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Taps: 28 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DonDirkA:
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
So I gave them a 5 for atmosphere even though it isn't really my kind of bar. They have that trendy, modern, clean line kinda look and feel, not really a "bar" atmosphere. However, my girlfriend absolutely loves the atmosphere so that means I love it too because she can relax and I can enjoy good beers. Win-win.
They have cool open areas, good for conversation, and they have indoor and outdoor seating and bar access so that's a plus too.
The place is nice and the service is okay at best. I didn't have to wait too long (but waiting at all was kinda crazy since it was 11pm and the only people at the bar already had drinks). My main problem with the service is that both times I have been here, no one seems to know anything about anything. Ask them about beers, they don't know. What brewery is that from? Dunno. What does this compare to? Dunno. Even "Can I order a side of fries?" Not sure... let me check. Really? This is what drives me crazy about bars that serve craft beer, 9 times out of 10 they don't have a clue what they are doing. I know they're just trying to make a living and happened to get hired there and maybe they aren't into craft beer, but you would think they'd put in minimal effort to at least be able to answer basic questions.
Their beer selection is good, but I've seen better. Its mostly staples, not too much variety or experimentation but you can always find a few gems and usually some good local brews too. The bottle list is WAY over the top expensive though. $25 for a bottle of Sierra Nevada Ovila? Thanks, but no.
I said I didn't try the food, but I did once, it was just so long ago I don't remember well enough to rate it. The first time I went was right after they opened and I had a burger with like bacon jam or something on it. it was good, but nothing to write home about. Especially at $14 for a slightly small burger and three (yes THREE) "fries". They were slices of potato lightly fried with some kind of seasoning. They were good, but I literally got three. And they were no bigger than a half dollar.
Overall its cool, but the food is too expensive so I'd recommend just sitting down for a few beers and conversation.
06-13-2012 05:48:33 | More by DonDirkA
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The outside of the place is a bit generic, nice but big shopping mall style. Once you enter it is much nicer, hip without being hipster, with a bar accessible from both the inside and outside seating was a great touch.
Good quality, beer was served in appropriate glassware. Pours were good, and the beer seemed fresh and rotated.
The service started out absolutely spectacular. The waitresses and bartenders were all extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and eager and excited to talk about beer and the restaurant. This changed some as the place got busier which is expected, but we got saddled with the one bartender that although made sure I had a beer wasn't friendly overly attentive (took awhile to take meal order, beer plopped down without a word, and empty plates lingering a bit too long). So what started off great ended and a bland note, but I think it was just that one person and it really wasn't bad...just not up to par with the other staff.
The selection of the beer was pretty good, they had some standards on tap if you wanted to get a good craft beer you had probably had before but some interesting ones also.
The food was spot on, started with the beef carpaccio which was excellent, I had the Wisconsin burger which was cooked nicely and very tasty, wife had oxtail gnocchi which was freaking awesome (yeah I ate about half), she had a nice hot chocolate for dessert...I had another beer.
I grew up in Tucson, but live in NY now so I though the prices were great with the beer being 50-75% of the cost of some local places around me and the food about the same.
This was the perfect place to hit after running the Tucson Marathon. Awesome beer, great food, relaxed atmosphere, and good prices. I'll be back next time I am in town.
12-18-2011 02:24:31 | More by steelerguy
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had a chance to visit Noble Hops a number of times during a recent business visit to Tucson.
Over two dozen lines that rotate frequently, with a nice selection of styles and breweries (one night during my trip they had a Four Peaks Hefe, all the way to Port Older Viscosity). There are usually a few on nitro as well. Draft beer is augmented with a good selection of bottles -- both small and large format. Draft prices range from $4.50 to $8, and are discounted quite well during happy hour and televised sporting events. Certain bottles drop a couple of dollars during the same times (e.g. Union Jack dropping from $5 to $3).
The staff and owners are knowledgeable, and show interest in continually learning more about craft beer. Glass selection was limited to pint, chalice, and small pilsner glasses for high ABV offerings. It seems that AZ law requires anything above 8% to be limited to 10oz pours or smaller -- the small pilsner glasses serve this function. It appears some things have changed from the time of the previous review -- for example, the Sculpin I ordered was $5/pt at regular (non-happy hour) prices.
Although Noble Hops has only been open a few months, they draw a large contingent of regulars -- I saw beers being poured as certain cars entered the parking lot. Clientele spans demographics, but across the board, the customers were all very friendly -- an odd note, perhaps, but regardless of where I sat, people wanted to strike up conversations about beer, music, business, etc...just a real nice vibe overall. Service, both at bar and table, is excellent -- the owners (who also own another local restaurant) are consistently on premise to get feedback from customers. There is a nice outdoor section, and live music seems a likely addition in the near future.
The food was a nice surprise, from a reasonable selection of cheeses and charcuterie, to an excellent range of small plates, plus entrees and burgers. I had zero problems in satisfying omnivores and vegetarians alike over the course of the week. The menu is the "right" size -- good selection, but small enough to allow consistency from the kitchen. Food prices seem very fair -- dinners were averaging $25/head with small plates, entrees, drinks with the meal, and tip.
I look forward to heading back there on my next business trip to Tucson
10-09-2011 14:09:28 | More by tchaos
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A new gastropub in Oro Valley, it's slightly upscale with inside and outside seating, both tables and loungechairs to relax in. I was pretty excited to try this place out after I saw they had 28 craft brews on tap and a wide bottle selection to go with it. My first visit was not so pleasant, but after a few tries they have worked out the kinks, improved the menu, and now I think it is a pretty impressive place.
The food choices are great, plenty of appetizers to choose from, plus some solid burgers and other entrees. I have enjoyed the meat and cheese trays, the Bavarian Pretzels, and the Escargot. The draft beers are comprised of a good variety of mostly west coast stuff, with plenty of IPA's it seems. The service is good, and the prices aren't bad depending on what you get. Overall I'm happy to have this quality beer establishment in the northwest part of Tucson.
05-26-2011 03:46:51 | More by bennetj17
Noble Hops in Oro Valley, AZ
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.