Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange (2012)

 
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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3.5
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
What impressed me the most about this beer is how, regardless of other peoples’ evaluations of this beer, it thankfully tastes nothing like fresh grapefruit: rather, it compliments the ingredients so well that it just tastes like a really fresh version of a grapefruity, citrus hop variety. Coupling grapefruit with Cascade was a great idea. Bright in appearance, fresh, refreshing, and actually pretty respectable.

3.5
SirLimpsalot (4551) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2012
Stockholm Beer & Whiskey 2012: Trevlig humledoft. Tjock vätska med stor humlesmak och en fin fruktig balans. Gott

3.5
hopscotch (11322) - 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!

3.5
yespr (48114) - 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.

3.5
Arve_Christian (5220) - 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
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
bwa5879 (961) - Grand Rapids, 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
Lowenbrau (4762) - Asturias, 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
Papsoe (25055) - 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
_angst_ (5009) - 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.


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