Citra Showers
Noble Ale Works

Citra ShowersCitra Showers
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #26
Ranked #324
4.44 | pDev: 6.98%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Citra ShowersCitra Showers
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 579 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mactrail
mactrail from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden yellow brew with average foam in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Loads of aromatics. Sweet and tangy lemon-lime is the flavor from start to finish. Hard to find fault unless you were hoping for something harder to drink. Even the bitterness comes along just as the sugar peaks in the brain.

I don't taste the mango as much as some candied grapefruit peel for the finish. Overall, it's a very good DIPA, and so much better than about anything I"ve had in the hazy New England style brews we can't get away from. From the 16 oz can. I think this and the Mosaic are the most expensive IPA four-packs I've ever seen.

Jan 09, 2020
Photo of snaotheus
snaotheus from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a pint glass. I don't see a date. Gift from @mr-jj.

Pours clear golden with a smallish head. Smell is pretty straightforward citra hops -- fresh, clean, and citrusy.

Taste is surprisingly bitter -- still lots of citrus flavor, lots of citrus zest bitterness comes through. It's nice and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and dry. Overall, very good beer.

Jun 23, 2019
Photo of gcamparone
gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip. Pours a golden orange hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces to leave spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

On the nose is heavy citrus and zesty rind, grapefruit, raw hops and a sweet malt backbone. On the tongue are citra dominated hop notes, grapefruit and lightly zesty peppery notes, sitting on a semi-sweet malt backbone. Crushable body, medium carb and very drinkable for 8.8%.

Jun 27, 2018
Photo of RAlmeida77
RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a darker golden color. Not very bright in appearance. White head that dissipates and leaves sticky lacing to the glass. Aroma is insane. Citra all up in my face....citrus, mango, grapefruit....smells amazing. Taste follows the nose. Tons of and subtle grapefruit notes. The citra in this beer really pops. Feel is medium bodied and sticky/resinous. Really coating and leaves behind wonderful flavors of orange and grapefruit. Overall, this is a tremendous beer. Really love the showcase of Citra here. Noble did a great job with this one.

Jun 07, 2018
Photo of Red5StandingBy
Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz into Snifter. Canned on June 13th 2017.

L: Hop haze honey gold, finger width head dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin ring.

S: As you would expect an entirely Citra hopped DIPA to be this smells entirely of citrus, orange, mango, grapefruit.

T: Again entirely citrus flavors as previously listed.

F: Medium body, average carbonation, slightly syrupy, dry finish.

O: This could be better. Not bad though. I don't get how this gets rated as high as it does to be honest, not complex, simple.

Jun 29, 2017
Photo of TwoThreeBrews
TwoThreeBrews from California

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citra Hopped Double IPA 8.8% ABV | 77 IBU

This beer pours out a nice dark golden brown that reminds me of a perfectly toasted mallow. It has a nice 2-3 inches of thick head that slowly fades. The beer initially has some lacing but as it warms the lacing fades.

I was hit as soon as I opened this beer with hops. Seriously, as soon as the can opened the hops hit me. As it warmed it took on that lovely western IPA weedy scent, some grain, lemon, and orange peel.

The mouth on this one is full and refreshing. However, as this beer warms it almost becomes a little flat.

The taste hit me with a mix of hops and grain that i almost couldn't pick up anything else. After a few minutes in this beer picked up just as the nose did. Nice citrusy/orange, refreshing taste that didn't overpower you with bitterness.

Overall, this beer is one of my favorite beers recently. The beer doesn't have an overpowering scent other than what you expect from a west coast IPA. The taste and mouth on this beer is what take it to the next level. It is light, full, refreshing and finishes with just the right about of hops to make you keep the beer within reach.

Jun 24, 2017
Photo of Franziskaner
Franziskaner from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper to brown in color with a half inch of dense off white. The aroma is of citrus hops, light malt, and floral hops. Amazing nose. I'm tasting citrus to mandarin orange hop flavor along with some light malt. The mouth is lightly resinous and chewy.

