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Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 324
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 168
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 01-01-2014

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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Hadn't even attempted to smell the beer and already picked up the strangely dank and disgusting yet somehow delicious aroma of cat piss. Accompanied by piss is are crisp refreshing citrus notes, grapefruit, flowers, and malt. Very very clean and crisp smelling. Taste is citrus, grapefruit and floral hops leading to sweet malts. I'm finding a great balance in this beer and it's drinking very easy. Finishes with a grainy grassy yet bitter taste. Mouth feel is a notch above medium and right one par with what I expected from an 8.8% abv DIPA. Not much that I don't like about this beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle of this from Hollingshead's Delicatessen yesterday. #1 on my want list while in socal on vacation. Into the Bruery tulip she goes!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peachy-gold with over a finger of soapy (almost) white head that leaves some thick and sticky lace.

Smell. Big pineapple, mango, cat pee (I hate that description but it really is there), oranges and grapefruit, and a touch of toasted malt. Actually smells pretty nice despite the crude descriptor.

Taste. Big tropical fruits, getting pineapple, mango and papaya, some sweet orange and grapefruit, a touch of onion and cedar, and some nice flavourful lighter malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation. Just about right for the style.

Overall. A very nice, big IPA with a ton of fresh tasting hops in there. I don't know if this is up there among the best DIPAs for me, but it's a very nice brew no question.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, drink by 2/23/2014, poured into a stemless wine glass today, 1/7/2014. Picked this one up at the beginning of my Los Angeles visit- looking to see what the local hype is behind this one.

Pours a beautiful, clear straw-orange body with an incredibly effervescent, fluffy white head with phenomenal retention. Ten minutes later, there is still at least a finger's worth of head. The lacing is very thick and sticky as well. Looks as an DIPA should.

The smell hit me as soon as I touched the bottle cap with the bottle opener. It smelled straight up citra hops- just like sniffing the citra hop pellets. Very dank, a bit herbal but most of all, very "wet" in the sense that this could very well be wet hopped. A nice spicy rye and breadiness accompanies the citra hops which are present mainly as passion fruit. Very strong nose, maybe not as "clean hopped" as other citra beers are, but this is really, really, really wet.

Flavour is not quite as good as it smells. It's quite similar to Zombie Dust in terms of the flavour profile- a nice strong grapefruit and passion fruit flavour backed up by a solid pale malt backbone. There is a bit of a sharpness to the malt, which makes me think there is some rye. But overall, this showcases the citra hops very well.

This is certainly the weak point of the beer. It's a bit thinner bodied than it should be- at least compared to the likes of Permanent Funeral or Sosus. Yet, it's got solid carbonation and feels resinous in the sense that everywhere in my mouth that gets touched by this beer, starts recoiling from the stolidly dry and bitter backend. It's a very nice bitter passion fruit type of bitterness that stays with you for some time. It's very drinkable but at the same time, you are compelled to take your time enjoying this beer.

This is a DIPA that showcases Citra hops really well. The malt backbone is a little bit less apparent than that of Pipeworks' Citra Ninja which I prefer as it cuts the booziness a bit. The 8.8% ABV is most certainly not apparent at all. I'm impressed with this offering, all things considered and it certainly also beats the likes of Hill Farmstead Double Citra. Noble Ale Works should seriously consider making this a rotating or seasonal beer- they'd have the next big citra hit on their hands. This beer is well worth the local hype that it's getting around here.

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Photo of corby112
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink before 2/23/14

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with dark straw colored edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slow settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank juicy hop aroma that's bursting with resinous oils and tropical/citrus fruit sweetness. Uber-fresh juicy nuggets with fresh cut grass, pine needle, spruce tip and subtle onion-y summit. The earthy, grassy notes really stand out but are perfectly countered by the sweeter fruit notes. Very tropical with hints of grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple and blood orange sweetness followed by a subtle pale malt backbone. I'm picking up a touch of biscuit along with toast and graham cracker but the lighter malt notes do not interfere in any way with the glorious hop profile. One of the dankest, freshest smelling IPAs I've come across. I don't know how the aroma could be improved. Smells amazing!

Full bodied with a blast of dank, resinous hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and subtle malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Pretty much perfectly balanced with dry, grassy pine needle flavor along with some earthy spruce tip and a touch of onion-y summit hops countered by juicy citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. Strong grapefruit flavor along with hints of mango, papaya, blood orange, curaçao and pineapple sweetness before finishing with subtle pale malt and a touch of boozy heat. The malt bill is present in the palate but doesn't hinder the intense hop flavors. Subtle hints of biscuit, bread, graham cracker and caramel. Just enough sweetness and alcohol to counter the intense hop bitterness. There is just a touch of heat toward the end of the palate but it's nicely masked at 8.8%. Deceptively drinkable because of the complexity and delicious combination of flavors. I could drink this all day and wish that I had regular access to this brewery in Philadelphia. An amazing beer that I highly recommend to any hophead. Incredible!

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Photo of smb
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Loads of intense citrus hop flavors, but with an extremely crisp and refreshing finish. The epitome of cleanliness. A pristine double IPA all around. Thank you Noble.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of freshflesh
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mmcurran
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Sscharafin
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Prospero
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikaveli
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jow_42
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - hazy, orange, tangerine color. Opaque. Looks like a NE DIPA in the glass

S - huge orange, tangerine, mango, papaya. There's an awesome herbacious note under all that citrus.

T - taste follows the nose on this one. Juicy oranges, tangerines, mango. There is a little bit of dank, earthiness middle of the mouth. Finishes super clean, crisp, dry. This beer drinks no where near 8.8%. You'd be in trouble with multiple bottle of this

O - This is by far my favorite single hopped Citra beer. I have yet to have Citra from Kern River, but Noble's Citra Showers is world class. Living here in San Diego, we are spoiled by amazing IPAs. This one stands out for sure among the best of the best. Highest recommendation on this one.

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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 joeyjoey104
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: big bubbly soapy head slightly hazy goldish orange

S: sweet grass with melon and overripe fruit a very light bitterness

T: so juicy and very clean the nose follows the taste it explodes with an over ripe melon fruit characteristics with light grass

M: this beer is like a lot of their shower beers it's so clean and light feeling it's quite amazing

O: This beer is amazing flat out I love Noble Ale Works Shower series and this Citra hopped one is dynamite

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
97 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.