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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Photo of Netdigger2
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to year-round IPA. Always fresh from Greenville Beer Exchange and they just started dating the bottoms of the cans.

Pours Hazy gold with a foamy white head. Decent Lacing

Smell is slightly floral and spicy- hints of tangerine citrus and pine.

Taste is a collaboration of peppery, piney, citrus and light malts. Very hop forward and easy on the palate. It beautifully melds a bunch of American C-hop flavor characteristics without palate-wrecking bitterness.

Medium-high carbonation- lighter mouthfeel.

VERY refreshing IPA. South's closest thing to Heady Topper!

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Photo of tresmonos
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is gold haze with thick, fluffy carbonation that clings to the glass (when poured). Intense floral and citrus aroma. The hops overcome the three malts in the brew. I dislike malty IPA's and this flavor profile does not tilt towards the malty flavor profile. If anything, the malts sweeten the flavor. The finish is all hops with a dry bite.

I used to live in Michigan and Nebraska - this is South Carolina's cross between Two Hearted Ale (MI) and Crop duster (NE). This is a seriously underrated IPA from South Carolina. If served in a can, don't let it breathe - just pop the top and enjoy it.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from can into my great lakes tumbler...

Was fortunate to come across this one while in South Carolina for a wedding...picked it up at the local Piggly Wiggly near Isle of Palms. PW had a very impressive beer selection of local, regional, international, and of course macro...they even had 6 or so beers on tap mostly local/regional...very nice job PW...

Back to Westbrook IPA...

A - hazy orange, creamy 1/w inch head, some good lacing...i love a cloudy unfiltered ipa!

S - initial crack of the can is of piney, grassy, herbacious and citrus notes...a beautiful combo...with some breathing the nose does dissapate a bit but leaves a nice sweet citrus and yeasty-bread aroma...very complex for an IPA

T - mimics the smell almost exactly with a creamy-yeastiness that you get from the unfiltered quaility...very great flavors happening here...

M - very nice smooth and creamy mouth feel, light carbonation, medium-light body.

Ovearll - An excellent IPA...a bit pricey but worth it...give this a try if you are in South Carolina or nearby! A great go too IPA and a refreshing one for spring and summer months! Cheers!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I didn't really like their 1st batch back in Feb. But they have been rumored to re-formulate this IPA and I believe it!

A: Slightly hazy, deep golden color with a fluffy, one finger, white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Mild citrus hop scent.

T&M: Mildly sweet up front with a wild hoppy citrus bitterness at the back of the tongue. Flowery bouquet of hops, hops, and more hops. Beautifully balanced with a grapefruit and pine prominence.

This stuff is awesome and I definitely will actively search for this now. If you are an IPA lover, don't miss this highly drinkable gift of original flavor in IPA's.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured can dated 7/30/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours bright glowing orange with a one finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Smell is fruity orange pine mango.

T-Full flavored fruity orange rind, pine bitterness and some earthiness.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body and well balanced crisp carbonation.

O-Very solid fruity bright ipa, reminds me of jai alai, awesome!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strongly hoppy, evergreen aroma promises a great IPA to satisfy any hop-head. It pours a smewhat hazy golden amber with a pale orange-tan head. Sipping this beer is like drinking a pine tree - it is seriously hoppy, mildly bitter, with an undertone of grapefruit. Texture is fairly fizzy and leavs a nice hoppy tingle.

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Photo of jrsone
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into my Westbrook snifter/tulip.
Appearance is slightly cloudy but still sunny orange. The aroma is every sweet hop smell you crave: mostly floral with slight hints of grass, grapefruit and pine. There's a slight hint of booze fusels and sweetness from the Munich malt.
Taste is upfront hops; more bitterness than 60 IBUs suggest, but still very smooth. Hop flavor is mostly citrus, slightly different than the smell. SO MUCH hop flavor.
I've been in Charleston for 5 days now and have been drinking this consistently, and mostly from the can. This beer loses nothing when drank straight from the can. In fact, the aroma is more pronounced. The brewery could almost make the same claim as Heady Topper and implore people to drink straight from the can.
Overall, this may be the best regular IPA I've ever had. It's more balanced than a citrus bomb and the drinkability is very high. Much lighter than you'd expect from 6.8% ABV. This is one of two beers Westbrook cans and is available almost everywhere in the Charleston area. This is not a special release IPA and beats most breweries' special releases by a mile.

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Photo of ThoughtPolice
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Sam Adams goofball glass. Finished a Westbrook Gose just 10 minutes before pouring this one.

Appearance: Looks dope. Very nice Werther's Original color. Cloudy, unfiltered, as most beers really should be.

Smell: It's a nice, funky, somewhat atypical American IPA smell. Has hints of English style IPA, such as lightly earthy, lemongrass scents. I also get light orange, and a little more pine. There's a lemon cupcake thing going on that I like.

Taste: The aroma carries into the taste pretty well. More malty than the most common IPAs. Very nice doughy malt character. Lemon, coriander.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium-Thick body, lingers a good while with that lemon cupcake flavor. Not so thick that I couldn't have a few.

