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Shane's Big DIPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Shane's Big DIPAShane's Big DIPA

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A monstrously big and hoppy Double IPA. The recipe for this beer was developed by Brewer Shane Cummings. F**kin' A!

(Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 03-21-2013)
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Photo of dar482

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 05:01:15 | More by dar482
Photo of KVNBGRY


4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:29:55 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of carlborch


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 19:05:05 | More by carlborch
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:23:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:00:42 | More by Apellonious
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:18:44 | More by thagr81us
Photo of macrosmatic


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:09:53 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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

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

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:07:39 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jeonseh


4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:04:14 | More by jeonseh
Photo of metter98

New York

4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:09:46 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.26/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:08:33 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of GPHarris


4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 16:18:30 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Rizalini


4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:23:41 | More by Rizalini
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


2.88/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:02:53 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of ThickNStout


3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 03:04:20 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:32:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Treebs


4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 10:42:31 | More by Treebs
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:19:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:40:27 | More by zac16125
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:19:51 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 18:46:57 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of Hopprof


4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 01:55:09 | More by Hopprof
Photo of elgiacomo


3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2013 05:41:58 | More by elgiacomo
Shane's Big DIPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.