Tongue Tickles - Noble Ale Works

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 211
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Lucnifter on 11-16-2013

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Thomas13Lee
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of Bsterner4
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of DblDiamond
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.46/5  rDev 0%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of rblib
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (368 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly the best DIPA I've ever had, no joke. Thrown in as a trade extra, this is now something I would trade for specifically. An open grapefruit was on the counter when I poured this, and as soon as it hit the glass, my nose was filled with bright citrus - from the beer. It was clear and clean in both look and feel, and left no sticky aftertaste like many DIPAs do. Super bright citrus notes, making me think of grapefruit rind w/o the bitterness. Hard to balance the crushability with the desire to savor every sip. Magnificent. (540 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: clear golden orange
S: ripe mango. Grapefruit peel. Candied orange.
T: orange peel. Bitter but finishes with tropical notes. Grapefruit.
M: creamy Coats your mouth for a second then dissipates. Really wonderful.
O: this is an outstanding double ipa. Bitter and sweet. Balanced beautifully. Clean very drinkable. Another winner from Noble. (349 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with my brand new Barrelhouse Brewco snifter glass
Tasted on 08/18/2014

A: Pours a lightly burnished golden caramel-amber look with very fine visibility through the body. Produces a half finger width of ivory foam that holds together like a nice lather of shave cream. Some light crusty film remains sticking to the glass after each sip. Looks very nice and well conditioned.

S: Smells lightly dank and herbal with a mixed bag of tropical fruits. I get green melon, gooseberry, and passion fruit mostly. There is a touch of catnip to the nose on this although it is fairly tamed back. No real malt character coming through here. Just all funky fresh hop odors which has me excited to take my first sip.

T: Flavors bring some nice herbal notes with expressive tropicals like passion fruit, spicy guava, melon, and pineapple. Some bright evergreens surface in and out complementing the other flavors. There is a nice bitter bite to the palate with a long lasting resinous linger over a very light malt cracker base. Touch of caramel sweetness there but with a super dry and hoppy finish. Nicely done with the alcohol almost totally masked.

M: Very light body with an upper moderate amount of carbonation keeping things light and frothy on the tongue. Good solid bitter blast to the palate. Finishes dry and resinous.

D: Tongue Tickles is definitely one worth seeking out. A real nice showcase of Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe hops together which are all winners in my book. Noble is doing some really nice things with hops and this one is no exception. (1,591 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured bomber best by 10/6/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours an amber color with a one finger off white head. Nice lacing left behind.

S-Aromas of the stone fruit, orange, pineapple, and hops.

T-The taste is similar to the aroma very nice.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body with nice carbonation.

O-Overall a very smooth DIPA great aromas, taste, and mouthfeel. I would definetly get again. (388 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev -4%

On tap @ the source.

A: Pours a clear dark yellowish/light orange under a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) and tropical fruits (passion) and a hint of melon up front with a sweetish malt backing for a good balance.

T: Somewhat dank and catty and oniony with citrus, pine and malts.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes resiny, sticky and piney.

O: The newest batch does not let down. This is good stuff. (510 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Raul ain't even gonna front; this is a really good beer. Although, with all the hype, Raul was hoping for "legendary" status; but unlike Emily Ratajkowski's lips, to be able to caress this thang won't start any wars. I mean, dang... this sucker is good! Delicate citrus, a nice mellow bitterness like your baby mama when you come home late, but she smoked a J so she doesn't really care... The Raul man would really say that it's a cross between Pliny and Lag Extra!; and you know what? This cross dresser ain't bad.

Peace! (524 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber in the tall glass. Quite decent head and the foam lasts well. Spritzy carbonation but mostly the mouthfeel is quite acidic. A whiff of pineapple in the aroma. Fragrant with pineapple and orange peel.

