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Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 154
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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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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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 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 corby112
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (2,029 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 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 dar482
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy, very opaque, dark orange.

The aroma explodes of papaya, blood orange, passionfruit, peach, tangerine, citrus zest, huge Citra.

The beer is a bit less juicy on the palate. Up front, orange and tangerine, mango, peach. In the middle, a light biscuity malt. The finish is of some dank, grassiness, and grapefruit pith. Clean and dry, with a medium minus bitterness on the back end.

The beer is very much an East Coast style DIPA. Similar to Singlecut Bon Bon and Trillium beers. The best DIPA from the West Coast next to Kern Citra. (559 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 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 dvmin98
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heard about this beer two days ago. Went out looking for it today just as a new shipment dropped. Schwing!

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a one finger cream colored head. Leaves ridiculous lace down the glass with each sip. Looks awesome.

S: Wowzers. Mango, candied grapefruit, caramel, a touch of rye malt, guava and some citrus zest. The smell is lush and sweet without being overly so. I could smell this for a very long time.

T: Opens velvety on the palate with some mango and caramel notes. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine zest and a slight rye spiciness. Just a trace of grapefruit pith resin on the finish. There's a creaminess to the mouthfeel that really makes the sweeter flavors in here coat your tongue. Incredibly balanced. This may have Citra topped. (776 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 Rollzroyce21
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

- 22 oz. bomber with Best By date on bottle: 30-Sep-15
Poured into Golden Road tumbler on 5-Aug-15 (bottled 2 days prior)

- 22oz. bomber poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Apr-15 (bottled just one day earlier)

- 22 oz. bomber with Best By date on bottle: 23-Feb-14
Poured into stemless wine glass on 31-Dec-13 (drinking this into the new year).

- Tasted 3 oz. from tap at the tasting room earlier in the day.

I'll get straight to the point. Loads of pineapple, ripe peaches, mango, guava, lemon, and grapefruit up front. Not so much in nose as it is in the taste. As I'm hit with all the tropical flavors, I'm reminded why this hop varietal will always be a classic. The flavor profile is encompassed with just the right amount of piney resin. The finish is clean, dry, and has just the right amount of hop bitter. Now, I'll admit that I'm not a hop head by the classic definition. I enjoy my IPA's balanced and on the mild side of hoppyness. But Kern River's Citra is one of my personal favorite IPA's and although it's been awhile since I've tasted Citra (unfortunately way too long!), CS is right on par!

Definitely the best brew I've enjoyed from Noble. Better than Tongue Tickles, and I really enjoyed TT. This is my personal favorite IPA in the O.C. region. I will definitely look forward to more of this. (1,330 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 Rado
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is phenomenal, reminds you why hop heavy beers made an impact in the beer world two years ago.

Looks nice enough

Smells better than any ipa you have tasted In the past two years

Mouthfeel is quite adequate for an ipa to double ipa

Taste is really nice and you will likely not find this again this year

Overall is soo awesome and should be sought out, unfortunately.for me since I live in Southern California and won't get anymore

UPDATED REVIEW - had this beer again and noticed hop fall off in the second batch, have to lower its score. This time was in a lineup with other IPAs
Rado (595 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 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 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. (1,421 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 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 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 mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (548 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)

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 RaulMondesi
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel like Mr. Arkadin in Orson Wells' masterpiece. I am lost, I am unaware, I am... Citra Showers took me on a tropical journey to far off places, to beautiful places. The beer glows a gorgeous golden hue like a newborn Twinkie, while the taste...the taste! Wow! Luscious Citra perfection. The hot dog thang has a delicate crispness at the end that makes you think that you are taking off Adriana Lima's bra.

Raul is done TKO'd. (431 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)

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
98 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.