Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
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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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 23
Photo of zac16125
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.  

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 jsanford
4.51/5  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!

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