Citra Showers | Noble Ale Works

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Citra ShowersCitra Showers

Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rollzroyce21 on 01-01-2014

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Photo of Priesland
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! Golden, sunburst orange, gigantic frothy cream-colored head. So bright, so fresh. A subtle grain base features layer upon layer of slightly sweet, floral, fruity hops. I spent a good several minutes inhaling deeply.

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Photo of AbiWeise
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG!!!completely Ridiculously good! As good as "Sip Of Sunshine" from
Lawson's my first West coast that replicates the East coast Citrus undertone IPA kudos!!!!!!! Noble Ale works kudos !!!

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Photo of trojans4200
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had some of the best IPA out there and this definatly ranks up with the top dogs! Heady,Pliny, SOS.... ,Citra showers is right up there!

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Photo of jow_42
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - hazy, orange, tangerine color. Opaque. Looks like a NE DIPA in the glass

S - huge orange, tangerine, mango, papaya. There's an awesome herbacious note under all that citrus.

T - taste follows the nose on this one. Juicy oranges, tangerines, mango. There is a little bit of dank, earthiness middle of the mouth. Finishes super clean, crisp, dry. This beer drinks no where near 8.8%. You'd be in trouble with multiple bottle of this

O - This is by far my favorite single hopped Citra beer. I have yet to have Citra from Kern River, but Noble's Citra Showers is world class. Living here in San Diego, we are spoiled by amazing IPAs. This one stands out for sure among the best of the best. Highest recommendation on this one.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer...

Bright copper with minimal foam on the pour. The beer manages to shine in your glass. Aroma is full of juicy citrus fruits -- orange, grapefruit and lemon right off the bat. Flavor stays true to that, with a grassy taste on the front end, followed by a bready finish. Mouthfeel isn't overly resin-y, and carbonation is just about perfect. This is a West Coast IPA as it should be, and one you should absolutely seek out fresh.

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Photo of RJB66
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one outstanding brew! It's so full of juicy Citra hops. Super smooth finish with no aftertaste. As soon as I popped the top I could smell the Citra. Very easy drinking for a double. Halfway through it I was wishing I had another one. I highly recommend this awesome beer!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best CA DIPAs I've come across in quite a while. Dull gold hazy unfiltered liquid topped by a small head of white foam. Rich nose with moderate dank orange and floral notes and a sweet maltiness. This tastes addictively good: orange zest with sweet malt, cucumber, and a dose of honey sweetness. Just a touch of bitterness adds some balance. The mouthfeel is creamy and the brew coats the tongue with a delicious hoppy nectar that is slightly tongue numbing. Emphasizing dank hops, but presenting on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum.

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Photo of balls_mcgee
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very strong, citrusy smell. Has a taste that hits as powerfully as it smells. Absolutely delicious, has notes of grapefruit, orange, apricot. Awesome, awesome stuff.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

- 22 oz. bomber with Best By date on bottle: 30-Sep-15
Poured into Golden Road tumbler on 5-Aug-15 (bottled 2 days prior)

- 22oz. bomber poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Apr-15 (bottled just one day earlier)

- 22 oz. bomber with Best By date on bottle: 23-Feb-14
Poured into stemless wine glass on 31-Dec-13 (drinking this into the new year).

- Tasted 3 oz. from tap at the tasting room earlier in the day.

I'll get straight to the point. Loads of pineapple, ripe peaches, mango, guava, lemon, and grapefruit up front. Not so much in nose as it is in the taste. As I'm hit with all the tropical flavors, I'm reminded why this hop varietal will always be a classic. The flavor profile is encompassed with just the right amount of piney resin. The finish is clean, dry, and has just the right amount of hop bitter. Now, I'll admit that I'm not a hop head by the classic definition. I enjoy my IPA's balanced and on the mild side of hoppyness. But Kern River's Citra is one of my personal favorite IPA's and although it's been awhile since I've tasted Citra (unfortunately way too long!), CS is right on par!

Definitely the best brew I've enjoyed from Noble. Better than Tongue Tickles, and I really enjoyed TT. This is my personal favorite IPA in the O.C. region. I will definitely look forward to more of this.

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Photo of MattLatuchie
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lots of people talking about this beer right now, and it was drop-dead gorgeous tonight. Popped the beer and my kitchen was flooded with peach, mango, lychee, pine, and onion. What sets this a part from so many other DIPAs is its power and elegance. Many powerful DIPAs come across too sweet, boozy, etc, but this was all about freshness, balance and finesse. This QUICKLY ascended my favorites list. Double Sunshine may be the only better DIPA I've had. Impressive.

