India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.05/5
1,498 Ratings
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,725
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
1,498
pDev:
8.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
265
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 1,498 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral citrus hop aroma. Hazy lemony appearance with moderate head. Above average mouthfeel, nice malt backbone. Good carbonation. Very good drinkability.Some fruit,complexity not just a hop attack. Slightly drying finish.
Very pleasant fresh IPA thanks Doug.
Thanks again for another one this past week. Light lemon, draft fresh. Thanks again, Doug K.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poure out as a nice yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good on this beer. The smell is hoppy with a decent amount of malt in there as well. The taste has a very good malt and hop balance. The mouthfeel is smooth, very drinkable and refreshing. Overall it's a solid IPA. I would drink it again.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that only died down a bit, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacy webs of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of caramel from the underlying malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the caramel malts are a bit more noticeable towards the finish. Overall, it has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have a good balance for a hop-forward IPA as it has very nice citrusy aromas and flavors but has enough underlying malts to keep things from being too hoppy and bitter.

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

Can dated 7/29/13. Thanks to Chris for this one!

Hazy orange with little suspended floaties. Intricate spindly lace around the edges of the glass. Lasting surface foam that has a creamy texture to it.

Softly sweet citrus aroma, nectarine maybe, slightly herbal.

Firm bitterness, earthy and herbal, slight citrus peel and and a vague malt sweetness. Medium bodied with light carbonation, dry aftertaste. Easy drinking. Overall a pleasant above average IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An East Coast/West Coast showdown tonight, with a Westbrook IPA (12 oz can; date stamp shows it was canned only 3 weeks ago) up against Green Flash Hop Head Red (12 oz bottle; marketed as a “red IPA”; also very fresh according to date stamp). Perhaps giving the underdog a slight advantage, I start with the Westbrook. The Westbrook pours an attractive, hazy, orange-amber with a bone-colored head that has moderate retention and size. Lacing is quite nice for an IPA.

Aroma: IPA credentials are intact with the powerful aroma of floral, herbal and citrus hops, and a hint of spruce. Some malt presence too, giving it a nice baked bread background.

T: A rich floral-piney-citrus hop mix. The claimed IBU of 60 seems right; despite the aroma and hop flavor, this is not overly bitter.

M: Medium body with soft but medium-high carbonation; lively but not harsh; dry finish.

O: A solid West Coast style American IPA with a mix of floral, piney and citrus elements. Clearly more complex and appealing than the Green Flash. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium golden orange in color with light amounts of yeast particles in suspension, light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy/foamy beige head that slowly reduces to several medium sized thick patches, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange/grapefruit hops upfront with some light to moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts underneath.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of sweet caramel malts that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront. Minimal amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Really well balanced with light amounts of sweetness upfront and light amounts of bitterness in the finish. Overall, quite enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. I would highly recommend this one as an everyday drinker - great for outdoor events in the summer since it is available in cans.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,498 ratings
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