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Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 86
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 01-01-2014)
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

warnerry, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.74/5  rDev +7%
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.

RaulMondesi, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of MattLatuchie
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lots of people talking about this beer right now, and it was drop-dead gorgeous tonight. Popped the beer and my kitchen was flooded with peach, mango, lychee, pine, and onion. What sets this a part from so many other DIPAs is its power and elegance. Many powerful DIPAs come across too sweet, boozy, etc, but this was all about freshness, balance and finesse. This QUICKLY ascended my favorites list. Double Sunshine may be the only better DIPA I've had. Impressive.

MattLatuchie, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

HoppingAlong, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

analogchainsaw, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

socalbrewlvr, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Jan 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Modernrickk, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

notchucknorris, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

drewone, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

yoitsarch, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

rmaste6282, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Booner818, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

APreacher, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

topdown, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

bcerv-ca, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

pkalix, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

fthegiants, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Acropora, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

rm20015, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

EB1, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

MickeyHops, Jan 05, 2014
Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
98 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.