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 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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Photo of nukem5
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color and you can actually see some bits suspended in brew, some lacing. Nice off-white head which rapidly dissipates.

S: Aroma is a hoppy blast not too over the top but very solid, sweet and citrusy.

T: Taste is a nice hoppy infused blast(Citrusy and earthy) with a decent malt balance, which compliments each other very well.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Overall a very well balanced beer did not expect this from a can or from an unknown beer company that was only recommended because I asked for local brew and was told this and 3 others were all of the offering they had. I love beer-cations :-)

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a light orange, almost burnt sun color. It's fairly hazy and there are some yeast floaties. Three fingers of head from an aggressive pour. Seems like there is good carbonation. Some lacing sheeting.

S: Through the big head I get some nice fruity hop notes. Some astringency. Tropical fruits. Maybe orange marmalade. Some bready malts are there too.

T: Right up front you get those 60 IBUs. Nice bitterness on the tip of the tongue that continues through the palate. You get the fruit but also a touch of pine. Those malts come in towards the middle of mouth. Maybe that sweet caramel malts. Carbonation is prickly. The close is typical IPA: dry and bitterness that sticks with you.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B+, need to try fresher.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass. Enjoyed this one straight from the can while I was on vacation; time to review. Cloudy straw color with a fairly thick head that dissipates but leave some faint lacing.

Smells of hops, no overwhelming citrus or piney notes. Same in the taste.

Overall, a solid brew. A bit thin, but very drinkable.

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

Can to Founders tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a lot of white head (about 3 fingers). Tones of sediment present in the glass.

S - Big floral hop aroma up front with some earthy notes and a fairly prominent malt backbone that adds hints of caramel.

T - A big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a sweet caramel malt backbone with some candy-like flavors present as well. Fresh floral, earthy and piney hop flavours are present. This comes across as more of an English/American IPA hybrid to me.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Lots of good hop oils present.

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Photo of fat58hwy
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in Hilton Head on vacation, I tried this unknown (to me) local IPA; purchased from Growlers. Poured in a standard pint glass. Great aroma and full flavor. For an unknown, it was the best new IPA I have tried in quire a while. Kinda pricey, but I felt it was still worth the price.

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

Lite orange colored, somewhat hazy, good level of carbonation, and a one finger creamy white head. This left a nice lacing on my pint glass.
It smelled of grapefruit, grass. The aromas were strong and easily detectable.
The taste was of grapefruit citrus and burnt toast. Flavors were of the bitter variety..
It was lite to medium bodied with bitter hops followed by bitter malt flavors and I'm left with a nice lemony aftertaste.
An above average IPA that could be drank over and over again. I would buy this again and would be interested to have it on draft.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served in a pint glass. I had a few 6-packs over the course of my family vacation to Myrtle Beach.

A: Pours a clear, dark gold color with a thick and frothy off white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Grassy hops with a very fresh greeness to them. Sweet fruity esters and light biscuit malt body blend nicely together.

T: Same as the nose. Nice combination of grassy and fruity hop profiles with dry, cracker malt body to balance it out. There is a mild bitterness mid palate that plays nicely to a clean finish.

M: Medium to lighter bodied with a nice balance and crisp mouthfeel. Great carbonation and very refreshing.

O: An easily drinkable, refreshing and balanced IPA from a can? Sign me up! Glad I grabbed some extra pack in my luggage.

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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Lodge (Hilton Head Island, SC).

A: Hazy golden amber with a 1/2-finger of nearly white, tightly bubbled head which leaves a curtain ol lace at the top of the glass.

S: The aroma could be a bit stronger but is enjoyable with a big dose of pineapple and lemon with a surprisingly healthy bit of caramel maltiness.

T: The flavor is very solid with rounded complexity hitting all the right notes including mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, pine, and floral character. The maltiness seems to get sweeter and more toasted the further you go through the pint. That is the main "flaw" if you want to call it that in this beer. A fine IPA with low to moderate bitterness.

M: Very slick with above-average amount of carbonation and medium body.

O: A very nice, easy to drink American IPA with a complete ops profile and a little toasted malt note as a bonus.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a 3floyds pint.

Westbrook's IPA is hazy, with a golden-cantaloupe hue. The sandy head is well-retained thanks to an uppity carbonation level. Spackles of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma is full of fleshy citrus--grapefruit and tangerine dominate, while a pungent pine note is also present. The malts take a backseat and add sweetened notes of honey, biscuit, and toffee.

