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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3286) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Bottle looks like picture, but scans 2011 version and is bottled 9/2/13. Golden slight ly hazy color, good foam. Immediate hops and caramel; quite high viscosity and hop juice like. Also aromas of citrus and ok fruitiness- some vanuilla in the end. Medium/full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but also nice bitterness.Enjoyable- but too much caramel and sweetness for my taste- but maybe a year on the bottle is way to much for this beer

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Growler from Piggly Wiggly Myrtle Beach. Nice orange color....slight head. I was surprised to see this is an all Cascade beer....I thought it was some funky new hop blend or something. Seems like a big waste of grapefruit because I dont get much of it. It reminds me a lot of Gubna....kind of has a oniony taste to me. This is a big beer and could be called boozy and slightly malty. Really poor aroma. I want my fresh IIPS to have a big flower aroma...this has none.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (710) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2247) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3067) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2012
Sample @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky 2012. Pours hazy golden with a small frothy offwhite head that leaves some lacing and trace on the glass while slowly dissipating. Smell is sweet, malty and slightly herbal with lemon hard candy, alcohol, lemon balm, dill, cookie dough, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, orange zest and hints of sweet bread. Taste is sweet, bitter, herbal and malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, alcohol, soap, dill, lemon balm, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, orange zest, grass, pine, lemon grass and hints of resinous wood. Mouthfeel is tiny sticky sweet, slightly astringent, slightly boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with bread, orange and lemon peal, unripe mango, pine, grass, moist soil and resinous wood. Felt a bit all over the place. First Westbrook that left me disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of lemons, straw, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruites, straw, and caramel, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle 65 ml. Hazy orange with a small white head. Very hoppy, ripe fruity nose with herbal accents. Taste is sweet, toasted caramel mixed with greasy, almost oily piney, grapefruity hops. Full bodied, harsh and almost rancid heavy bitter finish. A little too bozzy and head on for my liking. No subbtleness.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2148) - 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).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3583) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle from Greenville Beer exchange. Pours golden with a thin head. Has some lacing in the glass. Slight grapefruit on the nose. Bigger hop bitterness and grapefruit on the tongue. Finishes clean. I didn’t mean to age it. It would have been better fresher.


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