Citra Showers | Noble Ale Works

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

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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70
Ratings:
489
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 489
Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good things. "Best by 9/30/15" Printed on the bottom right of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. About a finger off white head. Pretty rapid dissipation, with larger bubbles condensing. Not much in the way of retention or lacing. Looks kinda mediocre.

S: Hoppy. Slightly citric and tropical. Not much malt presence in the nose. Smells very "bright", if that makes any sense.

T: Lemon, lime and orange zest on the front end. Slightly savory onion/garlic. Tropical flavors on the mid palate. Again, not overly complex but fairly "bright". Tropical spiciness on the end. Bit of alcohol warmth after the taste.

M: Feels both light on the palate and undercarbonated.

O: I'm pretty dissapointed. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

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Photo of Wayne17
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of pants678
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange with a retaining white head.

I don't have an olfactory sense right now.

Dank finish, citric without being acidic. Sugary, somehow. Can be too musty but that comes with DIPAs.

Better not being clean and crisp, IMO. Sorta creamy is the perfect fit, IMO.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know, I just don't get the hype. Really crackery malt base, which combines with the Citra hops to give this one a bit of a hollow feel that I just don't find endearing. Sure, the Citra hops smell nice-ish, but I'm gonna need more than that to consider something upper echelon, which this just frankly isn't.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of Nominoe
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is typical gold/orange transparent IPA with very little head despite a slightly aggressive pour.

Smell is subtle hops with strong citrus and almost a burning spiciness.

Taste is small spice up front with huge citrus on the end. Balanced subtle hoppiness throughout with no sign of 8.8%ABV. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is typically bubbly yet smooth IPA. Good carbonation and an awesome tingliness of is-this-spicy? that fades comfortably quickly.

Overall a great DIPA that I would pick up anytime I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a drink by date of 2/23/14 courtesy of Vince. Thank you kindly for the opportunity!

Orange yellow pour with s nice egg froth and some stick....looks the part.

White nectarine, which I get a bunch from Citra, is very present on the nose as well as some exotic fruits who pop in for a little who's your father. Plenty of toasted malts and sunflower seeds as well. Sounds strange perhaps, but I'll be damned if it's not there. Bit of piss too.

Right on par with the nose. Pineapple, mango, dry nectarine skins, sweet malts, and a touch of booze that creeps and lingers. Leafy and vegetative while green onion flashes in and out. Dank fade...

Mouthfeel is neither heavy nor light for a DIPA, but not without a good deal of hop oils along the way. Carbonation is crisp.

A nice Citra beer that doesn't break any molds. Thankful for the opportunity, happy to pound it, but not blown away.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 22oz. (drink before 9/30/15 on bottle)

A: Dark orange, big head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Tropical Fruit, Tangerines, Soap, Alcohol
T: Dank, sticky, fruity, mildly bitter, some alcohol present
F: Sticky, Full
O: Good but over rated

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mobrado
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great single hop showcase, although I personally like Citra better when it's balanced by other hops like Mosaic (Fresh Squeezed) or Motueka (Modern Times' Booming Rollers). On its own, as another reviewer has mentioned, it's just a bit 'hollow.'

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Photo of neurobot01
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Mini-review; this is certainly not my favorite of the Showers series, despite all the hype. It's good, but not great. Citrus of course, a hint of cattiness (more in the aroma than the taste), very dry. The feel seems a bit less polished than other recent Showers, which I think is mostly due to the extreme dryness. Still good, but not one I'll seek out multiples of.

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to Mikasa pint glass

A: Copper-tan in color, slightly opaque, as a moderate pour yields a tight bubbly head that leaves little tracing to speak of.

S: Big, juicy bouquet with pronounced notes of oragne and grapefruit zest, caramelly malts and booze. Spicy lemon pepper and grassy notes edge the bouquet.

T: More nuanced on the palate, but still big and juicy. The citrus notes are joined by tropical tones. The front of the sip is bitter, with grassy, floral aspects staking their claim. The malt-backbone balances over the arc of the sip, bringing in notes of honeyed bread. The brew closes with a long, boozy finish with bitter-sweet residuals lingering.

M: Oily slick, medium mouthfeel. A little under-carbonated given the complexion.

A really tasty, well-rounded IPA. Full of juicy goodness, this brings out the best in Citra hops.

