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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really good ipa, maybe a little older now than it should be, but not way old, they just have been in the market a little while now. its good beer, but not as good as i had hoped it would be. its not all that unique i didnt think, although its obviously well made. i get a citra type hop profile form it, lemony and bright and fruity, but its not real bitter, and frankly not bitter enough to balance the sweetness, and my takeaway here is that it might be better around 7% abv, less grain making it sweet and all, and less booze getting in the way in the end. i like all the body, and i like the flavor profile of the hops, must be more than just citra, but thats kind of the lead horse i pick up in this one. fuller bodied too, which i really like, and creamy in feel with a ton of tiny bubbles making it seem a lot lighter than it is, but it doesnt warm up all that well, sort of comes apart a little bit, and the hops fade a lot. this could be a produce of it being a few months older than is optimal. overall its another solid release from westbrook, but their hoppy beer has never been what impresses me most in their lineup. fair for 8 bucks though, thats for sure.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A monstrously big and hoppy Double IPA. The recipe for this beer was developed by brewer Shane Cummings. F**kin' A!" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft as an annual release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy whipped head of a buttercream color over a densely hazy golden amber body. Ample carbonation and a very thick shroud of haze lies in the body of this beer. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Sharp bitterness of lemony, piney and pithy citrus hops, very brazen and bold hop aroma. Slight malt character of caramel syrup, some light biscuit, moderate grain malts and a mellow waft of alcohol. Potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) While full in flavor, this DIPA comes off better rounded-out than the aroma suggests. Creeping bitterness from the first sip, with notes of pine, earthy hops and delicate citrus notes teams up with an equally potent malt body of caramel grain syrup with a light buttery malt body. Finishes very dry with a dragging hoppy bitterness, and grapefruit juice after the swallow. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly chewy, sharply dry. Carbonation is modest, with a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters to mention. 3.5

(Overall) While an enjoyable Imperial IPA, I find this beer is a bit brazen in too many directions to find some real harmony in it. Sharp bitterness, flavorful but limited-range hop choices and a malt body whose depth is lost beneath harsher graininess. For those looking for a boldly flavored DIPA, this one is a fair candidate for you, but it wasn't nearly my favorite by the brewery and especially of the style. 3.75

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Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a month ago in Rochester, N.Y. Westbrook is not available in my state.

Poured from the 22 oz., bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy deep orange with a half finger white head which receded quickly to very thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Dank pine resin, becoming stronger

t: Strong vegetal grassiness up front followed quickly by a heavy hop bite with lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, very good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: No denying the hoppiness here, but the bitterness is not balanced by particularly pleasant flavors, leaving the impression you are drinking crushed weeds. The aroma is also so intense at first that it encourages coughing. Does mellow out but not enough to become outstandingly enjoyable. Ultimately it's claim to fame may be the grassiest-smelling-and-tasting DIPA on the market.

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Photo of BIN29
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: One of the darkess dipa. Deep hazy dark orange. Small head.

S: This when the beer get pretty unique. Malts and sweet fruits. You know right away this dipa is leaning towards the malt from the smell. You don't get a lot of citrus here, maybe litile peach and mango.

T: Taste weird at first. I got pistachio, nutty-like flavor from the first sip. It's amazing and complex. Layers of tropical sweet flavors. But the major thing about the taste of this beer is the sweetness. This is really sweet dipa with slightly dry and wonderfully mild bitterness.

F: Medium-body. Light in carbonation. This is a big beer where you want to drink it slow to appreciate the elements but you don't want the beer to get warm.

O: Westbrook is one of my favorite breweries. Always solid stuff and subtle flavors.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 3/31/15

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a super-sheer swirl pattern of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very malt-forward aroma reminds me of a hoppy barleywine. Firm booze fume.

T- Reminds me a lot of 90-Minute where the hop bitterness and flavor is accentuated but the malt still dominates overall. That being said, it's a bit more drinkable than 90-Minute with a good balance between the sweetness of the malt and bitterness of the hops.

