India Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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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

Added by thagr81us on 01-04-2011

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Ratings: 1,513 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of pdidds10
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from aluminum can into shaker pint; 11/28/16 stamped on the bottom.
A: Slightly cloudy, golden-orange color with impressive (> 1 inch) and persistent head. Some lacing, although less than expected given the head.
S: Fruity hops and with pine and pitted fruit (?peach) notes.
T: Zesty hoppy goodness with juniper and a grapefruit flavors predominating.
M: Light bodied with full mouthfeel and nice effervescence throughout.
O: A very enjoyable, but not overpowering version of an American IPA. Would definitely treat it as a "go to."

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good looking brew: hazy (unfiltered?) golden brew, topped by a large white head with very nice retention and lacing.

Aroma features hops well balanced with the malt backbone: grapefruit, peppery and earthy spice, brown sugar, wildflower honey, sweet white bread and biscuit.

Flavor follows: well balanced brew, with the malt providing plenty of slightly sweet base character, and the hops providing moderate bitterness and flavor accents (mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and a touch of pine).

A touch on the thicker side for a regular IPA, but very smooth and drinkable. Quite enjoyable feel.

A note on age: this batch has three months on it from canning. Obviously, this is past the ideal point for an IPA. However, it is well within a reasonable age for a beer, even an IPA; even if the hops are not quite as vibrant, given acceptable storage conditions, the beer should not be stale, and should be a reasonable representation.

Given the opportunity to review a fresher batch, I will update this entry if necessary.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - a bit of supsensions in a semi-hazy light amber body with a thin lacing all along

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, big pine, very nice

T - Nice hop bite. The bitterness is very enjoyable with grapefruit, peppercorn and pine. Floral.

M - vivid carbonation. Very nice

O - Very good IPA. A powerful classic

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Photo of csurowiec
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oldedog
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow draft pour to shaker, not much head but great lacing. Nose brings a lot of caramel (butter?) along with the hops. Taste has more bitters than other hop flavors, light citrus. Average body and carbonation.

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Photo of Sam671217
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CollinaTiger
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light golden color - sightly hazy/opaque with lots and lots of floating sediment in the glass. Huge white head gushed out of the can. Head dissipates slowly leaving a pretty thick residual head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell has an aroma of soapy dishwater and cheap floral perfume. Woof. Not seeing it.

Taste has some orange, clementine, and lemon up front before immediately going into a strong bitter vegetal flavor. Grassy bitterness with some soapy sweetness on the finish. There is a soapy almost chemical flavor to the beer.

Feel is smooth, medium bodied. Medium carbonation. About average.

Overall I'm just not seeing it - to me this is at best a slightly below average IPA. Its got an odd flavor profile going on and is just not that great compared to other IPAs on the market.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains very floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Samputnam14
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange hazy with one finger white foamy head,
Aroma has orange, malt, hops
Taste is well rounded, nice hoppy, malt sweetness, pineapple and tangerine,

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Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am really impressed with this brewery!!!!! I had two of their beers on a trip to Charleston and brought two more home in cans. I drink a lot of IPAs and this is as good as most of them. Pours a clear gold color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big foamy white head with excellent retention and good lacing. Wonderful citrusy aroma (some lemon here). Taste is citrusy hops with a nice level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and with a pillowy softness (reminds me of Blind Pig). This is a top-shelf, well crafted IPA. One of the best!!!!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy orange bright caramel color with loads of floaties hanging around in the glass. head poured 2/3 fingers, but settles around 1/2 finger - solid, white looking

s: loads of grapefruit, apricot, mango, and pineapple. theres a deep, earthy sweet malt character lurking behind the tropical fruit that provides a pretty heavy background for the aroma of this beer. also in here is a crackery biscuty malt towards the end of the nose. lemongrass and sweet citrus finish the aroma here with some of that earthy sweetness

t: grapefruit and pineapple right away immediately followed by a large malt sweetness. there is a touch of mango that is cut by a piney bitterness. i'm also picking up some sweety, syrup-like notes in here, like overripe mango. taste ends with that bitterness coming back around

m: its on the heavier side of medium in the mouth, almost syrup-like. carbonation level is a tad on the lower side for what i'd expect

o: this IPA is on the sweeter side, and while it definitely has some bitterness in the taste, this is definitely on the sweeter side for an IPA. its also quite heavy mouthfeel, as mentioned it has some syrupy qualities. not the kind of beer you could drink extremely fast, but drinks nice and has the sweetness which i enjoy in many IPAs

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a slightly hazy gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops with some citrus. The taste is citrus with some hops. An excellent beer.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,513 ratings