Tongue Tickles
Noble Ale Works

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #733
4.36 | pDev: 7.34%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
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stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can from Tavour. Bright clear yellow golden body, Lively carbonation, soft foamy head. Crisp hoppy aroma, bready malts. Hops come in a bit stronger in the taste, sticky, mouth coating. Mild sweetness.

Tuesday at 07:49 PM
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: clear crystal topaz hue with gently rising bubble streams and a half finger white head fading to a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Soft tropicals, wet stone, and possibly some cantaloupe.

T: Follows the nose. Some stone fruit. A nice bitter pine.

F: Mid-weight with fine carbonation.

O: Got this one for its better than decent ratings, but I’d guess those are very fresh try’s. Mine was just shy of 6 weeks from canning and has lost much in that time.

Nov 05, 2019
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottled 8/9/16

It pours into the Stone ipa tulip glass with a huge bright white head on top of a just short of completely clear, brilliant gold color. The retention is outstanding.

Aromas of candied fruit, and spicy, spicy hops. I would say orange, peach, mango, and pineapple along with resinous pine.

It tastes as good as, of not a hair better than it smells, and that's saying something. It is very peppery and pungent. Very earthy/musty. Some peach, mango, and pineapple follow. Just waves of fruit and lip smacking piney hops. It has a buttery, slightly chalky Bob Evans biscuits like base. Everything disappears abruptly at the end, leaving only a subtle lingering bitterness and slick oily resin coating.

What a great beer. Very hoppy, yet superbly balanced and restrained at the same time. This is better than Enjoy By. Find it if you can.

Sep 09, 2016
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augustgarage from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/9/2016 (5 days ago) - poured from a 22oz bomber into a generic goblet.

A half finger of magnolia pearling soft peaks is fed by a steady stream of bubbles coursing through a clear candlelight orange body. Fine sandy lacing; superior retention.

Bracing nose, with citrus-heavy hop aromas (kumquat zest, grapefruit pith, etc.) and hints of Starburst candy drawing you in for a sip. Galaxy and Citra seem to vie for attention here.

Dense layered hop flavors coat the tongue with gooseberry, passion fruit, more citrus (Meyer lemon, key lime, tangerine, etc.) along with a low level forest floor/mint flavor poking through. Hints of apricot, peach, or guava as the beer warms. Long, medium-dry finish with just a whisper of the base (and possibly caramel?) malt. Moderate persistent bitterness, but always coupled with the suggestion of fruit.

Not-quite medium-bodied, with full zesty carbonation working working well to maximally circulate those hop oils. Moderately warming from the alcohol.

Quite a showcase for the hop varietals - though I'm not sure if the flavor profile is meant to highlight their similarities, their differences, or both. In any case, magnificently fresh, and impressively quaffable - would pair very well with a high-end burger or some grilled salmon. Potent, but never punishing, this is one of the better examples of the style.

Aug 14, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold with medium amount of head; tight carbonation.
S: Tropical, papaya, pineapple. Some stone fruit thrown in. A touch of pine.
T: Lots of similar fruit up front; plenty of tropics but also more citrus now. Plenty of resin but it doesn't stick around; the finish is a little sweet malt.
M: Interesting...almost viscous at the beginning. The acids stick to the tongue but not in a scrapey way. Slightly oily, but not in a bad way. The resinous flavors roll down the sides of the tongue and coat leaving more flavor lingering on the tastebuds.
O: My favorite from NAW so far; the name is a perfect descriptor of the interplay of carbonation, alpha acids, esters and other flavors. A near-perfect example of West-Coast IPAs at their best and most flavorful.

Mar 17, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 021116 into a nonic pint. Pours a golden copper with 1 finger of medium density white head that left spiderweb lacing. Great nose, heavy grapefruit, moderate dankness, and some pine. Taste matches the nose but was a bit bready fit my palate, though still very enjoyable. Great body, carbonation was spot on, finish was starred slightly sweet and followed by a tiny bit of citrus astringency. Love this DIPA, would welcome the opportunity to grab again in the future!

Mar 16, 2016
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rand from California

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Clear, copper-tan appearance as a medium pour yields a small, wispy head that quickly reduces to a film. Scant lacing remains.

