India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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

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239
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1,448
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Firestone Walker tulip glass. Pours a very hazy, cloudy, nearly opaque orange. Haven't seen anything like this since I had Troeg's Scratch 58 Mango Triple IPA. The nose on this is very nice. Good malt presence with some nice hops, citrus, and a touch of pine. The taste is very well balanced too, if not a shade on the malty side of the spectrum. The citrus is present again, which I rather enjoy in my IPA's. The mouthfeel is real nice. There's a nice bitter bite to it, but otherwise it's smooth. Overall, this is a well done IPA indeed. Glad I could try it.

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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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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip

no born on date or other distinguishing numbers
Written from notes on 2/12/2012

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a huge 3+ fingers width of sea foam white head, which is dense and takes forever to dissipate down to a level that allows drinking. Leaves a very good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: A big citrus hop aroma; nectarines, orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, and lemon lime. Some piney hop aromas as well. Wow, what a scent.

T: Significantly maltier than the aroma implies. Pale malts up front with some citrus hops on the backend. Touch of piney hop bitterness as well. Initially, the hop characters are not as prevalent as the aroma would suggest, but as it warms other hop flavors come out to take over the malt character that was initially dominant. Of note there are flavors of orange, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Delicious.

M/D: Smooth, medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation and good drinkability.

O: From beginning to end this is great IPA. Certainly worth a try if you can get a hold of it. I highly recommend.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left nice lacing and sheeting throughout. head really billows nicely as well. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big sticky, resiny, piney hops.
t - pine, grapefruit, very earthy with a caramel and bready backbone.
m - creamy and medium mouthfeel.
o - really balanced and drinkable AIPA. love this one.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of American IPA's today are going crazy... 100+ IBU's and 8%+ ABV. And I love it! But its also nice to have a more traditional style American IPA instead of a beer that calls itself an AIPA when it should be a DIPA.

I think I found one of my favorite American IPA's

Appearance is golden amber with a thick white head that stays and laces throughout consumption. Smells of citrus hops, some orange and lemon. The taste is so smooth. Just bitter enough and then sweet malt flavors cut it to provide a great session IPA. Still orange, lemon, and hop bitterness is present but controlled by the sweet 'bready' malts. It goes down perfectly. This beer has body, full and creamy.

I need more of this.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a decent amount of sediment. 2 finger head and a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit; with some pine and a little sweetness from the malt.

Upfront hop bitterness followed by some sweet fruit flavors. Balanced nicely by a decent malt backbone. Finishes with a nice, dry bitterness and leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid with good carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. Very nicely balanced, the right amount of bitterness, tropical fruit flavor and malt sweetness. A great offering from a young brewery.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a hazy amber/orange color with a big off white head that recedes quickly leaving behind sheets of lacing that cover the glass.

The nose is big on citrusy hops. A terrific aroma. Tangerine, peach, pineapple and grapefruit makeup the nose. Not much going on in terms of maltiness, but this clean fragrant hop aroma is all thats needed.

The taste is big and hoppy. The flavor is full of orange and grapefruit with hints of pineapple and peach. The malty base of this beer is small and nearly imperceptable, barely big enough to make its presence known, but not enough to detract from the focus of the beer. The beer finishes slightly bitter, and not quite as dry as I would like. Medium bodied and well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel and fairly easy to drink.

A really well crafted IPA, very smooth and inviting. Definately one of my new favorite IPAs.

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Photo of ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jpmclaug. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color, maybe leaning close to amberish. A foamy, off-white head rises and falls, settling in as a nice cap that has excellent retention. Sticky lacing clings to the glass and coats it from top to bottom. The color doesn't really stand out but the head retention and lacing are outstanding.

The amount of sweetness is what first stands out about the nose. It doesn't seem to be so much of a malt sweetness but more of a sweet citrus aroma. There is some light pine and a slight earthiness here as well. Not much going on in the way of malt.

The same citric sweetness is dominant in the taste as well. There is a bit of a bite to each sip, sometimes it's sharp and almost acidic. Grapefruit comes on before a light, earthy and piny finish. There is a pleasant bitterness that finishes each sip.

Medium body with medium carbonation. As mentioned, it has a bit of a bite that makes the beer feel crisp. Semi-dry finish.

This is a good IPA. It has a very unique but pleasant citrusy sweetness that makes it stand out. Despite being sweet it still manages to feel crisp and have a good hop bite to it. Definitely one I would seek out were it available to me all the time.

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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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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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.

Cheers!

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