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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 11
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:
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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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 23
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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 AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beer2day
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rrski198
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.  

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of ali1987
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.