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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: 234 | Ratings: 1,439
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking IPA with a citrus hop and a hint of apple. Hops lean towards bitterness more than aroma or flavour. Not bad, but fairly middling in all respects - moderate carbonation, light-medium body. Some fruit, some graininess in the back, some apple and grapefruit. Fairly bitter. Maybe a bit lemony.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of can says 03/01/? Helpful.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch of white head that retains for a good while before becoming a very bubbly 1/8 inch head. Very sticky sheet of lacing slides ever-so-slowly down the glass.

S- Sweet, almost flowery bouquet of citrusy hops and biscuity malt.

T- Taste is very malt-forward lending more of a sweet breadiness than bitterness. The hops are there with some grassy bite but it's not pervasive like in a lot of extreme American IPAs. More notes of caramel and crust than citrus or pine.

M- Pretty standard with a nice amount of medium carbonation plus a tad dry finish. Medium body.

O- While it's very drinkable for a 6.8% ABV, I could probably think of a few session IPAs I like better than this. But thank you BlackBelt5112203 for the bonus beer!

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Photo of csparace
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell (4.00) – Wheaty with a good hop presence. Hints of lemon and grapefruit. Mostly a wheat presence. Maybe some caramel?

Appearance (4.00) – Pours from a 12oz can into a very large wine glass. Dirty, hazy lemon color. Looks like a lemonade gone bad – or like even kind of like iced tea. Lacing is not too great, possibly due to the temperature. Lots of sediment.

Taste (4.50) – Hello lemon. Mix of hops, lemon, and wheat. I served it a bit cold so the hops are really down played. Front is mostly hoppy and has a great crunch to it. Finish contains the lemon and has the hops smooth out.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Good crunch, great carbonation, very refreshing. Drinkable for the amount of IBU it has.

Overall (4.25) - Pretty good IPA. I'm always in pursuit of some intense hops and this one certainly delivers . Its not the most complex beer, but it does have some stuff going on.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a hazy straw color, produced a thick off white head, excellent retention and thick rings of lace left on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted malt, sweet caramel, lemon citrus and floral hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of pale malt, toast, caramel, lemon rind, and heavy dose of grassy hops. Well balanced, complex hop flavor.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks rbradley for the can!

Pours gold/orange with a small off white head. Retention is lacking a bit, but good lacing down the glass.

Nice malt/hop interplay in the aroma. Smells bright and citrus with pronounced grapefruit, but after smelling it a bit longer, a little caramel sweetness also crept up on me.

Bright grapefruit up front. A hefty caramel sweetness hits mid-palate before finishes semi-dry with some more grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty well balanced IPA. Doesn't lean far on either side. That said, the caramel did start to take over a bit once it approached room tempature.

Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This one is well balanced and goes down smooth.

Solid IPA and bonus for canning. Not overly complex, but a solid drinker. My only nitpick is the level of sweetness once it warms up. At around 50 degrees or so was awesome. By the end of the glass it was merely good.

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Photo of AdamToomey
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide snifter at around 45 degrees...allowed to warm throughout.

A - Pours a light gold; shades of amber give it depth and complexity. It looks like a nice glass of caramel. Head is minimal but lacing throughout.

S - The real highlight of this beer is the aroma. Nice and subtle grapefruit aromas give way to a sweetness from the malt. Hints of spice in the background...peppery even. As the beer warms, the sweetness from the malt starts to take over.

T - A nice balance here between the malt profile and the hop bitterness...nothing too overwhelming. That being said, also nothing exceptionally rememberable. Grapefruit and caramel malt dominate the taste profile with hints of spice...same as the nose.

M - Feels a little light in my opinion. Not sure why. The carbonation seems about right for the style but the beer seems to go straight down the hatch with little for my taste buds to remember it by. Nothing sticks here.

O - Overall, the beer is good...not great...not bad...just good. I would buy it and drink it again; however, I would know when doing so, that I was buying a solid version of the style but nothing above and beyond.

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Photo of scvance
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass not 15 minutes after having the growler filled.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head, with good retention and excellent lacing. Smells strongly of pine and earth notes with slight citrus character. Taste follows suit, very nice hop bitterness with lots of resin and pine notes. Slight alcoholic note in the finish. Good long lasting bite from the hops. The bitterness is balanced nicely with just the right amount of malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and body, this beer is very easy to drink, almost too easy for it's strength. This is an excellent IPA and another well done beer by Westbrook Brewing. Worth giving it a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sixer from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours golden with a nice head. Nose carries some citrus and pine. Fairly hoppy and bitter through the flavor. Quite crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, unfiltered orange color with a finger's width white colored head and lacing down the glass.