Jun 17, 2017
Photo of conpen
conpen from California

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Noble Ale Works.

Look: Golden amber. Looks like 90% of IPAs out there.

Smell: Heavy, heavy tropical aroma. Can't pinpoint the exact fruit. Not surprising considering it's a single-hopped with Citra. Has that extra bit of alcohol smell that doubles usually have.

Taste: Grapefruit is the most overwhelming flavor for me. Bitter and sweet. A nice mix of citrus and tropical notes.

Feel: The beer sits on my tongue for a while, and it's nice. The grapefruit flavor lingers, with a nice dry bitterness.

Overall: Pretty damned delicious. A ridiculously drinkable Imperial from Noble.

Mar 11, 2017
Photo of MJSFS
MJSFS from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle dated 1/31/17 poured into a Trillium snifter. Crystal clear apple juice body with two fingers of tightly packed white head that left moderate lacing as it slowly receded to a thin layer on top of the beer that was continuously replenished by several lazy bubble streams. Aroma is sweet Citra hops heaven; stone fruit, citrus, and slight alcohol. Taste is a stone fruit citrus bomb with a alcohol notes. A perfect example of what Citra hops can do. Mouthfeel is my only complaint about this beer. It's juicy and sugary up front, but the finish is incredibly dry. While I had zero difficulty finishing the bottle, I was definitely thirsty afterwards because of the drying effect of the alcohol. I would absolutely buy this again.

Feb 25, 2017
Photo of BeantownBrews
BeantownBrews from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clarity, two inch white foam head on a clear amber pour
Heavy on the citra, smells of lemon/lime rind, sweet malt, slight grass, orange, peach
Wow, (initially underwhelming) juice bomb without any bite, the sweetness and full flavors come in towards the mid-back, tad too sweet for me
A bit thin and lacking on the mouthfeel
Worth seeking out, really great stuff!

Feb 25, 2017
Photo of Lingenbrau
Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and beautiful bright golden orange color with a thick and foamy white head that persists and laces well. Insane amount of bright citrus aroma. Hops, hops, and more hops! Appropriately named "showers." Flavor follows in all its citric glory, with just enough sweetness from the seemingly simple malt bill. Feel is crisp, dry, bitter... what more could you want from a Citra DIPA? Overall this is an outstanding DIPA with exceptional use of Citra hops. Cheers!

Feb 22, 2017
Photo of Wayne17
Wayne17 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose has a decent amount of malt and honey like sweetness and then dank hops. After a swirl it smells like you lit your nose up to a bucket full of fresh hops. Nice creamy mouth feel and low bitterness on the finish. This one is right at about a month old so it's fresh but the malt backbone is a little over done on this for me.

Feb 17, 2017
Photo of muchloveforhops3
muchloveforhops3 from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

p- dark orange
n- med-bold sweet juicy citrus hops; mandarin orange; light vanilla; very inviting
t- follows nose; bursting with citrus flavor, as anticipated; orange, grapefruit, tangerine; mod bitterness in the fin; semi-sweet bready malt supports
mf- med-bodied with med-high carb; clean and crisp
o- just as expected... Love it! packed full of flavor and so drinkable; I'm becoming more and more convinced that these guys do not make a bad ipa/dipa

Nov 28, 2016
Photo of fireazzi
fireazzi from Massachusetts

3.07/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Noble Ale Works makes a lot of great beers, my favorite is still naught sauce but this IPA from them is great. The hops are great. Nice west coast style IPA.

Nov 25, 2016
Photo of MOVERTON1284
MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of Citra in the aroma but overall the beer was a little bitter and not as good as other DIPA's on the market. Not a bad beer by any means, but I have had much better

Nov 18, 2016
Photo of rabbott2
rabbott2 from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9/29/2016 bottle drank in a chalice on 10/11/2016

L-solid white head, clean with nice clarity, golden

S-clean and smooth citrus. pretty pungent and bold. not complex but the grapefruit, pine, grass, and orange come through nicely.

