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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | 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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hurshybear, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of welldigger888
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful pale orangey hue with a tall fluffy snow white head that settles slow to a nice cap that leaves sheets of lacing down glass.

An explosive hoppy, citrus and citrus rind aroma leaps from the glass. Leaving me mildly hallucinating as I pull the glass from my nose holes.

Again the taste just SCREAMS of citrus fruit and rind. Strong bittering seems to race to the tongue leaving a pleasingly strong citrus rind. The bittering flavor is courted by ample booze pitching woo for a nice compliment. The booze is not at all unpleasant, rather dare I say...refreshing.

After a LONG day laboring in the sun on a famousely hot columbia day, this is quite refreshing. The quaffability is highlighted by an immensly pleasing dry character and oily citrus goodness.

Damn Edward you folk did one haaluva job on this one. Hard to belive that this is my 1st review for these guys. Definitly improved on last years brew, which I really enjoyed.

welldigger888, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
Bottled: 07-19-2012

Pours a nice copper note with some slight haze to it and some orange edges. There is a nice 0.25 inch white head formed with some nice dense bubbles that recedes slowly leaving some lace.

Aroma is deliciously, dare I say, citrusy. Nice grapefruit, tons of it to be exact. Citrusy and very very floral. Orange and tangerine notes can also be perceived. Resinous piney notes are present with some hop juice notes. Mild malt bread notes can be perceived with some slight sweetness on the back but it is mostly a very hop heavy beer in the nose.

Taste is interesting. Definitely hopy and delicious. Very grassy and herbal as well. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine notes. Orange rind and other citrus fruits mix in some acidity and sweetness to this very enjoyable "hop bomb". Some grainy notes can be perceived on the background with some slight bread notes but they are quickly overwhelmed by some more hops and some good pine notes. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with some lower carbonation but still some nice prickly bubbles.

This is a great DIPA. Very nicely done with tons of hops that are well flavored and not too overwhelming.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jburns301, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jsanford, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first bomber i've purchased in the state of Alabama...

bottled 7/19/12

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing and billowing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big citrus hops. tons of grapefruit.
t - huge citrus grapefruit bomb. lip-smacking good.
m - slick, medium.
o - intense and terrific DIPA. really digging Westbrook since I discovered them at Brewvival in Charleston.

GPHarris, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

swooshjtb, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden/slightly copper with nearly a finger of near white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Decent lacing is left on the glass.

S - Pretty fantastic citrusy aroma, mostly grapefruit/lime although the description provides a bit of a spoiler. My mouth is almost to the point of watering from the wonderful smells, it probably was when I had the first couple but I've actually had the pleasure of enjoying several of these during the week. Mild caramel type traces come through, some hop bitterness but it is really mostly out shined by the citric fruits. Alcohol is detectable.

T - Fairly dry up front, a nice hop bite for sure... immediatly followed by flavors of orangeish/grapefruit and a very mild/complimentary lemon/lime type tasty tartness. Minor alcohol presence at the finish into a dryness that lingers for maybe 15 seconds. Really ideal IMO

M - Light+ or Medium-. Very drinkable for the abv, appropriate carbonation

O - Was really looking forward to this one, huge fan of the Charleston Beer Exchange and citrusy hop bombs so this is 100% up my alley. It did not disappoint, easily one of my 5-10 favorite IPAs. I fully intend on getting as much of this as I can while I can.

MacQ32, Jul 28, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 1-finger white bubbly head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Lots of sticky lacing, though. Clear with a mild amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – A strong, strong citrus presence of mostly grapefruit but also lime and orange from both the hops and the added fruit. Caramel and toasty malt is present as well, but this is a citrus bomb. Smells fantastic.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and oranges, rapidly progresses to the bittersweet taste of fresh grapefruits and limes, and finally builds to a bitter blast of citrusy hops.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a tangy and sticky mouthfeel, and a dry and bitter finish that steadily builds to a very bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a long time and pairs well with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This beer is a delicious citrus monster. If you’re not a fan of grapefruit, stay away, but if you are, this may be your favorite beer. The bittersweet sharpness of the added fruit slightly takes away from the drinkability, but it adds a great uniqueness to the beer. And don’t get me wrong, this thing is still very drinkable. Westbrook has yet to disappoint me, and the fact that they teamed up with CBX for this one only adds to its credibility. Very nice DIPA.

BlackBelt5112203, Jul 27, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour with a forced 1/8th of a finger of deep cream head. No retention. Active carbonation with a good amount of fine bubbles. Very light lace.

Nose is an explosion of citrus, more from the fruit add-ins. Getting lots of grapefruit, tangerine, orange. Very earthy, dusty, estery hop mix on top of that - all combining for a sweet flavor. Very nicely done.

Taste brings even more citrus fruit and dusty, earthy hops. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and hop esters all combine for a great taste. Like the hop oil and earthy flavor. Enough malt behind this to give appropriate backbone without overpowering the hops. Fairly significant hop and alcohol burn.

Extremely thick feel for the style. Very oily. Thick and slick.

Really glad I got to try this.

beer2day, Sep 10, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rutager, Aug 24, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

5thOhio, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Schlais, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

CitizenGrain, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.  

zac16125, Jul 27, 2012
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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.