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Photo of OKFine
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to PG2G for this as an extra.
A: Golden copper with nice quickly dissipating head.
S: Tropical fruit citrus nose vacation
T: Sticky bitter hops, sweet juicy fruit flavors with a gentle citra after taste
F: Sticky, smooth, like honey watered down with citrus juice
O: Super great showcase of citra hops. Great double IPA. Amazing bonus in a trade.

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Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle of this from Hollingshead's Delicatessen yesterday. #1 on my want list while in socal on vacation. Into the Bruery tulip she goes!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peachy-gold with over a finger of soapy (almost) white head that leaves some thick and sticky lace.

Smell. Big pineapple, mango, cat pee (I hate that description but it really is there), oranges and grapefruit, and a touch of toasted malt. Actually smells pretty nice despite the crude descriptor.

Taste. Big tropical fruits, getting pineapple, mango and papaya, some sweet orange and grapefruit, a touch of onion and cedar, and some nice flavourful lighter malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation. Just about right for the style.

Overall. A very nice, big IPA with a ton of fresh tasting hops in there. I don't know if this is up there among the best DIPAs for me, but it's a very nice brew no question.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.9.14
Thanks jodan!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan, fluffy head with good retention.

S - Very floral, a bit of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Floral, tropical, grapefruit, very nice.

D - Good carbonation with a mediumb body.

O - Very hop forward, no bitterness, a touch skunky. Great beer.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great single hop beer. I love the shower series and this is one of my favorites. Great Citra smell and flavor they last throughout this beer. I will have it again for sure

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Photo of jooler
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cm thick head. Smells fruity and very juicy. Initial taste is bitter but very citrusy. Great taste but the only problem is that the alcohol is very noticeable. Wolf among weeds hides the alcohol better. All in all, I absolutely love the smell but meh on the taste. Sort of tastes like alpine Nelson but more alcoholic

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Photo of fireazzi
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, florals, a bit of dank piss, and some sweet malts. The flavor hits the same notes, but is more intensely bitter and showcases more of a floral, citrus peel character. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter, juicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good citra DIPA, maybe not as tropical-leaning as others I’ve had.

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Photo of rawfish
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with an hazy into the glass, forms a nice finger high white head with terrific retention and steady rings of lacing.

The beauty of Citra at work here, such a variety of aroma from a singular hop. I get a tropical symphony of light mangoes, pineapple, lemon grass, grapefruit pith, also a very dank and wet earthy note near the finish. A slight alcohol and grainy malt backing.

Opens with a big smack of bright citrus pith, the tropical flavors of pineapple and mango are there but more reserved. The rest of the hop flavor is dank and resiny with a touch of onion. The pale malt really doesn't add much sweetness but there is a edge to it that reminds me of rye. Alcohol brings the balance here and brightens up the dank flavors.

Medium bodied, with well handled carbonation. I can't knock the alcohol presence since it brings balance and is very clean. Very dry finish with strong but clean bitterness.

Use of a singular hop type can be limiting, despite how varied the hop aroma and flavors were, I felt neither the aroma or flavor had been maxed out. Clearly Noble Ale Works knows what they are doing since the malt profile was also left thin and unobtrusive to provide balance despite the alcohol. This beer is an excellent showcase of Citra hops, the variety in aroma and flavor that this beer brings to the table is very impressive. Keep an eye out for more beers in this series.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a fresh 22 ounce bomber of this via trade and was excited to try it as I have tried many other showers versions...this was by far the best version of the showers series I have had… Tons of Citra hops on the nose and the finish

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Photo of aquazr1
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours an orange golden color with little head or lacing. There was a burst of floral notes that I picked up when the bottle was opened. Nose is floral and citrus. Taste follows with more citrus peel and some bitterness on the finish. An excellent drinking beer.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey yellow with fizzy white head with good distribution and retention. Beautiful aromas of papaya (the most vibrant and clear papaya scent I've ever gotten from a beer) cantaloupe and a bit of candied orange, but mostly papaya. Very catty up front with flavors of candied orange peel and grapefruit along with bits of rosemary. Very bitter finish that lingers. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Great IPA, the flavors opens up a bit as it warms but the nose reigns supreme on this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a reasonably impressive head that leaves some dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit

Taste: The malts provide a neutral, slightly biscuity platform upon which the hops can perform and perform they do, bringing a range of tropical and citrus flavors; very clean finish with nothing distracting from the beguiling hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but lively carbonation

Overall: Caught this one right in advance of the 2/23 "Drink before" date and I am glad I did as I really like my DIPAs to be crisp and clean

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Citra Showers from Noble Ale Works
4.47 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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