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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: 233 | Ratings: 1,434
Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
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 BarrytheBear
2.69/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Snazzy, green, elephant and hop addled 12 oz can. Thank you very much Jason!

Pours a light orange with a razor thin white cover that pools unevenly to the edges. Lacing is patchy.

Smells odd: soapy, sugared melon, and just faintly of vomit. There must be some ingrediental pairing that causes the slightly nauseating reaction upon me sniffer. It recalls Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner, a recollection that I’d prefer remained deep, deep in my subconscious.

Wow, this might cause cavities. Yet, I see no dentist calmly yet sternly warning me of the contents of this can. Overly sugary and sweet with a bitterness through the middle that tickles the vomitory sensation once again. It is just so odd. It may not be anything wrong with the beer, but rather a visceral reaction to something going on here.

Strangely uneven, with some sips showing promise and other just seemingly way off kilter. I’m flummoxed.

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Photo of adrianholt
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
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 BuckeyeBeers
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overall this was a disappointment when compared to the hype around westbrook. The bitterness was aggressive and there was little depth of flavor. This would be a low grade alternative to session ipas like founders all day ipa. Pretty disappointed with this one, westbrook should stick to over hyped/priced dark beers.

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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this extra that arrived in a recent box. Going gentle tonight after a looong Darkness Day eve last night. 12 oz. hop-green can, dated 9/11/14, consumed while watching the 2014 World Series.

The pour is SF Giant orange, no clarity here. Smells like sweet candied oranges. That’s it.

Westbrook IPA seems like more of a spare pale ale. Like the nose, the beer is dominated by oranges, married to a raw sugar sweetness. Mid-palate brings two or three pine needles, fleeting bitterness. Ends sweet. Moderately drinkable, as in, I’m probably going to finish it.

I’m not into balanced, nor sweet, IPAs, so this one already has two strikes on it. Just not very interesting; mediocre.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz canned Nov 27, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber, on the dark side for an IPA, with a one finger off-white head that leaves some lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is apricot, a touch of citrus, lemon, some resinous hops, good amount of malt, particularly sweet bread dough, some caramel. Good strength, but rather malty and the malts and hops clash a bit.

Flavor generally mirrors the aroma, apricot, light citrus/lemon, resinous hops, sweet bread, caramel, moderate sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

This really, really reminds me of a hoppy Amber Ale, not so much an IPA. And it’s pretty fresh too, just 3 weeks old. A letdown.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, dated 2/27/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity candy with some resiny hops and a little garlic.

The flavor is sweet fruity candy with resiny garlic hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of an odd mix of fruity candy and garlic hops.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Nice white head and great lacing.

Smell - Hop pellet aroma. Like smelling hops before adding them to the boil. Kinda raw. Caramel malt and a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Blend of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine. All sorts of hop flavors. Toasty malt bill. Very biscuity. Even a hint of rye, but maybe that's a lingering flavor from my last beer. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium bitterness. Well balancbalanced and never too sweet.

Overall - Decent IPA, but nothing stands out.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer in a big box provided by the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is kind of mild, hops, a malt balance, some pine, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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 facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tons of carbonation shooting up the glass, 2 fingers of head with great retention, murky orange pour.
Aroma of slight citrus, grapefruit, a bit of plastic? Hmm.. Hopefully the taste isn't as off..
Ok no plastic flavor.. Just a lot of herbal bitterness and some caramel malt. Nothing outstanding with this one.
Medium in body with high carbonation.

This is a decent ipa and I'm glad to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whoa. Tons of foamy white thick head. Solid. Cloudy orange color brew. Nice thin lacing.

Tons of smooth, mellow citrus. Kinda plastic-y. Lots of oats and cereal grains.

Dry, earthy, smooth, easy drinker, way light on the pine. Not sticky or resinous. Kinda middle of the road flavors, slightly better. Nice forward carbonation, sweetness is mild, yet pronounced. Bitterness is lacing just a bit, but carb. makes up for the lack of bite.

I wish flavors were a bit more pronounced with aroma. Killer brew from an awesome colored can! I have to say, slightly better drank from the can...kinda sad, but still solid. Nothing awesome, nothing bad, just solid. Recommended.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 9.99/ 6 pack. Canned 5/21/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy yellow with a quarter finger pale head. Head fades to a thin cap that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of orange, grapefruit, citrus peel and some pine.

Taste is a decent blend of citrusy hops with a little pine and notable caramel malts. Easy drinking and balanced without anything to wow me.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter orange peel aftertaste.

A perfectly acceptable IPA that doesn't quite raise above to myriad of hoppy options available. No problems drinking it but it won't be a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of Cobrito
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1-27-15.

hops: C hops according to clones on the net.

