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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

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 Mississipping
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bronze-amber color with a large off-white head that settles fairly quickly to a thin film and thicker ring. Exceptional lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Citrusy fruits up front with some sweeter apricot and pineapple. Pine resin is also pretty dominant. A bit of grass in the background, and no hint of alcohol.

T: Citrusy right up front. Grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and pineapple all over the place. Pine sap is just behind, as the aroma correctly suggests. Finishes with some grass and a slightly vanilla sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Creamy and tingly on the palate. Great balance between citrus, pine, and sweetness. It still has a nice bitter finish, though, with a nice drying effect.

D/O: Very tasty IPA, and a pleasant surprise from another SC brewery. Very tasty and crisp. Give it a shot if you can!

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

Pour - peach colored with some red and orangish hues and about a half inch of frothy white head. Golden when held to the light.

Aroma - sticking a nose close to the glass and I'm immediately met by some smells that will make a hophead happy. Mango and pineapple tropical notes along with some sharp citrus and pine aromas.

Taste - lots of tropical fruit flavors from this IPA! Plenty of mango, passionfruit and pineapple to go along with a sweet orange and grapefruit finish. It truly is amazing how much hops can do for a beer - especially when applied liberally! The flavor profiles from the hops and the malt are very well balanced and this is a great example of an IPA that just might find some fans from the folks who might not like a super bitter hop bomb. The tropical fruit sweetness and overall flavors of this beer should please most palates.

Overall - Very refreshing and altogether very easy drinking. This is one of the more aromatic and flavorful IPAs we've had. If you like a more tropical, grapefruit-y IPA then this one is for you. Very well put together and just a great tasting beer. I'm wishing we had a lot more of these!

Above average IPA for sure.

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour reveals an inch tall white dense head on a somewhat hazy copper beer. Clumptastic lacing and well above average head retention.

S- Gives of a very pleasant citrus aroma, mangoes?

T- Sweet citrus on the forefront. Hops dominate malt in this offering. Very bitter on the tail-end of each taste. Drinks it's stated ABV.

M- Medium to medium thick mouthfeel for the style, well carbonated.

D/O- An IPA that will certainly get a mention with those at the top of the pile once it get more reviews. Awesome that I got a chance to try this up-and-coming IPA from Westbrook.Thanks a ton to johntangus for this great local extra!

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Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 aasher
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This can was courtesy of jpmclaug, thank you immensely for this new tick Jason!

This beer pours a light to medium bodied darker orange in color with a two finger, white and very soapy head. The nose is pretty reminiscent of a fresh hop or harvest IPA (like other IPAs in cans). It's soft, slightly floral, slightly piney, and has a slight citrusy maltiness as well. I like it. The harvest esque feel is a plus. The flavors consist of a pretty clean and light malt bill with subtle sweetness, light pine, and a light floral component. It's well balanced and how soft everything is is a plus and makes it more drinkable. Drinking it you can tell that this beer was built for a can. It drinks very smoothly and is approachable enough for people new to the style as well as hopheads. If this beer was available in my market, I'd drink a lot of it. This is a nice beer. I'm glad I could try it.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks to Jacob for sending this my way.

appearance: hazy copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, mango, pine, hop resin, sweet, caramel, malts

taste: very crisp and refreshing IPA with nice hop bite. nice balance malt backbone rounds this beer out nicely.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice IPA glad I finally got to try something from this new brewery.


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

12 oz. Golden pour, slight orange around. Carbonation throughout with a finger of white on top.

Aroma, Potent, heavy dose of citrus, pineapple, mango and herbal pine.

Taste, More piney hops here, resiny and herbal. The citrus family makes it through as well. Some toast or earthy note and faint bready malt near the finish. Piney bite finishes it.

Lively heavy side of light body. Coats the tongue nicely with the moisture sucking dryness.

I think a lot of hopheads will like this one, if they get it fresh of course.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 11/28/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Hazy tangerine orange; honey golden in the light. Almost two fingers of foam reduces to a thin, bubbly layer. However, a few nice rings of lace remain.

Moderately spicy pine notes line the aroma and are accented with notions of pollen, grass and mild citric juiciness. The malt comes across as fluffy bread, but is situated behind the hops. One sip finds a green, piney hop flavor that hits fast and starts to taper off quickly. Citric notes of lemon zest and grapefruit. Hop flavor is the key here, moderate bitterness turns to very mild astringency toward the finish. Toasted bread makes a comfortably diminished backdrop. Maybe the faintest caramel twinge. Crisp feel with lively carbonation neatly hammering home the hops. A bit resiny and tending toward a coating feel my the half way point.

