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Big Whig - Noble Ale Works

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86
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-03-2012)
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terence

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-21-2013 02:21:58 | More by terence
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California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-18-2013 00:52:18 | More by TheBoog013
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-05-2013 09:52:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-18-2013 15:02:39 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Nugganooch

California

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – tasted on 07/23/2013 with my FW snifter glass

A: Big Whig pours a dense golden-orange hue with low overall clarity. Delicately holding head of khaki cream on top that leaves behind some wisps of ribboned lace down the glass.

S: Smells of pine and tangerine fruit with a real floral spiking. There is a dash of caramel malt sweetness detected. Mostly fruity here with citrus being the predominant theme. Pretty nice nose actually.

M: Flavors remain firm with tangerine peel, sappy pine, and more candied citrus fruits. Malt is just some light dry cracker and nearly nonexistent There is a moderately high bitterness to the beer and only some slightly noticeable alcohol. Very light and fruity with citrus fruits again as the main component. Blends of grapefruit and orange in there with some lightly tropical florals. All in all this is a pretty decent IPA.

T: Light to moderate heft in the body with a surprisingly dry finish. Frothy cream like texture overall with a moderately to high amount of peppery bitterness and light resinous after effect.

D: Very drinkable, light, dry and packed with citrus fruit flavors. Almost unique in that way. This is a really decent brew.

Didn’t completely blow my minds but for the local prices I will likely be grabbing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 21:32:08 | More by Nugganooch
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jimilayne

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-02-2013 19:51:22 | More by jimilayne
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California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-25-2013 21:47:18 | More by OMsweetOM
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Rudy

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-20-2013 07:49:35 | More by Rudy
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eulerthegrape

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-16-2013 23:52:42 | More by eulerthegrape
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yoitsarch

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-12-2013 07:32:02 | More by yoitsarch
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California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-09-2013 05:15:15 | More by Zbeetleman
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a clear peach with 1/2" white head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: White peaches, grapefruit/citrus. Very floral.

T: Citrus (grapefruit), juicy fruits, with some malt for good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Enjoyed and would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 01:23:04 | More by wethorseblanket
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California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-29-2013 22:20:22 | More by SuqMadique
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2013 18:46:01 | More by RWNay
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-15-2013 02:00:15 | More by BGsWo22
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-08-2013 02:32:10 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-26-2013 16:41:38 | More by claspada
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RaulMondesi

California

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice lil West Coast hop bomb from the west side. Been a while since Raul went back to his roots, and this lil sucker done him right fine. All West Coast here like Tupac screamin, "Hit em Up." Raul done like this lil sucker nice and good.

Not Mila Kunis heavenly, but a solid Kira Knightly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 00:13:15 | More by RaulMondesi
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Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2013 00:35:50 | More by BeerBeast
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-15-2013 21:38:33 | More by Popp24
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California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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California

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Wisconsin

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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kojevergas

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 05:10:46 | More by kojevergas
Big Whig from Noble Ale Works
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.