Citrus Ninja Exchange
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Citrus Ninja ExchangeCitrus Ninja Exchange
Notes: Citrus Ninja Exchange is the first of two collaboration beers brewed with The Charleston Beer Exchange. The first incarnation (released on draft only in September 2011) was a single-hopped Cascade double IPA brewed with approximately 50 lbs of fresh grapefruit, and then dry-hopped 4 times in the fermentor. The 2012 version has a simplified malt bill and uses a blend of American and New Zealand hop varieties.

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Nugganooch from California

3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this in trade with mdfb79 back in Nov/Dec 2015 - Thanks Dan!
22oz bomber with a nonic pint

Appearance of sunburnt orange, cloudy with floating debris. Nice sudsy foam khaki top with some loose sticking bubbles. Smells of grapefruit zest and malt sugars. A bit of stinging booze and herbal pine hop as well. The flavor falls short of expectations here. Heavy with the caramel malt action it becomes a bit muddled and already somewhat stale with an overwhelming alcohol presence. Low-moderate actual hop bitterness. Some grapefruit highlights. While I do recall this bottle had a few months on it this one was a bit of a mess for me. Too boozy and the grapefruit had already lost its luster I am afraid. I was pretty hopeful for this one and glad to have tried.
Looks like it is retired now, oh well

Dec 30, 2019
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AdamAlway from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Soft golden orange that is very cloudy with a lot of bubbles. One inch thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing and has very good retention.

S: A ton of hops with a lot of citrus (obviously) and a little bit of grapefruit. There is the faintest hit of pine and earthy tons.

T: Like biting into an orange. Juicy without overwhelming sweetness. It finishes nicely with soft hops leading to a very gentle bitterness. Reminds me of Blue Moon, but way way better.

F: Very smooth with a decently heavy body. The carbonation is fairly light.

O: A good beer, but definitely could have used more hops. The Blue Moon comparison is spot on in my opinion with a splash of hops.

Apr 13, 2016
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wdberkley from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this in a trade. Poured dark golden/orange, grapefruit, tangerines on the nose. Huge grapefruit notes on the initial sip, followed by more citrus/tropical fruit, slight malt character, comes off a little bitter yet sweet. Heard this compared to Grapefruit Sculpin - I think it's better. Less grapefruit forward, it's present but it doesn't overpower the beer at all. Nice IPA

Dec 11, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/11/15
A-a bright orange golden color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-aroma is of citrus and a malt backbone

T-taste is similar to the smell with more of a malt body with orange citrus and tropical fruits

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall a very citrus forward beer, not sure if some of the taste has diminished since bottle date but still pretty tasty

Nov 17, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. 2015 version. Bottled on 9/11/15.

A - Pours a murky, hazy, cloudy, brownish orange. Darker at the bottom, lighter at the top. Not much of a head, goes right to a thin lace.

S - Dark fruit, booze, lemon.

T - Adjusting. Grapefruit, heat,syrup. Orange juice esque. Pretty tasty.

M - Very coating, slightly sitcky, carbonation is medium low.

O - If you like a dollop of malt and hops in your OJ, this is for you.

Oct 10, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Brownish yellow extremely hazy with a frothy head.

Definite bitter grapefruit aroma.

Tastes like bitter tangerine and grapefruit with malt syrup drizzled over.

So delicious

Oct 08, 2015
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Greywulfken from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Soft gold color, hazy; couple of fingers of ivory head strew messy lace all around. Citrus and floral notes immediate, followed by suggestions of sweet pale malt sugars. Ample citrus of grapefruit on the tongue, meshed into a soft and creamy, smooth body. Bitterness is mild, fruits suggested are pale and citric. Closer to their Tier De Garde than to Stone's Grapefruit Slam; almost a softer stronger take on Grapefruit Sculpin. A grapefruit DIPA (new style called for!). Affordable at $8.99 here on LI.

Oct 08, 2015
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was bought based on a recommendation from someone at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I never had this beer before nor have had anything from Westbrook and for a first impression, this was a solid one as it reminded me of the more recent IPA's that I've had with southern hemisphere hops in them. Smooth from start to finish, the alcohol was nicely recessed while the flavor was enough to be present without hitting me over the head at the same time!

Oct 06, 2015
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Invinciblejets from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy dark orange with a small head that didn't stick around.
Smell is a think pine resin with a citrus background ...great smelling beer!
Taste has a beautiful grapefruit juiciness with a piney dank slightly alcohol taste finish even for me not being a hop head its fantastic!
Really heavy thick mouth feel thick in the same way orange juice is thick but not sticky like some dipa's ive had...

Oct 04, 2015
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cfalls from New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Nice hazy orange color. Small head, but sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Citrus, dank.

T - Citrus rind, bitter, honey. Balanced malt. Aftertaste is kind of piney.

F - Typical for the style. ABV is noticeable.

O - The best beer I've had from Westbrook. Competitive with Grapefruit Sculpin.

Oct 03, 2015
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PaleCale from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy copper with white head that disappears quickly. Smell is dominated by sweet citrus with a boozy finish, almost like port. Taste follows suit at first - definite sweet citrus characteristics, tangelo maybe, and pretty juicy - but the booze is gone. I'm amazed that this beer drinks so easily at 9.5% ABV. Mouthfeel is great - highly quaffable. Overall, a very solid beer - I wish there was a little more hop complexity but they nailed a grapefruit IPA. I'd pick this over Grapefruit Sculpin any day.

Oct 01, 2015
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AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark-orange appearance. Fluffy 1-finger head. Good retention.

Nose was full of citrus fruit and piney hops. Can definitely pick up on malts and resin.

Taste goes along well with the nose. Well done flavor. This was more malty than I excepted though.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Really good beer from Westbrook. Will certainly try next year's version.