A very nice, crisp citrus, peach, and pine hop aroma with toasted malt notes in the background.

A big dose of sweet toasted malt up front with a bitter bite and some fruity citrus and pine hop flavors. It finishes with the same lingering bitterness and flavors. It finishes rather dry as the sweetness fades and only the bitterness remains.

Light and a slightly lower than normal carbonation. Feels a bit thin to me.

A good IPA. The light body makes the beer more drinkable. This is my first beer from Westbrook and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to trying a few more.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella hybrid...

A. Pours a golden orange with a finger of eggshell head. Lacing is thick and fluffy. Retention is great. Lots of floaties and sediment in this one, however, though that is likely due to being in colder temps in my car.

S. Lots of orange zest and grapefruit with a healthy dose of herbal bitterness and bready malt. Very well rounded nose with a thick, complex profile.

T. Follows the nose, but a little more refined. Citrus zest, grapefruit bitterness, and sticky pine resin are tempered by some sweet biscuit malt. This is very even and balanced, with a significant malt presence. It is also very well done.

M. Moderate carbonation and a little creaminess. Well integrated flavors with an oily, bitter finish.

O. A really nice IPA. It is unique in that it presents a malt backbone that is more pronounced than its counterparts, which in turn lends more heft to the beer as a whole. To me, it is vaguely reminiscent of the British IPA style, and I mean that as an absolute compliment. Will definitely revisit.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Hopprof
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, subtle IPA. Hard to believe it clocks in at 6.8 percent ABV! Nice, lemony, grassy feel. Poursa straw yellow colour, somewhat reminds me of a Rogue Yellow Snow. I would highly recommend this highly capable IPA introduction from a fellow Clemson alum down in Charleston, SC.

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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 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 NiceTaps
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Netdigger2
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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 superdedooperboy
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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 macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into CCB pint glass.

A: Very hazy, orangish amber in color, with a nice white head and a relatively low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pine resin hops, caramel malts, some citrus notes.

T: Follows the nose. Malt is bready & chewy, and a little more dominant then I would prefer. Pine & citrus rind hop flavors. Hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Nice ticklish body between the carbonation sensation & hop bitterness, no particular alcohol presence.

O: Solid IPA. Doesn't really have any qualities to make it stand out from the crowd, but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus aspect going on here was really quite nice and very inviting. This made it easy to drink with just about any type of food you threw at it. I personally chose pulled pork, but it went quite well. There wasn’t a huge hop aspect going on which was nice if you aren’t a huge hop head that is looking to nuke their palate. A solid offering from Westbrook that should not go ignored if you are a big fan of IPAs.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to instantmessenger for passing on a couple of these in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this delicious IPA. A blend of Ameri[CAN] hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and again in the fermentor [sic] for a complex and layered hop experience."; "Best served at 45-50 [Deg.] F in a tulip or English style pint glass."

I employed an inverted Glug following a Crack that revealed yet another brimful craft CAN. I had about two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing behind. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow with lots of floaties in evidence. I may be getting to this one either a) too late or b) just in time. Nose was solid, very piney, quite minty. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were present, definitely pine, albeit somewhat muted. Finish was semi-dry, still hoppy, but I CANnot help but wonder what a fresh one might be like.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours tangerine orange with thick white head that lingers well in Duvel tulip.

Smell is heavy with pine, resin and citrus.

Taste is smooth sweet malts and pine. Mild to moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a good example of the style.

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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 jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark orange with brown tones. Slightly opaque. Had a small and quickly disappearing head. There were a few floaters within it as well.

S - Smells like a mix of tropical and citrus as I get orange and pineapple. Definitely a sweetness in the nose

T - At first, there is a nice sweetness with a sweet malt and pineapple at first. There is also a sweet tangerine with a twist of orange zest. There is a slight pine hops that gives it a slight bite on the end. Overall, goes through a nice array of flavors in this one.

MF - Light carbonation. Medium body with a nice stickiness to it.

O - A solid and easily drinkable IPA from Westbrook. It does go through a nice variety of hops which gives it a nice complexity for the style.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Msquared2!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, honey-amber with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Sweet and bitter grapefruit, toasted grains, oranges, wet fresh-cut grass and pine needles.

Taste. Bitter grassy and floral hops, citrus and tropical fruits, peaches, toasty sweet grains.

Overall. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice big IPA that stands apart from the crowd.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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