Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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2.23/5 rDev -44.9%
Bottled on July 19 2012
A- pours a brass golden color with a finger of off white head. Ok head retention with a bit of spotty lacing.
S- biscuity with the faintest hint of citrus peel. Sweetness from the malt and big alcohol presence gives it a rotten fruit/hot trash note. No hops :(
T- syrupy cloying sweetness and biscuity malt flavors abound. Astringent hot alcohol and earth in the middle. The alcohol continues throughout the beer with some citrus rind on the finish. Again no hop flavor to be found. This beer is a mess.
MF- astringent slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.
D- poor drinkability.
08-16-2012 22:56:47 | More by Viciousknishs
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/30/12
Bottled on: July 19th 2012
Courtesy of PDXHops
The color is a bright tangerine, but it is also cloudy. A dense, gooey foam rises to two and a half fingers before receding slowly, leaving thick lace all over the glass.
The aroma is odd to me. Grapefruit and other tropical overtones are pleasant enough, but the malts are burdensome; sugar cookie and sweet crackers mix with a notion of alcohol, resulting in a slick sweetness that nudges past the hops.
This doesn't taste particularly bad, but it's mild on hops as compared to the malts. The hops are dry with grapefruit pith and maybe a drizzle of pine tar. Modest tropical juiciness turns to a malt bill that, thankfully, isn't quite as sweet an in the aroma; biscuit and bread.
Strangely enough, and by a comfortable margin, the feel is on the light side for a DIPA; heck, you could even call it thin. Alcohol slickness takes a stab at fleshing out the body, as subtle, low rolling carbonation. Dry finish with a grainy feel. The feel does seem to get a bit denser over time.
Honestly, I was hoping for more of a hop cavalcade and there's no blaming freshness this time around. Not bad, but I could go for less alcohol and a few more hop tweaks.
07-31-2012 03:36:20 | More by Ryan011235
3.28/5 rDev -19%
A - This beer pours a small head of off-white and orange color. The body is incredibly cloudy and a gorgeous orange/light amber color.
S - Very malty compared to what I was expecting. Bready, caramel, and some orange. Smells thick and a little boozy.
T - A lot more hops and citrus. Some grapefruit rind, orange, and lime. A little funky. The whole thing is still held up by a malty backbone.
M - The citrus hits you in the back of your mouth. A little drying. Nice carbonation and full body (but not as think as the aroma would make you think).
O - I'm not a huge fan of this. Tons of citrus rind which makes it a little harsh. Would like it to be more refreshing than this.
09-03-2012 17:54:46 | More by RuckusDu
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
22oz bottle into Duvel signature tulip. Thanks for the bottle, Josh! Bottled 07/2012.
A: Pours a cloudy deep amber with a couple fingers of very greasy off-white head that faded into a thick collar leaving stick lace down the glass.
S: Super sweet and malty smelling. Very sugary and sweet, but there is a decent amount of bittersweet citrus in there as well.
T: Very potent, very sweet, very malty. Did I mention sweet? The added citrus doesn’t make this beer anymore citrusy than normal hops would; in fact, this beer isn’t crazy citrusy in the first place, it’s just sweet. I do get a hint of lime as it warms. The finish is pretty in your face though, and the malty, sugary bitterness lingers long after the swallow.
M: Viscous, slick, greasy, heavy, sweet, and slightly boozy mouthfeel. Not sharp, but a little rough at times.
O: Not my favorite DIPA, but definitely a potent and rich brew. On the sweeter side, heavy, and fairly malty. Thanks for the tick, Stormking47.
08-29-2012 00:08:32 | More by scottfrie
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
Thanks to dogdoc for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TCCB pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy deep gold with a one-finger white head and moderate visible carbonation.
S: Big caramel notes from malt, a citrus background with some grassy hop notes in there too.
T: Sweet caramel, then pine resin and some orange rind from the hops. This is coming across overly sweet and underly complex.
M: A bit heavy bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, decent carbonation sensation, alcohol fairly well hidden.
O: Did i say sweet? Almost like an orange dreamsicle sweetness. It isn't a bad beer, but I went into it with hopes of being blown away. More citrus in the nose than the palate, but not huge amounts in either. I'm just not a huge fan of this beer, but it's not bad.
11-23-2012 17:57:20 | More by macrosmatic
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
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
The brew is the color of orange hard candy. The head is pure white and frothy which fades into a ring and produces light lacing. One can see right through the liquid and spot the gas bubbles rising in columns.
The nose is dominated by pine resin hops. Behind the hop aroma there is some malt trying to make itself present. Twirling the brew creates a more balanced nose. The big resinous hops are replaced by hints of citrous zest. Eventually, the resin comes back in full force.
The flavor is nicely balanced. There is an initial hint of light citrous which is very refreshing and delicious. Then the hops slap the tongue with sharp bitterness. The bitterness subsides pretty quickly to reveal a citrous and malt finish.
The feel is medium. There is not much carbonation detected. The oils of the hops and citrous peel coat the mouth and allow those flavors to linger.
My ideal for the style is balance across the board. The nose is primarily dominated by the hops and citrous which brings the overall score down a bit. The taste does make up for the lack of balance in the nose. The hops used do not completely dominate and the alcohol is very well integrated. I'm glad I was able to land a bottle.
08-07-2012 17:55:34 | More by TotallyHosed
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
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
Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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