone holds up nicely to it. There is a nice papaya aftertaste tho. A little heat in the taste, but not that bad. Medium slick mouthfeel, a little under carbonated.

O - This is one of the tastiest DIPAs I've tasted. Somehow this one gets hoppier as it warms. Is that posible. I would definitely buy it all day long if I could, but I can't. So if this is available in your area, go out and get a case! Cheers! (1,003 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, sheets of lacing from a persistent thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Big stone and citrus fruit hop. Neutral malts and bitterness very in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body, just enough for the hop bill. No bitter linger. (236 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kcreming!

Bottled on 2/12/14

Ap - Brilliant gold, amber hue. Nice fluffy white head leaves some spotty lace. The appearance is reminiscent of PtE.

Ar - Big malt, dank hops. Smells like a big IPA for sure.

T - Grapefruit rind, slight lime, and smelly hops, with a boozy, caramel, biscuity malt backbone.

M - Dry, medium bodied, solid.

O - Though I'm not a big double IPA fan (or IPA fan in general), this was enjoyable. Great extra in a trade! (467 characters)

Photo of carlborch
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden-amber with a 2-inch, off-white-white, dense head. Distinct carbonation. Wonderful, forward, hoppy nose joined with sweet malt notes. Medium-full, deep, rich body. Excellent bitter notes on the palate. Hints of spice with highly evident flavor hops. The sweet malt notes are perfectly edged with the bitter hops. Significant, pleasant lingering. Certainly moreish! Beautiful Belgian lace. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate. (453 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. pour in a snifter at Kudu on Vanderhoest St. in Charleston, SC; unknown brewing/kegging date; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mandarin orange coloration; initial frothy 1/2 finger head resolves into a subtle glass lacing that retained throughout drinking

A: 9/12 - moderate citrus and piney/resin notes - suspect some Centennial and Simcoe in the mix; background bready/biscuity and dough-like qualities with alcohols

T: 17/20 - initial hit of bitterness opens the taste buds and leads into flavors that match the nose - sticky overripe grapefruit, pineapple, pine cones and resinous (date I say dank?); in the middle of the mouth; there is again biscuity/grainy malt bill and some fusyl alcohols; finishes sweet but still highly drinkable

M: 5/5 - thick hop resins coat the tongue; high body from the hops and alcohol; low carbonation that, I think, is appropriate in an imperial IPA

O: 9/10 - big, citrus and piney DIPA that is a really nice East-meets-Midwest affair; the barista informed us that Westbrook won't be brewing this again because Shane moved to COAST, which may mean good things for them

TOTAL - 43/50 (1,129 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light golden amber color.

The aroma has big grapefruit peel, a light pine, a bready and dough malt in there.

The flavor follows with a burst of grapefruit peel, citrus, a bit of tropical, then onto some pine. A light sweetness and a bready malt. Then some alcohol as well.

A really good drinking DIPA. (324 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/2015.

Bomber served cold into a goblet. Shane's Big DIPA is a hazy copper color with thin, tight, white head. Slow to settle but little lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with nice citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Flavor is initially sweet with caramel and toasted malts. Leads into a hit of hoppy bitterness and more of that citrus character. Finishes with a dry, bitter, snap.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

A good DIPA that doesn't focus solely on the hops. Good balance and complexity from the malts as well. (547 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a thin quarter finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer along with a small patch of medium thickness and some medium bubbles. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops with a lighter amount of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet malts with some caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tropical/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops that contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable brew because it highlights the flavors of the hops with a great balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. Easy to drink and definitely worth picking this one up again. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottled 3/14/13, enjoyed 3/23/13. Big thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Pine and resin with some light tropical fruits. Mild melon with a little pineapple. Sweet bready malts with a touch of fresh cantaloupe.

T: Definitely some ripe green melon with a little resin-like bitterness. A touch of caramel sweetness with some bready malts. More tropical fruits with some mango, pineapple and cantaloupe.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level, but sort of soft in texture. Sweet finish.

O: This drank extremely well for being almost 10%. Very nice texture, well hidden alcohol and great flavors. Glad I was sent another bottle. (828 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, onion, onion hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, onion, earth, and onion hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I went in to this beer not really expecting too much if I am completely honest. However, what I found was a really well balanced double IPA that made it really easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The onion aspect going on was a very nice touch to the citrus that was present. Another well done brew by the guys in the southern part of the state. Brew on guys! (778 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange with a slight brown tint. Good white head with lots of foam

S - Balanced nose that has both mango sweetness and grapefruit bitterness

T - Mango and pineapple up front initially. Good hit of pine and grapefruit bitterness hit as the beer moves along the tongue. There is a malty orange sweetness that comes thru to temper the bitterness which lingers in the finish

M - Medium sticky body with hop resin remains on the tongue

O - Good balanced IPA that has both sweet mango flavors while also having a nice bitter presence to it (549 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/15
A-a hazy amber orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-citrus fruits, tropical fruits, and light caramel malt

T-taste is similar to the smell, light caramel malt backbone with lots of citrus and tropical fruits

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very crisp

Overall another very good beer from Westbrook, very drinkable even with the high ABV (416 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful 1 finger head of dense, white foam. Quite floral on the aroma, along with tons of sweet fruit - roses, honeysuckle, grapefruit, mango, and strawberries. Medium weight and quite creamy on the mouthfeel. Loads of tart strawberries and grapefruit up front with an almost candy-like sweetness. It honeslty reminds me of a homemade fruit-based milkshake. Middleways, a farmiliar hoppy bitterness sets in and lingers on the aftertaste. Finishes smooth, and leaves a dry, piney-bitterness on the taste buds.

Overall, very delicious and very unique. Great smell and taste up front, which us unlike any other IIPA I've had. It turns back into a more comprehendable beer on the latter half, bring forward the farmiliar hoppy, piney bitterness that I was initially expecting. It's a great example of an American IIPA while retaining enough of its own characteristics to set it apart from most others. (950 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of hops, tropical fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of heavy hops, a slight amount of malt, tropical fruit (mango especially), citrus, pine, and some alcohol (fairly noticeable). A complex, sweet, and powerful flavor.

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

O: A likeable and well made beer. Drinkable. (517 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down a bit and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but seems a little maltier with notes of caramel and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: In feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well. There is also a good balance between the malts and hops. (700 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (2,000 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 3/31/15

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a super-sheer swirl pattern of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very malt-forward aroma reminds me of a hoppy barleywine. Firm booze fume.

T- Reminds me a lot of 90-Minute where the hop bitterness and flavor is accentuated but the malt still dominates overall. That being said, it's a bit more drinkable than 90-Minute with a good balance between the sweetness of the malt and bitterness of the hops.

M- Oily and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Definitely drinks more like a hoppy barleywine due to the emphasis on the malt profile but it's very smooth if not very complex. (882 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a pint glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly amber color.
s - floral hops with pine and mint aromas too.
t - nicely balanced up front with a piney hop punch in the back. i would have liked more of a punch in the mouth but it did the job alright.
m - creamy and medium.
o - really good DIPA. falls short of some of the classics but a good one nonetheless. (436 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz bottle from FMcDs poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/14, so its fresh.

A - golden orange, slight haze. Thin layer of head. Lacing retains on the side of the glass. 2nd pour nets a two finger head that quickly dissapates.

S - Grapefruit, hops, ocean air

T - Hops, citrus, salt. Did I mention hops?

M - solid carbonation, slightly on the sharp side

O - A good strong hop bomb. Not much else to it, but if that is what you are looking for, this will not disappoint. (496 characters)

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