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Nobility - Noble Ale Works

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 01-30-2011)
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Reviews by Drinkerofales:
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy with a copper-orange color. An off-white head leaves tons of lacing and a nice ring for the whole beer.

Smell is understated floral hops, and only because I was looking for hop. A warm maltiness is the primary aroma, and there is a touch of pith back there too.

Taste isn't as disappointing. Big bitter taste through out. Pithy and consistent. There is a bit of sweet malt as it nears the end of the taste, but it's still underneath the bitter.

Texture is really smooth, but lacking that bite. Carbonation is on par, booze pretty well hidden.

I was really bummed out by the smell, but at least the flavor is all hop. A bit of citrus hop in the flavor would have greatly added to it's complexity and overall taste. Still, nice to see some local beer being produced.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Mar 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenT562
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #2, Re-released 6-17-11
Poured on tap straight from the Brewery.

Pours a semi-cloudy light orange/amber, GREAT 1 1/2 finger head that seems to never go away, leaving a center "pile" in the middle of the glass through out. Finally! half way through the beer, the head wants to dissipate. Sticky webbed lacing that has stuck to the side of the glass since it was poured. Medium carbonation.
Smells of Orange and Mango citrus and maybe a touch of pineapple. with a beautiful combination of Floral and piney hops. Citra NO doubt!
Definitely West Coast Imperial IPA all the way. exactly what you would expect from a very Hop forward DIPA. As soon as the first taste hits the tongue, you get an explosion of hops! Bitterness that follows the brew all the way down the throat! MY KIND OF DIPA! Sticky oily hops stick to the palate long after the drink. I can lick my upper lip to get seconds! Full bodied beer that lingers nice. Taste is the same as the smell. Get the Flowery taste more than the citrus. It's like I licked my Christmas tree. There's a NICE malt back bone that gives it the nice body, more of a soft caramel. And it's nice because the Malt follows nicely at the end that helps to try to balance away the bitterness, if at all. Just enough Malt, but no enough to take away from this CRAZY HOP BOMB. This is one full bodied great DIPA.
I LOVE THIS BEER. I caught Noble Ale Works first release of this beer at Hollingshead Deli, in CA. I was there for a pour of R.R. Pliny the Younger, and I had the Elder to follow and tried the Nobility. I thought at that time my "BUDS" would have been DESTROYED, but I enjoyed it. So this is their "SECOND" release that came out today, and I went down to give it a second shot. I FELL IN LOVE INSTANTLY! If you see this beer or lucky enough to find it..BUY IT! Noble Ale Works is a new brewery so their distribution is small, but I feel this will be one in the making.

StevenT562, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Bananasplit
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bananasplit, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

PretzelCity, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

GRG1313, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of OTB
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bottle poured into my tulip. Sunset orange with a nice creamy off white head that leaves nice lacing as I sip down. The tell tale Citra nose is in full effect, sweet tropical fruits abound. The flavor follows along with nice mango, tangerine and a bite from the massive amount of hopping. The mouth is clean, dry and totally refreshing, not sweet and sticky which I love. Overall I had doubts about this but it delivers the goods if your a Citra fan as I am. Will definitely drink again.

OTB, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Dinz400
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Dinz400, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +21.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crispier than the apple that Eve took a bite out of in the Garden Of Eden; spunkier than a Russian satellite orbiting the earth... Raul is doing this well and good. It can't bat in the '27 Yankees line up, but it would do a good job hitting behind Mickey Mantle.

RaulMondesi, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of DCRA
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer has world class written all over it. Seriously one of the best DIPA I have ever tasted. I still can't believe such a great beer is brewed so close to home.

It smells so fruity and tastes the same. So citrusy and piney. It reminds me of duet but more potent. Definitely a top 5 DIPA in my book. So well balanced. I highly recommend this beer to hopheads.

DCRA, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

pperez38, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.1%

scottiethebody, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Noble Ale Works

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a soapy off-white head with decent retention.

S: Starts off with a good but not great citrus note of grapefruit and orange peel. There is quite a bit of bread going on here, and perhaps some grass and pine hop character as well.

T: Considering the nose, this is a pretty bitter beer. Lots of piney hops with a decent amount of grapefruit and even some lemon peel. This is a very dry beer, which is good for a double IPA. As the glass warms up, there's a hint of tropical fruit on the back end.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A decent enough DIPA, but nothing fantastic. As mothman would say: you're going to need to up your offer.

womencantsail, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of HipHopsHooray
4.75/5  rDev +15%

HipHopsHooray, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1332nd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Purchased at Lees Discount liquor- Las Vegas for $7.99

App- A few colors in the glass. Starts on the top of the pour as a dark caramel brown. Settles down into an amber then yellow to an orange. A nice large medium egg shell color with a large sticky lace with good webbing.

Smell- A bit of an old malty note with a deep citrus and deep piney resin note. Not the most aromatic DIPA. Has a touch of thick hops with some earthy creamy notes.

Taste- Has a lot of malts behind it with a large creamy hop note. Its tastefully layered with a good hoppy bitter and a large pine note. Integrated is a strong suit here. One way or the other and this would be a Ke$ha beer. A dirty hot mess.

Mouth- A nice thicker medium body with a medium full carbonation. Hoppy, creamy and piney residual flavors. Nice feel to it.

Drink- Its tasty but not mind blowing. A lot of West coast DIPAs are better but this was nice. Creamy, piney and hoppy with a semi layered/balanced citrus.

FosterJM, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ralphw56, May 18, 2012
Photo of Omer4176
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Omer4176, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of kborning
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

kborning, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomb ass Beer!! Recommended by Joe at Walnut Liquorette! He was out of Pliny, Citra, and Alpine beers so he thought I should try this one and he was right!!
Sunset orange in color my favorite. Pine pineapple, mango, citrus and sweet malt aroma!!
I don't know their distribution but if you see it buy a bottle! This is extremely underrated and if more people knew about this it was most likely be in ba's top 50 dipa's.

Sm00thHoperator, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quite hazy, even cloudy in the tumbler. This looks like an orange-tinted Hefeweizen with a modest head and some coarse bubbles along the glass. The brewer claims this is made with Citra hops, which I have liked better in other beers, though the bitterness is not so unpleasant. Overall this has plenty of acidic character, but the malt keeps it somewhat in check. The sharpness cuts through the murky, herbal hop flavors.

A hop tea with plenty of brisk tannins plus apple butter fruitiness. Sweet, fruity, powerful-- not much for savory sipping, but just the ticket for relaxing after a road-trip day. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Lee's Discount Liquor in Mesquite, Nevada.

mactrail, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hugonaut13, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev -3.1%

BlackTuesday, Nov 03, 2012
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Nobility from Noble Ale Works
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.