S: Juicy, dank, piney bouquet. Lots of fresh pine and citrus nuances at the top of the aromas, followed right behind a honey-sweet malt backbone. Bold bouquet.

T: The flavors betray a juiciness on the palate somewhat hidden in the nose. A mix of tropical and citrus notes - papaya, mango, grapefruit - along with bitter pine and grassy tones, are perfectly offset by weighty, honey-sweet malts. Medium to long finish, with bittersweet residuals between sips.

M: Medium-to-full bodied complexion. Oily-slick as hell.

Another gem from Noble. They burst on to the scene along with so many new startups it was hard to keep up. But I imagine Tongue Tickles along with the Showers series is here to stay.

Mar 08, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, I can't think of many IPA's that I would rather have. Golden, dank, piney, fruity deliciousness. I look forward to this every time it comes out, and it never disappoints. 'nuf said. Cheers!

Mar 05, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white head. Retention is great and there are many sheets of lacing. Smell is citrus. Mostly grapefruit and orange, with some peach and dank pine. Taste is the same with a good deal of bitterness. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall an amazing beer. An amazing west coast style IPA.

Mar 03, 2016
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pants678 from California

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White head, cloudy orange body.


Not much from the malt but citric leaning toward grapefruit. Apricot, orange and very subtle pine, as well. I'm guessing Galaxy's in this one. Complex beer with right amount of bitter bite.

Light-ish body with fluffy, velvet texture. Perfect.

Feb 21, 2016
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 22 oz bottle 10 days after the "drink before date" and was still impressed. Nice, slightly hazy golden apricot color with a one finger head. Citrus, pineapple, resin, and a touch of dank in the aroma and flavor with a creamy texture. The sweet fruit and bitterness is very well balanced and lingers in a positive way. Have to say it's similar to Pliny in the intensity and balance. Would love to try a fresh bottle next time.

Nov 13, 2015
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SaulFox from California

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Semi hazy and golden
Peaches, citrus, stone fruits
Pineapple, pine, slight onion
Slight swertness uofront followed by bitterness
Best one I have had from Noble. Look forward to Citra.

Nov 04, 2015
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at BLAH while on Beer Safari in San Diego. Great DIPA. Lots of fruit and hops. A bit light on malt which I noticed more in feel than taste. Went perfectly with Blind Lady's Fig Pizza and Citrus Salad. Would love to get this at home on East Coast.

Oct 19, 2015
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Absolut from California

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim before the Foo Fighters.

Poured a hazy orange with a one finger white head. smells of dank hops and citrus.

taste is wonderful, dank, sticky, citrus and malt.

this is a beer I could drink all the time

Oct 18, 2015
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anonymoose from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits. The taste is delicious tropical fruits, a hint of citrus, and a light biscuity malt. This is my favorite beer out of California so far

Oct 04, 2015
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Elan from California

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I did a side by side comparison to Pliny The Elder and this beer had more aromatics than pliny, finished smoother and had an overall better mouthfeel. Pliny had a more malty finish while the Tongue Tickles had a fruitier finish. Side by side, Tongue Tickles is better than Pliny IMO. I made my wife smell both side by side and she said they both smelled very similar. I agreed but TT had a more pronounced dry hopping than pliny. Overall i would give this beer a 5 out of 5 stars. Everyone needs to get off the Pliny nut sack. Its a good beer but not excellent in my opinion. The fact that theres a limited supply make it "better" as people want what what they cant have., Good marketing for a good beer (not excellent). Tongue Tickles deserves a 100 rate, not
a 94.

Oct 01, 2015
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MHurley from Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light see through orange is color with cloud white head. Thick and sticky lacing. Smells of citra and tropical fruit fill the nose. Nice hoppy and tropical fruit flavors. Great double Ipa I got a chance to try while on a trip to Alpine Ca. Would definitely pick this up again due to it having a great smoothness as a ipa

Sep 22, 2015
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breadwinner from California

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another day, another Noble hoppy beer that I just don't get the hype on. Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly fine DIPA, and I can see why it might be a winner for a lot of folks. Razor sharp pungent hop nose, sort of light dankness going on, little spritzes of tangy citrus. That sharpness follows through to the palate, though, and it frustratingly follows my experience with Noble hoppy beers -- they have a certain hollowness in the feel, which accentuates their sharpness, and it just doesn't work for me. It definitely serves to highlight the hops, so mission accomplished in that sense, I suppose. But, overall, it's just too shrill to be a real winner for me, though, again, good beer, hop lovers delight.

