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 agreenman19
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - gorgeous hazy orange. Tree House would be proud! Blood orange juice.

S - rich fruity malts. Reminds me of DFH. Earthy and piney with an underlying sweetness.

T - a little let down! The nose promised so much flavor, but it somehow feels... empty. Still, heavy-duty malt backbone with some lightly floral notes occasionally peeking through.

F - thinner than expected, much like the flavor. Head feels nice on the lips. Low, seeping carbonation with sharp prickles.

O - much more enjoyable to look at and smell, which unfortunately is the least enjoyable part of beer!

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Photo of gopens44
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This mega frothy head beer is a nice turbid murky orange that would make any Vermonters either proud or jealous. Lacing is generous and sticky as well.

Very vibrant tropical and earthy nose that rounds out with a little caramel sweetness.

Taste is immediately bitter with some mango, hints of grapefruit, a smattering of something floral and an earthy finish. The sweetness in the nose only plays in long enough to offer balance but leaves behind only a ghost of honey but nothing cloying in an otherwise bitter aftertaste. Overall body is just think enough to be refreshing but still pretty solid. Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo during the recent edition of GABER. Cheers guys!

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 60

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, slightly creamy white head with good retention. Opaque gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to full wisp and clings to the top of the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving some light dots of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts, some honeydew melon, peaches, pine and lots of grapefruit on the nose. Grapefruit and grapefruit.

TASTE: Pale malts and grapefruit up front. Big finish with more grapefruit, lemon, citrus and grassy hop flavors. Some decent hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. Not a whole pile of complexity here, but there's lots of bold, in-you-face grapefruit flavors and bitterness. Really dominant there. Definitely a grapefruit bomb, but that's just my bag, so I greatly enjoyed the two cans I brought back with me and will gladly get more next year. Highly recommended if you see it.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad that I finally got to try this. I was in Charleston a few days ago and had several of these while there. Very nicely balanced IPA. Quite bitter and citrusy but it had a nice malt backbone. The Gose is still my favorite from this brewery but this was a good beer. Paired rather nicely with some fresh shucked oysters and shrimp and grits...

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz can dated 8/19 into a nonic pint, thanks Michael! Comes out a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized head that leaves some lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine with a strong malt backbone. Flavor has much less malt than the nose hints of, its more hoppy here. Big grapefruit and pine notes, grassy, bitter. Sweet caramel malts fight the bitterness but never overcome. Solid body, matches the ABV. Overall a classic IPA worthy of it's name.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a dumb plastic wine glass.

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

Grapefruit, honey, caramel, and pine.

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

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

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

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 pmangold
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +2.2%
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 BuckeyeBeers
2.92/5  rDev -27.7%
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 AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Ommegang goblet.
Hazy gold with long lasting finger of head.
It smells light and fruity and fresh.
Orangey bitter with a floral-fruity bite and a lingering, mildly hoppy finish.
Smooth, thick mouthfeel with a mild effervescence.
Overall, a pleasant beer, but not remarkable. Would have for casual drinking, but wouldn't buy regularly.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into snifter canned on 6/8

A: light inch and a half head burnt orange color with a slight bit of haze

S: big resiny piney hops almost like pineapple on the nose and some breadiness

T: nice pine and resin, a little bit of that floral taste you get with English IPAs a good dose of caramel maltiness on the end a little stickiness to it

M: Medium mouthfeel with a slight bit of syrupiness to it good carbonation helps cut the slight syrupy feel

O: This is a good IPA its resiny piney floral and has a nice malt backbone and a solid feel on the tongue. I'd recommend this if fruity IPAs aren't your thing

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer comes out a nice golden yellow color, and it's a bit hazy, lighter yellow along the edges if you hold it up to the light. Small bubbles at first but they blow up a little. There's some decent lacing and glass retention.

Smells good, you can tell it's a well balanced beer. Can says it's a base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts. It's definitely a nice biscuit breaddy type smell. Not aggressively hoppy, but pretty well layered that has floral and pine hints along with a touch of citrus.

Much like the smell, the taste comes out very well balanced. Sweet caramel almost like a sweet glaze over homemade crusty bread. Slightly herbal, but a good amount of sticky pine and citrus pith, like a very ripe grapefruit and tangerine blend.

Mouthfeel is good. Full flavor and a nice lingering flavor. Well carbonated, but not over and it still feels kind of soft without that nitro feel. Balance is the word of the day here, there's a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Starts with a sweet grain feel and works it's way to an herbal earthy finish. Great drinkability and all around a nice solid beer. Would classify this as an anytime IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy, full of juice and fruit, mild bitterness, moderate carbonation - suggests lots of pale fruits, both orchard and tropical; citrusy hops with floral elements. A nice, full-feeling IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a dash of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive.

Smell: fruity, tangy hop character atop a toasty malt base. Very fresh and enticing.