T-follows the scent

F- super drinkable. I had to double and triple check that this was 8.8%. Went down very fast and easy. Not overly juicy like the new haze-bombs, but amazingly crushable. really nice

O-a very nice showcase of the citra hop and a great west coast IPA. Certainly unique when compared to the new age hazy style IPAs, but this classic old school (correct now I think) aggressively hopped IPA is fanastic. First beer from Noble, but won't be my last. Reminds me of how ZD used to taste super fresh

Oct 12, 2016
Photo of mothman
mothman from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color. White head. On tap. Side by side with juice box and this is crap compared to it.

Bitter and sticky. Resiny. Where is the citra? Grassy and floral.

Not sure how or why this one is rated so high. Tough to drink a lot.

Oct 07, 2016
Photo of wulfie85
wulfie85 from California

4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Citra IPAs I've had. Was able to get a bottle within a week or two of bottling and the Citra aromas exploded from the glass. The aromas we're backed up perfectly on the tongue as well. Wish this was around more often

May 08, 2016
Photo of crob3888
crob3888 from California

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

Poured a beautiful golden orange with an off white head hat left tons of lacing in the glass. Aromas and flavors were dominated by the majesty of citra: grapefruit, piney resin, some orange marmalade, and it's all balanced by a nice sweet and bready malt backbone. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation that gives way to a nice wave of bitterness for the finish. It's hard to imagine this beer displeasing (m)any DIPA fans, but it seems to me to lack that final special quality that would put it in the range of the all-time greats.

Mar 26, 2016
Photo of Fireman_RK
Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Slightly hazy golden hues with an ample foamy white head
S: Tons of tangerine, pineapple, and oranges on the nose
T: Follows the nose with a slight malt profile, but a generous dose of tropical fruits
F: Medium bodied for an IPA and moderate carb
O: Beautiful and clean rendition of an overhopped Citra brew - very enjoyable

Mar 09, 2016
Photo of SovereignGood
SovereignGood from California

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

Picked this up from WFDTLA.

L: Light yellow with a finger of head leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Very hoppy with some nice floral, citrus, and lemon notes. Some fresh pine and juice.

T: A pretty juicy west coast IPA with lots of citrus and some pine. Nice amount of bitterness in the back.

F: Medium body mouthfeel that suits the ABV and style well.

A new favorite among my west-coast IPAs!

Jan 23, 2016
Photo of danh53
danh53 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet pine sap with orange, pineapple, and mango. Tastes like orange candy. Plenty of sweet malt and dank, earthy hops. Great depth of flavor. Mouth feel is amazing. Its creamy and resinous with just the right amount of carbonation. It sticks to your palate long after you swallow.

Jan 17, 2016
Photo of lupercmda
lupercmda from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange yellowish hue with medium head. Smells of grapefruit and nice bitter smell. Has a nice balance between the malt and the citra hops in the taste. Overall a really well done beer.

Dec 23, 2015
Photo of starrdogg
starrdogg from District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome extra received in a trade from ph1ogic, wasn't even on my radar. This beer smells absolutely amazing, which really isn't surprising for a citra beer, but it even stood out from a crowded field of citra IPAs. The flavor was outstanding too, with a light malt bill and not too much bitterness. It was all juicy citra hops. Definitely one of the better bottled DIPAs out there, up there with the likes of Trillium's best stuff.

Dec 21, 2015
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
Bonsall_Phil from California

4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a two-week old 22oz. Aclear golden with very little head with aggressive pour. No lacing, head subsides quickly

Scent is lighter than I was anticipating. Hoppiness scantily dressed in orange-citrus, nothing special but pleasant nonetheless.

Taste hits bitter hops when it hits the tongue and quickly moves to a delicious non acidic orange flavor. If you are familiar with a cara-cara orange, it was the first thing that entered my mind. The aftertaste of orange lingers nicely though a little warm. Mouthfeel has enough to it,medium but definitely not too thin

A very enjoyable beer, this one was hyped by some friends of mine so I was expecting a lot more. I would still purchase on sight and enjoy anytime this beer is available.

Dec 20, 2015
Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 579 ratings