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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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 1,449
Photo of Andrew041180
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Couldn't find a canning date, my hunch is that this one may be a bit old given the reviews I've read. Beautiful honey-orange color. Slightly hazy. Large thick head with good retention. Great aroma upon cracking the can, but it seemed to fade very quickly. Flavor was more English IPA. Focus on malts and very mild bitterness. Body is quite smooth and on the full side of medium. Nice beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Charleston, clear golden pour with frothy thick white head. Aroma of mouth watering pine. Malty, smooth and not too bitter, this stuff is so drinkable! Head retention and lacing were remarkable

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

Slightly hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is balanced with a nice underlying malt sweetness and some juicy hops. Taste starts hoppy and slightly sweet with caramel malt and ripe fruit notes. Finish and aftertaste are quite bitter with lots of grapefruit and resiny hops. Body is medium and has good carbonation. A more classic approach of the IPA style but very well executed.

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Photo of oldmankoch
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Birmingham. Rather dank and mildly bitter with those being the only notes. No real presence of pine/grass/tropical fruits that I value most in a IPA. I'll think of this as like Enjoy By's little bro.

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

Can poured into glass

Hazy golden yellow, thin bubbles, trace lacings

Faint aroma of tropical fruits and sweetness

Hops on the middle of the tongue

Low sudsing , smooth, gentle bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste

Good beer

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - 12 oz can into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange (think Texas Longhorns). Nice head that fades to excellent lacing and minimal head retention.

Smell - Nice grapefruit hop bouquet, I get some bread on the nose as well.

Taste - Great bitter hops, flowery and grapefruity. Very much the American IPA. No complaints.

Feel - Smooth and crisp. The hop bitterness lingers nicely.

Overall - very solid IPA. I have had better and I have had worse, but you can't go wrong with this. Top end of the spectrum.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA, not the best I have had but certainly not among the worst either. I am a fan of the style and this one is done very well. It has a feel and texture much like pseudosue in a way. But not exactly their either.

Look: Golden with a reddish hue, cloudy but not super hazy either.

Smell: Floral, malts, sweet some honeysuckle in there.

Taste: Floral, not really very bitter, fruity with some honeysuckle and malt notes in there. Not very bitter very well balanced.

Overall: Solid beer by Westbrook these guys apparently know what they are doing.

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Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a short tulip glass.

A - kind of hazy orange-gold body with dissipating head. Good lacing.

N - spicy sweet smell with honey, orange, grapefruit and spicy notes.

T - fruity more than spicy or resiny for an ipa. Very little alcohol taste. Maltish background.

M - chewy up front then a kind of ... Fullness? In the middle of he mouth. Then a tingly spiciness.

O - I liked this quite a bit. Nice tasty spicy Ipa. Cheers.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can. Pours orange/pale amber with dissipating head.

Inviting aromas of orange citrus, sweet honey and floral notes (lavender?).

Tastes of light orange citrus, notes of honey and some spice and black pepper. Finishes fairly dry with some bitter but not overpowering grapefruit pith.

Light to medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation. Nice.

Overall a satisfying, light and flavorful easy drinking IPA. Some nicely balanced fresh hop flavors. Drinks like a session beer. I could drink a few cans and not get tired of it.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is what a bunch of those new-fangled "Vermont-style" IPAs wish they could be. I'd gladly drink the hell out of this and One Claw before killing myself trying to get the last NE juice bomb.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Excellent IPA. Golden colored, solid inch, inch and a half of head; well-carbonated but not overly so. Has all the big hop nose and flavor of a "west-coast" IPA but very little of the bitterness (60 IBU, it reads on the can). I suspect it's from a combination of finishing hops in the boil and dry-hopping, as are alluded to on the can. Well-balanced. 6.8 abv without any alchy bite. If I lived in the area, this would be a regular buy. As it is I'm definitely taking some home with me!

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look- Pours a very cloudy bronzish-straw glass with no head and only some lacing.

Smell- Clobbers you with spruce/pine when first poured, but that aroma is quickly outshone by grapefruit . Eventually they both make peace, blend and fade into one smell.

Taste- Much like the smell- first a blast of pine, but then the grapefruit notes take over. After that they blend into one "thick" taste. Trying to find one or the other will reveal it, but just enjoying the beer and not critiquing it allows them to meld into, I don't know, "pinefruit"? The beer is quite bold at first, but mellows as it goes along. Substantial bite.

Feel- Nice, but not exceptional.

Overall- A good beer, enjoyed it and would happily drink one if offered, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

Thanks to pjkelley82 for this extra that arrived in a recent box. Going gentle tonight after a looong Darkness Day eve last night. 12 oz. hop-green can, dated 9/11/14, consumed while watching the 2014 World Series.

