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Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (883) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Very light in color, little head. Aroma is fruity, not much grapefruit. Taste is malty, smooth, somewhat bitter. Good palate. Decent beer, wanted more grapefruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Big thanks to mikeincharleston for the bottle. Thanks Mike! 22 oz bottle served in a Founders tulip. Bottled July 19th, 2012 (!!!) A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and bubble collar that leaves splotchy lace down the glass. S: Big hop oils up front. Lots of citrus rind, mostly a semi-tart grapefruit, and some resiny smells going on. The malt body is muddled underneath, but a residual sweetness is there to remind you that (hopefully) the malts will be there to balance out the massive hops. T: Definitely hoppy, but the malt body really comes on strong to balance out the residual hop oils. Slightly tart grapefruit rind with a touch of flesh, some lemon zest, pine bitterness and malty sweetness. M: Sticky body, but the finish is definitely on the drier side. Medium carbonation. Slightly teeth coating as well which is surprising for the dryness of the finish. O: The was a definite hop bomb with a dry malt body. I think there maybe was slightly too much going on hop and fruit wise, but it was still a solid beer that I’m glad I got the chance to try. Thanks, Mike! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-31-2012

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Big citrus aroma... grapefruit, lemon, orange. Nice hopphippy bite at finish with a medium body and robust lively mouthfeel

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holy (833) - GERMANY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle picked up at Five Point Liquors in Valdosta, Georgia. Aroma is extremely earthy, taste is nice, perhaps a little harsh. A dirty bitter end game to this beer…

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle.  Pours orange with thin white head.  Aroma of grapefruit and oranges.  Taste has huge grapefruit flavor.  Nice hop bitterness.  Thick mouthfeel.  Creamy, Chewy body with huge citrus and hop flavor.  Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (655) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Cloudy orange/tan pour at Below the radar in Huntsville AL. Smells like strong resin/piney hops mixed half and half with orange citrus. Fairly even blend between hops and malt but malt comes up a little ahead. Bitter and sweet finish with lots more citrus juicy flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevencon (446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Almost tasted like drinking citrus juice. The beer was was quality beer but maybe a tad to filling and boozy. Labeled as 9% but tasted more like 10 or 11%. If you love citrus hoppy beers this is one to seek out.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pellegjr (395) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomTron (376) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a clear golden with not much head. Smells like a tropical fruit rainforest. Flavor is a tad bit tame from what I was expecting but it is nicely balanced with a ton of grapefruit and citrus with the malts not letting themselves disappear. Westbrook is yet again releasing solid brews from the great state of South Carolina. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22oz. Nice light amber pour, with minimal head. Citrus and malts on the nose. A little malt forward with a nice bitter finish and the grapefruit really shines. Really enjoying this and wish I had grabbed several on my way through Columbia (Too close to the Gamecocks, had to run).


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