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Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our double IPA collaboration with The Charleston Beer Exchange. Last year’s batch was a single-hopped Cascade double IPA brewed with 50 lbs of fresh grapefruit and was released on draft only. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Purs hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry pine and grapefruity. Citrusy and peachy, pine and grapefruity. Bitter, grapefruity and smooth mellow fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. Thick and intense greasy hop aroma. Solid body, thick and sugary fruit with quite some perfumy hops. Clearly has a lot of hops, but pretty much everything is drowned in sugar. 131212

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle from GBX. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is huge grapefruit with some orange, apricot, and kumquat. Flavor follows with big citrus character, some grapefruit, some kumquat, and some orage. Medium in body and very citrusy in the finish. Nice DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1710) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle, yes this could have been fresher, but let’s give it a fair chance. Amber with an off-white head leaving lacing. Aroma: freshly cut grapefruit, peach, vanilla. Taste: loads of fruit, grapefruit, other citrus fruits, tropical fruits, sweet caramel, vanilla, medium bitter. Medium bodied. This had a nice fruitiness I really liked, would love to try it fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bomber, pours heavily clouded amber with scant white head, pithy slightly bready aroma with some citrus accents and boozy esters, tons of pithy bitterness throughout, finishes moderately full and sweet with some burn on finish, a bit of a mess

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3237) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 18, 2012
65cl bottle. Grapefruit, some sour aromas. Pours hazy light gold, with small head, vanishing, poor lacing. Medium body, average carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is citrus, grapefruit, some acid notes, mild bitterness, witha a dry and warm aftertaste. Quaffable and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2012
22 oz bottle dated 19 June 2012 served in a snifter. Poured a murky, orange-amber color with essentially no head. Nonetheless, some lacing was left on the glass, The fruity nose foreshadows a flavor in which grapefruit, lemon, lime and other vague fruit flavors dominate, with some pine resin too. Plenty bitter, as expected, but the bitterness and harshness of a high ABV DIPA are both tempered by a detectable sweetness and some light maltiness. O: A very drinkable DIPA, yet disappointing overall. Strong points are the mouthfeel where it does relatively well for a high ABV DIPA, and hoppy/fruitiness. A little overpriced; this local SC beer cost (about $8) as much or more than fine beers coming all the way from the West coast (e.g., many from Stone and Rogue).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty piney grapefruit hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty very bitter piney hoppy grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle... Hazy, deeply golden ale with orange highlights and a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma supplies loads of grapefruit - followed by leaner notes of cookie and toffee as I dig a little deeper. Full-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is enormously citrusy, providing big-time grapefruit meat, pith and rind. All this is accompanied by a gentle undercurrent of biscuity sweetness. Finishes bitter and grassy, then dry and tongue-numbing. Bottle courtesy of Elliesbrown!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2012
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of citrusy fresh hops, peach, orange, juicy but still some malts in the background. Otherwise pretty hop forward. Taste of fresh pine, citrusy hops, peach, rather dusty and some grapefruit. Malts are more subtle here.

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