India Pale Ale
Westbrook Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #427
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,596
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,548
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this highly drinkable IPA. A blend of four American hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and twice in the fermentor for a complex and layered hop experience. Best served at 45-50˚F in a tulip or English style pint glass.

65 IBU
Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,548 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with moderate head. Scent is of pine and citrus. Taste is low on citrus and high on hops. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste dominated by hops

Mar 06, 2020
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Shroom from South Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I’ve had when fresh. The aroma upon opening the can is unmatched!
This is not a cloudy, gas producing NEIPA; it is a full bodied west coast style with a Germanic body that satisfies. Even here in SC, this brew is a bit pricey at $11.99 for a sixer, but worth every penny for guests or when you want the best.
I’ve had this on draught at a few locations over the years and it is outstanding. I recommend pouring can into a glass to release the specialness of this beer. South Carolina’s best IPA for many years.

Jul 01, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a well retained half inch head that left spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, resin and a bit of sweet malt. Medium bodied and carbonation, moderate bitterness, somewhat chewy mouth feel for an IPA.

Jun 20, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 04/30/18.. wish I had seen that earlier, as now it’s approaching 4 months old.

Has a deep, slightly hazy golden orange pour. Nice two finger head of foam that leaves heavy lacing in its wake.

Pithy, dank, hop aroma with an even balance of citrus peel and bold malt balance. Even getting lingering hints of overripe tropical fruit.

The flavors are where you start to notice the lack of freshness in this shelfie. Still very drinkable and tasty, but the malt in the beer is really beginning to emerge and throw off the balance. The bitter, potent hops are still very noticeable, and the combination of malt and citrus add a nice sweetness to the beer. Still good overall.

Medium carb, slightly sticky, crisp. It’s a smooth beer, with a bitter finish and sweet undertones.

Aug 05, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co. "IPA"
12 fl. oz can with illegible ink-jet coding on the bottom of the can
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label, I like the bright green color it's kind of like hops. The head has risen up fairly high, two and a half fingers thick, and it doesn't seem to want to settle all that quickly. I might have to wait. The body is a hazy golden amber with some particulate clearly in suspension, I'm assuming from dry hopping. The aroma is hoppy with soft grapefruit and mild pine over a bready and grainy malt base. I'm a little surprised, this seems to be "old school". Based on the label I was expecting it to be a little more exciting, and this is certainly not in vogue right now, but let's check the flavor just to see... nope, this is straight-up mid to late 90's American IPA amped up a little bit from Sierra Nevada's original. I will say the body and malt flavor are nice though, a bit of a change from what I've been drinking lately, a throwback. It could be more hoppy in the aroma but I think the flavor contribution is fine, and the maltiness works well with the citrusy/piney hop flavors and its 60 or so IBUs. It's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. If only it were clearer it could be much better than it is, and I know it's possible to get the same flavor in doing that because I did it myself way back in '96. Overall: an enjoyable, solid, what used to be considered "full throttle" IPA that delivers all around. Worth trying.
Review# 6,153

Jul 21, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 4/17/18 (76 days ago) poured into a stemless wine glass at fridge temp 6.8% ABV 60 IBU. The beer pours nearly murky, with some chunks. The color is dull, orange amber with off white head. The aroma is bready malt with some faded American hops. The taste is semisweet caramel with some residual pine and mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, good. Really watch the dates on this one. Folks must be trying this one super fresh or I I'm not getting the high scores.

Jul 04, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Proper, correct and masterful, the Westbrook Brewing Company splashes the Carolina beer scene with a no frills IPA that's simply done right.

And just as standard as its taste, Westbrook's IPA name follows suit. The classic scent of pink grapefruit and pine create a bold perfume with and undercurrent of caramel and nuttiness. And those caramelized malts and their nutty, slightly savory, toasted character lays on the early palate with the heartiness of dry graham cracker.

