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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)

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BA SCORE
90
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This year’s version (in our opinion) blows the first batch out of the water. The malt bill is simplified, resulting in a lighter, drier beer – which allows the massive hop additions to shine through. A mix of fresh grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges was added to the boil, and this batch also features a blend of several different American and New Zealand hop varieties, instead of just Cascade. At 9.5% ABV, this beer means business.

(Beer added by: jsanford on 07-23-2012)
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Reviews by 5thOhio:
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5thOhio

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a cloudy orange-amber. Minimal lacing with slight foam ring around the edge of the glass, but then I didn't really give it an aggressive pour.

Nose is fruity with orange and lemon citrus notes.

Taste is really hoppy with slight sweet malt in the background. Flavors of bitter orange peel, some spice hints. Hop finish is quite strong with a little alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is thick and has nice prickly carbonation.

Really nice citrusy, hoppy DIPA. Would love to try this on tap. Yummy.

09-17-2012 23:08:15 | More by 5thOhio
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-04-2012 05:10:36 | More by Schlais
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured the murky, orange-amber beer from a 22 oz bottle dated 19 June 2012 into a snifter with nary a head. Nonetheless, some lacing was left on the glass,

The fruity nose foreshadows a flavor [3.75] in which grapefruit, lemon and other vague citrus fruit flavors dominate, with a bit of pine resin too. Plenty bitter, as expected, but the bitterness and harshness of a high ABV DIPA are both tempered by a detectable sweetness and light maltiness.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but disappointing overall, excepting mouthfeel where it does relatively well for a high ABV DIPA. Also, overpriced; this local (same state: SC) beer cost ($8-$9) as much or more than fine beers coming all the way from the West coast (e.g., many from Stone and Rogue).

11-15-2012 22:49:09 | More by chinchill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-01-2013 23:39:56 | More by SPRichard
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ChrisMetcalfe

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-23-2013 19:10:31 | More by ChrisMetcalfe
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jburns301

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-08-2014 18:59:24 | More by jburns301
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HuaiDan

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-12-2014 16:31:11 | More by HuaiDan
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Served from bottle into a RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon, lime, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, lemon, citrus hop, grapefruit, and lime. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The citrus aspect going on here was definitely the dominate aroma and flavor. However I was really expecting to be completely blown away by the hops on this one due to a recipe tweek that lightened the malt bill on this one to make the hops dominate it. It really in my opinion ended up being really well balanced with a ton of various citrus aspects going on. Definitely a well done brew that I would suggest any IPA fan try at least once.

08-24-2012 18:28:01 | More by thagr81us
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-29-2012 01:00:08 | More by xxcarpxx
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-10-2012 00:27:40 | More by Keith_R
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PaleAleWalt

New York

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Another great beer from Msquared2! Thank you!

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber with a thin white head.

Smell. Big grapefruits, oranges, lime, some soda crackers and cedar.

Taste. Sweet and tangy citrus fruits, floral hops, some toasty, crackery malts. Alcohol is really well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Not quite full bodied, low and smooth carbonation. Just a little warmth.

Overall. A really nice, big, and as promised, very citrusy dipa. Yum.

08-24-2012 03:08:07 | More by Rutager
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AUTOwrXER

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-29-2012 01:56:59 | More by AUTOwrXER
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jsanford

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Cask at the brewery.

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with no head. Amazingly juicy aromas, just loaded with orange, grapefruit, and lime, resinous hops, and a perfectly ample sweet malt backbone. Taste is similarly juicy and just as amazing as the nose, loaded with citrus oils and more sticky hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A really great take on an already amazing DIPA, I'm glad I happened to be there for the cask!

07-23-2012 01:06:47 | More by jsanford
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-03-2012 20:18:47 | More by CBlack85
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-23-2012 17:36:14 | More by Patrickbrusil
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-07-2012 17:20:49 | More by elkinbrown
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-28-2012 04:57:47 | More by freduardo
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CitizenGrain

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-07-2012 21:35:20 | More by CitizenGrain
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-26-2013 06:41:31 | More by rrski198
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stouty5

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-09-2012 03:49:44 | More by stouty5
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-30-2012 00:18:33 | More by fehrminator
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-18-2012 14:47:18 | More by slowdaddy
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Bomber poured into a snifter
Bottled on: July 19, 2012

A: Pours a translucent golden amber with just under a finders width of off white colored head, which quickly dissipates down  to a thin film and bubbly outer ring.  Leaves a fair amount of lacing in streaky patches, along with some alcohol legs down the sides of the glass.  

S:Huge citrus aroma, most notably grapefruit and freshly peeled oranges. There are significant resiny hop aromas as well.  A solid malt backbone brings some sweetness to the nose.  The faintest hint of booze.  Excellent aroma, this flat out just smells great.

T: More malt presence than I anticipated, but also lots of grapefruit. This is definitely sweeter than I expected, reminiscent of a grapefruit slice dipped in sugar,  like when I was a kid.  Resiny hop characters again on the tongue, hints of lemon zest and some piney bitterness on the finish.  Honestly, not as citrus prominent as I anticipated, but still damn good.  Alcohol makes itself know throughout the drink.  For the most part  it's a welcomed complexity in my eyes and adds to, rather than detracts, from the palate profile.  However, it does get a touch strong towards the end of the second glass from the bomber.  

M/D:  Such a great smoothness to this beer.  Medium bodied, with a subdued but appropriate carbonation, and a light slightly drying finish.  ABV is noticeable but restrained, and the drinkability is just scary good.  This was flirting with perfect until it got a touchy boozy towards the end.  Still great in this department though.

O: Overall, a really great beer.  Westbrook seems to hit a home run with every beer of theirs that I try, so big props to them.  Also, a job well done to the guys at The Charleston Beer Exchange who collaborated on this one.  Well done.  

07-27-2012 00:02:54 | More by zac16125
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Thanks to kkipple for this interesting looking beer. bottled July 19th 2012, so barely a month old.

Pours a lighter fizzy looking head into my brand new Hill Farmstead stem tulip. The fizzy head covering disappears very quickly but leaves just a bit of lacing, over hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings what it promised, sweet malts, fruit, and orange citrus. A big hoppy candied orange peel aroma starts and dominates, a hint of grapefruit and tangerine, some sweet toasty malts with a hint of caramel toffee. As it warms a light ruby red grapefruit comes through.

Taste starts big, lots of sweet malts kick in right away, caramel, toffee, and reddish malts with a decent sweetness, and some warming booze that starts to tingle a little the longer I leave it. Then citrus and hops, some bitterness but not a lot, with a light citrus and spicy floral hop but not much of that either. However, citrus is strong with candied orange peel, a little grapefruit, tangerine, and even a hint of blood orange. It gets a bit spicy, like almost pepper fruit or acidity tingly on the tongue, but hard to tell where it's coming from, and a light heat on the back of the throat. The juicy malt profile mingles with the hops and citrus, and feels smooth. The finish is still quite sweet, doesn't dry much, fairly bitter too, and either flavor would be rampant if they weren't both there to balance each other a bit. The long lingering bitterness brings a bit of spicy hop but mostly candied orange peel.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, lighter but decent enough carbonation, a fair amount of warming and tingly booze.

Overall interesting. nothing too special, but a nice big beer with lots of malts, hops, citrus, sweetness,and booze. Hard to get past the sweetness and booze for me, but behind that the citrus and candied orange flavors are nice, and a decent balance despite how strong they all come through.

08-28-2012 23:50:32 | More by jlindros
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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.