India Pale Ale
Westbrook Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #453
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,211
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
1,560
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
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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: 266 | Ratings: 1,560 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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
More User Reviews:
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pat61 from Minnesota

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

L: Pours gold with a light haze under a 3” lacy light cream colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to recede to ¼ its normal size.

S: Minty hop aromas with herbs and citrus. Hop aromas are medium to a little more, clean fermentation aromas, malt aromas are medium low.

T: Luscious, rich fruit flavors - Citrus, melon over light bread crumb. Layered, medium high hop flavors.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.

O: Rich, very well developed hop flavors.

Dec 15, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely fantastic east coast style ipa, if you told me this was made in vermont, i would believe you. everyday is christmas when drlovemd87 is your pal, lucky me, he is one hell of a beer advocate! this pours very pale blonde in color, washed out a little, yeasty and resinous, light malt color, robust splashy soft white head with expert retention. it smells like something ive had from lawsons, really, the hops are that bright, mixed between tangerine zest and new spruce tree spring growth. its beautiful in the nose, but the taste is even better. just caramelized pilsener malt is a very worthy base for this, which otherwise would probably not have the fortitude to support such a resonant hopping. the label gives very little information in the hops, to my dismay, but i am sure of one thing, this is refined and calculated and dialed in a professional way that is unrivaled. its only as bitter as it needs to be, and the hop cone itself just dances on the tongue from first sniff to long after the swallow. its majestic in that way. maybe i am bored with colorado ipa, i hate to even propose such a thing, but this took me to a hoppy (happy) place i havent been in some time. medium bodied, i could drink ten of these, and would love to do that someday. everything about this refreshes me, both palate wise and spiritually. ipa is medicine, and this is the shamans share!

Dec 31, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves a lots of lace sticking to the pint glass

Smell: Are we in a pineapple plantation or what?

Taste: Pineapple and other typical fruit, including grapefruit, mango and lemon; the malt acts as a platform upon which these tropical flavors can strutt their stuff

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This has to be one of the top everyday IPAs on the market today; just mashes all the buttons on my book

Mar 08, 2012
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barczar from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/3/15 canned on date.

Grassy, resiny, lightly dank cannabis aroma, with an accompanying grapefruit and mango character. Toasted malt underlies, lightly nutty.

Flavor reveals big grassy notes throughout. The malt backbone is toasted and fairly sweet, providing contrast to the moderately bitter finish. Fruit character is more muted, and earthy and herbal hops seem to be more of the focus. The finish is a touch more bitter than I prefer, and I wish the fruity hop character were more pronounced.

Apr 04, 2015
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Reaper16 from Alabama

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler filled at Corks and Tops, Tuscaloosa, AL

Pours a light and clear shade of ghostpenny. I just made that up; see, the beer is colored like a penny would be if a penny were cartoonishly, preternaturally light and translucent. Not much head here: less than a finger of grey-white foam that dissipates as fast as it takes to turn the lights on in your room when you hear a scary noi...ok, I'll stop.

My first impression of the aroma is that it seems quite balanced. Not in a "nothing is sticking out" way or a "the nice way of saying that the hops are unassertive" way, but in an intriguing way that connects the hops and malts. Most IPAs don't have a coherent linkage between their malt bills and their hop bills other than "throw some crystal malts in there to tame the bitterness." This beer? It smells like a deciduous forest on a Summer's day. The nutty malt works with some legit red apple flavor (not a green apple off-flavor, but red apple cider/juice). Connecting those further are the spicy, pine notes (I know: pine trees are coniferous, not deciduous. Work with me, here). There's some light orange and grapefruit pith aromas too. It would be an average IPA aroma if not for how well-connected everything is. The hop bill was thought through, that's for sure.

That balance is less successful on the palate, simply because it allows the malts to shine too much. A nice malt bill that's dryer than one would expect from a malt-forward IPA; almost like they used Caramunich malts in here as part of the beer's caramel/crystal malt dynamic. The hops are straightforward: spicy, lightly citrusy. They're also earthy in a way that works well with the malt flavors. As it warms, I pick up on some passionfruit(!), which is welcome. This is solid, well-conceived stuff.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. I wish there were a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty solid just the same.

Overall, this is a nice session IPA. It makes more sense to drink during the Fall than the Summer, given it's earthy flavors and malt notes. I'll give it another go when football season starts.

May 30, 2012
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mendonjoebeer from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Sep 30, 2012
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BeerOps from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jul 12, 2014
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2015
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ttylicki from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Sep 14, 2014
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facefox from California

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 02, 2016
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Tunaofthemall from Florida

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

A really good IPA on draft in Greenville.

Jul 21, 2019
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swillis4035 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jun 17, 2014
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DANABF2 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Apr 19, 2012
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Thomas_Picton from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2015
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jemarent from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 16, 2015
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poorbuthappy from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Oct 30, 2014
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redsoxjim from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 10, 2017
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Apr 08, 2014
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2014 BJCP Category 14b American IPA

canned 4/22/14

poured into two snifters

big thick head that held up strong even after a few sips.

nice piney and floral nose, very light though

clean sessionable sip, medium body

taste is aggressive piney hops

well balanced

finishs dry and hoppy

would not seek this out over some others for my normal consumption, I drink Dales daily, but this is a great IPA to have anytime. I will grab a sixer next time I am at the brewery.

May 16, 2014
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Fahz from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Feb 26, 2014
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JGam115 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malt backbone, wet hop aroma. Amazing malt, good carbonation. Classic American IPA

Jan 01, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is what a bunch of those new-fangled "Vermont-style" IPAs wish they could be. I'd gladly drink the hell out of this and One Claw before killing myself trying to get the last NE juice bomb.

Dec 08, 2014
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SRBush1974 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 30, 2015
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mrshoes from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mar 15, 2013
India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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