Key Lime Pi
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #217
Ranked #6,530
4.14 | pDev: 7%
May 08, 2023
May 21, 2018
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Notes: Key Lime Pi is a pastry sour inspired by the ratio of the circumference of the best dessert (key lime pie, obviously) to the diameter of that same pie. To create this delectable dessert delight we started with our base sour beer and employed an extremely advanced, complex brewing technique called "buying a bunch of key lime pies and putting them into the beer." Annual release for Pi Day.
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 2/22/23

The only beer I’ve had from Westbrook previously was actually their Key Lime Pie Gose which I quite enjoyed. So naturally seeing this Kettle Sour version on Tavour, I figured it would be worth picking up. Let’s crack it open and see what it’s all about

Pours an opaque milky yellow with just a few white bubbles that immediately fade to nothing and leaves no lacing

After the rather nasty looking pour, I’m pleasantly surprised by the brightness of the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of lime juice, graham cracker, doughy malt, lemon zest, vanilla cream, and candied lime

And it’s even more elevated in taste, bright and tart with a nice balance. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lime juice, lemon juice, bready malt, honey, light vanilla, and graham cracker. The swallow brings notes of candied lime, graham cracker, lemon juice, sweet vanilla, honey, burnt sugar, and light orange juice

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a tart and prickly beer. Finishes a touch sticky but the tartness cleans it up over time for a beer that is ultimately refreshing

Looks aside, this is quite good. Would be a fun beer for summer parties
May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Aroma gives off classic sour and lime with crackery malts, and the taste isn't far off. It's a wave of exceedingly sour lime with a cracker back-bone with just a bit of cream on the back-end. Not a big fan, the sour leaves a rank taste that's a big turn-off.
May 03, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by festizio from California

Mar 27, 2023
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 14, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 16 oz can from TW-Greenville, SC 5-7-22 for $5.99. Canned 3-4-22; consumed 7-10-22. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a chilled haze golden green, and orange with not much head.

Nose is nice, very lime forward.

Taste follows the nose with a light malt base that comes across as a crackery crust and soured nicely with the lime addition giving a true key lime pie finish and experience. Can almost taste the whipped cream!

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very nice job replicating one of my favorite desserts!
Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
6 oz mini-snifter pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Not a pastry sour look - from the appearance this could be any generic slightly cloudy pale ale, with a small head. Aroma and flavor feature tart key lime, graham cracker, and whipped cream. Just a bit sweeter than I'd like, with hardly any beer flavor. It's tasty but not as amazing as I was hoping for.
May 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a pale yellow, with a light, one finger foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is light, lime without the citrus, if you get my drift. Taste is quite sour, key lime being the profile here. Coating on the tongue is light, sour with a hint of sweetness. Similar to a gose but not. If you get my drift.
May 12, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by KensWorld from Florida

Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by EMH73 from New York

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

May 15, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by krl2112 from Illinois

May 03, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Apr 03, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a milky straw color with a very fizzy, foamy head that fizzles out quickly. Smells like a key lime pie ; hits all the aromas: lime, cream, and graham cracker. Flavor follows nose, I get all of the key lime pie flavors: creamy, limey, and graham cracker. Carbonation is light, does not support the milky base as well as it could, comes off as really thin. Sourness is slightly offset nicely by a light dose of sweetness, but still has a gentle acidity to it. Overall a very tasty “pastry gose”, glad I tried, going to buy another 4-pack to bring home.

16 oz can dated 3/10/21 (bought in Myrtle Beach SC)
4.25 rating
Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an extremely murky, muddled yellow with very little head. Aroma is sour lime. Taste is really interesting. I expected a regular gose with a bit of lime, but I full blown taste key lime pie with this one. Maybe it's just how my palate is reacting to this, but even if you gave it to me blind, I'm pretty sure I'd immediately identify it as key lime pie, and I generally suck at picking up flavors. Graham cracker aftertaste is what I'm picking up as much as anything. Lightly salty. Low carbonation and smooth. Really enjoying this beer.
Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jun 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The Key Lime is a good enough invention to the gose. Bought from Tavour and held for a 90 degree day. Refreshing.

Looks are tough to rate because this yeasty-cloudy is so different than the classic gose. Smells are a delicate lime. Tastes are tart; nicely tart and the sugar in the key lime softens the sour. Effective use of salt. Refreshing in the mouth; but soft from the wheat.

I went on Westbrook's website... and it could be better developed for an 8 year old micro. But if Key Lime Pi is an indication, these guys focus on their beer. Cheers !
Jun 05, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pint can - poured into a Belgian goblet at 38°F.

Thank you Mark for this one!

Pours a milky, muddy, dirty yellow cream colour, with zero head formation. The surface sparkles with lively effervescence.

Nose: Graham cracker is the dominant note. Graham cracker with a dusting of cinnamon, key lime, and vanilla frosting. It isn't a terribly forward aroma, but it definitely captures that key lime pie thing.

