Citra Showers - Noble Ale Works
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4.69/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-08-2014 23:23:35 | More by notchucknorris
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-08-2014 06:54:44 | More by Stevedore
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-06-2014 06:39:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.65/5 rDev +5%
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
01-05-2014 01:29:05 | More by Rado
4.78/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a standard straw ipa-color. One inch head that maintains well with decent retention. The nose on this beer is over the top. So dank, so juicy....tropical fruits of guava, pineapple, fresh cut grass and mildly piney with a little bit of orange and tangerine thrown in. The smell is worth it alone on the pi. The taste is bitter and clean and quick. It is much less sweet on the taste but still dank and grapefruit shows up in the taste here. Mouthfeel is average but very suitable for this style. Noble has cooked up two gems in a row with tongue tickles and Citra Showers, I hope these will be readily available. This beer is a 9.5/10 from a true hop head. Would love to try side-by-side with Kern's Citra. Outstanding offer from Noble Ale Works.
01-04-2014 20:55:59 | More by djjacobsen
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
01-04-2014 06:53:17 | More by corby112
Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
97 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.