Pine and resin dominate the flavor and add a healthy dose of lingering bitterness to the top and back of the tongue. Hoppy citrus flavors aren't quite kicked to the curb, and the malty backbone is chewy, sweet, and nutty. Alcohol makes its presence felt on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and viscous given the style, and the carbonation level could be turned up a touch. Still, this is a delicious IPA, and one I recommend.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz can into pint glass

A-a hazy ochre with about a finger of head

S-a little malt right at first then some piney hops

T-pine hops come through here with not much malt

M-carbonation is ok with the hop bitter finish

O-good overall beer with nothing that really detracts

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Photo of C20Percent
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a HUGE head of off white bubbly foam. I mean BIG. Lots of bubbles in the body of this one, but I poured into a pint glass, and that always makes a difference. So definitely complexity in the color -- darker near the lip of the glass, lighter at the bottom. Tiny pieces of sediment swimming around. This is what an IPA should look like -- it's perfect.

S: Really good for an East Coast IPA, and from the South at that -- first thing that comes through is a sweet pine aroma with a nice citrus background. Lots of aromas -- good complexity again. Sweet fruits -- sweet malts. Maybe a bit too subtle -- I prefer IPAs to be in your face. But, what's there is good.

T: First impression is that it's a bit one note. It's a sweet piney malt flavor all the way through, which is followed by a slightly bitter finish. The taste for me is like the smell -- I think the flavors are there, but much too subtle, and it's overpowered by the sweetness. I think the citrus and fruity hoppy taste wants to burst through, but it never quite gets there. It's turned in to your typical East Coast IPA.

M: Medium body. Hardly any carbonation -- that's not good. Smooth and creamy, though. Little bit of chewiness. A bit oily -- the physical feel is okay. Carbonation is killing me. But, I like the smoothness and oiliness of the brew.

O: Not a bad offering from Westbrook Brewing Co. I think they're almost there with this beer. If they can just get the aroma and taste kicking a bit more, then this is a great beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.25 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours out a medium copper-toned body, somewhat cloudy, and with a foamy, fairy dense, off-white head.

Smell: Pale, toasty malts with a sweet-scented caramel notes fused with aromatic hop scents of florals, resinous dried grasses, and lemon rind.

Taste: Pale malts, then I'm chewing on some toasty breadcrusts, with a bit of caramel sweetness mingled with a small touch of brown sugar. Pithy lemon rind, maybe a bit of white grapefruit, too. Sharp florals, moderate grassiness. Hint of the alcohol presence. Fairly bitter and more than enough to knock off the upfront sweetness well in time for a dry, bitter, smooth finish with some citrus juiciness holding on for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed it for being a good American IPA.

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

1247th Review on BA
Can to Piraat Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to Blackbelt5112203 for this one

App- A great looking mix of oranges with a orange/yellow capped bottom. Has a gigantic three finger head and falls to a small puck of bubbles and then a pond layer. Some great looking sticky cling and lace.

Smell- A bright citrus aroma with some fragrant earthy hops. A little bit of caramel malty notes come up last. A bit dry but aromatic overall.

Taste- A very nice IPA. Good vibrant citrus opens this up with a touch of sweetness. A little bit of earthy caramel malts follows. A slightly dry flavor but very well layered and rounded.

Mouth- A very light medium body with a medium carbonation level. Slightly dry and slight sweet with a residual spicy hop/citrus flavor.

Drink- A very welcome extra. This was a tad better than the Farmhouse IPA and this is a 12oz can! You can take this anywhere!

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

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Modernartblues for this one.

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazed orange-amber body, topped by two fingers of quite creamy off-white foam that demonstrates strong retention and leaves lace aplenty. A little on the dark side, color-wise, but excellent.

S: Pleasantly hop-forward but still quite balanced, with fresh pine and floral notes atop moderate caramel malt. Simple, elegant, and pleasant.

T: Caramel sweetness jumps out right away, but is quickly joined by some tasty hops - resinous pine, fresh flowers, and a touch of spice; the sweetness reasserts itself toward the end, teaming up with solid hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol to deliver a powerful (albeit slightly heavy) finish. The hops are just strong enough to keep things from getting cloying, but this one is dancing right on the borderline of being too sweet. Right now this is extremely tasty, but I wouldn't bet on the same being true in a month.