M- Oily and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Definitely drinks more like a hoppy barleywine due to the emphasis on the malt profile but it's very smooth if not very complex.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful 1 finger head of dense, white foam. Quite floral on the aroma, along with tons of sweet fruit - roses, honeysuckle, grapefruit, mango, and strawberries. Medium weight and quite creamy on the mouthfeel. Loads of tart strawberries and grapefruit up front with an almost candy-like sweetness. It honeslty reminds me of a homemade fruit-based milkshake. Middleways, a farmiliar hoppy bitterness sets in and lingers on the aftertaste. Finishes smooth, and leaves a dry, piney-bitterness on the taste buds.

Overall, very delicious and very unique. Great smell and taste up front, which us unlike any other IIPA I've had. It turns back into a more comprehendable beer on the latter half, bring forward the farmiliar hoppy, piney bitterness that I was initially expecting. It's a great example of an American IIPA while retaining enough of its own characteristics to set it apart from most others.

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

Pours a moderately hazy brassy orange with a 1/4" of head. Nose presents a bit of tropical fruit - papaya & guava with herbal notes that bring tobacco to mind. Taste is much less balanced than the nose - quite bitter with piney resinous flavors and some malt backing. Tongue scraping finish.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn draft pour with off white head. Grassy hops and grapefruit nose and taste. Velvety smooth tongue coating; medium body. Good balance of alcohol, citrus juicy hop flavors and green grass. Tasty.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden dark orange brown in color. Hazy in appearance. Big pineapple, sweet and dry. Fruity, malt quality similar to Midwest and southern ipas. It's good.

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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 Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly hazy deep golden body, fat pale head slimmed into a cap and persisted

S: lotsa of citrus and floral hop action, sweet malts undertones of honey and warm biscuit

T: clean, fresh, and tight - full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, amply hopped and bright - malts are smooth and bring a nice sweetness to the underscore the shining hops

M: smooth and soft - very plush; soft fuzz of carbonation, fresh, juicy and wet - a real mouthful

O: super-juicy and fresh, with a casual bitterness that sneaks up on ya - hidden masterfully by all the flavors and feel until your tongue is wrapped and trapped - delicious and highly drinkable

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Photo of eaker
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 3/31/2015
Consumed on: 4/25/2015
Bought from: HopCity, Atlanta GA.

A: Hazy amber with slight lacing.

S: Grapefruit and mango dominate to the point where you think there was something added to enhance that flavor or maybe the hops were added late and it produced these very intense smells.

T: Medium body with pine/resin tones. Front to back it is a bit sweeter than the grapefruit smell and ends on a surprisingly light caramel note.

M: Right amount of carbonation and slightly acidic (similar to a lemon, but not as intense.)

O: Shane’s Big DIPA is a solid Double IPA, but could use some balancing to pull all the flavors together.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/15
A-a hazy amber orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-citrus fruits, tropical fruits, and light caramel malt

T-taste is similar to the smell, light caramel malt backbone with lots of citrus and tropical fruits

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very crisp

Overall another very good beer from Westbrook, very drinkable even with the high ABV

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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 dar482
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light golden amber color.

The aroma has big grapefruit peel, a light pine, a bready and dough malt in there.

The flavor follows with a burst of grapefruit peel, citrus, a bit of tropical, then onto some pine. A light sweetness and a bready malt. Then some alcohol as well.

A really good drinking DIPA.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. pour in a snifter at Kudu on Vanderhoest St. in Charleston, SC; unknown brewing/kegging date; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mandarin orange coloration; initial frothy 1/2 finger head resolves into a subtle glass lacing that retained throughout drinking

A: 9/12 - moderate citrus and piney/resin notes - suspect some Centennial and Simcoe in the mix; background bready/biscuity and dough-like qualities with alcohols

T: 17/20 - initial hit of bitterness opens the taste buds and leads into flavors that match the nose - sticky overripe grapefruit, pineapple, pine cones and resinous (date I say dank?); in the middle of the mouth; there is again biscuity/grainy malt bill and some fusyl alcohols; finishes sweet but still highly drinkable

M: 5/5 - thick hop resins coat the tongue; high body from the hops and alcohol; low carbonation that, I think, is appropriate in an imperial IPA

O: 9/10 - big, citrus and piney DIPA that is a really nice East-meets-Midwest affair; the barista informed us that Westbrook won't be brewing this again because Shane moved to COAST, which may mean good things for them

TOTAL - 43/50

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kcreming!

Bottled on 2/12/14

Ap - Brilliant gold, amber hue. Nice fluffy white head leaves some spotty lace. The appearance is reminiscent of PtE.

