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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 13
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:
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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4/5  rDev -1%

SPRichard, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Satchboogie, Dec 18, 2012
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.

macrosmatic, Nov 23, 2012
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).

chinchill, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Zach136, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Keith_R, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CSQ1111, Oct 15, 2012
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.

AleWatcher, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

swooshjtb, Sep 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber. Minimal lacing with slight foam ring around the edge of the glass, but then I didn't really give it an aggressive pour.

Nose is fruity with orange and lemon citrus notes.

Taste is really hoppy with slight sweet malt in the background. Flavors of bitter orange peel, some spice hints. Hop finish is quite strong with a little alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is thick and has nice prickly carbonation.

Really nice citrusy, hoppy DIPA. Would love to try this on tap. Yummy.

5thOhio, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

duceswild, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of beer2day
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.

beer2day, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

GameChicken, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ejw127, Sep 07, 2012
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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.

RuckusDu, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

xxcarpxx, Aug 29, 2012
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.

scottfrie, Aug 29, 2012
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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.

jlindros, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

ncaudle, Aug 28, 2012
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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.

thagr81us, Aug 24, 2012
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.

Rutager, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Mattybz28, Aug 20, 2012
Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.