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Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 285
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.14%
Wants: 155
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 285
Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know, I just don't get the hype. Really crackery malt base, which combines with the Citra hops to give this one a bit of a hollow feel that I just don't find endearing. Sure, the Citra hops smell nice-ish, but I'm gonna need more than that to consider something upper echelon, which this just frankly isn't. (315 characters)

Photo of BrettonJay
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a drink by date of 2/23/14 courtesy of Vince. Thank you kindly for the opportunity!

Orange yellow pour with s nice egg froth and some stick....looks the part.

White nectarine, which I get a bunch from Citra, is very present on the nose as well as some exotic fruits who pop in for a little who's your father. Plenty of toasted malts and sunflower seeds as well. Sounds strange perhaps, but I'll be damned if it's not there. Bit of piss too.

Right on par with the nose. Pineapple, mango, dry nectarine skins, sweet malts, and a touch of booze that creeps and lingers. Leafy and vegetative while green onion flashes in and out. Dank fade...

Mouthfeel is neither heavy nor light for a DIPA, but not without a good deal of hop oils along the way. Carbonation is crisp.

A nice Citra beer that doesn't break any molds. Thankful for the opportunity, happy to pound it, but not blown away. (904 characters)

Photo of mobrado
4.24/5  rDev -7%
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.' (247 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Mini-review; this is certainly not my favorite of the Showers series, despite all the hype. It's good, but not great. Citrus of course, a hint of cattiness (more in the aroma than the taste), very dry. The feel seems a bit less polished than other recent Showers, which I think is mostly due to the extreme dryness. Still good, but not one I'll seek out multiples of. (415 characters)

Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.9.14
Thanks jodan!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan, fluffy head with good retention.

S - Very floral, a bit of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Floral, tropical, grapefruit, very nice.

D - Good carbonation with a mediumb body.

O - Very hop forward, no bitterness, a touch skunky. Great beer. (335 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -5%
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 (171 characters)

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

Cm thick head. Smells fruity and very juicy. Initial taste is bitter but very citrusy. Great taste but the only problem is that the alcohol is very noticeable. Wolf among weeds hides the alcohol better. All in all, I absolutely love the smell but meh on the taste. Sort of tastes like alpine Nelson but more alcoholic (317 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, florals, a bit of dank piss, and some sweet malts. The flavor hits the same notes, but is more intensely bitter and showcases more of a floral, citrus peel character. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter, juicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good citra DIPA, maybe not as tropical-leaning as others I’ve had. (399 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with an hazy into the glass, forms a nice finger high white head with terrific retention and steady rings of lacing.

The beauty of Citra at work here, such a variety of aroma from a singular hop. I get a tropical symphony of light mangoes, pineapple, lemon grass, grapefruit pith, also a very dank and wet earthy note near the finish. A slight alcohol and grainy malt backing.

Opens with a big smack of bright citrus pith, the tropical flavors of pineapple and mango are there but more reserved. The rest of the hop flavor is dank and resiny with a touch of onion. The pale malt really doesn't add much sweetness but there is a edge to it that reminds me of rye. Alcohol brings the balance here and brightens up the dank flavors.

Medium bodied, with well handled carbonation. I can't knock the alcohol presence since it brings balance and is very clean. Very dry finish with strong but clean bitterness.

Use of a singular hop type can be limiting, despite how varied the hop aroma and flavors were, I felt neither the aroma or flavor had been maxed out. Clearly Noble Ale Works knows what they are doing since the malt profile was also left thin and unobtrusive to provide balance despite the alcohol. This beer is an excellent showcase of Citra hops, the variety in aroma and flavor that this beer brings to the table is very impressive. Keep an eye out for more beers in this series. (1,413 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
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 (232 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a reasonably impressive head that leaves some dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit

Taste: The malts provide a neutral, slightly biscuity platform upon which the hops can perform and perform they do, bringing a range of tropical and citrus flavors; very clean finish with nothing distracting from the beguiling hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but lively carbonation

Overall: Caught this one right in advance of the 2/23 "Drink before" date and I am glad I did as I really like my DIPAs to be crisp and clean

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity (654 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Drink before 2/23/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with huge citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic citrus forward hop presence that makes this one a treat to drink. (640 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev -2%
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 quickly faded to a bubbly 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 came through strong as well. Mango and pineapple were noticeable. Super juicy. Peach and apricot appeared as well. The peach and mango came out more as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was more piney and bitter than the nose. Orange notes came through strong. Lots of juicy tangerine as well. 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 notes really came forth.

On the palate, the beer was pillowy and plush. The liquid contained a fine, zippy carbonation that settled with time.

This was my first time trying a beer from Noble Ale Works and I was impressed. If only the flavor profile could have more closely resembled the nose, this would have been stellar. (1,309 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (1,222 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (2,370 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this is one of the finest Citra-based beers I have had. In my opinion, it is better than Pipeworks Citra Ninja, and slightly inferior to Hill Farmstead's Double Citra (which rarely is brewed). Noble would be wise to make this an annual beer, as the hop character is simply outstanding. (297 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep hazy gold body; head as big-as-ya-want-it of ivory foam; ample lacing down the glass

S: bursts with Citra goodness: lots of orange, grapefruits, and bright flowers; some of the malt slips through, too, fresh and clean

T: completely impressed right off the very first sip - which was quickly followed by others - all the wonderful citric action continues, from bright notes of orange and lime over darker notes of grapefruit and citric pith; the malts are perfectly suited for the hops, keeping an stable under-structure of clean, fresh, pale grains that add just enough sweetness and body to "balance" out the beer.

M: drinks lighter than you'd expect - perhaps a medium body, the brisk carbonation becomes smooth and slick, with a dangerous drinkability that you'll have to be careful of - fortunately, not a killer abv - otherwise you'd be in trouble

O: whatta great beer - courtesy of j47paco - really crisp and fresh and tight - tons of delicious Citra action and a perfectly complementary malt backbone. Totally recommended. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange. Medium story. Loose opaque bubbles. Head dissipates quick

S: citra blast. Tropical papaya. Mango. Peach over ripen. Nectarine pith. Pineapple. Lemon peel

T: amazing. All those fruits come through. It tastes like the way the fruit basket hats look. Guava. Nectarine. Citrus. Lemon peel. Bitter finish

F: crisp bite. Med plus carbonation

O: this is awesome. Great example of Citra hops. Can't go wrong (428 characters)

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
98 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.