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Tongue Tickles - Noble Ale Works

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 257
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 48
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lucnifter on 11-16-2013

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 257
Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 22 oz bottle 10 days after the "drink before date" and was still impressed. Nice, slightly hazy golden apricot color with a one finger head. Citrus, pineapple, resin, and a touch of dank in the aroma and flavor with a creamy texture. The sweet fruit and bitterness is very well balanced and lingers in a positive way. Have to say it's similar to Pliny in the intensity and balance. Would love to try a fresh bottle next time.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Semi hazy and golden
Peaches, citrus, stone fruits
Pineapple, pine, slight onion
Slight swertness uofront followed by bitterness
Best one I have had from Noble. Look forward to Citra.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at BLAH while on Beer Safari in San Diego. Great DIPA. Lots of fruit and hops. A bit light on malt which I noticed more in feel than taste. Went perfectly with Blind Lady's Fig Pizza and Citrus Salad. Would love to get this at home on East Coast.

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Photo of Absolut
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim before the Foo Fighters.

Poured a hazy orange with a one finger white head. smells of dank hops and citrus.

taste is wonderful, dank, sticky, citrus and malt.

this is a beer I could drink all the time

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Photo of anonymoose
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits. The taste is delicious tropical fruits, a hint of citrus, and a light biscuity malt. This is my favorite beer out of California so far

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Photo of Elan
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I did a side by side comparison to Pliny The Elder and this beer had more aromatics than pliny, finished smoother and had an overall better mouthfeel. Pliny had a more malty finish while the Tongue Tickles had a fruitier finish. Side by side, Tongue Tickles is better than Pliny IMO. I made my wife smell both side by side and she said they both smelled very similar. I agreed but TT had a more pronounced dry hopping than pliny. Overall i would give this beer a 5 out of 5 stars. Everyone needs to get off the Pliny nut sack. Its a good beer but not excellent in my opinion. The fact that theres a limited supply make it "better" as people want what what they cant have., Good marketing for a good beer (not excellent). Tongue Tickles deserves a 100 rate, not
a 94.

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Photo of MHurley
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light see through orange is color with cloud white head. Thick and sticky lacing. Smells of citra and tropical fruit fill the nose. Nice hoppy and tropical fruit flavors. Great double Ipa I got a chance to try while on a trip to Alpine Ca. Would definitely pick this up again due to it having a great smoothness as a ipa

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Photo of breadwinner
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another day, another Noble hoppy beer that I just don't get the hype on. Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly fine DIPA, and I can see why it might be a winner for a lot of folks. Razor sharp pungent hop nose, sort of light dankness going on, little spritzes of tangy citrus. That sharpness follows through to the palate, though, and it frustratingly follows my experience with Noble hoppy beers -- they have a certain hollowness in the feel, which accentuates their sharpness, and it just doesn't work for me. It definitely serves to highlight the hops, so mission accomplished in that sense, I suppose. But, overall, it's just too shrill to be a real winner for me, though, again, good beer, hop lovers delight.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours hazy gold but clears up considerably as the beer warms. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors receive support from melon leading to an assertive hop bitterness in a medium light bodied beer

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid DIPA from Noble. Brewed w/Citra and Galaxy hops, though I don't get any aroma or much taste that you'd normally associate with Citra hops. The galaxy hops definitely dominate, which is not a problem by any means, but don't expect a Citra juicy hop bomb. Definitely a lot of dankness w/some oniony smell too that I find to be present in many beers brewed in the San Diego and Southern California area. I personally find that onion smell and taste to be very off-putting, but I realize that not everybody feels the same way. That being said, it's not an overpowering part of the taste profile, which is instead dominant galaxy with some citra notes too in the background. I probably would have preferred the citra to be the dominant hop instead, but that's just personal preference. Still a great tasting beer, and one of the better tasting non-Alpine IPAs that I've had out of the Southern California region.

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Photo of markgugs
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle "best by Sept 1 2015" poured into my tall Coronado Brewing tulip (keeping things in the SoCal family sans Noble glassware)

Anyway, I got an immediate waft of tropical fruit as soon as I opened the bottle, which just as quickly settled into a dank, dank, and more dank scent, featuring more than a hint of onion. Somewhat offputting considering the beer's enticing honey tangerine shade of orange. Flavorwise though, this DIPA is right in my wheelhouse. Yes it's still dank, but wave after wave of juicy grapefruit & tropical stone fruits blast your tongue like a tidal wave, and when the water (beer) recedes, nothing but bitterness remains.

A perfectly balanced body and even more fruit appearing as it warms make this incredibly drinkable, and strong overall. Another great hoppy entry from Noble.

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Photo of Beervana
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden colour with a thin white head. Nose is real dank, even a bit savoury, some pine in there as well as good hit of grapefruit juice. Taste leans more toward the piney resinous side of things, none of the juiciness that came on the nose, there is a bit of grapefruit peel, a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is interesting, sticky upfront but dry on the back end, medium-bodied.

