Citrus Ninja Exchange (2013) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 53
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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: Alieniloquium on 09-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mverity
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop thanks to a tip from thatoneguymike. Poured into a tapered rocks glass. Slight haze, orangey amber color with off-white head that held for 30 seconds. Collar holds for a few minutes. Aroma is extremely grapefruit forward, with what I assume is citra/simcoe/cascade. Some spice aromas, a decent amount of tropical type sweetness as well. Taste is also extremely grapefruit forward throughout. Some hop bite in the middle, the spice comes at the end. Grapefruit tart tang holds until the mid-palate. Reminds me of when I was young and used to raid my neighbors' grapefruit trees and split on open to eat. Enjoyable mouthfeel with high carbonation and filled bodied for an IPA.

Photo of dowen17
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a two finger sticky head. Good lacing down the glass.

Big grapefruit on the nose. Tons of citrus fruits. Very fresh smelling. Nothing else here other than citrus.

Taste mirrors the nose to an extent. Lots of grapefruit on the front but definitely hits with the bitterness on the back end. A lot more bitterness than I expected really.

Would drink again but nothing to seek out.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 9/2/13.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Nice off white head. Laces well. Wispy surface.

Smell - Super citrusy. Grapefruit. Orange. Malty sweetness.

Taste - Grapefruity as hell. A little musty. Sweet. Gets bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is very nice. Great hop and grapefruit flavors and a sweet malt body that doesn't get in the way.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bright gold with an orangey hue. Half finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but laces the glass nicely.

Aroma, Very heavy citrus as the name suggests. Floral pine as well behind there.

Taste, The sweeter caramel malt and citrus actually balance pretty well up front. Grapefruit and dry piney bitterness take over from there.

Right in the middle body wise, good carbonation level. Drinks very easy, though it is nearly bracingly dry.

Up there with Brother Benjamin with one of the better dipa's I've had in the last year. Though this is much dryer.

Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a nice cap with great lacing.

S: Citrus rind up front with pine, herbs, and nectarines following. The finish is sweet with some melon-like aromas.

T: Pineapple, grapefruit, and nectarines up front followed by some resiny pine and melon flavors. The finish is earthy and moderately bitter.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: An enjoyable IPA overall. There's a wide variety of hop flavors and aromas going on. I would like a bit more carbonation and a little less bitterness, but it's still quite good.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: hazy golden, peach. full swath of an off-white head. Sure looks like a Dipa ought to.
smell: Full on grapefruit as advertised. Crackling with sharp hoppy goodness with the malt there but a distant second.
taste: Sharp hoppy bite in a good way. Much like the nose. Bitter, mostly dry finish.
overall: This lives up to it's name. Citrus ninja fo sho.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/2/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger and a half near white head. Nice retention and a good bit of lace.

Huge aromas of mandarin and grapefruit with mild lemon and a touch of sugar. Quite nice.

Nice bold grapefruit flavors up front with orange peel, lemon, faint papaya, sweet biscuit and a touch of booze. Bitter in all the right ways with plenty of citrus and sweet malt balance that blends together to nearly completely cover the alcohol. Beautiful.

Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet grapefruit finish.

Outstanding. This one suits my tastes well. One of the best new (to me) IPAs I've encountered in quite a while. This is worth going a bit out of your way to try.

Photo of zac16125
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 9/2/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with 1 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Resinous pine, lots of citrus in the form of lemon-lime, orange, and of course grapefruit. More subtle malt sweetness in the background. Booze comes out as it warms.

T: Piney bitterness, soap, citrus rind. Not a lot of citrus flesh characters. A hop bomb for sure though, much more so than last years batch IMO. But mostly on the bitter aspect of the hop spectrum, not many tropical fruit notes and honestly rather lacking on the citrus.

M/D: Fairly smooth for the style, medium body, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average.

O: A good DIPA, certainly hop forward with tons of bitterness. Not great though, in my opinion. Now granted I did spend the last couple of weeks indulging in the glory that is Boy King, so my DIPA expectations are at an abnormally high level right now. Either way, its definitely a solid beer that I enjoyed drinking, but I wont run out and buy a supply.

Photo of csparace
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.50) – Hazy golden with a huge white foamy head. Awesome lacing.

Smell (4.50) – Exquisitely floral. Huge grapfruit notes. Slightly malty. Super fresh and bright.

Taste (4.50) – This is essentially a grapefruit bomb. Huge bitter grapefruit notes immediately that are almost overwhelming. Hints of orange. Hops start very citrusy and finish very piny.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – Slightly acidic. Satisfyingly crisp. Smooth finish. Gets slightly boozy as it warms up.

Overall (4.50) – Super solid beer. Very refreshing with a mouthful of awesome hops. Not overly complex and just really hits the spot. Might have liked it a bit more during the warmer months, but I can find a place for this one in the winter.

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bootlegger's pint glass. Bottled 9/2/13, so only a few weeks old. Acquired in a trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Dark golden yellow, on its way to orange. Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Orange, grapefruit, lemon, catpiss. Hops are very fragrant. Has a slight malt hint in the background.

