Westbrook Mexican Cake

Mexican stouts are my favorite, so when I saw this lonely bottle on the shelf, it had to come home with me.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This was the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. It was so delicious we decided to bring it back each May! First Released: January 30th, 2012. Re-released: May 2013.”

Random: This beer comes in at 50 IBUs.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It dissipated almost instantly and left a very small crown on top of the body. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black with little carbonation visible. The nose on this beer was big. I picked up dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and lots of hot peppers. There was a booze aroma as well, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The taste was much of the same as the nose. It started with smoke, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and cinnamon. It quickly went into hot peppers that gave a bit of spice, but never got to the point of being overwhelming. The booze note was there, but again, never overwhelmed the beer. The body of the beer was chewy and thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and hot pepper. I picked up this bottle for $16.99, which came to $.77 per ounce. I thought this beer was excellent and is definitely worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Westbrook Citrus Redacted

Time for another Westbrook beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal.com, “Westbrook Citrus Redacted is on the horizon by the Mt Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery. This new imperial IPA is described as being big on citrus hops, and citrus fruits. There are ninjas on the label, which makes us think of a Pipeworks beer – Citra Ninja. (Perhaps that’s the joke?) Thus…. ‘redacted’. This beer combines three of our favorite things: juicy fresh-squeezed hops, zesty and bright citrus fruits, and a name that doesn’t make any sense unless you know the story behind it. Enjoy! Westbrook Citrus Redacted will be available in 16-ounce bottles. The brewery has not officially announced this release.”

Random: There was no information about this beer on the brewery website.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It was loose and dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange in color with some carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of citrus, specifically orange segments, tangerines and clementines. The taste has slightly more depth than the nose. It started with citrus, specifically a lot of oranges and grapefruit. There was tangerine and clementine as well. A slight sweetness from the malt came through next. The alcohol was relatively well hidden. The body was on the light side for the style with less than necessary carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus. A can of this was $4.75, which came to $.30 per ounce. I thought the flavor of this beer was fine, but the pricetag of this made it lose major points in my book. I won’t be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Westbrook Siberian Black Magic Panther

Westbrook was one of the breweries that I visited while I was in South Carolina a few years ago. I tried a bunch of their gose variants, which were good (and given the fact that it was humid as all get out, went down very easily), but I really wanted to try one of their stouts. I also haven’t gotten my hands on Mexican Cake, but I guess this will do…for now.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: This was released in 22 ounce bombers and on tap.

Random: Our cats are obsessed with ping-pong balls. They use them to play cat soccer and hit the ball to each other. It’s very cute. Sometimes, they even hit them back to us.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up dark chocolate, licorice and a touch of molasses. There was some coffee as well with a lot of bitter malt. The taste started with some booze and lightly burnt chocolate. It had black licorice, smoke and some tobacco. The body was thick and chewy. It had just enough carbonation. The finish lasted for awhile and had a lot of chocolate and licorice. I picked this bomber up for $11, which came to $.50 per ounce. This beer was on the expensive side, but had great flavor to it and I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Westbrook Gose

This was a brewery that I visited last year and although I really enjoy their beers, the tap room was a bit boring. It didn’t have many rare beers on tap and the room itself didn’t have much character. At least they had cornhole to play outside, although when I went to the brewery, it was way too hot to even think of going outside. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.


ABV: 4.0%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced ‘Gose-uh’), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.”

Random: This was first released in April of 2012.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a big crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sourness with white vinegar, grain and salinity. The taste was really flavorful for the ABV. It had some lemon along with white vinegar and a touch of pilsner malt. The body was incredibly light, without being watery. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tartness and white grapes and a dash of sea salt. A can of this cost me $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer had so much flavor while being incredibly light. This is a new go-to beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Westbrook White Thai

The other half and I ended up at Craft Bar after our less than stellar meal. We got a snack and some dessert, which was much better than the other restaurant we went to. Last time the other half and I went to Craft Bar, she tried this beer. I had a sip and remembered really liking it, so I jumped at the chance to review it. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer, inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, is a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel spicing regimen, we add fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a wonderfully refreshing ale with notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger. Best served at 45˚F in a tulip or wine glass.”

Random: This is definitely my favorite season for this style.

This brew poured with a huge, white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. This body was a slightly cloudy, yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was really fragrant with lemongrass and Sorachi ace hops along with honey and Belgian yeast. There was some very light lemon notes as well. The taste had lemongrass and stronger lemon citrus, although it didn’t overwhelm. The usual suspects were present as well with Belgian yeast and some coriander with a bit of clove at the end. Ginger was present as well. It had a medium body with high carbonation. It had a quick citrus finish with some spice and yeast. I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to try it again, especially paired with Asian food. If you’re in New York and see this beer, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Westbrook India Pale Ale

I found another reason to break out one of my IPA glasses. This is another brew from the Westchester stash that the lawyer picked up for me. Let’s see how it went down.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 fermentor for a complex and layered hop experience. Best served at 45-50˚F in a tulip or English style pint glass.”

Random: This was first brewed in February, 2011.

This brew poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that was quite fluffy. It dissipated slowly and left lots of spiderweb-like lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy light amber color with very high carbonation visible. The nose was really strong and delightful. I got lots of tropical fruit, specifically pineapple and mango, that coupled with grapefruit. There was definitely no malt on the nose. The taste was even better. It was really bright and fresh with grapefruit juice, tangerines, mango and lemon pith were present. I didn’t get much, if any, malt and I definitely wasn’t complaining. It had a medium body with high carbonation. It had a long finish with lemon pith. I absolutely loved this beer. It’s been awhile since I’ve had an IPA that floored me, and if this one was distributed in New Jersey, it would become my go-to. It had lots of bright citrus flavors that would make it really nice to pound during the summer. Grab this one, now!

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Westbrook One Claw Rye Pale Ale

One of the beers that I was most excited about that the lawyer brought me from Westchester was this one. I’ve only had a sip of one of their beers while we out to dinner in New York City, but never reviewed any. This is part of their year-round lineup and the can is absolutely adorable.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One Claw is a rye pale ale made with a heavy handful of malted rye and scoops of our favorite hop varieties. One Claw is dedicated to those who bring a Westbrook home, to a friend’s, or anywhere a delicious beer is needed. Cheers to you, fellow One Claw!”

Random: This was first brewed in March, 2013.

This brew poured with a two finger, thick, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy, light yellow color with some visible floaties and very high carbonation. The nose was really pungent. I got strong notes of rye, grapefruit hops and pepper. The taste was even better. It started with lots of hops flavors like grapefruit, mango and honeysuckle. There was also some spice from the rye, but it was well-balanced with the hops and came through with some bready malt. The body was on the medium side of thickness with generous carbonation. It had a long finish with rye and some floral hop notes. I really enjoyed this beer. The rye really added something and complemented the hop flavors well. I wish this was distributed here because I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0