M: Very smooth medium body, full of creamy carbonation that explodes after just a moment. Close to being too frothy, but quite enjoyable.

O: It's a good thing they're canning this delicious beer, as I think it definitely needs to be consumed as fresh as possible. If you enjoy your IPAs will tons of flavor from both the malts and hops, then this one should hit the spot. Just don't be expecting a West Coast style hop-bomb.


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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass at refrigerator temperature.

L - Pale-to-medium amber with a 3-finger thick, white, bubbly head. Terrific retention, excellent lacing. This looks terrific.

S - Blast of citrus hops as soon as the can cracks open. Nice bouquet of citrus, floral, and grapefruit hops balanced with a sweet caramel malt. So far, I’m very impressed and I can’t wait to taste this.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel, honey, and light citrus flavors followed by orange and lemon hop bitterness. Not very complex but certainly well-balanced.

F - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation for the style, and a solidly bitter and dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a little while and then dissipates slowly. A lemon-orange sweetness lingers for a little while, too.

O - This is a very solid IPA. It is very well-balanced and highly drinkable. This beer hides the alcohol beautifully; I couldn’t spot it anywhere. This definitely exceeded my expectations, and I would definitely get it again if I’m looking for a session IPA. If you’re in South Carolina (or know someone who is), do yourself a favor and try this one.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can to tulip. Code 11020A2BM. Many thanks to rbradley for the extra and the fantastic box altogether. Sampled 4/14/12.

A: A steady streaming pour produces 1 finger of off-white cap with above average retention. The head lays down a nearly complete sheet of lace, while subsequent sips add half rings to the far end of the glass. The body is a medium dark shade of rustic orange and 100% opaque.

S: While there is no date on the can, it's clear from the nose that this beer is pretty darn fresh. Hops abound, featuring a bright citrus orange backed by freshly cut pine wood. The malt character stays out of the way for the most part and adds a layer of caramel sweetness, providing a nice base for the hops to remain the vibrant feature.

T: Orange and pine hop flavors stand proudly above the malt foundation. The mild sweetness is easily offset by the dryness on the end. Sixty IBUs counters the malt sweetness perfectly. The balance of flavors is flat-out impressive.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture and gently tingling effervescence, which allows the beer to roll comfortably over the tongue. The finish leans dry, is appropriately crisp and begs another sip.

O: Westbrook has managed to pack a lot of flavor into this 6.8% ABV brew. If I had to change one thing though, it would be to lessen the caramel aroma & flavor. That is nit-picking, of course, because it isn't very prevalent to begin with - and the beer is already amazing as-is. This is one well-constructed and supremely drinkable IPA.

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

Thanks to kkipple for the cans! You rock, brother!

India Pale Ale pours a very attractive gold color. It’s quite hazy and has a light copper or orange tint with backlighting. A huge off-white head covers it. It stands over three fingers tall. Very impressive! It’s quite slow to dissipate and leaves a very thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. Looks great!

The nose is good. The malt base smells like a mix of toasted and caramel varieties. They’re easily noted early on, but quickly give way to strong hop notes. The hops are almost exclusively citric (as far as I can smell). Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are noted throughout. Smells like this one leans rather hard in the hop direction. That’s good. I prefer than in American IPAs. Alcohol isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor is likewise impressive. It does have a toasted and caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet. The malts are nothing more than a backdrop for the hops. They are primarily citric. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors are delicious and resonate throughout. There’s a touch of a piney flavor, as well. It’s definitely bitter, but not palate wrecking. Definitely enough to keep things lively and interesting though. The toasted malts seem to emerge stronger on the tail. Not my favorite thing. Still very tasty nonetheless. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. Finishes with a fruity hop flavor and a kick of bitterness.

India Pale Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is rather light and soft. It goes down nice and easy. I’d be damn tempted to take down a few of these cans if they were at my disposal.

India Pale Ale is my first exposure to Westbrook Brewing Co. beer. It’s a nice start. This is an impressive American IPA. It’s full of delicious hop flavor and is nice and bitter. My only small complaint is the toasted malt flavor is just a little too strong. Minor grip. Very good stuff. Set up a trade for a few cans. It’s worth it.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,448 ratings.
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