Cloudy, cross between orange, gold, and amber. Beautiful. However, Medicore head and lacing.

Nose is underwhelming, suggests way too sweet an IPA with muted hops.

First half of palate is the same, but second half gets way more complex and interesting, hops start to come through and finish is very good.

Feel is nice, medium big.

Very interesting beer. Has aspects that I hate--a cloyingly sweet note from nose to mid-palate--and that I love--a complex malt-hops mixture with a memorable finish. Reminiscent of NODA hop drop n roll, but better, really. Admire the fact that brewmaster brought out two powerful characteristics--the sweet note and the more bitter finish--but it's not really my thang.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that I received in a trade with Skrip, thanks man. First off the can design is just great, perfect shade of green and the label is awesome. Color is hazed orange, good head. Aroma is hoppy but weird. Flavor is fruity hops and slightly bitter but also has this weird flavor from the malts that throws me way off. Not a bad IPA but my friends enjoyed it more than i did.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange into my Sawtooth pint glass.

A: Amber in color, white head that settled at a depth of 1-2 fingers of head. This beer left great mmounts of lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus kinda overpowers the other smells . Very fresh probably due to the fact that it is brewed 5 miles from the store.

T: Cirus a plenty and some hops.

M: Well balanced, props Westbrook.

D: Growler worthy.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New to Atlanta, picked up a 6 pack today dated 11/27/12. 3 weeks old = fresh

A - A slightly darker shade of yellow, maybe bronze. Lots of head and lace left all over the glass. And TONS of sediment floating around in this unfiltered brew. Impressive

S - An even balance of bitter and citrus hops. The hop aroma explodes out of the can, but is not as strong out of the glass. Strong malt presence evident as well.

T - A very well balanced brew with some nice citrus notes, but a bitter aftertaste. Apricot, bread, and a ton of grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

O - A good IPA for sure, and glad to have this brewery in GA. Looking forward to try some more of their offerings

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grass, earthy malt, citrus hops, floral hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, but average aroma and blend.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A mingling of bitter grapefruit and pine upfront with a finish of caramel and tea leaf malts. Piney, tinny and bitter on the palate it drinks with a a touch of harshness.

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

Appearance: yellow-amber pour, good head and lacing
Smell: Pineapple, papaya, and the other fruits you expect from an ipa.
Taste: A bit too much booze, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit with a touch of light malts
Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is slightly aggressive
Overall: would be a good IPA to have on tap locally, well executed but not something I would seek out constantly.

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a cuvee glass. Dated 8/14 on bottom of the can!
Formed a nice white 2 finger head, which dissipated after several minutes and left some fine lacing in the glass. Nice dark golden orange body, slightly hazy.
Smells of some pine and citrus and malts, smells very balanced, there isn't one dominating the other.
Has a nice bitterness on the tongue; orange pulp at first, nice bitterness in the middle and finishes dry with a light sweetness. Very easy to drink.
A nice lingering hop taste on the tongue.
Overall I would say this is a very good IPA, not mind blowing but still a very decent IPA, really happy to have had this one!! Nothing wrong with this beer at all.
Another gift from goingbrokeonbeer, thanks again bruh!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Ommegang goblet.
Hazy gold with long lasting finger of head.
It smells light and fruity and fresh.
Orangey bitter with a floral-fruity bite and a lingering, mildly hoppy finish.
Smooth, thick mouthfeel with a mild effervescence.
Overall, a pleasant beer, but not remarkable. Would have for casual drinking, but wouldn't buy regularly.

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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, orange color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace

Aroma: Tons of fresh, citrus hops along with cooked cabbage. Reminds me of the SN wet hop's.

Taste: Pretty full-bodied up front with nice malt sweetness before the onslaught of bitterness. Again, a very fresh, green citrus hop bitterness that lingers on into the finish and is quite strong, almost bracing.

The Rest: Overall, not a bad IPA, just a few character flaws. The cabbage aroma is its biggest fault, mostly because I got a bit wiff of it with every sip. The finish is a bit harsh, but with this much green hop character, I guess that's to be expected. I don't see many other reviews mentioning a cabbage aroma, so maybe I got an off batch.

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Photo of tlema1
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One week old from the can
L: beautiful orange/Amber color
S; not much of a nose
T: light body, juicy
F: bitter finish, took away a bit from the experience
O: very fresh, enjoyable

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Photo of SFrankBrew
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: Pours a semi-clear copper with small white and tan head. It has a malt and grapefruit nose with other citrus hops and some caramel for backbone. Flavor is more assertive on the bitterness, and has more of a piney quality. Pretty good stuff with a good balance. Not my favorite IPA but I wouldn't tell anyone to steer clear of it.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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