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Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 337
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 181
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 01-01-2014

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 337
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have ever had. The flavor was so well balanced that it hid the higher ABV very well. Citra hops give this beer tons of character and an increible nose.

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Photo of OKFine
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to PG2G for this as an extra.
A: Golden copper with nice quickly dissipating head.
S: Tropical fruit citrus nose vacation
T: Sticky bitter hops, sweet juicy fruit flavors with a gentle citra after taste
F: Sticky, smooth, like honey watered down with citrus juice
O: Super great showcase of citra hops. Great double IPA. Amazing bonus in a trade.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 22oz. (drink before 9/30/15 on bottle)

A: Dark orange, big head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Tropical Fruit, Tangerines, Soap, Alcohol
T: Dank, sticky, fruity, mildly bitter, some alcohol present
F: Sticky, Full
O: Good but over rated

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer...

Bright copper with minimal foam on the pour. The beer manages to shine in your glass. Aroma is full of juicy citrus fruits -- orange, grapefruit and lemon right off the bat. Flavor stays true to that, with a grassy taste on the front end, followed by a bready finish. Mouthfeel isn't overly resin-y, and carbonation is just about perfect. This is a West Coast IPA as it should be, and one you should absolutely seek out fresh.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Good size bubbles and amber.
Smell: Tropical Heaven. Just as good as Tongue Tickles (TT).
Taste: Same as the nose.
Feel: Sticky with the right amount carbonation and slight bitterness at the end.
Overall: Maybe the best from the shower series. I still have TT a tad better from the appearance and feel.

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Photo of RJB66
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one outstanding brew! It's so full of juicy Citra hops. Super smooth finish with no aftertaste. As soon as I popped the top I could smell the Citra. Very easy drinking for a double. Halfway through it I was wishing I had another one. I highly recommend this awesome beer!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a fresh 22 ounce bomber of this via trade and was excited to try it as I have tried many other showers versions...this was by far the best version of the showers series I have had… Tons of Citra hops on the nose and the finish

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey yellow with fizzy white head with good distribution and retention. Beautiful aromas of papaya (the most vibrant and clear papaya scent I've ever gotten from a beer) cantaloupe and a bit of candied orange, but mostly papaya. Very catty up front with flavors of candied orange peel and grapefruit along with bits of rosemary. Very bitter finish that lingers. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Great IPA, the flavors opens up a bit as it warms but the nose reigns supreme on this one.

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Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl.oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, Venice, CA
Drink Before 9.30.15
Served in a snifter

Slightly hazed, medium amber appearance. A one-finger tall, bubbly, off white crown topped the beer but it soon fell to a thin ring. No lacing whatsoever. The chill haze quickly dropped to reveal a nearly crystal clear body.

The aroma was absolutely amazing. Super hoppy and bright. This smelled like pure liquid hop juice. Loads of citrus. Orange was most apparent. Tropical fruits also came through strong. Mango and pineapple were noticeable. Peach and apricot appeared as well. Both the peach and the mango intensified as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was more piney and bitter than the aroma and also less complex. Orange notes came through strong. Lots of juicy tangerine as well. Ruby red grapefruit was noticeable. Slightly sweet. The finish was moderately bitter and contained subtle notes of pine sap and grapefruit peel. As the beer warmed, candy coated grapefruit really came forth. Some mango and peach were also detectible.

On the palate, the beer was frothy and plush. Pillowy soft. The liquid contained a fine yet aggressive carbonation that settled to a more appropriate level with time.

This was my first time trying a beer by Noble Ale Works and I was rather impressed. If only the flavor profile could have more closely resembled the nose, this would have been spectacular.

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to Mikasa pint glass

A: Copper-tan in color, slightly opaque, as a moderate pour yields a tight bubbly head that leaves little tracing to speak of.

S: Big, juicy bouquet with pronounced notes of oragne and grapefruit zest, caramelly malts and booze. Spicy lemon pepper and grassy notes edge the bouquet.

T: More nuanced on the palate, but still big and juicy. The citrus notes are joined by tropical tones. The front of the sip is bitter, with grassy, floral aspects staking their claim. The malt-backbone balances over the arc of the sip, bringing in notes of honeyed bread. The brew closes with a long, boozy finish with bitter-sweet residuals lingering.

M: Oily slick, medium mouthfeel. A little under-carbonated given the complexion.

A really tasty, well-rounded IPA. Full of juicy goodness, this brings out the best in Citra hops.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have a winner here!

Not much head or retention, but beautifully lemon sunshine color and subtle carbonation.

Nose and taste is all Citra hops and bubblegum malt. Lighter tropical fruits including mango, apricots, lemons and passion fruit. The malt is sticky and a bit more present than I expected, just shy of mildly syrupy, but it works really well with the hops, lending a bubblegum flavor.