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Photo of Briesch
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious beer. Starts off with one of the most amazing aromas ever emanated from a beer glass. Super fruity, floral smell. The taste is one of the juiciest, hoptastic beers I've ever tasted. Just the right amount of bitter. This thing drinks so smoothly and don't detect any alcohol at all. Tried a previous batch months ago. Bought 3 bottles upon this new release and drank them within the week. Had to go back to the store to buy three more. Consume fresh!

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Photo of wulfie85
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy, very opaque, dark orange.

The aroma explodes of papaya, blood orange, passionfruit, peach, tangerine, citrus zest, huge Citra.

The beer is a bit less juicy on the palate. Up front, orange and tangerine, mango, peach. In the middle, a light biscuity malt. The finish is of some dank, grassiness, and grapefruit pith. Clean and dry, with a medium minus bitterness on the back end.

The beer is very much an East Coast style DIPA. Similar to Singlecut Bon Bon and Trillium beers. The best DIPA from the West Coast next to Kern Citra.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: big bubbly soapy head slightly hazy goldish orange

S: sweet grass with melon and overripe fruit a very light bitterness

T: so juicy and very clean the nose follows the taste it explodes with an over ripe melon fruit characteristics with light grass

M: this beer is like a lot of their shower beers it's so clean and light feeling it's quite amazing

O: This beer is amazing flat out I love Noble Ale Works Shower series and this Citra hopped one is dynamite

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a standard straw ipa-color. One inch head that maintains well with decent retention. The nose on this beer is over the top. So dank, so juicy....tropical fruits of guava, pineapple, fresh cut grass and mildly piney with a little bit of orange and tangerine thrown in. The smell is worth it alone on the pi. The taste is bitter and clean and quick. It is much less sweet on the taste but still dank and grapefruit shows up in the taste here. Mouthfeel is average but very suitable for this style. Noble has cooked up two gems in a row with tongue tickles and Citra Showers, I hope these will be readily available. This beer is a 9.5/10 from a true hop head. Would love to try side-by-side with Kern's Citra. Outstanding offer from Noble Ale Works.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: beautiful tangerine / orange bright vibrant color. Medium sized head, not too big and not completely white. Decent amount of bubbles darting towards the surface. There are golden outlines to this beer.

Aroma: Orange hard / rock candy. I smell a tiny bit of alcohol which is pretty rare for any of the showers series double IPA's. Smells so fresh and inviting though.

Taste: Orange / Mango freaking sherbet. A little sweet caramel / white soft bread. I taste something exquisite (fruit) but I can't identify it exactly. It may be more of that mango nectar or some pineapple. Perfect perfect bitterness with this pretty big IPA. No lingering bitterness, whether it be orange / grapefruit peel and pith or the hoppy dank bitterness. Just a slight perceived amount of bitterness on the back of palate / throat. As it warms a bit, there are all kinds of fruity candy type flavors dancing around. wow. Not much guava or papaya like in other showers but a ton of artificially flavored candy type sensations on the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: perfect. awesome. medium plus. lively. its greaaat.

Overall: this is a world class beer. Plain and simple. I still think folks around So-Cal and just the west coast in general are overhyping this beer at least when compared to other hops in the series. People sometimes just lose their shit over citra hops due to their reputation and whatnot. This beer is still behind: Galaxy, Amarillo, Mosaic. so this is probably the 4th best I've tried of the Noble Ale Works Showers Double IPA's. But its still fantastic. I finished the beer 15 minutes ago and Im still left with hop sweetness tingling on the sides of my tongue. Noble is the best man.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this when it was almost 3 months old but it was incredible! Cloudy, fruity, citrusy, juicy, great mouthfeel. This is definitely a 5/5 if it were fresh, but you could hardly tell that it had any age on it at nearly 3 months.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel like Mr. Arkadin in Orson Wells' masterpiece. I am lost, I am unaware, I am... Citra Showers took me on a tropical journey to far off places, to beautiful places. The beer glows a gorgeous golden hue like a newborn Twinkie, while the taste...the taste! Wow! Luscious Citra perfection. The hot dog thang has a delicate crispness at the end that makes you think that you are taking off Adriana Lima's bra.

Raul is done TKO'd.