Taste: sweetish, toasty malt with a lightly fruity, lightly green hop character. Good, but on the toasty side for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: a well-built and very drinkable IPA. Maybe the malt base isn't 100% to my taste, but otherwise it's a very good beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on a recent trip to upstate New York, do not get Westbrook in my state. Can bottom dated 2/5/15, so this could be very old.

a: Hazy orange with a half finger thick white head which receded to wispy surface foam and a few spots of lacing.

s: Moderate strength pine and citrus.

t: Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, moderate bitterness on a dry finish.

m: Medium, perfect body for an IPA, good carbonation tingle.

o: An outstanding IPA, on the higher side of IBUs for a single, enjoyably sippable. If I could get this regularly at a good price, it would be a go-to.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A mingling of bitter grapefruit and pine upfront with a finish of caramel and tea leaf malts. Piney, tinny and bitter on the palate it drinks with a a touch of harshness.

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Photo of cfalls
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful head and hazy copper color.

Mostly malts on the nose. Woodsy.

Bitter hops. Complex taste. Not very floral or citrusy. Too sweet.

Nice oily feel, medium to low carbonation.

Not bad, but anywhere I can find this I can probably find something better.

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Photo of abb610
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in Charlotte, its has been tough finding fresh cans of this beer across the border. Ive always said that if you can find a can in the first 2 weeks, it is one of the best ipas you can buy. Now that NC has distro, getting it on draft is not a prob and the 2 week rule doesnt apply. England has their ipas as does the west coast. There should be a southern ipa class, and westbrook ipa would be leading the pack with noda hop drop falling in second. Southern ipa????? Well, theres tea, and theres sweet tea and if you are from the south, when you order a tea, you automatically get sweet tea. These southern ipas are a little sweeter but somehow at the same time not maltier. The sweetness coupled with the abundance of hops without being bitter is what this beer is and i love it!!! Its not super clean or crisp like a tea without sugar, but when you add that helping of sweet malt, damn beau, you got sumpin gooooood brotha shoooooot!!! Cheers

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Photo of Cobrito
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1-27-15.

hops: C hops according to clones on the net.

Cloudy, cross between orange, gold, and amber. Beautiful. However, Medicore head and lacing.

Nose is underwhelming, suggests way too sweet an IPA with muted hops.

First half of palate is the same, but second half gets way more complex and interesting, hops start to come through and finish is very good.

Feel is nice, medium big.

Very interesting beer. Has aspects that I hate--a cloyingly sweet note from nose to mid-palate--and that I love--a complex malt-hops mixture with a memorable finish. Reminiscent of NODA hop drop n roll, but better, really. Admire the fact that brewmaster brought out two powerful characteristics--the sweet note and the more bitter finish--but it's not really my thang.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/3/15 canned on date.

Grassy, resiny, lightly dank cannabis aroma, with an accompanying grapefruit and mango character. Toasted malt underlies, lightly nutty.

Flavor reveals big grassy notes throughout. The malt backbone is toasted and fairly sweet, providing contrast to the moderately bitter finish. Fruit character is more muted, and earthy and herbal hops seem to be more of the focus. The finish is a touch more bitter than I prefer, and I wish the fruity hop character were more pronounced.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a small creamy white head, receding slowly and leaving a really nice lacing.
Smells divine, with rich strong pine (tons!), pomelo, kumquat, some papaya, faint mango, light floral notes. Hints of pistachio and a nice caramel maltiness that has a bit of toast in there, too. But wow, so much pine!
The taste is much more balanced, with the fruitiness taking center stage, lots of blood orange, peach, mango, maracuja, faint khaki fruit, with a way more dense caramel backbone. Some light sweet floral notes, a tiny bit of honey. Pine shows up in the end, with a light toast (i get a hint of pine nut, actually) and some spicy, leafy fresh hop, nice and bitter. A hint of that sticky-icky dank, too, but not the main thing.
Aftertaste has rich hop resin, pine, lots of grapefruit peel and a mild sweetness lingering. Bitterness is generous, but doesn't cling, leaving room for that nice fruity flavors. Medium body, medium carbonation, almost smooth.
A huge IPA, with a great bunch of hops, so clear and tasty. So perfectly tweaked. I'm sad i only have one can.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Tank 7 tulip. Nice pale gold color. Hazy. Solid two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, and toast with marmalade on the nose.

Medium-light body. Smooth, firm feel. Typical hop-forward flavor. Slight bready malt up front, then marmalade, lemon rind, dry herbs, and grapefruit juice. Fairly well-balanced, but still a bit abrasive on the palate. Lingering oily, resin-like hop flavor.

Overall, a good IPA, but I wish it was a little better balanced with more of a fruity bitterness instead. If I drank this one repeatedly, I bet the flavor would really grow on me.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean finish on a delicious, crisp and balanced IPA. Wouldn't classify as "East Coast" or "West Coast" style at all. Rather, just a very good, hop-forward beer that manages to present a bunch of different characteristics without being over-bearing on any of them. Well done!

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew from Westbrook! Glad they made their way into NC. Mouthfeel is almost like an imperial IPA, very clean and pleasant bitterness. And lots of citrus, pine and slight malt on the backbone. I dig this one. Well done

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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