Thursday, January 5th 2012
(Westbrook Brewing Company)
Westbrook Brewing Company began canning their IPA and White Thai in late 2011. Both can designs are very appealing and the beers inside are certainly worthy of the great art on the outside. We've been looking forward to getting a few of these in our hands so cheers!
From the Westbrook Brewing site:
"A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hopflavor 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."
Here we go...
Pour - peach colored with some red and orangish hues and about a half inch of frothy white head. Golden when held to the light.
Aroma - sticking a nose close to the glass and I'm immediately met by some smells that will make a hophead happy. Mango and pineapple tropical notes along with some sharp citrus and pine aromas.
Taste - lots of tropical fruit flavors from this IPA! Plenty of mango, passionfruit and pineapple to go along with a sweet orange and grapefruit finish. It truly is amazing how much hops can do for a beer - especially when applied liberally! The flavor profiles from the hops and the malt are very well balanced and this is a great example of an IPA that just might find some fans from the folks who might not like a super bitter hop bomb. The tropical fruit sweetness and overall flavors of this beer should please most palates.
Overall - Very refreshing and altogether very easy drinking. This is one of the more aromatic and flavorful IPAs we've had. If you like a more tropical, grapefruit-y IPA then this one is for you. Very well put together and just a great tasting beer. We're wishing we had a lot more of these!
Note - Westbrook Brewing is the second craft brewery in the state of South Carolina to can thier beer, the first being New South Brewing Company in Myrtle Beach.
Posted by Russ
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