The pour is SF Giant orange, no clarity here. Smells like sweet candied oranges. That’s it.

Westbrook IPA seems like more of a spare pale ale. Like the nose, the beer is dominated by oranges, married to a raw sugar sweetness. Mid-palate brings two or three pine needles, fleeting bitterness. Ends sweet. Moderately drinkable, as in, I’m probably going to finish it.

I’m not into balanced, nor sweet, IPAs, so this one already has two strikes on it. Just not very interesting; mediocre.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Canned on 9/17/2014.

Served cold into a shaker pint glass, Westbrook's IPA is a hazy yellow-orange color with thin white head. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is fruity and fresh with citrus and tropical fruit.

Flavor is sweet up front and great hop character from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall a very good IPA and drinkable too.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Pie Factory in Florence, Alabama. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of bitterness. The taste was bitter leaning and not overly easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Killer IPA. Poured with a huge thick, slow to settle, cream colored head with lots of lace and a clear amber color. Aroma is malt and lots of fresh hops. Flavor is mainly hops with just enough malt sweetness and carbonic tang to make it all work as a traditional IPA. Excellent body. Can drink the bejesus out of this

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 8/19/2014 into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with two finger dense white head with decent retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

S: Bright citrus with pineapple and grapefruit. Pine straw and floral hops.

T: Big hop punch with a nice malt back bone. Citrus is less noticeable in flavor than in aroma.

M: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The finish has a nice hop bite and leaves a slight bitter after taste.

O: Well executed basic IPA. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Hoping to find a fresh batch to compare.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in a pint glass.

Super cloudy, yellow in color, white head. Great strong hoppy aroma, mix of citrus and floral. Slightly bitter taste, hops dominate. Just enough malt balance. Medium body.

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Photo of VRH
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a light straw colour with moderate head that remains thin. Slight latex aromas with grapefruit zest on the nose, followed by mineral, & white pepper on the palate, & a big grassy lingering finish. Very solid IPA -- crisp, & enjoyable. From the tap
@newbeers - Beverage World!

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Photo of youneedmeonthatwall
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Golden/yellow cloudy pour out of the electric green can! Nice head but not on the Lovelace level. Very aromatic and that first taste is killer. Not overly bitter. Very nice buzz off the 6.8ABV. As this is my very first review, please excuse the lack of detail. All I can say is that if you love a hoppy brew, you cannot go wrong with this terrific IPA out of Charleston. This is my new go to IPA.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev 0%

From a can recently brought back from SC. There was a canned date on the cottom, but mostly missing and therefore unreadable.

a hazy yellow body with a foamy white head, good carbonation and an above medium mouth. Nice fruity hop taste, with a good sweetness from the malt background coming through the bite. A good solid IPA, not quite Sweetwater level, but pretty damn good. Would grab it if seen again.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

This to me is an IPA that stands out. Medium body, slightly fruity and not overly bitter, this is the type of IPA you could give to an amateur beer drinker and find them surprised to enjoy it or satisfy a seasoned BA.

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a cuvee glass. Dated 8/14 on bottom of the can!
Formed a nice white 2 finger head, which dissipated after several minutes and left some fine lacing in the glass. Nice dark golden orange body, slightly hazy.
Smells of some pine and citrus and malts, smells very balanced, there isn't one dominating the other.
Has a nice bitterness on the tongue; orange pulp at first, nice bitterness in the middle and finishes dry with a light sweetness. Very easy to drink.
A nice lingering hop taste on the tongue.
Overall I would say this is a very good IPA, not mind blowing but still a very decent IPA, really happy to have had this one!! Nothing wrong with this beer at all.
Another gift from goingbrokeonbeer, thanks again bruh!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured can dated 7/30/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours bright glowing orange with a one finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Smell is fruity orange pine mango.

T-Full flavored fruity orange rind, pine bitterness and some earthiness.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body and well balanced crisp carbonation.

O-Very solid fruity bright ipa, reminds me of jai alai, awesome!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no canning date (marked "- - -" on the bottom), poured into a Darkness goblet 7/20/2014.

A- Hazy light copper body with a one finger white head with fair retention time. Drops into a medium sized collar and leaves bits and pieces of lacing.

S- Pineapple, citrus, green hops, a bit of toffee and bread. Smells like a beer that's just been put into the primary fermenting vessel, in that it's "green" in a good way.

F- A bit of floral notes up front, some bread and toffee in the middle, with a bit of pine and a non-descript bitterness on the backend, perhaps pineapple. Not super bitter, but quite good.

M- Medium in body, a bit creamy, neither dry nor resinous. Drinks very easily.

O- It's a solid IPA. Nothing pops about it, but the profile is fairly unique in that it smells like a green beer. Perhaps thats why the can is green.

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India Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,449 ratings.
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