Overall: This beer has reignited me. Can't wait to take a split 6 of this and Gose down the river in a tube this summer! Boy oh boy, life is good. This beer reminds you of that.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the recommendation of my distributor and I couldn't be more pleased that he suggested this little green can of deliciousness.

Appearance: Pores a hazy, golden orange color with a 1 finger thick white head. Good amount of carbonation present.

Smell: Smells like a mixture of tropical fruits and TANGERINE. A lot of tangerine coming through, with some mango.

Taste: The hops definitely leap forward on this beer with a taste almost identical to the nose. A lot of fruits, tangerine to me is definitely what steps forward the most, and there is a slight sweetness to it balanced out with the malty undertones.

Mouthfeel: slick, oily feel with a solid amount of carbonation. It definitely has a resinous feel to it but it doesn't linger too long at all. Fades away cleanly.

Overall: A very solid IPA, extremely fresh tasting and incredibly well balanced. It really does fade away smoothly despite a nice kick from the hops in the beginning. For the price and ease of drinking this is definitely a must and going to be a regular at my place.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared as an extra in recent trade- appears to be canned on 11-2

Appearance: this brew pours a hazy yellow-orange with small, white bubbles. Initially, carbonation seemed like it might be too much, but subsided very quickly. Some small bubbles still rolling up the tulip glass 15 minutes after pouring.

Smell: for anyone who likes hops, this is as close to perfect as an IPA can get without being Pliny. Heavy grapefruit and orange peel aroma. Light yeast smell. I can smell the beer from across the table.

Taste: WOW! Great flavor. Explodes with citrus hops from the minute it hits your mouth. Almost an almond finish. Carbonation is really nice for an IPA- not too much, not too little. Are they sure this is not a DIPA? Malt finish is slight compared to huge hop front end.

Overall: I would say this compares to some of the big name IPAs that are often talked about on BA. I need to get me a six-pack.


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Photo of HopDawg
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this growler up directly from the Brewery. Absolutely beautiful tasting room. Felt like we were in Napa.

Can't remember exactly what we paid but it was very reasonable and well worth it.

Served in a tulip glass - reviewed with input from my awesome hop loving wife.

A: Golden - orange, slightly cloudy, beautiful bone white head

S: Really aromatic - many of the expected IPA smells - mango, watermelon bubble yum, lemon, green apple, vanilla - yet somehow more beguiling.

T: I'll admit I'm a bit of a homer, but this is just an outstanding take on a style - that while done to death - admit it - most everyone loves it. This beer immediately reminds me of my current favorite IPA - Moylan's NorCal. Huge blast of C hops - Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade - really well balanced but really tropical and juicy.

M: I'll admit - I'm never sure exactly what this means - but it feels pretty good.

D: Yeah. Oh Yeah.

Admittedly, We love a good IPA. And this one stands with the very best of 'em in my opinion.

2 months in and Westbrook is already making beer that stacks up with anything in the country. Watch these guys - they have the potential to be the Bells of the South. Man, moving in 2 months - sure are gonna miss having local beer with the quality of Coast and Westbrook.

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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 superdedooperboy
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce aluminum can poured into a Duvel-branded tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a deep, hazy gold – and by hazy, I mean nothing gets through. The head rises all the way to the top of the glass and beyond, a fat, rich, rocky froth that slowly recedes and leaves behind huge, boulder-like patches of lace on the walls of the glass as it empties.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose – grapefruit and tangerine take center stage, mingling with notes of mango, papaya, passion fruit and pineapple. It’s an extremely enticing aroma, and perhaps one of the best aromas in any IPA in the Southeast – if not more far-reaching than that.

Fairly light-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a touch of prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. The palate is, similar to the nose, a citrusy affair. Tangerine and grapefruit mingle with grapefruit rind up front, melding with candied mango and a peppery spiciness in the middle, where a supporting base of biscuity malt peeks through. More fruitiness folds into the back of the palate, followed up by grapefruit rind and a powerful dryness that lingers well into the finish.

An absolutely outstanding IPA that—dare I say it!—may dethrone SweetWater’s take on the style as this reviewer’s choice of Number 1 IPA in the Southeast. Superbly drinkable and explosively flavorful, this IPA showcases hops almost like no other – and it comes in a highly portable, easily recyclable, UV-impenetrable container to boot.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear deep amber orange with big 2-3 finger foamy head.

The aroma is fantastic. It’s super juicy orange, with mango, apricot, a bit of grapefruit, nectarine, peach. There’s a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

The front just hits you with a good amount of tropical blast of hops. It’s of juicy peach, orange, mango, nectarine. There’s a gentle sweetness, without a big body, that matches with that. It then rolls into a good bitterness with grapefruit peel and floral drying.

This is a well crafted hoppy IPA. It’s light drinking with tons of hop aroma and flavor. Westbrook continues to impress me.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Charleston, clear golden pour with frothy thick white head. Aroma of mouth watering pine. Malty, smooth and not too bitter, this stuff is so drinkable! Head retention and lacing were remarkable

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 youneedmeonthatwall
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Golden/yellow cloudy pour out of the electric green can! Nice head but not on the Lovelace level. Very aromatic and that first taste is killer. Not overly bitter. Very nice buzz off the 6.8ABV. As this is my very first review, please excuse the lack of detail. All I can say is that if you love a hoppy brew, you cannot go wrong with this terrific IPA out of Charleston. This is my new go to IPA.

