Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rutager
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.

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jsanford
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AleWatcher
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.

Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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