India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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

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

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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 1,465
Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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."

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of zonker17
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange hazy with one finger white foamy head,
Aroma has orange, malt, hops
Taste is well rounded, nice hoppy, malt sweetness, pineapple and tangerine,

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Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am really impressed with this brewery!!!!! I had two of their beers on a trip to Charleston and brought two more home in cans. I drink a lot of IPAs and this is as good as most of them. Pours a clear gold color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big foamy white head with excellent retention and good lacing. Wonderful citrusy aroma (some lemon here). Taste is citrusy hops with a nice level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and with a pillowy softness (reminds me of Blind Pig). This is a top-shelf, well crafted IPA. One of the best!!!!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy orange bright caramel color with loads of floaties hanging around in the glass. head poured 2/3 fingers, but settles around 1/2 finger - solid, white looking

s: loads of grapefruit, apricot, mango, and pineapple. theres a deep, earthy sweet malt character lurking behind the tropical fruit that provides a pretty heavy background for the aroma of this beer. also in here is a crackery biscuty malt towards the end of the nose. lemongrass and sweet citrus finish the aroma here with some of that earthy sweetness

t: grapefruit and pineapple right away immediately followed by a large malt sweetness. there is a touch of mango that is cut by a piney bitterness. i'm also picking up some sweety, syrup-like notes in here, like overripe mango. taste ends with that bitterness coming back around

m: its on the heavier side of medium in the mouth, almost syrup-like. carbonation level is a tad on the lower side for what i'd expect

o: this IPA is on the sweeter side, and while it definitely has some bitterness in the taste, this is definitely on the sweeter side for an IPA. its also quite heavy mouthfeel, as mentioned it has some syrupy qualities. not the kind of beer you could drink extremely fast, but drinks nice and has the sweetness which i enjoy in many IPAs

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a slightly hazy gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops with some citrus. The taste is citrus with some hops. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl can. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Smells of lemon zest and honey. Tastes like lemon zest, green hops, unripe tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a low carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy golden color, three finger white head, decent lacing, medium carbonation.

S: Hops, hops, hops. Superb!

T: Hoppy, fruity. Amazing stuff!

F: Great mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

O: A world-class IPA. Top stuff.

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Photo of Prager62
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce can dated 09/06/16 poured in a 12oz. snifter tulip.

Look- Pours a cloudy but brilliant and lively pale yellow with two fingers of creamy white lingering foam. A small amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell- Grapefruit, orange zest, some pine and malt.

Taste- Grapefruit, floral, lemongrass a bit of pine and a balanced dose of malt sweetness to finish it out.

Feel- Slick and creamy with a pleasant bite from the hops.

Overall- While it's more balanced than many of the juice bombs that are taking over the IPA scene, this beer holds it's own for the style. A wonderful palate pleasing array of citrus/floral with a creamy malt feel and finish. Very flavorful and easy drinking for sure! This is definitely worth a try for IPA lovers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Mildly hazy golden straw color. Medium-sized white head with nice lacing. Bright aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and some earthy notes. A hint of bready malt but not much. Just "classic" (as in 2013) American IPA taste - a clean bitterness with orange, grapefruit, some piney resin, and understated malt. Well-balanced with a great feel.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/17/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops, moderate bready malt, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops, moderate bready malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops, moderate bready malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rivals any American IPA. Try 24.

A: Pours a very hazy coppery golden amber with plentiful yeast particles in suspension, light carbonation, and apricot highlights. The beer has a dense two finger creamy beige head that very slowly reduces to patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Sheets of lacing follow and stain the tulip glass. A looker.

S: Abundant aromas of citrus/orange fruit flesh hops upfront with backdrop aromas of sweet caramel malts.

T: Follows the smell but more. Starts with a blaring burst of citrus fruit flesh, juicy, along with sweet caramel malt high lights and then washes wih layers of complex, juicy and mostly citric hops. Floral and bitter like nasturium. More sweet than bitter, juicy, abundant.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bright and crisp upfront and into a mildly bitter, clean wet finish.

O:Bright and balanced between sweetness upfront and fading amounts of bitterness in the finish. One of the best every day IPAs out there and compares well with One Claw their Rye APA. Try 24 New favorite brewer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and very hoppy. Good IPA.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange with a big white head and tons of sticky lacing. Notes of orange, citrus rinds, pepper, dank, and grass. Medium body, refreshingly crisp, yet smooth with a clean finish. Highly drinkable IPA with big hop flavors and not much balancing that out. I really enjoyed this, not a world beater but very enjoyable.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has an orange color with a medium white head on top. Doesn't have an overpowering hop smell, more citrus than hops. Tastes just like it smells, hoppy with a little citrus to it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice drinking East Coast or New England type style IPA. Nice blance...sweeter biting bitterness or catty hop burps...I'd call the hops grassy...not sure what is used...reminds me of some of the IPA's I enjoyed in the mid 90' be honest I could session this a lot easier than some IPA's but a true hop head would not like this. I think it is pretty solid for what it is. Nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of adrianholt
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, but loads and loads sediment (some is fine in my book but this was excessive). Smell was decent. Taste was decent. Just looking for a little less bitter and a little more hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was pretty let down by this one. It is hazy orange with noticeable sediment. The smell is sweet and bready and the taste is basically the same. Malt forward and quite ordinary. nb

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Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber color with a two-finger, foamy, milk-white head and lacing. It has a fairly malty smell for an IPA with pine, citrus, and floral hops. The taste is a very nice blend of sweet and bitter: there is a hint of tropical fruit and caramel but the piney, resinous hop tastes are abundant. It's a very well-balanced ale. It has a medium body, is moderately carbonated, and the ABV is 6.8% makes it super-drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding American IPA. It is well-crafted and balanced, and very drinkable. I'm glad Westrook now distributes in New Jersey and I will definitely seek it out again. It has justly earned its excellent rating.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid IPA. Purchased at the Trader Joes down the road from the hotel. Pours clear and golden in color with a nice, white head. Pure hoppy aroma and the flavor follows suit. Crisp and clean, especially for an IPA with the heft this one presents. Bought the sixer and am pleased to consume all 72oz before my departure on the plane back to South Florida tomorrow.

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Photo of AlsBeer
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried 2 cans because I was concerned about the appearance. What troubled me was the presence of sediment in the glass. Otherwise a hazy straw yellow with a 3/8 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Decent hop/malt balance fades to a lingering hop bitterness. Overall a good American IPA except for the sediment.

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