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Citra Showers | Noble Ale Works

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Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works
California, United States | website

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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Reviews:
64
Ratings:
446
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
18.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 446
Photo of Priesland
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Ryancthomas7
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22oz bomber poured into a spiegelau glass - drink before 9/30/2015
Incredible aroma right off the bat. Crisp flavor and dank hoppy notes. This beer is ridiculously crushable for ~9%. Truly world-class.

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Photo of Briesch
4.85/5  rDev +8%
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 balls_mcgee
4.85/5  rDev +8%
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 aquazr1
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BrettonJay
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
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 McStagger
3.76/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Absolut
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a white head.

Smells extremely prominent of citrus, hops, dank and fruit.

Taste is very similar. Crisp mouth feel.

Wonderful beer.

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Photo of mobrado
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Beerenauslese
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
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 AbiWeise
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 breadwinner
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
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 jow_42
4.94/5  rDev +10%
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 dar482
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jooler
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Hop_God
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange. Medium story. Loose opaque bubbles. Head dissipates quick

S: citra blast. Tropical papaya. Mango. Peach over ripen. Nectarine pith. Pineapple. Lemon peel

T: amazing. All those fruits come through. It tastes like the way the fruit basket hats look. Guava. Nectarine. Citrus. Lemon peel. Bitter finish

F: crisp bite. Med plus carbonation

O: this is awesome. Great example of Citra hops. Can't go wrong

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Photo of smb
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loads of citrus hop flavors and aroma with intense clarity and an extremely crisp, refreshing finish. A pristine example of a citra-centric double IPA.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
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:

Nelson
Citra
Mosaic
Sorachi Ace
Waimea

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 SomethingClever
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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 neurobot01
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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 jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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 brentk56
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev -4%
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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