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TBA Showers - Noble Ale Works

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Modernrickk on 04-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by neurobot01:
Photo of neurobot01
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with 6/1/14 enjoy-by date into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look: orange-tinted straw color, with decent carbonation and a 1/4" head. Pleasant enough.

Smell: loads of exotic tropical fruit, with a distinct acetone top note. Not totally a bad thing, but a bit... worrisome.

Taste: wow, unique. Grassy, pepper, citrus and tropical fruit, stone fruits. Honestly, hard to get a handle on everything that's going on. Starts of pretty sweet, then tangy, then bitter. And about 3 mins later, I swear I'm getting hints of chocolate milk—gross as that sounds, it's awesome. Not something I'd want to drink every day, but something I will absolutely try to have every so often.

Feel: very creamy, with just a hint of sharpness. Light-to-medium body. Pretty solid, and a nice match to the taste.

Overall: this is my first beer from Noble, and it's definitely a winner. Also hoping Equinox™ makes its way into many more beers in the future.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Nugganooch
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split into a couple of taster glasses with mine brethren
Notes taken on 05/03/2014

A: Light caramel amber color with near perfect clarity. Half finger layer of smooth ivory cream comes to rest on top. Nice ample stay power with a few laced streamers and dots that decorate the glass.

S: Smells of gooseberry and kiwi fruit with a citrus lime twist. Crazy tropical fruits going on with a bit of melon and hop spice as well. Has some underlying sugary pale malts there. Not particularly pungent to me but nicely exotic.

T: Tropical kiwi fruit with gooseberry, pervasive green melon, lemon-lime, and some peppery spice. It moves into more earthiness and a distinct tea-leaf like quality. Sugary cracker malt bits help bind it all together. Lots of subtleties that start to fade out and forms into more traditional pine and grapefruit flavors. Has a nice high level of punchy hop bitterness however I find it well balanced in that the flavors are not really in your face. Nothing ever assaults the palate. Alcohol is really well masked too. This is really interesting to try. Sort of like Nelson at times but unique with more musky melon and herbal flavors.

M: Light bodied brew with a nice consistent frothy texture from the carbonation. Higher level of hop bitterness with a nice clean and dry finish. Not incredibly resinous but has a nice residue to it.

D: Stoked to have stumbled upon this one and give it a try. I can officially say I am fan of the Equinox hops. Has a solid mix of 75% tropical fruit, 25% earthy herbal spice. Not sure it flies as a standalone hop but I am positive we will be seeing lots more of this variety. Bittersweet feeling knowing that I have missed out on all the other Showers series.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink before 6/1/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop 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 good beer with nice citrus forward aspects from the use of this particular hop.

Photo of rawfish
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest beer in Noble's Showers series. This one uses HBC 366 which I believe was coined as Equinox.

Hazy and golden, a rough pour doesn't net too much of a head, maximizes at a finger, fluffy white. Average head retention and a smattering of lacing.

Bready malt base is solid and unobtrusive to the hop aroma which is quite powerful. Dark tropical and muted citrus at the forefront, I get alot of papaya, some pineapple and orange citrus. There is a backing of pungent pine resin and hay with smooth herbaceous notes. The label implies chamomile so let's go with that.

Solid bready malt, with a hint of caramel sweetness opens things up. Juicy and nectary, the hops give off a soft fruit and citrus flavor. Grapefruit pith, canned pineapple, lime. Pine resin and grasses to follow, these flavors take up most of the lifting burden and carries the beer into the finish. Medium to high bitterness with medium alcohol and a yellow citrus and pine flavor in the aftertaste.

No complaints here, average body and carbonation. Pretty good drying capability with alcohol about where you'd expect.

The Equinox hops provide a mixed fruit bowl aroma, a little bit of everything wrapped in a veil of calming herbs and pungent pine. There's quite a punchy bitterness to it and it fails to really deliver the flavors promised in the nose, deferring to a piney and grassy taste. Quite interesting and I'm guessing we will be seeing quite a bit more of this hop variety in the future.

Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a nice, clean, filtered yellow with nice head and lacing.

Bursting melon aromas. I also detect peaches and quite a decent dose of mint. One can really find a fruit bowl in here- watermelon and pineapple also for example. I also get a raw-ish paw paw, bit of marijuana and just green, vegetative aromas. The malt, which has a decent presence, smells...silky somehow, like a dense fairly floss. Little bit of copper-y smell to finish, and there are sometimes subtle flashes of alcohol. Needs time to open up, but provides a lot, at times subtle.

The taste carries the flavours consistently. Packs a medium bordering on high at times mouth-punch, really focused on tropical flavours (quite a bit of mango and peaches) and transitioning to a stronger pine later on (as the beer warms and also later on the palate). Like the nose, doesn't quite punch you in the face; however it consistently carries on the promise of the nose.

In taste I focused on hops, so in mouthfeel I'll focus more on the silky vanilla pannacotta texture which the malt provides. Really nice. In some beers I feel the malt and hops fight each other and one comes out victorious, in this beer they really supplement each other, the malt somehow assisting in bringing out more tropical hop notes and the malt cutting out any particularly harsh hop aromatics.

The hop(s) used here really remind(s) me of Nelson and certain great NZ IPAs like Armageddon. Really enjoyable beer which deserves to be drunk a bomber at a time, as it greatly opened up and improves for me with a slight rest.

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TBA Showers from Noble Ale Works
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.