ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Westbrook is a brewery that has been blowing up in popularity in my area, and for good reason: everything they make is much better than solid. They seem to stick with classic styles, but they do them really well. Their IPA is no exception as itís essentially a classic East Coast-style IPA with plenty of piney character, but has more flavor and a higher drinkability than your average brew of the style.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 8/19/14 and cost $3.30 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy, translucent shade of peach flesh yellow/orange. Poured to a two-finger, eggshell, frothy head which retained and laced extremely well.
Smell: Strong hoppy aroma, especially of citrus, vanilla, and pine.
Taste: Thereís plenty of hop character to this beer, from beginning to end. Up front thereís a light, citrusy flavor akin to tropical fruit juice. Itís actually rather sweet and for a moment, refreshing. Through the middle thereís additional sweetness; an almost confectionery flavor of vanilla or toffee. On the back end comes piney hops with some astringent resin character thatís complemented by the base malt very well. The can indicates a bitterness level of only 60 IBUs, and it certainly seems accurate, though the hops account as much for flavor as they do for bitterness. Plus, the base malt is strong enough to support this palette and keep it in check, so as not to simply be carbonated hop water. This is the kind of no frills/no gimmicks IPA I wish more breweries would make.
Drinkability: As enjoyable as the taste to Westbrook IPA is, whatís just as impressive is the raw drinkability. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a soft, smooth texture, but a heavy presence. Itís calm across the tongue, but the carbonation is strong enough so that the beer essentially scrubs itself clean. Slightly dry/pasty aftertaste, but itís fine. At 6.8% ABV it begins to veer into imperial territory as the alcohol does seem to play a role in the palette as well as ON the palate. Though I doubt any beer drinker of at least an intermediate experience level will have any difficulty with this.
Niller (1358) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Voldby. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Nice taste of citrus, lots af fruits, caramel, lots of hops, grapefruit. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Quite good.
VRH (59) - Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light straw colour with moderate head that remains thin. Slight latex, sweet straw, 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 Beverage World!
zvikar (4125) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can sample at DSGíS 5555 tasting at Sar Hamashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks eyes_wide_shut. Pours yellow hazy with a small head, aroma of malt, marmalade, honey and grass, flavor of grass, marmalade, grapefruit, nice sweetness, medium bodied.
ruigo (2142) - PORTUGAL - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl can. Hazy golden colour and nice white head. American hops, tropical fruit, mango, pine, citrus, grapefruit and yeast in the aroma. Average carbonation and light to medium body. Taste is bitter with some sweet fruity notes. Overall, a delight to the senses. Another one, please!
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this beer. Just a really nice example of an IPA. Bitter but not overpowering, citrusy. Solid IPA.
erickok (5190) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden body with stable head. American hops, pine, citrus, orange zest, clean yet not dull yeast, pale and a little cara malts. A true classic and modern American ipa at the same time, tasty, affordable even and satisfying. Nice ! (33cl can from BiŤre Rťvolution)
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at Kings Arms Bethnal Green. Pours yellow orange with white head. Aroma has mango, citrus, peaches, pine. Full aroma. Perfect. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, very fruity, mango, pine, citrus, peach. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, fruity, medium carbonation. Excellent.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. Solid IPA, orange/amber pour. Pine, grapefruit, malty backbone. Good stuff
Petkus331 (388) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of pine resin, lemon, and raisin with some banana. Appears hazy orange, white foam, a little lace. Starts sweet like candy sugar but then quickly becomes bitter like pine resin and grapefruit, the bitterness slowely decays. Palate seems ordinary. Overall, a solid IPA.