India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,483
Reviews:
250
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
261
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Kettle1
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a dumb plastic wine glass.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1 finger of loose head. Hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, honey, caramel, and pine.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and honeydew melon with a papaya/pineapple twang. Honey backbone with drizzles of caramel. Finishes with pine sap and lingering florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, silky, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Overall
Citrus-y and tropical with light pine. A solid IPA that is juicy and keeps a restrained bitterness.

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Photo of rolltide
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmiah22
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Westbrook IPA has an orange colour and fine but sticky foam. All looked clear and bright until, right at the last second, a sandy brown stream shot out the can, depositing what looks like pan scrapings and scattering them throughout the glass. I'll call it unsightly, just to be polite.

The aroma is reminiscent of dried orange peel and has a subtle amount of spice. There's also the token bitter, organic leafy matter. Hops are loud and proud but don't hog all the spotlight; toasty, bready maltiness factors in too, which is a little surprising given this was twice dry-hopped.

The presence of crunchy malt on the palate, however, is entirely expected given the use of Munich and cara-pils, both of which are renown for tall, ample body and hearty mouthfeel. There's some wholesome flavour associated with those malts too, though the taste-show is largely that of the hops...

The bulk of the tasting notes is comprised of citrus and tropical fruits, including but not limited to lychee, blood orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Little droplets of pine serum dribble over the finish, which, due to the malt, isn't all that bitter after all. The alcohol (6.8%) doesn't interfere either.

The date printed on the underside of the can goes back two and a half months. So far as I can tell this is a "canned on" rather than a "best before" although I'm skeptical because its contents don't live up to public opinion. My rating is lower than expected given Westbrook's reputation and my other, far more impressive experiences with their brands. And that's why I'll likely give this one another shot.

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Photo of mtnwesdew
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Heavy malt character. Canned within a week of drinking. Not the best thing I've tasted from Westbrook to say the least.

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Photo of pmangold
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very bright ipa that has tons of fruit/citrus/pine on the nose. the taste follows suit with grapefruit/citrus up front, a bitter back end with just enough malt to balance it out. very good IPA from Westbrook.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can at a Mellow Mushroom. Poured into a house pint. I thought this was going to be on draft but I misread their dumb pothead menu.

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy gold with a one-finger whitehead. Lots of lacing behind.

Aroma: Pine, apricot, grapefruit, more fruit, floral.

Taste: Follows the nose. Very appealing IPA with some bitter bite. Nice mix of pine, fruit and floral character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy on the palate for a 60 IBU IPA. Deceptively drinkable.

Overall: Terrific IPA. Glad I misread this dopey menu.

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Photo of R11415
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimG_0913
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good brew.

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

Photo of TD351
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgskippy
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
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 brn9000
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke12345
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,483 ratings.
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