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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2014) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zac16125 on 07-31-2014

Citrus Ninja Exchange is the first of two collaboration beers brewed with The Charleston Beer Exchange. The first incarnation (released on draft only in September 2011) was a single-hopped Cascade double IPA brewed with approximately 50 lbs of fresh grapefruit, and then dry-hopped 4 times in the fermentor. The 2012 version has a simplified malt bill and uses a blend of American and New Zealand hop varieties.
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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by reebtaerG:
Photo of reebtaerG
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber dated 7/27/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Hazy golden pour with a frothy 1 finger white head. Excellent lacing.

S-Big aromas of citrus and grapefruit, with peaches, pineapple and tropical fruit, pure hoppiness.

T-Huge juicy grapefruit flavor with pineapple, peach and tangerine with a great malt balance backbone.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with wonderful carbonation, with a soft bitter finish.

O-Overall a great DIPA, a must have!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Tasting on 9/9/14

This beer is a thickly hazed dark gold in color sporting a fluffy crown of off-white head at about a finger and a half. It holds up there strongly, dropping down very slowly while it drops down some pretty chunky lace.
This beer really is all about citrus, but with some tropical fruits and lots of balancing sweetness to back it up. At the front of every sip, it's both sweet and sour with a touch of funk to it, but no tangy note. It remains a hoppy beer even with strong contributions from honey and caramel notes. Grapefruit juice hits up front and runs all the way through even as it's joined by some really resinous bitterness and notes of pineapple and apricot. For added complexity, it's complemented by a good black pepper note and finishes out with a lingering mix of juicy and dry, orange flesh and rind coming in with a lemony twang to fill out the full citrus profile.
It's fluffy and bright on the tongue but brisk at the same time, a medium body sustained by strong carbonation but never too heavy or airy. The crispness remains firm and runs from start to finish alongside a flowing smoothness.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz. capped bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a 1 finger frothy white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy dark orange. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Nice.

Nose is sappy, cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and pine resin. Nicely aromatic but this isn't the type of floral, citrus hop nose that I usually go for.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, grapefruit juice and sap bitterness. Very sweet with a pretty mild hop presence. Sap, molasses and resin sweetness in the middle. Ends more sugar and sweetness. Almost cloyingly with little hop balance. Not really my cup of tea.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and warm in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Messy finish with a big, lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Pretty average overall, against, this is not the "style" of IPA that I usually go for. A decent beer but a bit sweet.

Photo of richj1970
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip. Bottle dated 8/8/2014.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with one to two finger egg shell colored head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Wow! Big punch of grapefruit and oranges. A touch of honey and caramel.

T: Nice three way balance between juicy citrus, hop bitterness, and honey sweetness. Grapefruit zest, and orange peel.

M: Full bodied leaving a coating of hop oils on the tongue. Initially this was quite sweet, but the hop bitterness shined through a bit more as it warmed.

O: Excellent DIPA. I just wish I could have grabbed more than one bottle, one was the limit, and it sold out in just a few hours.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured a beautiful hazy orange into a tulip with a finger of persistent head.

Nose of grapefruit, pineapple, and hoppy hoppiness.

Really great taste profile, lots of grapefruit. A little hot, booze is noticeable. Finish is refreshing and crisp.

Carb is perfect for this beer, crisp and acidic.

Great beer, and wish I had more. Worth searching out and a very fair price point.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

The nose is wonderful and full of fruit like tangerines, melon, mango and apricots with a sweet honeycomb and caramel. The flavor, though, is quite bitter and resiny with a pithy grapefruit rind. There is some sweetness in the form of caramel malt but it doesn't balance out the oily bitterness. This is full of flavor but my palate simply didn't translate the citrus aromas to taste.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly opaque dark orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty nice, lots of grapefruit and orange, very juicy. It's hard to differentiate juicy hop flavors versus actual juicy fruit flavors, but it still hits my nose quite nicely anyway.

This tastes almost pulpy, like beer fruit juice. Mildly bitter on the back end, with huge notes of grapefruit, orange, with a bit of pine. Insanely juicy, as you would expect.

This one has a thick body, and an almost pulpy and juicy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I don't usually dig fruit-added IPAs, but this one really works anyway.

Photo of Trish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Very citrusy, which I love. Very drinkable...if you like this style!

Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A: Copper color, very cloudy and non-transparent with a thin white head

S: Grapefruit, some lemon, strong pine hops, a hint of hay

T: Taste pretty much like a grapefruit, sweet citrus up front, pine hops in the middle and a sour/bitter but pleasant grapefruit bite on the back end

M: Good carbonation with a quick bitterness that slowly fades, very pleasant, no unpleasant tastes that linger

O: I really like this beer. It's a strong beer but with a good, refreshing taste. Really good beer. Not an annoyingly sweet fruit or tart beer, good balance between hops and grapefruit. Will definitely buy this when I see it out

Photo of zac16125
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 7/25/14

A: Pours a hazy dark golden color with 1.5 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly but leaves lots of lacing.

S: Huge citrus explosion. Tons of grapefruit, tangerine/orange, lemon zest. Some resinous pine, and a bit of malt sweetness to balance it all out. Really impressive.

T: Not as vibrant and citrusy as the aroma. Fair amount of piney bitterness, and lots of herbaceous floral hops. The citrus characters that are present are mostly pith/rind bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good.

O: Crazy good aroma, a bit of a let down in the taste, but still very good overall.

Photo of macher0
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on vacation in Charleston, SC. Bottle to pint glass. 7/23/14.

A: Hazy golden color with thick-frothy egg shell head that retains a frothy film. Great laces.

S: Big on citrus, smells like fruit pineapple/banana juice. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mangos, banana, lemon, dusty grain, light malts.

T: Strong malt backbone and moderate to highly bitter. Notes of grapefruit, lemons, biscuits, and mangos.

M: Sticky, full body, high carbonation, and slightly harsh.

O: I really enjoy fruit-forward IPS/DIPAS and this is good, but not excellent. I certainly grab a lot of grapefruit, which lends nicely to the bitterness. Although it is not smooth, so that's a double-edged sword.The smell is definitely the best aspect and I would hold this up against almost anything in the SMELL metric. I would not go out of my way to get this, but I'm glad I had the chance to try this. I'm curious how a fresher bottle would differ.

Photo of zoober911
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - When poured a small head forms, about half a finger width. I was actually surprised with how small the head was and poured more vigorously to encourage more of it. It dissipates rather quickly and diminishes to nothing. No crown and little to no lacing. When held to the light, this beer exposes every color of a grapefruit, ranging from the lighter color of the peel, straight through to the bottom of my glass where it is that deeper blush color. Extremely attractive at first sight, but a let down thereafter.

S - Up close and personal this smells of hops and slightly of grapefruit. Honestly I had expected much, much more citrus than what is present given the name. The predominant aroma is of hops. The grapefruit aroma is that bitterness that is anticipated when taking the first bite of a grapefruit.

T - The taste of grapefruit is definitely the star of the show. Followed by a bit of booziness. The kind of booziness that you get in an Imperial Stout actually. The tail end is brought up with a low to moderate hop bitterness.

F - The feel is a medium body. Nothing fancy or special about it. It feels lighter on the carbonation than I would have expected for an Imperial IPA.

O - Overall this beer is 'good' at best. I have to say, the bottle, the name of the beer, the brewery...everything screams THIS IS AWESOME... but at the end of the day it isn't everything it is hyped to be. I actually feel robbed and very let down with the anticipation that I had to try this. I would not buy this again.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottled 7/23/14. Really good now, imagine this was probably fantastic even fresher. Drink 'me if you got'em.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

On the malty side. It definitely has a ton of citrus rind. Finishes with an almost tangerine juice flavor.

Photo of KornWallace
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: 9/19/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: A darker orange in appearance with a strong haze that prevents a lot of light from getting through the beer. A slightly off white head with staying power. The head remained on the beer for longer then a minute. The beer provides a little cling both with the carbonation and some alcohol.
Aroma: Very strong citrus hop aromas. Smells of pineapple core, tangerines, and mangos hit hardest and I also get some fresh cut grass. Slight malt aroma way in the back.
Taste: The flavors are again bombed with citrus fruit and hops. I get a totally different fruit profile then I did in the aroma, the beer provides less rinds and core and more fruit juices. Juices like tangerine and grapefruit are prevalent. There is some hop bitterness but nothing like I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied this beer just weighs down my tongue, cheeks and jowls. It's a juicy beer to start but all the hop resins really dry out my mouth at the finish. Medium carbonation or at least it feels that way with the weight of of the ingredients.

Notes: Bottled 8/8/14

Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the first Citrus Ninja I have had, so I can't compare it to previous years.

From a bottle, pours a cloudy dark gold with just a little bit of frothy white head. The smell is off the charts. Lots of citrus, orange peels, lots of pine, malt, and candied sugar sweetness. The flavor follows this up with more citrus rinds, lemon, pine needles, grapefruit, and resin. It is incredibly balanced and well put together. The mouthfeel is clean with a bitter finish. Overall, this is excellent.

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -3.1%

The beer comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma is malt forward with sweet malt, resinous hops, some grapefruit peel and flesh.