T - Big sweet citrus notes upfront. Grapefruit, orange, lemon. Then you get the bitterness and dry finish. It also has a maltier (than most West Coast IPA) backbone to it, which really balances it out in a nice way. Do not taste the alcohol at all. Its 9.5%.

M - On the fuller side of medium. Very creamy. Medium carbonation.

O - Great beer. Had it last year also and from what I remember, it is every bit as good. If you like really citrusy IPA, with moderate bitterness, this is the ticket.

Photo of cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has an amber base with golden hues. Fluffy white head with great retention & lacing.

S - Grapefruit all up in your nose! So much goodness here. There's a light malt backgroundalong with a bit of sugar.

T - Again with the grapefruit, light sweetness, orange peel and light malts.

M - Medium bodied & carbonation. Has a wet finish.

O - This is really impressive.

Photo of robwestcott
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Kent for picking up this one for me @ CBX.

Poured cold from the bottle a semi translucent, almost murky copper to a sun king shaped pint with a finger and half, small bubbled, foamy, long lasting off white head with nice retention and sheet of lace to the rim.

Great big aroma of grapefruit rind and apricot (?)

Light bodied, big carbonation, creamy smooth, big citrus bitter, and an unexpectedly nice malty balance for a dipa. This one is, as advertised, citrus forward, but there's other sweet fruit in the back as well - apricot, peach perhaps.

Super drinkable, even at nine and a half abv.

Two thumbs up to Westbrook.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With all-things-fruity in mind- the collaborative efforts of the Charleston Beer Exchange and Westbrook brewing result in a full-out onslaught of citrus flavor without distraction or lack of focus. Its simply a hop head's dream beer!

Like any other well built IPA, Citrus Ninja Exchange pours with a hazy orange juice-like appearance. Its heavily hopped haze allows for the most tepid glow to infiltrate. A creamy lather of froth caps the beer with seriously stubborn retention and leaves the glass evenly sheeted with lace patterns.

Bursting with citrus fruits, the hop character strongly favors the vivid scent of red grapefruit. Yet, complementing tangerines, pineapple, apricot, mangoes, lemons and white grapes all peak through from time to time. Its supportive malt scent offers the most terse sweetness that seems to give its tropical and citrus aromas a riper or plumper nose.

As the malt have been suppressed in order to allow hop flavor to shine, its sweetness is light and hardly any bolder than that of true citrus fruit. But that bright taste of Florida latches onto the palate from early til late- taking on orange juice and Hawaiian Punch-type of refreshment. As the ale finishes, the brightness turns to strong but smooth bitterness of resinous proportions with a final note of pine.

Creamy and smooth, the beer's arid maltiness wraps around its ample carbonation for a medium-light palate. As the short-lived sweetness trails, the dry resinous hops link up with gin-like alcohol warmth for a spicy and bone-dry finish.

Citrus Ninja Exchange is a tremendous Imperial IPA with all the juicy hop goodness that the best examples deliver. But its true magic is how it dries out wonderfully, more like standard American IPA. Westbrook does this and without making the taste of alcohol that much of a story line. The coming together of all this makes the beer dangerously drinkable- way much more than it should.

Photo of NoCurse2012
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I first bought this beer in the 22oz bottle but was so anxious to try it I that I stopped at Homegrown Brewhouse in Summerville to try it on tap. They served it up in a goblet style glass. With a name like Citrus Ninja, I was expecting some grapefruit and that is exactly what I got. It was a superb blend of grapefruit and hoppiness with an extremely mild finish for a double IPA. At 9.5% ABV, be careful, it will definitely sneak up on you. On tap is a bit fresher tasting than the bottle was, however, the bottle did not disappoint either. I managed to pick up one that was bottled 3 weeks prior so the freshness was there. We are fortunate to have such a solid local brewerey in Westbrook. Keep up the good work. I am going to keep having this one till it runs out.

Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 9/2/13 poured into a snifter. $8.99 at Hop City in ATL.

Quick Notes

A - Dark burnt orange. Small head dissipates to collar and leaves solid lacing.

S - Caramel and oranges. Not a huge hit of hops on the nose actually.

T - I mean it's definitely citrus, but the peel is pretty overwhelming and it comes along with alot of astringency. Malt bill is huge and balances out a good bit of the hop bitterness but the peel oils are still there. It's like biting into an orange (or I guess grapefruit).

M - Big sticky DIPA mouthfeel.

O - A great DIPA don't get me wrong, but with a name like citrus ninja I was expecting big citrusy hops to take the forefront. But unfortunately the citrus peel was a little to much for me.

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm from Philly and bought a large format of this to bring home after falling in love with other Westbrook products. I will say it had beautiful grapefruit on the nose and hid the abv quite nicely but it didn't live up to expectations. Decent double though

Photo of macrosmatic
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very, very hazy bronze to almost brown, with a couple finger's of white head. I can't see any carbonation bubbles in this murkiness. Not exactly pretty.

