22 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Birmingham. Served up in a Free the Hops tulip in honor of Alabama Bomber Day and IPA Day going back to back.
A: Pours up a bright, coppery orange body. Held to the light, the color gets really vibrant with huge orange hues lighting things up. The body is incredibly clear with a medium to lazy carbonation activity going on in the glass. The pour got me a solid finger of crisp, white head. Retention is decent and sticky lacing turns up all over the glass.
S: Citrus is what they were going for and citrus is what came about. Hefty does of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Zest and juicy fruit meat coming across. Tropical notes from some mango and pineapple as well. Tough to tell if all of this coming from the fruit additions or the hops, but the hops are bringing a nice floral note along with all the citrus. The only negative I can find is that there is a bit of a sugary, alcohol presence on the back end. Even so, incredibly solid here.
T: Falls in line with the nose pretty well. Lots of grapefruit and orange for sure is coming across as both zest and meat. Lemon zest punches through from time to time along with some pineapple. In addition to the floral and citrus notes from the hops, there is also a touch of pine as well. Once again the malts intrude a bit. Beyond the booziness that pops up (light than in the nose), there is this weird syrupy sweetness that comes through at times. Its almost like tasting one of those orange slice gummy sweets. The sweetness just seems like it should be in a different style beer at times, but it does not keep this beer from being tasty. Just adds a little weirdness.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation to it. On the palate is has some hop oil and sugary stick to it, but the beer dries out very well. Where the ABV comes across in the nose and taste, it really doesn't bring any heat to the feel. Aftertaste is just a lot various citrus flavors with a touch of pine.
OA: For my first taste of Westbrook, I must say we are off to a great start. All of the citrus is always welcomed from me in a DIPA but it seems the malt bill was just slightly off. It is absolutely easy drinking and very tasty. All in all, I am left thinking I should have bought another bottle. :thumbup:
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