Tongue Tickles | Noble Ale Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
noblealeworks.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lucnifter on 11-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
7.03%
 
 
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62
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60
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Photo of thatsarealplane
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of shanrath
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jrawlinsGA
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickschwar
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but nothing original about this. Very sweet. Better very cold.

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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ross84
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OleDixie
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IceAce
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of C-roll32
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BryanCDM
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
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 fruit...mango, 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.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Tongue Tickles from Noble Ale Works
4.41 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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