Big Whig - Noble Ale Works
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.16/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I'm not big on the beers I've had from this brewery so far. I try to support locals. Cost was $5.00.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of decent cream, nice thickness, and good (~4-5+ minute) retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a dull unfiltered cloudy yellow-copper. Abundant floating yeast are readily visible. No bubble show. Decent for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here.
Sm: Heavy dominant grapefruit, with some underlying pine hop character. Pale malts, resins, honey. Floral hops. Intriguing, but I'm not sure the hop selection here was ideal. A bit of biscuity yeast when I look for it. No alcohol is detectable. A bit of hop oil. A mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Hm. Grapefruit hop character, resinous floral hop character, and a bit of nectary hop oil. The light citrus is interesting, and it works well with the simple pale malt body. Honey lightens it and adds a pleasant balancing sweetness, but it never gets too sweet. Nor does it get too interesting; it's a rather simple IPA. No yeast character comes through in spite of the abundance of visible yeast particles noted in the appearance. No alcohol comes through, thankfully. I can see what they're going for - an IPA that conforms to the image of "West coast IPAs" in order to sell bombers at $5 a piece. And hey, it worked here for me. But it's not a bold or experimental beer, and by chasing others they've created a boring product. Decently balanced, but fairly pedestrian.
Mf: I like the softness, but it's too thick for its lack of deep and/or diverse flavours. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Decent presence on the palate.
Dr: An uninspired IPA that will likely gain acclaim for its conformity. It seems more effort was put into the label and marketing than into the beer - which is kind of the point. Many people will happily spend $5 per bomber for this stuff, but I will not be one of them. An enjoyable if forgettable IPA. There's potential here, but this brewery needs to focus on innovation. Hides its ABV well. Drinkable stuff. I do like it, but it's poorly priced for its quality in a market oversaturated with better cheaper beers.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 05:10:46 | More by kojevergas
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3.94/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fresh bottled the other day; poured in a tulip glass for serving.
A: Beer has a splendid golden-brown hue, barely any noticeable head and is actually more transparent than you'd think.
S: Big hop profile, considering it's a standard IPA. Very flowery and piney, which is its most outstanding aspect.
T: Crisp and light -- actually less bitterness than you'd anticipate given the aroma. Over time in glass, taste seems to settle on the backend of each sip.
M: Airy with mild carbonation. Body's not too heavy, which keeps it refreshing.
O: High quality beer for the price you're paying ($4.99 for a 22 oz. bomber). If you're focused on hop flavor and aroma as big elements to your brew, this is worth a try for sure.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2013 23:17:04 | More by JohnCassillo
Big Whig from Noble Ale Works
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.