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Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012) | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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

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

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.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 84
Photo of RuckusDu
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on July 19 2012

A- pours a brass golden color with a finger of off white head. Ok head retention with a bit of spotty lacing.

S- biscuity with the faintest hint of citrus peel. Sweetness from the malt and big alcohol presence gives it a rotten fruit/hot trash note. No hops :(

T- syrupy cloying sweetness and biscuity malt flavors abound. Astringent hot alcohol and earth in the middle. The alcohol continues throughout the beer with some citrus rind on the finish. Again no hop flavor to be found. This beer is a mess.

MF- astringent slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- poor drinkability.

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