Ar - Big malt, dank hops. Smells like a big IPA for sure.

T - Grapefruit rind, slight lime, and smelly hops, with a boozy, caramel, biscuity malt backbone.

M - Dry, medium bodied, solid.

O - Though I'm not a big double IPA fan (or IPA fan in general), this was enjoyable. Great extra in a trade!

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Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, sheets of lacing from a persistent thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Big stone and citrus fruit hop. Neutral malts and bitterness very in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body, just enough for the hop bill. No bitter linger.

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Photo of carlborch
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden-amber with a 2-inch, off-white-white, dense head. Distinct carbonation. Wonderful, forward, hoppy nose joined with sweet malt notes. Medium-full, deep, rich body. Excellent bitter notes on the palate. Hints of spice with highly evident flavor hops. The sweet malt notes are perfectly edged with the bitter hops. Significant, pleasant lingering. Certainly moreish! Beautiful Belgian lace. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Clear. Medium white head. Good retention with a medium collar.

Smell - Grapefruit. Smells like simcoe. Caramel malt. Some booze.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit. Sweet citrus. Gets a little herbal and pithy in the back. Sweet doughy malts. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A bit boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Enjoyable, but I'd take Boy King over this.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz bottle from FMcDs poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on 2/12/14, so its fresh.

A - golden orange, slight haze. Thin layer of head. Lacing retains on the side of the glass. 2nd pour nets a two finger head that quickly dissapates.

S - Grapefruit, hops, ocean air

T - Hops, citrus, salt. Did I mention hops?

M - solid carbonation, slightly on the sharp side

O - A good strong hop bomb. Not much else to it, but if that is what you are looking for, this will not disappoint.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, onion, onion hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, onion, earth, and onion hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I went in to this beer not really expecting too much if I am completely honest. However, what I found was a really well balanced double IPA that made it really easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The onion aspect going on was a very nice touch to the citrus that was present. Another well done brew by the guys in the southern part of the state. Brew on guys!

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

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Deep brownish-orange, quite hazy, with a thin white head and just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts, brown sugar, and some pine and fruity hops lurking about in the background. Not a bad aroma, but this smells more like a barleywine.

T: Sweet malt, brown sugar, grassy & pine hops, and malty sweet into the finish. This is clearly a barleywine.

M: Heavy sticky body, noticeable alcohol heat, and carbonation on the low side.

O: The bottle I had was exactly three months old - not the freshest, but if this started as a hop-forward DIPA it was the fastest-deteriorating hop profile I've even experienced. I've cellared other DIPAs for over a year (some accidentally, some on purpose), and found them to have significantly less barleywine character than this does. It's not a bad barleywine at that...but completely wrong for the style on the label. I've scored this as an American Barleywine. For style, I would have given it a 2.9 or so.

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Photo of Hopprof
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has everything that one would expect from a DIPA. Exceptional mouthfeel with a nice, citrusy and grassy flavour. Tremendous bitterness on the front end, and it most decidedly lingers throughout consumption. Most refreshing to find an IPA lately that actually delivers on the hop profile. So many DIPA imposters have presented way too much malt for my palate. For example, Thomas Creek Extreme. Regarding Westbrook overall: I have never had a beer of their's that I did not like!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2014 is on another level, bumping it up from the previous 4.29 from 2013. Upping the 2015 version from 4.41

A - Pours a cloudy opaque orange, slight muddied brown, but very light overall. A full finger of off-white head, retention is decent, great lacing.

S - Fresh grapefruit rinds, maybe some sweeter citrus flavors (mango/orange), sweet caramel malts still find a way into the nose. Pretty much smells like your standard fantastic citrus DIPA

T - Dry, bitter, sweet citrusyness up front - zesty citrus, some sweetness, then a bit of pepper/spice and a mild alcohol burn mixes with bitterness through the finish. Pretty standard flavors but very good - the slight but obvious sweetness and spice is a nice touch. Definitely a bit of a hop bomb.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, a bit of a kick in the back of my tongue. Leaves behind a tihck feeling on the palate but quite drinkable as I find most dry bitter brews.

O - Very good hop forward citrusy DIPA with a little kick of spice. Definitely very drinkable for a 9.6%er

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