Overall, a really nice hop showcase, not mind-blowing but very well brewed. Definitely goes down easy for the 8% ABV.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a 32oz growler from a friend. Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Smell is pretty faint, hence the low score, but you get that oniony, sweaty, dank smell that I usually associate with Mosaic and Simcoe hops. It looks like this beer has mainly Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy which is interesting considering how much the Simcoe stands out from the rest. Not much of that tropical fruit you would expect from Citra or Galaxy. Taste is much like the nose but much more pronounced. Completely dank with light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is a little oily and carbonation is perhaps a little low, although I'll confess that the cap came undone slightly while I had it in my car. Opening two days after I received this. Overall, a really great DIPA that reminds me a lot of Lupulin River, Knee Deeps DIPA with Mosaic and Simcoe.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit oily & watery. Mango, lighter citrus fruits and "Hop sweat?" Easy drinking but missing something for sure in the body. Incomplete. Can't explain. Happy to have had but will not buy again. Generous score. Can only imagine hype & score is SoCal locally charged. Not a bad beer, don't get me wrong, but this is par for the course. Subjective.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange, amber color with no head retention, not much carbonation, cloudy, hazy, decent amount of lacing.

A: Up front, guavas, grapefruit, onion, garlic, very pungent, not getting any malt aromas, smells really good.

T: Big citrus notes, grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, guavas, onion/garlic flavors, alcohol is present, not much of a malt presence, nice balanced bitterness in the middle, really good.

M: Big chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, dry finish.

O: Very impressed, lots of citrus aromas and flavors, there is not a sweet malt backbone presence that I get in some IIPAs, really good, definitely going to pick up another bottle if I ever come across it again.

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Photo of Thomas13Lee
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

YUMMY! A wonderful beer with surprising and complex flavors. The just barely noticeable onion garlic savory finish makes the next hurried sip a foregone conclusion. My only complaint, if it is a complaint at all, is that this same savory goodness is a tad cloying so a session beer this is definitely not. But a couple bottles is plenty and the abv is just about right. Love this beer and, BONUS, it's easy to get your hands on it.
Oh and bye the bye, my definition of a session beer may not mesh with the general consensus of a low, 4% abv, alcohol brew. A session beer to me is how many I can drink before I am overwealmed by the flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drink Before 9/1/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, overripe pineapple, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and slight onion and garlic hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a variety of hop characteristics that mesh together better as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dankness, orange rind, pineapple, guava. Light malts, medium body. Velvety texture, fresh, little bitterness. Outstanding balance. One of the best IPA's available.

Label states "drink by 5.8.15". Not sure how many months before that it was bottled.

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Photo of Bsterner4
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not very representative of a DIPA, but definitely worth the buy. This was great. The mango and pineapple hits athe nose along with the freshness of the hips and continues through the taste. Very pleasing with no bitter aftertaste, which I don't like.

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Photo of DblDiamond
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice amber appearance.
Smell: Awesome. Slight onion with alot of tropical fruits.
Taste: Citrus and stone fruit. Pineapple and peaches/nectarines. Man this is good!
Feel: Nice medium mouthfeel with a juicy finish.
Overall this is an outstanding dipa. It's everything you want in an ipa doubled. It's got a tiny bit of heat but it's super tasty.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy brew, like looking through murky golden water. Topped by a solid snow white head with fantastic retention and lacing.

Aroma: hoppy (surprise!). Tons of hops: pineapple and mango, star fruit and peach, a touch of pepper, and some dry biscuity malt. Dank herbal notes coming in eventually.

Galaxy hops really shine up front; dry, peppery, earthy, and tropical, all at once. The malt profile builds mid-palate; thick, smooth, biscuity, almost buttery. Laced throughout with a touch of citrus peel that comes through stronger on the back-end.

Exceptional drinkability: lively and smooth, with a very dry, effervescent, relatively short finish. Some hop oil bitterness lingers.

Despite the smack of Galaxy up front (and Citra shining through, as well), this is a relatively tame and subdued DIPA. The malt profile really comes through quite well, and the hops never become overbearing.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I'm so glad I picked this one, and even more appreciative that I have another bottle in the fridge. Bursting with copper hue, yet semi-cloudy and reminding me of that busty female figure on Mad Men. Needless to say, the pour is larrrrrrge! A huge whiff of peach in the nose, which isn't always good. Generally, it suggests that something else is missing. Not on this one. Additional smells of orange rind and grapefruit. It takes work to pull off these flavors. Touches of pine, tropical notes, peppercorn, and bready malt lace the tongue. Just like it says, it tickles, too. Hmm. I'm extremely satisfied. If you have regular access to this beer, grab it now.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im no expert or connoisseur but I wish I had the time to at least do a proper review.

I will most likely do another one in the near future once I have it again.

I've only drank this 3 times.
Twice on tap at Noble Ale Works and once from a bomber which I had a fews days after.

This imperial india pale ale is WORLD fucking CLASS.

I may have to try it at least once more to confirm but this is as good as it gets for double IPAs in CA. It's on par with enjoy by, pliny the elder, hop-15, and citra double ipa. etc.

Noble has stepped up their fucking game. god damn.

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Photo of rblib
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a classic Stein. Wow. Smell is hoppy and dank. Cloudy with spotty lacing. Taste bursts with flavors of grapefruit; lemon and resin. If I didn’t know better I would swear there were some mosaic mixed in there as well (on initial taste but that fades). Great lingering tasty bitterness on the palate that leaves you wanting more. Wonderful offering!

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Photo of KMachHops
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pour into a tulip glass from a bomber. Bottle say best by 5.02.2015. About an inch of head and dissipates within a minute. Color is hazy light orange but becomes clear after sitting.
Smell: Tropical bomb.
Taste: Same but with some grapefruit at the end.
Feel: Smooth...Lightly carbonate and no booziness at all. So drinkable.
Overall: Surprise! Didn't expect a world class DIPA. May need to put this in my top 10 DIPAs.

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Tongue Tickles from Noble Ale Works
95 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.