Westy | Sun King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wagenvolks on 05-13-2010

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cold from the tap at twenty tap a semi translucent copper to a 10oz snifter with a 1/2 finger, long lasting off white head leaving a thick sheet of lace to the rim after each sip

subtle hops aroma and a bit or citrus.

tropical hops forward with a nice dark sweet malt following up. citrus.

light bodied, big carbonation, subtle hops bitter, sweet after

overall - very interesting brew - nice tropical hops.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room, this is a lager per the brewer's website, but it really does have some amazing pale ale attributes (meant for, I believe). Poured a very nice copper color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Very clean and crisp malty scent with a huge hit of citrusy hops. Nice crisp and refreshing malty flavor with a huge citrus hop hit at the end, which gives it just a bit of roughness. Overall quite good! A nice blend of lager and pale ale attributes.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big-ups to brundo4 for the growler trade! Served in a Corsendonk tulip.

Apparently, Westy is an unusual IPA, hopped with German Noble hops and fermented with lager yeast. The pour is gorgeous, with a bright, brassy-copper color that sports a hefty crown of tan head. Mottled lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is indeed unusual for the style, but in a good way. Crisp, floral hop resins combine with a multitude of juicy tropical fruits to provide a pleasing bouquet. Malts give off a hint of toffee and butterscotch.

The flavor takes hold of the tastebuds and gives them a good thrashing with raw, leafy hop cones and a peppery carbonation level. The German lager yeast is apparent, adding a hint of sulfur-y goodness, but this beer tastes much more ale-like than I had expected. The alcohol nips at the back of the palate with a hint of fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is bold, yet restrained, with a medium consistency and uppity carbonation. Juicy and crisp on the finish with a lingering kick of hop oils. All in all, a delightfully fresh, hoppy IPA. Kudos to Sun King and thanks again to brundo4 for a killer trade!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a pizza joint, and so the waiter didn't know what kind of beer this was supposed to be. I got excited, thinking I was about to be poured a pint of some Westvleteren clone. Then I got confused, trying to figure out what the hell it was supposed to be. Was Westy the name of someone's lover or pet? Is it supposed to be pronounced with an accent?

Nope. West=western=Cal-if-forn-i-a. As in Steam. Only, I couldn't tell, because this had an awfully muted hop profile for a steam beer. It's got the pretty, hazy, fizzy copper color of Anchor steam, and the aroma is nice, crisp, very pale malt. Tastes like the pale malt mixed with some light german(?) hops and finishes with bready, wonderfully done yeast. Nice and well balanced, but I wouldn't have guessed it for a steam.

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Westy from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 16 ratings