Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Westbrook IPA (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 1/24/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Slightly sweet candy presence akin to vanilla (probably the alcohol). Standard base malt presence; no specialty character (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/flame orange (5-7 SRM). Hazy body with particulates floating. Large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: High hop flavor with a rich, resiny character. Flavor is akin to fruit juice concentrate rather than the fruit or pith. Bitterness is quite assertive and dank. There is noticeable malty sweetness her with a slightly honey or caramel-like flavor. Alcohol seems to create for a subtle vanilla as well. Finishes with a citrusy flavor, and a dry bitter aftertaste (but is not astringent). 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture, but is noticeably thick and slightly sticky on the tongue. Pushes the upper limits of a single AIPA at 6.8% ABV, but not a challenge to drink. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not perfect, but certainly what a to-spec IPA should be. A hybrid of old and new school styles. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/09/westbrook-ipa.html

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