Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #514
Ranked #5,622
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 29th April 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: It was a clear golden orange colour with a half finger white head that had decent retention but left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, light funk, apricot, peach and oak.

Taste: Sour, tart, acidic, apricot, peach, oak, and a splash of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, perhaps a touch too acidic though.

Overall: Despite the acidity, aroma and flavours were still nice.

Aug 27, 2019
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Low carbonation but otherwise a beautiful golden color. Smell is intense stone fruit with plenty of wine and sour notes to let you know what's coming. Taste isn't quite as amazing as the nose but still tons of peaches & apricots with a heavy does of acidity. Feel is better than I'd expect giving the low carb and has some nice density to it. A bit of a gut bomb due to the acidity but delicious none the less.

Aug 18, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/29/2016

L - Pours a golden/straw color body with a fizzy eggshell colored half finger head.

S - Vinegar and acidic notes dominate the nose. There are faint whiffs of apricots/peaches along with oak.

T - Nice turn around from the nose. The apricots/peaches are front and center along with the wine qualities and oak. Almost on the verge of puckering sour.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. It has a dry finish.

O - Perfect amount of fruit and wine characteristics.

Apr 12, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.01/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orange-golden body with nil head.

Smell: A prevailing, disquieting vinegary aroma, though there's hope with some ultra teensy hints of fruit and of oak wood.

Taste: Ah, man. Acutely acetic and sour, a lemony salty quality predominates leaving the hoped-for nuances and qualities from the apricot and peach to be totally left by the wayside -- instead it's a bottle of South Carolina vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Pass.

Dec 31, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

2.94/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Hazy golden color, one finger white head, messy lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Peach, apricot, wine, oak.

T: Extremely sour, wine, fruity, oak. Malty on the back end. This is definitely not a beer, according to my standards.

F: Fully flavored. Difficult to drink.

O: This must be good for wine or champagne lovers. But for beer lovers like me...not really.

Oct 22, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy apricot color with minimal head. Aroma is very tart and acidic with some peach fruit. Flavor is tart and funky that leads to an acidic burst of peaches. Has a crisp finish and the body has a great texture. Overall I'm really impressed by this. I wasn't expecting much but this is absolutely delicious.

Sep 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Umberto last night, thanks man.

This one pours a light orange-ish color, with a small head and no lacing.

There's a big blast of tart white wine on the nose, more peach than apricots after that, and some damp oak.

This is a huge surprise- one of the best beers I've had from Westbrook. It's got a huge fruit character to it, tons of peach, and a decent amount of apricot, and a huge, huge barrel character- tons of oak, white wine, and a pretty bracing sourness. There's a mild funk on the back end, but this is mostly fruit and barrel.

This has a very juicy mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation, and a strong lingering sourness.

This was completely off of my radar and completely blew me away at the share. Awesome stuff.

Sep 04, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
~ 2 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a bright, golden yellow color, hazy. Half finger thick, soapy / fizzy, white colored head, dissipates quickly. Small amounts of head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Tart fruits, lemon. Ripe apricot flesh, juicy peaches, peach skins, sweet white wine grapes. Vinous notes, dry oak and a touch of spice.

Taste- Big sour fruit notes, lemon / lime, sour apple candy. Juicy tart peaches and ripe apricots. Dry oak, sweet white wine grape.

Feel- Light bodied, very tart and sour, slight juiciness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Sour notes are big and forward, but there is also a good amount of juiciness mixed in from the apricots and peaches. Wine tannins come through nicely, adds a touch of dryness on the finish, but the sour notes dominate throughout in this beer.

Jul 02, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A glowing yellow beer with a nice white head that dies quickly, this beer smells SOUR with just a hint of apricot. The taste has a stronger apricot flavor and an strong acidic sourness. A little bit tart, but no funk. Light in body and medium carbonation. Westbrook doesn't do wild ales often but this one is excellent.

Jun 06, 2016
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Invinciblejets from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: light golden yellow. Super hazy. Small head disappeared pretty quick.

S: Like sour candy. Some light fruits peach for sure. Maybe some vinegar.
No funk tho.

T: Same light fruits from the smell not too sweet or anything. Less tart than smell would make you think..tho still very sour.
Maybe a slight oak character. Just a Bunch of fruity lactic tartness.

F: Nice and juicy. Thick for the abv.

O: Overall its really good. Fruit is perfect..But lacking in funky complexities I was hoping for. Kinda one sided on the sour end.

Jun 05, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8oz pour on tap at the brewery

Appearance is hazy golden yellow. Opaque with a small white head. Aroma is very tart, balanced with a nice fruity sweetness. There's a unique component to the aroma, I'm not sure what it is perhaps the Sauternes barrels. Taste is very tart, very tart. There's a nice fruity sweetness and oaky. Fairly big apricot, more subtle peach. Almost no funky notes, which I actually prefer as I like the sour as opposed to the funk. Mouthfeel is medium body, puckering sourness at times, drinkability is good. Overall, an excellent sour ale. Highly recommend.


Jun 01, 2016
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 50 ratings