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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
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
84
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 84
Photo of TotallyHosed
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew is the color of orange hard candy. The head is pure white and frothy which fades into a ring and produces light lacing. One can see right through the liquid and spot the gas bubbles rising in columns.

The nose is dominated by pine resin hops. Behind the hop aroma there is some malt trying to make itself present. Twirling the brew creates a more balanced nose. The big resinous hops are replaced by hints of citrous zest. Eventually, the resin comes back in full force.

The flavor is nicely balanced. There is an initial hint of light citrous which is very refreshing and delicious. Then the hops slap the tongue with sharp bitterness. The bitterness subsides pretty quickly to reveal a citrous and malt finish.

The feel is medium. There is not much carbonation detected. The oils of the hops and citrous peel coat the mouth and allow those flavors to linger.

My ideal for the style is balance across the board. The nose is primarily dominated by the hops and citrous which brings the overall score down a bit. The taste does make up for the lack of balance in the nose. The hops used do not completely dominate and the alcohol is very well integrated. I'm glad I was able to land a bottle.

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