Hot with alcohol that seems to keep the maltiness hidden, even though it's quite a substantial body. A sweetness deep down. Lots of grapefruit peel and some. Bitterness is over the top but not unbearable. Aftertaste is an endless bitterness mollified by the fruity notes. A sharp, winey consistency.

Almost drinkable but pretty much the typical DIPA overkill. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in Little Italy. (645 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber pour nets a small white half finger head. A tight smattering of lacing is left after rather poor head retention.

Galaxy and Citra hops really blast the aroma on this beer, lots of pleasant peach, tropical fruit, bright citrus and steady pine. Floral and tropical aroma, near perfect, could be a bit more powerful.

Detectable pale malt with some bready notes and some grainy leftovers at the end of the drink. Flavor is overwhelmingly pine and grapefruit hops with notes of apricot, red apple and dank resin. Slight mouthcoating and bitterness is steady and a bit reserved. Balance is created both with the malts and alcohol.

Medium drinkable body with good carbonation. Resiny mouthcoating gives the impression of drying but the malts are admittedly a bit sticky. Alcohol is evident but I think that 8% is perfect here.

The hype machine was really getting its gears turning on this beer and it might just be deserved. The aroma is fantastic, somewhere between Sculpin's tropical tones and Double Sunshine's bright citrus with more pine thrown in as it warms. Flavor is very much a stock West Coast IPA but overall well done. Any lover of Citra and Galaxy hops (that means all of you) should really seek this one out. (1,232 characters)

Photo of djjacobsen
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding DIPA. Very bitter finish. An extremely fresh smelling ipa. Citra is the star making for a pineapple, citrus blast. This is extremely similar in every way to stone enjoy by, being more bitter than enjoy by and far less sweet. A true representation of a hop blasted WC IPA. Well done Noble. (300 characters)

Photo of socaldiver
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only IPA that I have ever had that can stand side by side with Pliny and Heady. Simply amazing. Great job noble I hope this beer will continue to be brewed. If I can get it this will be my go to beer from here on out. although this is my first time rating a beer I have gone to great length's to try as many Ipa's as I could and could only give a perfect 5 star rating to tongue tickles, heady topper, pliny the elder, and pliny the younger. (453 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

won 1st place at the LA IPA Festival last weekend?? nice orange-y color with similarly colored head. aromas of orange and grapefruit, citric with lots of rind bitterness. aromas continue on the tongue with a light oily feel and slight stickiness. slight biscuit, but that's pretty much all I get as far as the malt is concerned.
where did this come from? I was just at Noble a few weeks ago... had their IPA and their chile IPA. I wonder how the chile peppers would taste in this one??? it might be a little too oily for the peppers.... straight 4.5 for me.... (560 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- Batch 1 - off tap and 22 oz. bottle on 20-Nov-13
- Batch 2 - 22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass on 7-Aug-14

Nice Galaxy hop presence. Detect it even in the bitter finish. The Simcoe and Citra really shine in the aroma and front half as well. Real dank. One of the best IPA's local to my region.

My current NAW IPA's ranking:

1st - Citra Showers
2nd - Tongue Tickles
2nd - Nelson Showers
4th - El Dorado Showers
5th - Simcoe Showers
6th - Nobility
7th - TBA Showers
8th - Big Whig
9th - Amarillo Showers (511 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the source itself. On to the beer:

A mélange of orange and red dominate the color with yellow hues playing alongside. Topping the beer is a half-inch of creamy head and some lacing which sticks. The aroma is pleasant, hoppy without a doubt and bringing flavors which I would find typically in New Zealand. Lovely notes of cantaloupe, pineapple, tangerine, and passionfruit pump me up to taste, which does not disappoint. For a hoppy beer, it tastes like a dusting of sugar coats the hops. A very pleasing overall flavor, highlighted with tangerine, pine, and cantaloupe. It's a full bodied beer with very easy carbonation.

Tongue Tickles, just drink it, because this is a very good Double IPA. (707 characters)

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Tongue Tickles from Noble Ale Works
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