Sweetness drifts away quickly and leaves behind the more toasty and nutty remnants in support of the growing hops that swiftly overtake the middle palate. Pink grapefruit adds a bright and zesty taste that fuses into a taste of orange peel and then a slight nod toward apricot. As the hops develop into a bitter late palate fueled with pine sap, citrus peels and a sharp grassiness.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's more savory malts keep it from "west coast" dryness, but its lingering malt influence provides balance against the sharper edges of hops. A firm and peppery grip on the throat comes with a mild vodka heat before trailing long and lean with a taste and texture of muddled pine needles.

Jun 12, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden and with a fairly big and persistent head. The aroma is mild but with notes of pine and resin. Lots of nice supporting malt sweetness and a nice lingering piney bitterness.

Feb 23, 2018
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babaracas from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with a ton of larger dots of sediment in suspension, fluffy two fingers worth of foam that slowly settles to a thin cap, trails a few thin rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lemon rind and pine upfront, moderately floral, with dried apricot, orange marmalade, and a little wholegrain biscuit playing backup. Taste: orange and lemon peel, astringent pine; fades into apricot, more citrus rind, herbal and grassy bitterness. Medium-plus bodied, creamy carbonation... a little overly sweet, but the bitterness shines through at the end. Decent C-hop IPA. 3-4 week old can.

Feb 17, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with fine, soapy foam.

Smell is piney and citrusy with some sweet malt in the back.

Taste is very balanced, with a solid malt base carrying a nice floral hop bite together with a bunch of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. Well carbonated.

Overall, a very balanced IPA, everything just works well togehther.

Jan 20, 2018
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RAZERSHARP80 from South Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour beer on a Spiegelau IPA Beer Glass. Very nice cloudy haze yellowish/orange color. Could see some some goodness on the cloudy haze. Nice hop smell and a white head foam about 2 inches high buy slowly went away to a white ring around the top of the glass. Take a sip and nice likely bitterness taste and wow goodness very good IPA beer. I have many good to wow IPA beers and I personally rate this beer an 8 out of 10. Definitely a good IPA to pair with red meats.

Nov 03, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy in color, hoppy in nose and taste. This is a legit IPA that has an above average flavor. Smooth and drinkable with very little kick of the AbV. Get it and drink it!

Sep 06, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A hazy yellow in color, with a white head.

S: Fairly malty smelling at first. Malt with some straw or hay, and a touch of herbal hops, with a hint of citrus.

T: More malt with straw flavor, and light bitterness with some herbal, and pine flavors with a touch of grapefruit. .

M: Medium in body, carbonation is moderate to high with a little bit of a bitter cling.

O: Overall I was expecting a little bit more. Not bad, but not full of the hop flavor I was looking for.

Aug 30, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden orange with a pillowy creamy white head. Near perfect retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Tons of sweet orange, ripping orange zest, orange marmalade, caramel, toasted biscuit, a bit of pineapple, papaya, grapefruit pith.

T: Shredded orange flesh and peel, bittersweet and zesty. Light cantaloupe, pineapple and mango floating throughout. Toasty and caramel malt blends with juicy hops for an orange marmalade flavor. Some lingering orange peel bitterness on the finish, with just a touch of pine as well. Finishes lightly bitter and fairly clean, but leans a bit more sweet than dry on the spectrum.

F: Medium-full bodied, smooth and rounded. Moderately carbonated, fairly slick and oily on the tongue.

O: A solid IPA. Great hop flavors. I'd prefer it a bit drier, but still solid overall.

Jul 21, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with 1" head that falls to spme large surface bubbles.

Smell: light citrus aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, pineapple, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA that is very citrusy and refreshing.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing coating the sides of the glass nicely. The smell had a nice spicy yet also a bitter citrus hops overpowering some light malts that maintain their sweetness in the background. The taste was mainly sweet and spicy that lead into the same aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. I would say that this was fairly sessionable with a nice sharp carbonation pounding my tongue into submission. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA well worthy of having again.

