India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by thagr81us on 01-04-2011

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pDev:
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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of -steve-
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,530 ratings