Sep 30, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a super cloudy orange with a half inch of off white head. The nose is a good balance of citrus hop and malt. The taste is also balanced with a really nice citrus backend. This is good. Not an ipa fan so I have been drinking them for the last year to see if the style is worth it. I have found a few. Only a few but I would drink this again.

Sep 30, 2015
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky amber orange. The smell is so unique and amazing. Imagine lemon poppyseed muffins, but grapefruit instead. Holy shit. I love everything about the nose about this bad. The taste is in your face grapefruit, slightly over ripe, with tons of bready malts. Perfect balance. The normal tart bitterness of grapefruit is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Nice and sticky mouth feel. Awesome offering from Westbrook.

Sep 30, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep gold/orange with a wee bit of cloudiness. There is a nice creamy off white head and the beer leaves a good deal of lacing clinging to the side of the glass. The smell is malty sweet with a good deal of a ripe grapefruit that is on its way to meet its maker after having been bruised and beaten by the citrus ninja. The pine smell of hops comes in after this. The taste is similar to the smell with the malt and grapefruit combining to create the flavor of a grapefruit past its prime but in a good way. The bitter pine hops comes in to clean away the sweetness but brings his boozy friend with him. The beer is thick and juicy for sure. All in all it is a solid beer .

Sep 26, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is bursting with sticky, juicy citrus. The mouthfeel is really thick and sticky, which was unexpected at first. It was super juicy and poured nice and hazy. The overall flavor wasn't totally balanced and it was almost too sticky for me, but still a great IPA.

Sep 21, 2015
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raynmoon from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/04/15, so one month old on the dot. perfect.

Appears very hazy, a deep orange color. Almost amber, but more orange. Fluffy white head that lingers around and sticks the glass.

The smell is confusing me. It smells old. Like big sweet, caramely malts, some orange sweetness. ready. Maybe a little resiny hop aroma. But not as pungent as i'd like.

Taste is very balanced between fruity, zesty hops and a big sweet malt backbone. The right amount of bitterness kicks and evens it out.

Very creamy on the mouthfeel.

Overall, really solid. Fans of the new juicy stuff from Treehouse and Trillium are going to be disappointed. This reads more like Cafe Racer 15 from Bear Republic or a Sierra Nevada double IPA.

Sep 04, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: deep golden color, big frothy white head
S: tons of citrus and tropical fruit
T: very nice, citrusy, tropical fruit, nice finish
F: light to medium bodied, good mouthfeel
O: one of my favorites from Westbrook, highly recommended...fresh

Aug 30, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With apologies to Mexican Cake, this is my favorite beer made by Westbrook. this year (2015) had much stronger fruit than i remember in past years, but not to a detriment. This and GF Sculpin are the cream of the crop when it comes to GF IPA's. It Looks and smells like a great IPA, but the smell is the first indicator that there is a strong fruit presence in this beer, as you get prominent notes of grapefruit and orange, with slight lemon and pineapple in the nose. The taste hits you with a blast of fruity goodness; very strong grapefruit, which combined with the hops creates a very pleasant taste. Also present is a slight orange taste; almost like if someone spiked your favorite IPA with a shot of orange juice. The way the fruit and the hops play off each other is brilliant, for as much as I'm going on about the fruit if you were to take that aspect away you would be left with a hop bomb. Very little malt to speak of and the 9.5% is almost undetectable. The feel is nice, solidly carbonated but not enough to tickle your throat if you know what I mean. Overall this is a can't miss beer if you're into sweeter IPA's. Since almost everyone is familiar with Ballast Point I'll leave you with this comparison: If BP made a GF Dorado, this is what they would aspire to be. A very pleasant IPA that I look forward to every summer!

Aug 20, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed extremely fresh (within two weeks of bottling). This beer is exactly what I don't like in IIPAs. It features a heavy sweet malt backbone that adds massive caramel/honey notes to the beer and detracts from the hop and grapefruit profile. There was a still a nice bitterness and some grapefruit notes present, but all I could taste was the big sweet malt bill.

Aug 17, 2015
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AintNoTele from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and smells of grapefruit. Juicy and goes down smooth but packs a punch. Strong grapefruit flavors without being bitter. Great DIPA that I wish was around more often. Citra dry-hopping would send this to the moon!

Aug 17, 2015
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Extol from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Cloudy orange typical of the style.

Smell - Hint of typical fruit and sligh bitterness.

Taste - Tropical fruit. Grapefruit and oranges of sorts. Slight bitterness on the end and alcohol.

Overall - Very nice. Wouldn't want more than one at a time though.

Aug 17, 2015
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MagicJeff from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper body with an egg white head. small head is retained through most of drinking. nice lacing on glass as well.

Smells like grapefruit pith, lemon rind, some candied lemon. tropical/grapefruit notes are dominant.

Taste: candied grapefruit, some toffee malt but mostly citrus.

Feel: medium bodied, easy drinking.

Overall: I love this offering from Westbrook. It looks great and is very consistent tasting throughout. I thought the citrus would be overwhelming but it is very pleasant on a hot day.

Aug 16, 2015
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GlassOfHops from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think I liked shanes big dipa better this year, but still pretty good.

Look- a murky burnt orange color with an egg white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell- smell is all citrus hops. Smells great.

Taste- this is where i was kinda let down. Taste doesnt follow the smell as much as i had hoped.

Feel- feels a bit watery for 9.5%

Overall- worth a try but i wouldnt go around trading your stash for this years.

Aug 14, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big grapefruit aroma, moderate resin, with a crackery malt backbone.

Flavor is sweet, with a lightly bitter finish. Big grassy notes. A touch too bitter at the finish.

Feb 01, 2015
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