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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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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | 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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jlkrekelberg

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-02-2012 04:10:03 | More by jlkrekelberg
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McNuts

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-26-2012 00:05:29 | More by McNuts
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-06-2012 13:25:54 | More by ohtheguilt
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-13-2013 22:02:44 | More by DaPan
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GPHarris

Alabama

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 14:20:42 | More by GPHarris
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swooshjtb

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-17-2012 23:28:12 | More by swooshjtb
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MacQ32

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2012 23:24:37 | More by MacQ32
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:42:10 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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beer2day

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:26:50 | More by beer2day
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 03:08:07 | More by Rutager
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5thOhio

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-07-2012 21:35:20 | More by CitizenGrain
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zac16125

South Carolina

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.  

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-30-2013 03:00:16 | More by JISurfer
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rjknyy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-13-2013 21:51:11 | More by rjknyy
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ejw127

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-07-2012 03:17:13 | More by ejw127
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saeh

France

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-16-2013 18:29:30 | More by saeh
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Greensean

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-19-2013 01:21:59 | More by Greensean
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-19-2013 00:15:07 | More by WOLFGANG
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t_carterb

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-09-2013 13:02:01 | More by t_carterb
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Lodge in Hilton Head SC.

I've been sipping the regular Westbrook IPA all week, and now on our last night here I find this beer on tap and HAD to try it.

Me likey.

Clear light golden body... Small head, rather weak lacing, but decent retention.

Smells hugely of citrus fruits with a light dry booziness coming through.

The flavor has a little sweet bread (think Hawaiin bread) kind of note before the citrus hops just fucking kill it. Large grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon notes with a nice New Zealand hop kick I can pick out.

Good bitterness, not too overwhelming, but firm and strong-- you KNOW you're drinking a hopped up beer for sure. Kind of light body, but good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall-- delicious. It isn't a world class DIPA, but it certainly rocked my world after this past week. Totally worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 23:57:32 | More by AleWatcher
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale gold, almost straw, color with a pleasant bone white head. The retention is miniscule and barely grips glass.

S: Even though it appears more like a wheat ale than a DIPA, the aroma unveils this brews true character. An astounding amount of citrusy essence engulfs the nose. The complexity of all of the different hops and citrus additives result in a notably unique scent.

T: You have to appreciate when a brewery names a beer perfectly. The grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime combination work nicely together, but it may have benefited from stopping at the first three, respectively. The hops give their own exceptional flavor followed by a surprisingly subtle bitterness that does not over whelm the palate. Actually it comes across quite sweet, similar to orange juice mixed with grapefruit juice.

M: It may be do to the growler, but the carbonation is slightly lax. Still, there is no stickiness or chewiness that many DIPAs tend to exhibit. A faint resiny feel on the tongue which works nicely to allow the flavors to linger for a brief while.

O: Never judge a book by its cover seems a little cliche, but this brew proves that books and beer apparently have a lot in common. Highly unique and definitely something to try and appreciate.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2012 22:51:15 | More by turnerk3
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

02-01-2013 23:39:56 | More by SPRichard
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 18:28:01 | More by thagr81us
Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.