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Shane's Big DIPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 381
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 29.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 coreyfmcdonald
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a dark golden, slightly amber color with two fingers of fluffy head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Very strong hop aroma, even for the style. I get piney hops followed by dank, resiny hops and a touch of citrus. A touch of bready malts come through, but there is not much of a malt presence here.

T: Really odd. A nice bitterness comes through with much more caramel sweetness than I anticipated from the aroma. An extremely strong hop flavor comes through, balanced citrus and pine. The hop flavor is unbelievably strong - I don't think I've ever had such a strong hop flavor in a beer - I'd imagine the 15 minute addition is very, very high.

M: Medium thickness for the style with appropriate carbonation.

O: The hop flavor in this beer kills anything else that might have been good in this beer. It is intense - much higher than I've had in any other beer. It certainly got better as I kept drinking, but I drain poured a significant part of the bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 3/14/13. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours deep gold with a half finger of near white head that leaves very little lace.

Smells sharply of grapefruit, pine and orange peel with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is full of big, bitter pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, pepper, biscuit and a big dose of booze (much more than expected).

Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Bitter, lingering finish with some fusel alcohol burn.

Tasty but lacking something to really elevate it above other DIPAs. Comes accross as much more boozey than most in the style. No regrets though and I'll probably even buy it again sometime.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A monstrously big and hoppy Double IPA. The recipe for this beer was developed by brewer Shane Cummings. F**kin' A!" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft as an annual release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy whipped head of a buttercream color over a densely hazy golden amber body. Ample carbonation and a very thick shroud of haze lies in the body of this beer. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Sharp bitterness of lemony, piney and pithy citrus hops, very brazen and bold hop aroma. Slight malt character of caramel syrup, some light biscuit, moderate grain malts and a mellow waft of alcohol. Potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) While full in flavor, this DIPA comes off better rounded-out than the aroma suggests. Creeping bitterness from the first sip, with notes of pine, earthy hops and delicate citrus notes teams up with an equally potent malt body of caramel grain syrup with a light buttery malt body. Finishes very dry with a dragging hoppy bitterness, and grapefruit juice after the swallow. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly chewy, sharply dry. Carbonation is modest, with a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters to mention. 3.5

(Overall) While an enjoyable Imperial IPA, I find this beer is a bit brazen in too many directions to find some real harmony in it. Sharp bitterness, flavorful but limited-range hop choices and a malt body whose depth is lost beneath harsher graininess. For those looking for a boldly flavored DIPA, this one is a fair candidate for you, but it wasn't nearly my favorite by the brewery and especially of the style. 3.75

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Shane's Big DIPA

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Deep brownish-orange, quite hazy, with a thin white head and just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts, brown sugar, and some pine and fruity hops lurking about in the background. Not a bad aroma, but this smells more like a barleywine.

T: Sweet malt, brown sugar, grassy & pine hops, and malty sweet into the finish. This is clearly a barleywine.

M: Heavy sticky body, noticeable alcohol heat, and carbonation on the low side.

O: The bottle I had was exactly three months old - not the freshest, but if this started as a hop-forward DIPA it was the fastest-deteriorating hop profile I've even experienced. I've cellared other DIPAs for over a year (some accidentally, some on purpose), and found them to have significantly less barleywine character than this does. It's not a bad barleywine at that...but completely wrong for the style on the label. I've scored this as an American Barleywine. For style, I would have given it a 2.9 or so.

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Photo of mschantz
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderately hazy brassy orange with a 1/4" of head. Nose presents a bit of tropical fruit - papaya & guava with herbal notes that bring tobacco to mind. Taste is much less balanced than the nose - quite bitter with piney resinous flavors and some malt backing. Tongue scraping finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really good ipa, maybe a little older now than it should be, but not way old, they just have been in the market a little while now. its good beer, but not as good as i had hoped it would be. its not all that unique i didnt think, although its obviously well made. i get a citra type hop profile form it, lemony and bright and fruity, but its not real bitter, and frankly not bitter enough to balance the sweetness, and my takeaway here is that it might be better around 7% abv, less grain making it sweet and all, and less booze getting in the way in the end. i like all the body, and i like the flavor profile of the hops, must be more than just citra, but thats kind of the lead horse i pick up in this one. fuller bodied too, which i really like, and creamy in feel with a ton of tiny bubbles making it seem a lot lighter than it is, but it doesnt warm up all that well, sort of comes apart a little bit, and the hops fade a lot. this could be a produce of it being a few months older than is optimal. overall its another solid release from westbrook, but their hoppy beer has never been what impresses me most in their lineup. fair for 8 bucks though, thats for sure.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz Growler. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours ever so slightly hazy orange amber with a three finger off-white head

