Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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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.
90 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.