Overall impression - this is a really nice IPA; it's definitely one of the better ones from the south. I reckon it would make a decent substitute for Sweetwater IPA every now and then. Definitely worth a shot. I'd be interested to try it fresh on tap sometime.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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 MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I, like some others, was not super impressed with the brews when Westbrook first opened. That is not the case any longer, I figured I'd give it another shot and grabbed one of their new 6ers (cans) and am very pleasantly surprised. There have been other brand spanking new brewing companies beers that I have tried and there is certainly a learning/quality curve (Perhaps due to the fact that ratio's are not constant when increasing brewing volume).

A - Pours a nice lightish golden color with a solid dense finger of off white head into my snifter. Abundant carbonation visible.

S - Very nice hoppy citrus/grapefruit smell. Pretty acidic, a little spice and little malt.

T - Bitter citrus hop tastes lead to more floral/grassy. Little malt at the back end, pretty clean finish. Hops taste super fresh!!

M - Medium body and well carbonated, makes for a very refreshing brew!

O - Surprised that I genuinely enjoyed this, would definitely buy again. Some bold hop flavors (which I love) and super refreshing/drinkable. Keep up the good work WB

By 2013 this has become one of my go tos upping rating slightly as it has grew on me even more

10/22/15 Batch - altered recipe

A - Pours a beautiful golden color, hints of orange, 2 fingers of bigger bubbled light tan head, visibly deflating in my stemmed glass, within about 2 minutes only a thin/spotty layer remains on the surface. fantastic lacing

S - tons of bright grapefruit and orange, hint of caramel/honey sweetness

T - Big juicy flavor, lots or sweet orange, mango and grapefruit, a bit of pineapple sweetness too. Medium bitterness up front, very refreshing. Finish and aftertaste is quite bitter, like eating leaves. Big resinous, green bitter hops

M - Relatively full bodied for a 6.8% abv, flavor profile makes it very refreshing but definitely has a thickness to it at the same time.

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Photo of CSQ1111
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 11/11/11. Poured from a can into an oversized wine glass...

The very helpful gentleman from the Charleston Beer Exchange claimed that these were just canned in the last couple of weeks.

And from the smell of the hops in this one, he must have been right on! Wow!

Now for the taste...very hop forward, but nicely balanced by a malt bill that I believe is German?

Luscious tropical fruits, but not overly bitter wrecking the palate. The balance keeps my lips smacking and wanting more. Extremely drinkable.

This is an EXCELLENT IPA that will not leave even the most hardcore hopheads wanting.

One of the many Westbrook beers that I tried during my visit to Charleston and I must say, that if this brewery continues its trajectory of growth and outstanding brews, then LOOK OUT!

If you're in the Charleston area and get a chance to try ANY of the Westbrook brews, take advantage.

Well done, Westbrook Brewing. Well done.

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

Nice to see this previously keg only brew available in cans. For this review, poured 2 of them into a big snifter. Hazy golden amber with an impressively thick and frothy off-white head. Decent retention and a nice assortment of clingy lace rings.

A different vessel, but a familiar array of hop notes that, while not overly potent, clearly stand out in comparison to the shortage of sweet malt aromas. Grapefruit zest, fresh squeezed tangerine, lemongrass.

An stronger undercurrent of earthiness than I recall from a couple of previous growler servings. It works well with the very dry malt profile. Citric and grassy hop flavors take a slightly secondary profile to the earthiness. Dry biscuity finish with a hint of juicy sweet citrus and lingering straw. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of kkipple
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh outta the new bright green can... canned on Nov 4th, if I'm not mistaken, date is on the case, not the can (this should be fixed). That makes this beer 12 days old in the can. Nice.

A. Unfiltered and particle-heavy dusty dull yellow. Fat, lacy off white egg-white head. Rustic. A hefty amount of sediment settles at the bottom of my glass - honestly, this might do well with some filtering.

S. Huge hop nose for an IPA - tons going on here, mostly of the sweet fruity, grapefruit variety. Pine adds nuance, as does an earthy spicyness and muted malt presence - this is fresh hop galore. Slightly acidic and very very green... I like it.

T. Surely the most hop forward IPA to come out of the Carolinas since HopArt. This is all about the sticky green hop resins, and is a joy to drink. The characterful malt sweetness plays backup and helps balance the bitter and herbal hops. Very good beer when this fresh, I'm curious how muted it gets in the can after a few months.

M / O. No trouble at all to put back. Crisp, adequate carbonation and medium body, never too sweet or bitter.
I hope the recipe is more or less locked at this point. Westbrook IPA will easily replace Avery IPA as my go to canned IPA - it's the same price, local and fresher! What's not to like? Great job, Westbrook. No Homer.