Aroma is big on hops with a little bit of everything, juicy orange citrus, pineapple, dank resinous hops, some weed, some cat piss, some pine, mild caramel malt but pretty much all hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is orange, fruity hops, pineapple, pine, resin, some dankness, quite a bit more caramel malt in the flavor than the aroma offering up a decent bit of sweetness, moderate bitterness, finishes sweet and fruity with some well-integrated alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, somewhat creamy, quite oily, moderate carbonation.

Very nice. Definitely like this better than their standard IPA. The aroma is fantastic, flavor is very good but more sweet than I normally care for in an IPA.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/31/2015: pours hazy copper color with a lot of active carbonation and bubbles racing up the brew like champagne; creamy 1-2 finger beige head that faded average to on the fast side which left very good lacing.

Nose is a potent mix of citrus fruit, graham cracker, caramel, malty biscuit and red grapefruit a bunch of tropical fruit come through like mango, pineapple, oranges and lemons, but the malt backbone is a solid foundation for the balance with wheat bread and toasted grains or cracked wheat. Sweetness is average and spices minimal but it still smells good. A little light for a DIPA, but close enough.

Tastes is sweeter and maltier than the nose with a lot more malt coming through, as well as some toffee and spices like pepper and brown sugar. Like the nose, the basics are covered with citrus hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange peel, lemon zest, dry floral hops, dry grass, toasted grains and some piney hops. Balance is off a little as the malt has the slight edge, and for a DIPA the hops are not very aggressive and dominating like I had hoped for.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with lighter than average carbonation, a medium body and only a minor bitter touch in the finish. Overall this was a good beer but not the hop monster the bottle hyped it up to be ("monstrously big and hoppy...."). I like Westbrook and most of the stuff I've had from them, but this one came up a little short.

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Photo of eaker
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 3/31/2015
Consumed on: 4/25/2015
Bought from: HopCity, Atlanta GA.

A: Hazy amber with slight lacing.

S: Grapefruit and mango dominate to the point where you think there was something added to enhance that flavor or maybe the hops were added late and it produced these very intense smells.

T: Medium body with pine/resin tones. Front to back it is a bit sweeter than the grapefruit smell and ends on a surprisingly light caramel note.

M: Right amount of carbonation and slightly acidic (similar to a lemon, but not as intense.)

O: Shane’s Big DIPA is a solid Double IPA, but could use some balancing to pull all the flavors together.

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Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a month ago in Rochester, N.Y. Westbrook is not available in my state.

Poured from the 22 oz., bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy deep orange with a half finger white head which receded quickly to very thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Dank pine resin, becoming stronger

t: Strong vegetal grassiness up front followed quickly by a heavy hop bite with lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, very good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: No denying the hoppiness here, but the bitterness is not balanced by particularly pleasant flavors, leaving the impression you are drinking crushed weeds. The aroma is also so intense at first that it encourages coughing. Does mellow out but not enough to become outstandingly enjoyable. Ultimately it's claim to fame may be the grassiest-smelling-and-tasting DIPA on the market.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Clear. Medium white head. Good retention with a medium collar.

Smell - Grapefruit. Smells like simcoe. Caramel malt. Some booze.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit. Sweet citrus. Gets a little herbal and pithy in the back. Sweet doughy malts. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A bit boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Enjoyable, but I'd take Boy King over this.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Hopprof
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has everything that one would expect from a DIPA. Exceptional mouthfeel with a nice, citrusy and grassy flavour. Tremendous bitterness on the front end, and it most decidedly lingers throughout consumption. Most refreshing to find an IPA lately that actually delivers on the hop profile. So many DIPA imposters have presented way too much malt for my palate. For example, Thomas Creek Extreme. Regarding Westbrook overall: I have never had a beer of their's that I did not like!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of jeonseh
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of Treebs
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Shane's Big DIPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.