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

Growler at Greenville Beer Exchange for $11

A: Pours a cloudy hop-hazed dark copper color with a big fluffy off-white cap. Retention is excellent

S: Whoa, really different from anything I'm used to...Overripe apples (almost smells like rotten apples in a good way if that makes sense), lots of citrus, and a subtle mango note. Really different nose - not "bright" by an IPAs standards, but certainly hoppy...

T: Again, rotten apples, orchard fruit, citrus, a little more mango. Very well balanced and citrusy overall. Perfecty balanced with a slight sweetness

MF/D: Great level or carbonation, medium feel, alcohol is not noticeable. Very drinkable, it really grows on you

Notes: First beer from Westbrook and certainly not my last. Absolutely awesome beer in an interesting and very different way. Highly recommended

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

A: Slight haze to a relatively clear copper brown beer. 2 finger head is creamy and has a slight beige tinge to it. Good lacing.

S: Smells of pine, heated hops, citrus, floral, very fragrant.

T: Wow. Very balanced in my book, with the above scents and a malt and sweetness to balance it. Not overpowering palat wreaking as some, thought the bitterness grows more bitter with a pause. Sweet floral and pine, red grapefruit and allspice come through. The flavours are complex but there is no pauses or separations, you get them all at once, followed by the bitter linger. Very delicious.

M: Medium body with a slight syrupy bitter cling to the mouth. Low to medium carbonation.

O: Love it, and feel its wonderfully balanced. A great IPA! Got it on my trip to the Carolinas to visit family, drank it with family in Canada.

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

Canned on 11/28/11. Date is on the little cardboard can holder thing, not on the can itself.

Poured into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pint glass that I received from my 4yr old nephew for christmas.

Pours a clear golden,orange, copper, with a two finger head with lots of lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical hops.

Taste follows the nose with a touch of malt and midrange bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with nice carbonation.

I think this is one of those IPAs that where the fresh hoppy goodness just fades too fast (could be batch variation too). The first time I had this it was even better, but it was 2 weeks old rather than 5. Still an excelent IPA that I'm glad I had a friend pick up 2 cases of when he was in South Carolina.

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

12oz can poured into a fine stemmed tulip glass.

A- very hazy golden-orange color with a solid 1+ finger head that leaves some lacing as it fades. There is noticable sediment in the glass.

S- what a powerhouse of aroma going on: strong caramel malt, potent citrus, peach, mango, etc. You can name just about any fruit grown in the southeast and it's smell just may be in this IPA. Remarkable.

T- there is citrus, lemon and grapefruit rind, the hops build a great taste. And so do the malts, caramel sweet with a bit of dry bread or biscuit flavor.

M-medium body, silky, not thick. Beautiful balance between malts and hops. The 65 IBUs are right on; bitter hoppy finish without the burn.

O- I applaud Westbrook's effort here. This IPA stands on it's own, up to some of the most highly regarded IPAs in my judgement. Well done.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Excellent IPA. Golden colored, solid inch, inch and a half of head; well-carbonated but not overly so. Has all the big hop nose and flavor of a "west-coast" IPA but very little of the bitterness (60 IBU, it reads on the can). I suspect it's from a combination of finishing hops in the boil and dry-hopping, as are alluded to on the can. Well-balanced. 6.8 abv without any alchy bite. If I lived in the area, this would be a regular buy. As it is I'm definitely taking some home with me!

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Killer IPA. Poured with a huge thick, slow to settle, cream colored head with lots of lace and a clear amber color. Aroma is malt and lots of fresh hops. Flavor is mainly hops with just enough malt sweetness and carbonic tang to make it all work as a traditional IPA. Excellent body. Can drink the bejesus out of this

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a few of these on tap at The Salty Dog the other night and really found myself enjoying them. I knew I had to grab a sixpack and review it.

Can into nonic pint.

A glowing fireball of orangey gold with perhaps some light amber/auburn hues if the light hits it just right. Thick, foamy, sticky, three-fingers of off-white head hold a surpriaingly nice retention and leave some thick curtains of lacing behind. This really looks great.

Smells great too-- a dry biscuity malt underneath a pleasant citrus hop attack. Lots of citrus hops, with a little floral and pine to boot.
The flavor follows suit... Decent bitterness, but not overwhelmingly bitter. The hops have been used for aromatics and flavoring, and done so quite well if I do say so. The finish dries out a bit which is nice, but as it warms I detect a slight booziness.

Feels is good-- medium, malty, little oily, dry bitter finish. The malts do a great job balancing the hops, and while I find this beer hoppy, I wouldn't say it is the hoppiest... But it also isn't overly malty-- it just found that perfect balance.

The only complaint is that the ABV is pretty high... A bit too high to be a good session beer, but this is quite good nonetheless.
I'm truly surprised that this beer doesn't get more praise.
Well done Westbrook. Well done indeed.

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