Not much pine / marijuana compliment to balance out all the bursting citrus as I typically prefer, but I'm not deducting any scoring for that. All you new school hop kids these days that love one-note citrus beers & think more juicy fruit in IPAs = better IPAs are going to love this one. Dry & crisp finish that beggs for more sipping. My 22oz bomber was killed in near or less that 20 min...

I was skeptical going into this beer being that Tounge Tickles for me was a bit watery and lended no malt backing, making it a somewhat "hollow?" beer for me. This one was refreshing and delivered on all fruit forward citrus fronts with just enough malt to back it up without being anywhere near considered malty and sweet.

The next best West Coast substitute to Kern River's Citra DIPA, and that's saying something! Well Done!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Holiday Wine Cellar. Has a small amount of that calms down to a minimal amount of lacing. Nose is citra hops all over the place. Dank, citrusy. Fantastic. The flavor is amazing. Citrusy, dank, sharp hops abound. This is a fantastic beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this when it was almost 3 months old but it was incredible! Cloudy, fruity, citrusy, juicy, great mouthfeel. This is definitely a 5/5 if it were fresh, but you could hardly tell that it had any age on it at nearly 3 months.

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Photo of trojans4200
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had some of the best IPA out there and this definatly ranks up with the top dogs! Heady,Pliny, SOS.... ,Citra showers is right up there!

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Photo of Priesland
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! Golden, sunburst orange, gigantic frothy cream-colored head. So bright, so fresh. A subtle grain base features layer upon layer of slightly sweet, floral, fruity hops. I spent a good several minutes inhaling deeply.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22oz bomber poured into a spiegelau glass - drink before 9/30/2015
Incredible aroma right off the bat. Crisp flavor and dank hoppy notes. This beer is ridiculously crushable for ~9%. Truly world-class.

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Photo of Briesch
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious beer. Starts off with one of the most amazing aromas ever emanated from a beer glass. Super fruity, floral smell. The taste is one of the juiciest, hoptastic beers I've ever tasted. Just the right amount of bitter. This thing drinks so smoothly and don't detect any alcohol at all. Tried a previous batch months ago. Bought 3 bottles upon this new release and drank them within the week. Had to go back to the store to buy three more. Consume fresh!

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Photo of balls_mcgee
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very strong, citrusy smell. Has a taste that hits as powerfully as it smells. Absolutely delicious, has notes of grapefruit, orange, apricot. Awesome, awesome stuff.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours an orange golden color with little head or lacing. There was a burst of floral notes that I picked up when the bottle was opened. Nose is floral and citrus. Taste follows with more citrus peel and some bitterness on the finish. An excellent drinking beer.

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Photo of BrettonJay
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is typical gold/orange transparent IPA with very little head despite a slightly aggressive pour.

Smell is subtle hops with strong citrus and almost a burning spiciness.

Taste is small spice up front with huge citrus on the end. Balanced subtle hoppiness throughout with no sign of 8.8%ABV. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is typically bubbly yet smooth IPA. Good carbonation and an awesome tingliness of is-this-spicy? that fades comfortably quickly.

Overall a great DIPA that I would pick up anytime I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good things. "Best by 9/30/15" Printed on the bottom right of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. About a finger off white head. Pretty rapid dissipation, with larger bubbles condensing. Not much in the way of retention or lacing. Looks kinda mediocre.

S: Hoppy. Slightly citric and tropical. Not much malt presence in the nose. Smells very "bright", if that makes any sense.

T: Lemon, lime and orange zest on the front end. Slightly savory onion/garlic. Tropical flavors on the mid palate. Again, not overly complex but fairly "bright". Tropical spiciness on the end. Bit of alcohol warmth after the taste.

M: Feels both light on the palate and undercarbonated.

O: I'm pretty dissapointed. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great single hop beer. I love the shower series and this is one of my favorites. Great Citra smell and flavor they last throughout this beer. I will have it again for sure

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Photo of Absolut
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a white head.

Smells extremely prominent of citrus, hops, dank and fruit.

Taste is very similar. Crisp mouth feel.

Wonderful beer.

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Photo of mobrado
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great single hop showcase, although I personally like Citra better when it's balanced by other hops like Mosaic (Fresh Squeezed) or Motueka (Modern Times' Booming Rollers). On its own, as another reviewer has mentioned, it's just a bit 'hollow.'

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best CA DIPAs I've come across in quite a while. Dull gold hazy unfiltered liquid topped by a small head of white foam. Rich nose with moderate dank orange and floral notes and a sweet maltiness. This tastes addictively good: orange zest with sweet malt, cucumber, and a dose of honey sweetness. Just a touch of bitterness adds some balance. The mouthfeel is creamy and the brew coats the tongue with a delicious hoppy nectar that is slightly tongue numbing. Emphasizing dank hops, but presenting on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum.

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
97 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.