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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Hadn't even attempted to smell the beer and already picked up the strangely dank and disgusting yet somehow delicious aroma of cat piss. Accompanied by piss is are crisp refreshing citrus notes, grapefruit, flowers, and malt. Very very clean and crisp smelling. Taste is citrus, grapefruit and floral hops leading to sweet malts. I'm finding a great balance in this beer and it's drinking very easy. Finishes with a grainy grassy yet bitter taste. Mouth feel is a notch above medium and right one par with what I expected from an 8.8% abv DIPA. Not much that I don't like about this beer.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy light golden with a nice finger tall white head that leaves lacing all over. Smell is sweet mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and a little pine. Taste follows for the most part. This thing is just loaded with hops, much like the other Showers beers. Pretty low bitterness which allows you to really enjoy Citra to its fullest. Mouthfeel is damn good for 8.8%, also like the other Showers beers. I can't think of a better Citra IPA/DIPA. This is simply incredible; in my top 10. Better than KR Citra. If I were to rank the Showers I've had it would go something like this:

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Updated 12/20/15

Bottle dated 12/3/15. Pours a clear golden orange color now. I preferred it when it was hazier. Smell is sweet pineapple and mango. Some really dank notes too. Taste follows the nose. I feel like it's sweeter and not as dry as it used to be. Not much bitterness but so full of flavor. No alcohol. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and sticky but as good as you're gonna find for 8.8%. I remember it being extremely creamy which has diminished somewhat, possibly because it's being fined/filtered now. Overall, I still think this is a fantastic DIPA. Maybe not at the level I used to regard it at but awesome nonetheless. I'd like to see how these Showers beers would taste around 7.5-8%.

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Photo of corby112
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink before 2/23/14

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with dark straw colored edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slow settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank juicy hop aroma that's bursting with resinous oils and tropical/citrus fruit sweetness. Uber-fresh juicy nuggets with fresh cut grass, pine needle, spruce tip and subtle onion-y summit. The earthy, grassy notes really stand out but are perfectly countered by the sweeter fruit notes. Very tropical with hints of grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple and blood orange sweetness followed by a subtle pale malt backbone. I'm picking up a touch of biscuit along with toast and graham cracker but the lighter malt notes do not interfere in any way with the glorious hop profile. One of the dankest, freshest smelling IPAs I've come across. I don't know how the aroma could be improved. Smells amazing!

Full bodied with a blast of dank, resinous hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and subtle malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Pretty much perfectly balanced with dry, grassy pine needle flavor along with some earthy spruce tip and a touch of onion-y summit hops countered by juicy citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. Strong grapefruit flavor along with hints of mango, papaya, blood orange, curaƧao and pineapple sweetness before finishing with subtle pale malt and a touch of boozy heat. The malt bill is present in the palate but doesn't hinder the intense hop flavors. Subtle hints of biscuit, bread, graham cracker and caramel. Just enough sweetness and alcohol to counter the intense hop bitterness. There is just a touch of heat toward the end of the palate but it's nicely masked at 8.8%. Deceptively drinkable because of the complexity and delicious combination of flavors. I could drink this all day and wish that I had regular access to this brewery in Philadelphia. An amazing beer that I highly recommend to any hophead. Incredible!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: deep hazy gold body; head as big-as-ya-want-it of ivory foam; ample lacing down the glass

S: bursts with Citra goodness: lots of orange, grapefruits, and bright flowers; some of the malt slips through, too, fresh and clean

T: completely impressed right off the very first sip - which was quickly followed by others - all the wonderful citric action continues, from bright notes of orange and lime over darker notes of grapefruit and citric pith; the malts are perfectly suited for the hops, keeping an stable under-structure of clean, fresh, pale grains that add just enough sweetness and body to "balance" out the beer.

M: drinks lighter than you'd expect - perhaps a medium body, the brisk carbonation becomes smooth and slick, with a dangerous drinkability that you'll have to be careful of - fortunately, not a killer abv - otherwise you'd be in trouble

O: whatta great beer - courtesy of j47paco - really crisp and fresh and tight - tons of delicious Citra action and a perfectly complementary malt backbone. Totally recommended.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heard about this beer two days ago. Went out looking for it today just as a new shipment dropped. Schwing!

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a one finger cream colored head. Leaves ridiculous lace down the glass with each sip. Looks awesome.

S: Wowzers. Mango, candied grapefruit, caramel, a touch of rye malt, guava and some citrus zest. The smell is lush and sweet without being overly so. I could smell this for a very long time.

T: Opens velvety on the palate with some mango and caramel notes. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine zest and a slight rye spiciness. Just a trace of grapefruit pith resin on the finish. There's a creaminess to the mouthfeel that really makes the sweeter flavors in here coat your tongue. Incredibly balanced. This may have Citra topped.

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Photo of Rado
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is phenomenal, reminds you why hop heavy beers made an impact in the beer world two years ago.

Looks nice enough

Smells better than any ipa you have tasted In the past two years

Mouthfeel is quite adequate for an ipa to double ipa

Taste is really nice and you will likely not find this again this year

Overall is soo awesome and should be sought out, unfortunately.for me since I live in Southern California and won't get anymore

UPDATED REVIEW - had this beer again and noticed hop fall off in the second batch, have to lower its score. This time was in a lineup with other IPAs

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
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