Jun 22, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at the Westbrook Tasting Room yesterday for $5.00.

Beer was served golden with a nice white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose was light on citrus, a bit herbal.

Taste was light citrus over a pale malt base. Finish was grassy and a bit vegetal.

Mouthfeel was very good, light bodied and refreshing.

Overall the makings of a nice beer but the hop profile left that bitter weed taste that was off putting.

Jun 21, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Six pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Copper tawny hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jun 17, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little over a month old can poured into a pint glass. Pale copper, clear coloring, slim but soapy white head that laces nicely. Smell is mild by American IPA standards: dank pine, citrus, lemongrass, some cat pea, cactus, and crackery biscuit. Not a lot of layers or big punch. Taste follows, with grapefruit and pine dominating the tug-o-war with the light, biscuity malt. Lasting, pithy bitterness, some melon and herbal notes. A little soapiness on the back end. Lacking any kind of sweet notes (which I, personally, like). Very crisp and sharp, almost coming off as more of an American Pilsner. Feel is nice and medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and smooth -- probably the best aspect of the beer. There's commentary on the can stressing the American hops in the beer, and that makes sense given the grapefruit rind and pine resin characteristics. But in a very crowded American IPA category, this is a highly unmemorable beer.

Jun 05, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from aluminum can into shaker pint; 11/28/16 stamped on the bottom.
A: Slightly cloudy, golden-orange color with impressive (> 1 inch) and persistent head. Some lacing, although less than expected given the head.
S: Fruity hops and with pine and pitted fruit (?peach) notes.
T: Zesty hoppy goodness with juniper and a grapefruit flavors predominating.
M: Light bodied with full mouthfeel and nice effervescence throughout.
O: A very enjoyable, but not overpowering version of an American IPA. Would definitely treat it as a "go to."

Apr 21, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good looking brew: hazy (unfiltered?) golden brew, topped by a large white head with very nice retention and lacing.

Aroma features hops well balanced with the malt backbone: grapefruit, peppery and earthy spice, brown sugar, wildflower honey, sweet white bread and biscuit.

Flavor follows: well balanced brew, with the malt providing plenty of slightly sweet base character, and the hops providing moderate bitterness and flavor accents (mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and a touch of pine).

A touch on the thicker side for a regular IPA, but very smooth and drinkable. Quite enjoyable feel.

A note on age: this batch has three months on it from canning. Obviously, this is past the ideal point for an IPA. However, it is well within a reasonable age for a beer, even an IPA; even if the hops are not quite as vibrant, given acceptable storage conditions, the beer should not be stale, and should be a reasonable representation.

Given the opportunity to review a fresher batch, I will update this entry if necessary.

Apr 18, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - a bit of supsensions in a semi-hazy light amber body with a thin lacing all along

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, big pine, very nice

T - Nice hop bite. The bitterness is very enjoyable with grapefruit, peppercorn and pine. Floral.

M - vivid carbonation. Very nice

O - Very good IPA. A powerful classic

Apr 18, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow draft pour to shaker, not much head but great lacing. Nose brings a lot of caramel (butter?) along with the hops. Taste has more bitters than other hop flavors, light citrus. Average body and carbonation.

Apr 06, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light golden color - sightly hazy/opaque with lots and lots of floating sediment in the glass. Huge white head gushed out of the can. Head dissipates slowly leaving a pretty thick residual head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell has an aroma of soapy dishwater and cheap floral perfume. Woof. Not seeing it.

Taste has some orange, clementine, and lemon up front before immediately going into a strong bitter vegetal flavor. Grassy bitterness with some soapy sweetness on the finish. There is a soapy almost chemical flavor to the beer.

Feel is smooth, medium bodied. Medium carbonation. About average.

Overall I'm just not seeing it - to me this is at best a slightly below average IPA. Its got an odd flavor profile going on and is just not that great compared to other IPAs on the market.

Mar 21, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains very floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Mar 09, 2017
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1548 ratings