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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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88
very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 84
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: jsanford on 07-23-2012

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.
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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 84
Photo of Viciousknishs
2.24/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (626 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and thin looking... I am hoping it'll be dry. Sweet, citrus and fruity aroma... I would have missed how malt forward the aroma was had someone not pointed it out.

Regardless, there was only little sweetness in the taste. It was prominently bitter and citrusy. Light feel, good carbonation and a clean finish.

Westbrook makes some good beer for sure. (357 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
4.19/5  rDev +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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of TotallyHosed
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.67/5  rDev +17%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikeincharleston for the bottle. Thanks Mike! 22 oz bottle served in a Founders tulip. Bottled July 19th, 2012 (!!!)

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and bubble collar that leaves splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Big hop oils up front. Lots of citrus rind, mostly a semi-tart grapefruit, and some resiny smells going on. The malt body is muddled underneath, but a residual sweetness is there to remind you that (hopefully) the malts will be there to balance out the massive hops.

T: Definitely hoppy, but the malt body really comes on strong to balance out the residual hop oils. Slightly tart grapefruit rind with a touch of flesh, some lemon zest, pine bitterness and malty sweetness.

M: Sticky body, but the finish is definitely on the drier side. Medium carbonation. Slightly teeth coating as well which is surprising for the dryness of the finish.

O: The was a definite hop bomb with a dry malt body. I think there maybe was slightly too much going on hop and fruit wise, but it was still a solid beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try. Thanks, Mike! (1,146 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.   (1,821 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,367 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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! (470 characters)

Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.