Rakau Showers - Noble Ale Works

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Rakau ShowersRakau Showers

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very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 05-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slight, ~1 finger snow white head. Brew is a bright lemony-yellow, pulpy in appearance, and virtually opaque.

Bright hoppy aroma: tangerine, pepper, lemon, earth, mango, all on a light biscuity malt backbone. Relatively soft.

Sweet and bitter! There's initially a slightly dank sweetness and flat, earthy maltiness, followed by waves of tropical fruit and bitter grapefruit peel.

Refreshing and sparkling feel; very lively. Feels light while drinking, but there's a long, cloying finish to it that leaves you feeling slightly full, yet wanting another sip.

This is a big, bitter DIPA, with an interesting single-hop to showcase. It ends up not being my favorite hop, carrying a little bit too much of a musty earthiness, but it's a very well-crafted ale.

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear, pale golden yellow with minimal head retention.
Nose is fairly grassy with solid pine hops and some citrus notes.
This beer is all about the hop with next to no malt presence. It's got some distinctive citrus notes which give way to a hoppy bite. Grassy undertones present as well. Finishes with a nice bite. Slight boozy presence as it warms but very minimal.

Really enjoyed this beer. Nothing too crazy but a solid hoppy brew.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of rawfish
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange body that supports a small half finger head of white foam. Retention on the head is absolutely terrible and fails to leave so much as a mark of lasting lace. There is a ring of white on the edge but nothing else.

Noble Ale Works have nailed this DIPA malt bill, typical unassuming and bready aroma that clears the way for all the hops. Quite pungent and strong aroma overall, fruit punch, pineapple, alot of sappy pine and some bright herbs perhaps some thyme and delicate rosemary.

Juicy and spicy profile, the malt is slightly bready and adds a mild honey sweetness that is in perfect balance. The hops are quite unique I would say that there is some artificial Hawaiian Punch flavor on the forefront that then gets over taken by sappy pine and garden herbs that provide a spicy and almost powdery kick. Not very bitter on the finish leaving a dusting of grass, pine and herbs.

Quite clean, easy body despite the ABV and smooth carbonation that is more than enough to stir up the interesting flavors here. Bitterness is quelled and muted by a powdery finish that is a bit lacking in drying.

A new hop variety for me, the malt base on this beer is ideal and the alcohol is kept so hidden that I will keep gushing about it as long as this series goes on. The Rakau hops have a strong aroma but the pungency and heavy cooking herbal aroma makes me think this is for a saison rather than an IPA. The fruit punch presence is something memorable.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle drink before 7/14/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy yellow with a thin off-white head. Bits of lace.

S-Awesome herbal hoppy citrusy spicy zesty hop aroma.

T-Tastes of citrus lemon, pine, grapefruit and cantilope. Spicy zest.

M-Medium to bigger body, smooth lighter carbonation, more dry finish.

O-First time having just rakua, very interesting single hop showcase, but it doesn’t taste too unusual for me since it has that resiny pine taste. It reminded me of a better version of Tasmanian IPA but way better

Photo of neurobot01
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle into an IPA glass.

Look: pale golden-straw color, with a 1cm head and vigorous, large bubbles.

Smell: honeydew, Skittles (or is it Smarties?), slightly rotten papaya. I learned from my last Noble Showers experience not to judge the beer based on the smell...

Taste: explosion of fruity flavors that is as savory as it is sweet. A lot of people will probably say "oniony" (at least, to me it has some of that Enjoy By flavor), though I don't taste it that way. A bit of Lemonheads mixed in, and of course (this being a NZ hop) some white wine.

Feel: probably the driest beer I've ever had—it's like a desert in my mouth. The carbonation also makes this feel really nice. Not sure if "rounded" is a mouthfeel descriptor, but it should be, because it's about all I can come up with for this.

Overall: another unique beer by Noble (granted, I've never had any other Equinox or Rakau single-hopped beers, so maybe they're really pedestrian). Just be warned, if you're looking for a thirst-quenching summer drink, look elsewhere!

Rakau Showers from Noble Ale Works
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.