EDIT: After consuming numerous cans of this, I simply have to bump the taste score to a 4.5. I hope subsequent batches are this good, because this stuff is dreadfully delicious (at least when super-fresh)

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a straw colored body with a light head with nice lacing...smell is floral and citrusy full of hops, definitely pleasant. taste is floral, citrus, hoppy, some malt for balance but hardly noticable, i say, and the mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied..overall, solid, might have found my new go-to IPA

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

Westbrook just started canning a couple of their beers. This particular review is among the first shipment from the brewery.

This IPA pours a slightly hazy straw color. Maybe a little darker. Probably around 8 or 9 SRM. Two finger head. Lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Nice hop aroma. Very floral and slightly grassy. I'm guessing Simcoe hops for aroma.

Wow, the flavor is much more complex than I was expecting. The grassy/floral hop flavor pairs well with the malt. There's more going on with the malt(s) than most IPAs around. The bitterness is significant, but not over the top. Relatively clean finish.

Decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation level appropriate for style. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, leaving a dry sensation.

If you like IPAs, but are looking for something a little different, try this one if you can find it. It's complex and satisfying and fits well within the style. This beer has a lot to offer.

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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 Damian
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC
Served in a pint glass

Nearly clear, orangey-amber in a appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, short-lived cap of creamy white froth. Spotty drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was quite hoppy and complex. Tropical fruit notes came through strong. Mango and papaya were most noticeable. Lots of candied orange peel as well. The hops melded well with the pale malt base. Nicely balanced.

The flavor profile was also hoppy and smooth, albeit a bit more crisp and bitter than the nose. The beer started somewhat sweet and fruity up front. Tropical fruits were again apparent. Spicy in the center. Orange peel came through on the back end. The finish was moderately bitter and dry with strong notes of grapefruit rind.

The mouthfeel was quite impressive. Super creamy, frothy and silky smooth. Pillowy soft with a fine, medium carbonation.

One of the owners at the Charleston Beer Exchange told me about this new brewery and I am very glad he did. If their other beers are on a similar level to their IPA, I definitely see bright things in their future.

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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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Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in oversized snifter at Bomboras on HHI, SC.

pours a warm golden glow with a nice frothy head. lacing all over the place.

smells of floral bouquet, orange peel & sour apples and a slight peppery bite.

this is a nice beer. citrus explosion that presents as grapefruit, orange & green apples. Puckering bitterness that hangs a while on the aftertaste.

medium body with a good amount of carbonation. little dry feel with a sour and bitter finish. just like I enjoy my IPA's.

this is a good beer. most of the time you have to get into a DIPA to get into this kind of depth. at 5.6% abv, could drink this bad boy all day long.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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 jpro
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oak Barrel Tavern in West Ashley...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, looks like a nice cloudy copper with a white head that exhibits some slight retention leaving some wispy lace.

S: Citrus hops, pine resin, light grapefruit and floral notes. Nice hoppy aroma!

T: A delightful pine resin bitter and some light tropical fruit syrup hoppiness; some grapefruit on the finish; very light, bready malts; a touch buttery.

M: Kind of light, with a moderate carbonation; this is where this beer falls short for me - its a little thin feeling.

O: Pretty drinkable... its got a great aroma and taste, and nice look about it; the mouthfeel is my only knock on this beer - just a tad watery. Other than that, not a bad brew! Very glad I tried it -

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Lee – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Also present are hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops are less robust. Somewhat grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus rinds. Midway through the sip the hops turn more bitter with the addition of earthy flavors. The earthy and slight citrus hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was very excited about this beer after just smelling it but the way it tasted was less impressive. Still, a solid beer from a nice new brewery in the area – worth a shot.

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

Growler filled fresh at the Westbrook Brewery.

A - Pours a clear orange-amber with a creamy white head that recedes to a thick haze, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Big citrus hop aromas, mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a tiny pit of pineapple and pine resin. Very crisp and clean.
T - The pineapple stands out a bit more in the taste, along with the orange and pineapple. Slightly sweet and toasted malt provides a very nice balance.
M - Creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Overall, a wonderfully sessionable IPA that I will drink whenever possible!

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

Okay, I see that I might be disagreeing slightly with the reviewing community on this one. It was a good IPA to be sure.

Copper color, nice head. Pretty good head retention, nice spots of lace. Good looking.

It lacks a bit in the nose. Expected a bit more out of it. Not bad by any stretch. Good. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Dry, and not too sweet with some earthy bitterness. Good finish.

Medium body, carbonation is good.

Overall, I found this beer to be a 4 out of 5 overall, and in almost every category.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,424 ratings.
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