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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 fermenter for a complex and layered hop experience. Best served at 45-50˚F in a tulip or English style pint glass.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Can from my parents. From Growlers. Hazy orange pour with a big white head. Aroma is grapefruit, cinnamon, and other citrus. Taste is bitter, bready, toasted caramel, and a little tingle in the back.


3.9
MKromhoutNC (18) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Nice full taste, good fruitiness A little bit of aftertaste Paler yellow in color, slightly hazy Good, not great ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
beerme31 (692) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Can. Pours hazy golden full white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus and pine. Medium sweet taste. Medium body , finishes with dry hop bitterness. Solid overall.

3.5
Iznogud (4070) - CROATIA - SEP 19, 2017
Canned, 355 ml, courtesy of JFK10000. Hazy golden, medium white head. Vague hops, fruity, citrus, malty, caramel, bitterish finish. Medium bodied. Pretty much dead which is understandable considering the bb. Candidate for re-rate.

3.4
kajser27 (1959) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2017
Unclear, yellow-golden colored, medium white frothy head, nice lacing. Aroma is of some malt, bit caramel, medium- pine, citrus and herbal aroma, but a bit stale. Taste is medium sweet malt, caramel, bit orange hard candy, floral, pine and citrus, medium aroma and bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily. Seems to be harmed by the Atlantic crossing, another victim of transportation! Should rerate... (can, Pivoteka, Zagreb)

3.8
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Three-dimensional malts ground this IPAs pine needles, ripe grapefruit and green peppercorns in a biscuity, bubbly feel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam settles atop the hazy golden.
-Malts are more prominent in the nose than many of today’s most popular IPAs.
-Hop resins are at the forefront, flavour-wise.
-All flavors are clearly organized and brightly showcased.

Can.

3.4
Alpha10 (816) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2017
2017/07/02 - Pours a hazy orange gold colour with a thick, rocky, white head the slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is ripe tropical fruits, orange and cereal with floral and herbal notes. Smells like a flavoured herbal tea. Taste is cereal, light mango, pine, orange and hops that are herbal, floral and lightly spicy. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and a moderately bitter, drying finish that is long and lightly herbal. Overall, pretty good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
Alengrin (5635) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2017
Westbrook’s regular IPA, from a can bought at Bierhalle Deconinck, canned early March so about five months old - just a little bit too much for this style perhaps, but anyway. Very thickly cobweb-lacing, frothy, thick, egg-white head, foamy but coarse in structure with relatively large bubbles, opening in the middle but clinging tightly to the edge of the glass and remaining very stable in a milky, moussy and elegant way, over a lightly and equally hazy, peach-hued ’old gold’ beer. Still lush and fragrant, exotic, very citrussy, strongly New World hoppy aroma of freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest even, fresh maracuja, kumquat peel, Meyer lemons, rambutan, granadilla, green banana peel, Thai lemongrass, fresh white bread, lavender soap, freshly crushed wormwood leaves, white grapes, spruce shoots, jasmin blossom, pear. Lively fruity onset, a basket of exotic citrus fruits, very crisp and refreshing, lime, pomelo, tangerine - but granadilla and a dash of starfruit as well, sweetish in its core but with elegantly souring edges; quite sharpish carbonation, minerally, accentuating the sourish aspect and filling the mouth cavity with quite coarse bubbles, perhaps a bit much for the style. Cereally, very lightly ’white’ bready and even faintly caramelly malt core, but no sweet biscuity treats here, all the credit goes to the hops, which swiftly establish a long, wormwood- and very yellow grapefruit-like bitterness that sits on the tongue for a long time without becoming too abrasive; more importantly though, they yield a wealth of retronasal citrus flavours, again very thoroughly grapefruity but also a tad piney and exotic, with impressions of tropical sweet-and-sour fruit species. Some juiciness lingers at the back, very appetizing and refreshing. The retronasal aromas last for quite a while even if this is five months old - I wonder how intense this was at about one month or so. In any case: Westbrook is a very accomplished brewery that handles its recipes with great care and attention to detail, and this IPA is no different; classic West Coast profile, sure, in that sense perhaps already a bit obsolete these days to the hordes of NEIPA addicts, but West Coast style at its best (even if made at the East Coast), with a delicacy, fragrance and expressiveness I have not encountered in quite a while. The aroma is downright addictive if you have a thing for citrus fruits - I have rarely come across them in such a vivid, perfumey, luscious way. A truly stunning example of the general American, ’new’ India pale ale style, one I’d happily present to anyone trying to get acquainted with it here in Belgium, where beers of this profile are often attempted at - as is the case in large parts of the worlds today - but hitherto never really achieved. My faith in Westbrook is once again confirmed.

3.9
vinivini (2828) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 25, 2017
Can. Cloudy golden. Huge rocky head. Nice fruity aroma. Peach, mango. Dried pear. Medium minus body. Clean pale malts and massive hops form the taste. Grapefruit, walnut, resin. Long lasting medium bitterness. Very good.

3.7
j12601 (13033) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2017
On tap at Draught. Pours a gently hazed golden orange with a medium sized white head. Gentle citrus and grapefruit on the nose, a bit of candied tropical fruit. Medium bodied, soft fruit, gentle fruit, slow bitterness, a bit of candied apricot, mango. Slow musk, tropical fruit, slow bitterness.

3.8
Bacchus66 (902) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2017
From tap at ADT. Pours lightly hazed golden orange, with a foamy white head and good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, oranges, pine with hints of caramel. Flavors follow with juicy, bitter citrus and malt to balance. Medium carbonation, lingering bitter finish. Not over-the-top hops, just a really good IPA.


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