Sep 10, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours hazy gold but clears up considerably as the beer warms. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors receive support from melon leading to an assertive hop bitterness in a medium light bodied beer

Aug 24, 2015
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NYC-IPAnAPA from New York

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid DIPA from Noble. Brewed w/Citra and Galaxy hops, though I don't get any aroma or much taste that you'd normally associate with Citra hops. The galaxy hops definitely dominate, which is not a problem by any means, but don't expect a Citra juicy hop bomb. Definitely a lot of dankness w/some oniony smell too that I find to be present in many beers brewed in the San Diego and Southern California area. I personally find that onion smell and taste to be very off-putting, but I realize that not everybody feels the same way. That being said, it's not an overpowering part of the taste profile, which is instead dominant galaxy with some citra notes too in the background. I probably would have preferred the citra to be the dominant hop instead, but that's just personal preference. Still a great tasting beer, and one of the better tasting non-Alpine IPAs that I've had out of the Southern California region.

Aug 18, 2015
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle "best by Sept 1 2015" poured into my tall Coronado Brewing tulip (keeping things in the SoCal family sans Noble glassware)

Anyway, I got an immediate waft of tropical fruit as soon as I opened the bottle, which just as quickly settled into a dank, dank, and more dank scent, featuring more than a hint of onion. Somewhat offputting considering the beer's enticing honey tangerine shade of orange. Flavorwise though, this DIPA is right in my wheelhouse. Yes it's still dank, but wave after wave of juicy grapefruit & tropical stone fruits blast your tongue like a tidal wave, and when the water (beer) recedes, nothing but bitterness remains.

A perfectly balanced body and even more fruit appearing as it warms make this incredibly drinkable, and strong overall. Another great hoppy entry from Noble.

Aug 09, 2015
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden colour with a thin white head. Nose is real dank, even a bit savoury, some pine in there as well as good hit of grapefruit juice. Taste leans more toward the piney resinous side of things, none of the juiciness that came on the nose, there is a bit of grapefruit peel, a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is interesting, sticky upfront but dry on the back end, medium-bodied.

Overall, a really nice hop showcase, not mind-blowing but very well brewed. Definitely goes down easy for the 8% ABV.

Aug 06, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a 32oz growler from a friend. Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Smell is pretty faint, hence the low score, but you get that oniony, sweaty, dank smell that I usually associate with Mosaic and Simcoe hops. It looks like this beer has mainly Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy which is interesting considering how much the Simcoe stands out from the rest. Not much of that tropical fruit you would expect from Citra or Galaxy. Taste is much like the nose but much more pronounced. Completely dank with light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is a little oily and carbonation is perhaps a little low, although I'll confess that the cap came undone slightly while I had it in my car. Opening two days after I received this. Overall, a really great DIPA that reminds me a lot of Lupulin River, Knee Deeps DIPA with Mosaic and Simcoe.

Aug 06, 2015
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit oily & watery. Mango, lighter citrus fruits and "Hop sweat?" Easy drinking but missing something for sure in the body. Incomplete. Can't explain. Happy to have had but will not buy again. Generous score. Can only imagine hype & score is SoCal locally charged. Not a bad beer, don't get me wrong, but this is par for the course. Subjective.

Jul 23, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange, amber color with no head retention, not much carbonation, cloudy, hazy, decent amount of lacing.

A: Up front, guavas, grapefruit, onion, garlic, very pungent, not getting any malt aromas, smells really good.

T: Big citrus notes, grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, guavas, onion/garlic flavors, alcohol is present, not much of a malt presence, nice balanced bitterness in the middle, really good.

M: Big chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, dry finish.

O: Very impressed, lots of citrus aromas and flavors, there is not a sweet malt backbone presence that I get in some IIPAs, really good, definitely going to pick up another bottle if I ever come across it again.

Jul 22, 2015
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 319 ratings