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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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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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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-31-2013 21:22:11 | More by mikeincharleston
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-18-2012 20:33:04 | More by jrohrbacher
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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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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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Treebs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:30:14 | More by Treebs
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -1%

04-15-2014 01:38:07 | More by jeff1973
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

06-29-2013 02:43:45 | More by CGMLS3
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-28-2012 04:57:47 | More by freduardo
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-02-2012 22:50:19 | More by sbricker
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-26-2013 06:41:31 | More by rrski198
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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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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

08-07-2012 17:20:49 | More by elkinbrown
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marine1975

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-17-2012 21:54:37 | More by marine1975
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:54:46 | More by RuckusDu
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

10-20-2012 07:01:54 | More by CarolinaKev
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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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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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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:51:15 | More by tewaris
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

07-30-2012 00:18:33 | More by fehrminator
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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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ali1987

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-06-2013 21:46:50 | More by ali1987
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1%

08-18-2012 14:47:18 | More by slowdaddy
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:56:47 | More by Viciousknishs
Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.