Shane's Big DIPA | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Shane's Big DIPAShane's Big DIPA

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A monstrously big and hoppy Double IPA. The recipe for this beer was developed by Brewer Shane Cummings. F**kin' A!

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 03-21-2013

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. Bottled on 3/14/13 – only 6 days old.

L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, frothy, cream-colored head. Average retention that fades into a thin cap of cream-colored froth at the center of the beer surface and around the edge of the glass with some decent patchy lacing. Clear with an average amount of bubbles.

S – An awesome, juicy hop bouquet of grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, some pineapple, and some of that onion that everyone always talks about is apparent right up front. There may be some bready, caramel malt here, too, but the hops own this one – just as it should be.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel, bready, and biscuity malt with some orange, mango, and pineapple juicy fruits. As the taste progresses, bitter hops with grapefruit, mango, peach, and mild onion flavors come screaming in. There’s a nice spicy kick to the hops at the finish, too. For as hop-forward as the aroma was, the taste is very nicely balanced.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and very dry finish. Bitter and spicy hops linger and blend very nicely with a solid mouth-and-throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a good DIPA. It has a great hop bouquet and, while the hops are very apparent and bitterness stands up with the best of them, the taste is quite balanced. Some things that would really bring this one to the top of the charts would be better head formation and retention, a tiny bit more carbonation to add to the appearance and mouthfeel, and finding a way to make the ABV a bit more unnoticeable (I’m never quite sure how some of the best do this). Regardless of those suggestions, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer, especially given the nearly 10% ABV. Westbrook continues to impress me. I hope that they continue to grow and, as time goes on, more and more people get to try their brews.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/31/2015: pours hazy copper color with a lot of active carbonation and bubbles racing up the brew like champagne; creamy 1-2 finger beige head that faded average to on the fast side which left very good lacing.

Nose is a potent mix of citrus fruit, graham cracker, caramel, malty biscuit and red grapefruit a bunch of tropical fruit come through like mango, pineapple, oranges and lemons, but the malt backbone is a solid foundation for the balance with wheat bread and toasted grains or cracked wheat. Sweetness is average and spices minimal but it still smells good. A little light for a DIPA, but close enough.

Tastes is sweeter and maltier than the nose with a lot more malt coming through, as well as some toffee and spices like pepper and brown sugar. Like the nose, the basics are covered with citrus hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange peel, lemon zest, dry floral hops, dry grass, toasted grains and some piney hops. Balance is off a little as the malt has the slight edge, and for a DIPA the hops are not very aggressive and dominating like I had hoped for.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with lighter than average carbonation, a medium body and only a minor bitter touch in the finish. Overall this was a good beer but not the hop monster the bottle hyped it up to be ("monstrously big and hoppy...."). I like Westbrook and most of the stuff I've had from them, but this one came up a little short.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doomrain
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mmcurran
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dankjohn
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of virinow
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBucks12
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jeonseh
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange with a slight brown tint. Good white head with lots of foam

S - Balanced nose that has both mango sweetness and grapefruit bitterness

T - Mango and pineapple up front initially. Good hit of pine and grapefruit bitterness hit as the beer moves along the tongue. There is a malty orange sweetness that comes thru to temper the bitterness which lingers in the finish

M - Medium sticky body with hop resin remains on the tongue

O - Good balanced IPA that has both sweet mango flavors while also having a nice bitter presence to it

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JulianB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tappangordo
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/2015.

Bomber served cold into a goblet. Shane's Big DIPA is a hazy copper color with thin, tight, white head. Slow to settle but little lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with nice citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Flavor is initially sweet with caramel and toasted malts. Leads into a hit of hoppy bitterness and more of that citrus character. Finishes with a dry, bitter, snap.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

A good DIPA that doesn't focus solely on the hops. Good balance and complexity from the malts as well.

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Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jburns301
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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