S: Grapefruits and oranges, malt sweetness, tropical fruit and melon.

T: Citrus (grapefruit rind and orange), biscuit malts with hints of caramel and toffee sweetness. This isn't particularly bitter at all. Fruity citrus and malt sweetness into the hang, and not much hop bitterness at all for an IIPA.

M: Medium body, relatively low carbonation sensation, and medium alcohol presence.

O: This is a strange DIPA for me. It has a weird lack of bitterness despite all the flavors that suggest a big hop presence. I'm assuming it's the citrus elements that were added into the brew, but it creates a dissonance between my expectations and the perceived flavors. This might be a DIPA that I would hand to someone just getting into the joy of hops. It's not bad, but not my favorite Westbrook beer, for sure.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; decent retention and lacing action

Smell: Very floral, with ruby red grapefruit and tropical fruit (pineapple and mango) tones

Taste: Ruby red grapefruit capped with sugar, up front, with developing pineapple and mango tones, in the middle; juicy and floral tasting in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a tad on the sweet side, this is a very nice DIPA that holds the bitterness in check, but abounds in hop flavor

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer- the addition of the grapefruit works here- if maybe not exactly how intended. You might think the grapefruit addition would contribute to the bitterness and aromatics of the hops, but what you get is a juicy sweetness that actually acts as a nice contrast to the citrusy (and much more bitter) hops. It actually tames the beer quite a bit and makes it a good deal less "extreme". Personally I might prefer this a bit more bitter and citrusy from the straight hops, but this way is still delicious- in fact quite so. Delightful to drink, but it could be kickier.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev -5.2%

A collaboration between Westbrook and CBX. Double ipa with focus on grapefruit, fresh grapefruit zest was added during brew.
A:pours a light honey golden yellow, nice frothy one finger white head, carbonation, small amount of stringy lacing
S: tropical fruit, grapefruit, honey, citrus zest (obviously the grapefruit zest), malt
M:medium body, malty and some creaminess
T: citrus, grapefruit, citrus zest/rind flavor, malty and syrupy, sweet but as it warms the hop bitterness begins to show up, the finish brings in cracker taste and surprisingly mild hop linger on the tongue, I\'d figure this would be much stronger.
O: good brew worth trying, $9 for 22 oz bottle, good beer to share.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/02/13 notes. Had a 12 oz. glass of this served in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC.

a - Pours a murky, dark orange color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, light tropical fruits, and light floral hops. Nice nose, with a decent amount of oranges and citrus to it, which I like.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, lemon zest, fruity malts, bready malts, floral hops, grapefruit, nectarines, and light yeast. Taste is great, even better than the nose. More oranges and tropical fruits, and no bitterness. Awesome.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, no bitterness at all. Quite smooth and creamy, fantastic mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great DIPA. Very easy to drink and a great taste to it, with a lot of oranges, citrus, and tropical fruit to it. Really like this one, hope to get it again sometime.

Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a thick off-white head. Head dissipates to a soapy cap with good lacing. Nose is grapefruit, lots of it, with sweet bready notes. At first sip, your tongue is awash in bitterness. Bitter, somewhat dry finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this DIPA lives up to its name!

Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/2/13. Pours a hazy golden with a massive head and a long lasting lace. Excellent nose of citrus hops. Grapefruit is the primary aroma, but is backed up with orange and lemon against a slight sweetness. Light medium bodied with strong carbonation. Taste is like the nose, grapefruit predominates with orange and lemon in the background over a slight sweetness. A pleasant tartness and bitterness are present. Be advised, this is a grapefruit flavor bomb that some will find overpowering in terms of grapefruit flavor intensity. Clean finish much like the taste with a long lingering tart and bitter aftertaste. An exceptionally well crafted and flavorful ale.

Photo of mross0207
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blown Away!!! Best beer I've ever tasted! I stumbled upon this jewel in a bomber last year and loved it. This year, a couple places have it on tap and it's even better! I've stood in my local tap room looking at this site while trying to decide what to order and depending on the reviews. I've never reviewed a beer myself, but I was compelled to do so for this one. It's exactly what it says it is, an extremely hopped up double ipa. Very little malt and tons of citrusy hops. Idk what kind they use but seriously dude, I wanna bathe in this sh*t. Hopefully some lucky soul reads this and and orders one... or don't... more for me!!!!

Photo of MacQ32
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a minimally deep golden color with 2 fingers of near white head, awesome retention and literally perfect lacing.

S - Tons and tons of grapefruit citrus, some orange and lemons along with light but bitter hops.

T - Lots of dry bitter citrus hops with the aforementioned fruit flavors. Finish is bitter hoppy citrus finish. Aftertaste is very mild but dry hops.

M - medium bodied+, decently carbonated, fantastically drinkable especially for the bag & body

O - Superbly balanced (more balanced than previous years) a highly highly recommended citrusy dipa

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2013) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.