The flavor follows with a good representation of pure grapefruit flesh on the flavor and some citrus peel. The middle hits of huge caramel sweetness onto piney and resinous hops on the finish, with a medium plus bitterness.

The grapefruit elements are really enjoyable, but the base beer is quite sweet and has those resinous hops that do not match the grapefruit very well.

Photo of jhartley
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a cuvee glass; bottled on date: 07/25/14, so a little over 2 weeks old when reviewed!

Poured a beautiful dark orange to golden body with a fluffy white 2 finger head that lasted a while and then fell to a thin head on the top. LIttle to no lacing left in the glass. Tons of bubbles continually stream up from the bottom the entire time it's in the glass.

Strong smell of citrus, hops and a malty sweetness. Really picking up on the extra added grapefruit peel too.

Tastes? Right up front you get that hoppy citrus that you would get from those aromas. Real nice amount of that grapefruit peel too! Hops, hops hops! Although you do get a nice malt sweetness at the end, the bitter hop bite is what lingers the longest. A lot of spiciness as well; some pepper.
Just a huge mouthful of hops and citrus! No way you can pick up on the alcohol (9.5%) unless you let it warm up, which trust me is hard to do, it is soooo easy to drink!

Overall, well I just would like to thank goingbrokeonbeer for sending me that box! Because this is just a really well crafted beer,from beginning to end it lives up to it's promise! Tons of grapefruit citrus and hops to push this DIPA to the end! Cannot stop drinking this bad boy! If this was something I could get around here, when it came out it would be a staple in the fridge. Do yourself a favor: Get this if DIPAs are your thing, cause this is tasty!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +15%

picked up locally the other day when it hit town, enjoyed from a westbrook snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent orange brown with a darker core and a small frothy head. lacing was spotty at best.

s - holy f.ckballs! fresh, bursting with ripeness grapefruit, pineapple...tropical bouquet.

t/m/o - taste to match the nose. it is like taking a bite out of a fruit in the middle of the rain forest...lush and flavorful. bursting with juiciness. medium bodied with a hint of boozy tingle to make my mouth glow afterwards. moderate bitterness, but everything takes a back seat to the lush juicy flavor...mouth watering. it's rare for a beer to smell this good and then follow through and taste even better. fantastic beer. if you see it, GET IT!

Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Color was a clear bronze, lots of carbonation in the beer and a frothy, off white head that retained well. Aroma is great, and comprised almost entirely of orange juice and grapefruit juice. The taste was very different then the small. Upfront was grapefruit juice and orange zest. Followed by a strong kick of classic DIPA notes such as mildly earthy/ floral hops and heavy malt. The booze dominated the finish. Body was hazy with lots of carbonation.
I was satisfied by the beer but it's not something I would be again. To me It tasted like a nice DIPA spiked with grapefruit and orange juice, lacking subtlety.

Photo of unclejazz
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Good, but not great. Something is missing.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

A collaboration between Westbrook and CBX. Double ipa with focus on grapefruit, fresh grapefruit zest was added during brew.
A:pours a light honey golden yellow, nice frothy one finger white head, carbonation, small amount of stringy lacing
S: tropical fruit, grapefruit, honey, citrus zest (obviously the grapefruit zest), malt
M:medium body, malty and some creaminess
T: citrus, grapefruit, citrus zest/rind flavor, malty and syrupy, sweet but as it warms the hop bitterness begins to show up, the finish brings in cracker taste and surprisingly mild hop linger on the tongue, I\'d figure this would be much stronger.
O: good brew worth trying, $9 for 22 oz bottle, good beer to share.

Photo of AaronDz
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Aroma is orange peel and grapefruit with some slight caramel malt notes. Appearance is burnt orange with a thin white head. Good lacing. Taste is juicy up front with oranges and grapefruit peel bitterness. A touch of piney hops and some caramel and bready malts backing it up. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Overall very good beer with the citrusy bitterness that I really enjoy.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A 22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 8.8.14. Picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Copper yellow, with 1 finger of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass. Impressive

A - Huge citrus hoppy goodness aroma. I smell the same hop that Green Flash uses in a lot of their DIPAs. Grapefruit.

T - Big and hoppy, huge citrus and grapefruit resin. Seriously tastes like they opened the grapefruit and squeezed all the juice into this one. Tasty as hell!

M - Highly carbonated, sizzles on your tongue.

O - An awesome Citrus DIPA. Well done!

Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big grapefruit aroma, moderate resin, with a crackery malt backbone.

Flavor is sweet, with a lightly bitter finish. Big grassy notes. A touch too bitter at the finish.

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2014) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.