Palate: The ale greets the palate with a balanced sweet and sour delivery. The Graham cracker crust shows up first, with tart key lime following closely behind. Not only is the key lime filling and the graham cracker crust nailed, but the cream base of the pie filling is also very accurate. Key lime and vanilla cream, with graham cracker crust, and a dusting of cinnamon. It's definitely sweet enough to translate as a dessert, but there's a healthy amount of lime-like tartness as well. It finishes with equal traces of graham cracker crust, key lime cream, vanilla, and whipped cream.

Mouthfeel/Body: Despite being relatively sweet, it's still a light-bodied beer, and the gentle tartness also aids in keeping it crisp and drinkable. There is a creaminess to it, but it's really emphasised in the finish where the tartness doesn't obscure it. The creaminess really adheres to the lips. The effervescence is fairly lively, and ultra-fine in nature.

Overall: Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the style. I'm somewhat of a "purist" when it comes to beer, and I've always just held a grudge towards this overall style. With that being said, it is difficult to truthfully say that this isn't absolutely delicious. It's an alcoholic key lime pie. From the crust, to the cream, to the key limes. It's a perfect representation of the beloved dessert. It may not be the most authentic beer, but it's incredibly enjoyable.
May 31, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Eziel from Ohio

May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a cloudy yellow color. It almost resembled a New England IPA.

Smell - Lime was very present in the nose. It almost seemed to be concentrated lime.

Taste - The lime was very present. There was a lactose presence that made this like key lime pie cheesecake. It was not overly tart, but it was a bit too heavy to be an easy drinker.

Mouthfeel - For the style, the beer had viscosity.

Overall - It was not very gose-y in my opinion, but it was a nice beer.
May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz can

Pours very hazy pear golden, no head retention.

Aroma of tart citrus and cracker malt.

Flavor is of key lime, lemon, and pie crust.

Light body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Tastes great, nice sweet balance to the tartness. Very easy to like. Would drink regularly in warmer months.
May 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Apr 12, 2020
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Reviewed by perikson7 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Got this in a Tavour order. Really really good. I’m not a fan of sours but this is excellent. Pours a cloudy yellow and smells exactly like key lime pie. Taste is lime with a lot of creaminess. Hints of pie crust as well. Slightly sour towards the end but far from overpowering. Will definitely search for more of this.
Apr 10, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Apr 09, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Received in a trade. Had hopes to review this with JLindros but Covid-19 put an end to that. While reviewing this I am also reading over my notes for the regular Key Lime Pie gose that I love so much to see how this compares.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy, murky pale golden hue with a thick one finger head that fades quickly to leave light lacing and thin wisps. Initially this looks pretty damn good for the style, however, upon closer inspection it looks like there are a few pea sized white chunks floating on the top of the beer as well as through out. Uhh...are these actual chunks of the Key Lime Pies they used here? It's not like the last few ounces of the can looked like spoiled milk when pouring; I certainly would have stopped if that was the case.

S - Aromas of a little bit of base sour gose notes. Gone is the corriander that the base beer brings, the creamy wheat is super muted but does have a 'crust' type aroma. Lactic notes are there as well. The key lime citrus notes though are much, much more muted than on regular KLP. KLP just explodes with fresh and bright key lime whereas this is far more muted. Granted, it still smells like a key lime the actual dessert...but it doesn't have the aggressive citrus pop that the base beer has.

T - Taste is more like it. Big creamy wheat and lactic tang, almost yogurt like, the key lime is there for sure now with some bright citrus but the intense creaminess keeps this tasting more like a dessert than a refreshing gose. The salinity is pretty much non existant as well. Certainly isn't any coriander.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lighter, the body is almost thick and heavy, definitely creamy. Not as bright or as sharp as a typical gose.

O - Overall...while this was a solid enough gose I really wasn't a big fan. Especially when compared to the regular Key Lime Pie Gose, which is probably my favorite canned citrus forward gose. The base beer is great, but the addition of actual pies here winds up robbing the very things that make the base so great. Salinity, coriander, actual elements of a gose...pretty much gone. Drinks more like a novelty which is a shame.

Serving Type: Can
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by Eman17 from Illinois

Apr 08, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a murky pale creamed yellow color — somewhat reminiscent of banana cream pie filling and yellow grapefruit flesh. fingers of airy, off white head very quickly fizz away into nothingness.

Lime stands out most in the nose with somewhat creamy, yogurty undercurrent. There’s a hint of pie crust, too, but it may be psychosomatic.

It tastes very much like key lime pie. Lime tartness and a tangy creaminess dominate, although I’m not really getting any crust here. There’s also a hint of blueberry and some citrus soda water.

Full bodied with strong carbonation.

I don’t think you could drink this blind and not immediately peg it for key lime pie. The little sour twang to the creaminess is what seals it.
Apr 02, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by lewith from South Carolina

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 21, 2018
Key Lime Pi from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 40 ratings