Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jsanford on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of 5thOhio
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of turnerk3
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale gold, almost straw, color with a pleasant bone white head. The retention is miniscule and barely grips glass.

S: Even though it appears more like a wheat ale than a DIPA, the aroma unveils this brews true character. An astounding amount of citrusy essence engulfs the nose. The complexity of all of the different hops and citrus additives result in a notably unique scent.

T: You have to appreciate when a brewery names a beer perfectly. The grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime combination work nicely together, but it may have benefited from stopping at the first three, respectively. The hops give their own exceptional flavor followed by a surprisingly subtle bitterness that does not over whelm the palate. Actually it comes across quite sweet, similar to orange juice mixed with grapefruit juice.

M: It may be do to the growler, but the carbonation is slightly lax. Still, there is no stickiness or chewiness that many DIPAs tend to exhibit. A faint resiny feel on the tongue which works nicely to allow the flavors to linger for a brief while.

O: Never judge a book by its cover seems a little cliche, but this brew proves that books and beer apparently have a lot in common. Highly unique and definitely something to try and appreciate.

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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.

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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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