Nelson Showers
Noble Ale Works

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #122
Ranked #997
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Notes: Nelson Sauvin - A hop varietal grown out of New Zealand, is the featured hop in this single-hop double IPA. This hop is a mind bender with flavors of sauvignon blanc, gooseberries, truffle and allspice. Our second release in our double IPA series that showcases our favorite hop varieties, one by one, with each consecutive release.
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Photo of AleManDan
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap and it made everything else I tasted that night—including Blind Pig—taste bad in comparison. Big hop aromas and favors with piney, sticky bitterness battling out against a stone fruit funky sweetness. Moderate mouthfeel that ended a bit dry, just like it should. I’d hit it again!

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Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Decent DIPA... have had better, in fact decided to have next to a good IPL for comparison sake, Ballast Point Fathom, which I liked better... color, aroma and flavor... again good beer, but not as good as Fathom IPL.

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Photo of monadnoise
5/5  rDev +15.5%

One of the best IPA's I've experienced thus far. If only they would release it again. I found the last remaining bottle in the secret stash of a great liquor shop. Ask for it, you might get lucky.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

at first I was not sure what to think of this beer. I have never had a beer with ONLY nelson hops, but WOW was I impressed. Could not tell how strong this guy was, but the aroma and taste of these hops was great. job well done!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber courtesy of SomethingClever thank you brother!

Well, since Noble Ale Works doesn't distribute here, I had to get this through an underground connection called beer trading to get it. Well let me describe this brew for those who haven't tasted it yet! First off, this brew's appearance is gorgeous! Opaque Orange body, unfiltered and a nice soapy white head. I can stare at this brew all day long!

The aroma is strong as hell! Huge hits of fruits and musk. Some peach undertones and resinous hop quality. There is a malt backbone to this, sweet sugar and doughy. The aroma gives your nose a double suplex and with no apologies either!

Time for the taste test! First hits with a lighter approach on the palate. First is musk then hits of fruits. The fruits are tropical on the palate like unripe stonefruits. A nice resinous wood flavor comes in and back ups the fruits. The malts are semi-sweet and sugary. This brew finishes resinous and dry with a lingering bitterness that isn't offensive, it's clean in nature. The feel is medium-light with par carbonation. Very outstanding.

Overall: This brew is Outstanding in the DIPA territory. It's not breaking boundaries yet it's an entertaining brew for sure. The malt to hop balance is above par and makes it a delicious 8.8 ABV brew. This hop variety would work good with another hop, say Citra. This is highly drinkable and is on the verge of being insanely great. This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Burnt orange color, a little white head dissipates quickly has a light lacing a little cling

S: smells like sharp acidic grapefruit almost wants to go onion but not quite

T: beers starts out almost astringent earthy almost unpleasant then slowly you get hints of stone fruit and ends with a little sweet fruity taste

M: medium body lays on the tongue a little bit but doesn't cling too much

O: It reminds me a lot of Stone's Enjoy by series and that is not a compliment. I've had other Nelson hopped beers and they were amazing fruity juicy pleasures to drink this beer is astringent and harsh acidity up front that you have to blow past before you can almost taste it has a fruity underlying. This beer is a pass.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep apricot orange, cloudy and slightly opaque. Creamy three finger off white head with soft retention and ring like lacing on the sides. Whipped up and real creamy appearance.

Big hop aroma on the nose of tropical pineapple and herbs. Pungent. Hints of brown spice and big dried green herbs. Slightly dank and earthy with a big mix going on. Mild malt sweetness just slightly burried in the mix.

Palate is real nice. A real simple balance of malt and hop angle, with competing hop excess. Mango and pineapple juice with a thicker body. A bit of novocaine numbness on the aftertaste though, but with a thick wine type like body and feel. Very accentuated tropical notes, and a very lingering softness. Some hints of almost champagne crispness and dry accented stone fruit to go with it.

Overall a pretty fun beer. Not the ultimate hop variety for me to get myself worked up on, but will keep any hophead fan happy.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger head. Leaves tons of lacing. Smell is out of this world. Dank and sharp fruitiness. Very earthy with some of that "cat piss" you might get from simcoe. Just a bit of alcohol. Taste is really floral and earthy with that sharp tropical fruit coming in. Weed stems. I shit you not. Some berries as well. I'm not a wine drinker but if Sauvignon Blanc is anything like this I would be a fan. Really clean malt that lets the hops shine. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. This is one crisp beer for 8.8%. Overall I'm simply amazed. I don't think I've ever had a DIPA experience like this before. If they don't start making this again I will be disappointed.

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cloudy and hazy. nice, creamy head on top. very fresh. some sediment remains at the bottom of the bottle....
smells like simcoe, getting a little of that "cut urine" aroma..... but a very fresh brew, indeed. missed the original release last year, so made certain I was here for this release to see what the hype was about. nice aroma, regardless.... semi-sweet taste, some fruit and slight hops.... great brew. wondering how the differences materialize versus an Alpine Nelson, for example... this one is heavier, hazier, thicker etc than the "Alpine version" but it's just a question of brewing, I suppose. great brew. great brewery. noble is doing wonderful things.....

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mel Man for hooking me up with this beer in a recent trade. Bottom line up front: Nelson Showers is fucking AWESOME!!!! While not one of the most popular IPAs out there, I think Nelson Showers is one of, if not my favorite IPA to date! It is all around great. This beer is not over the top, but one of the most balanced, great tasting IPAs I have enjoyed in while. Big hop it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). Drink before 3/30/14 (I believe bottled 1/30/14). Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a hazy golden orange with two and a half fingers of fluffy, near-white head. The head lingers, maintaining a nice haze across the top and halo that leave plenty of lace.

Smells of earthy, floral, sweet berries and semi tropical citrus hops with some sweet biscuity malt. My description really does not do justice to how nice this aroma is.

Bittersweet berries, orange peel, grassy, pine, earthy petals, cracker, pepper, biscuit and a subtle nip of booze. Really intetesting hop notes.

Oily, resinous, medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Bitter, earthy, berry and citrus rind aftertaste.

A nice case study in a hop that I was not very familiar with on it's own. A pleasant and unique experience. Delicious in it's own right and worth trying to see what Nelson Sauvin is all about.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy copper/golden pour with a nice froth of white foam that slowly craters down into the class. White wine, pine, and floral hops in the aroma with spots of bitterness and a dry bready malt backbone. Taste is complimentary pine and bitterness with white wine and a clean, relatively dry and bready malt profile. There are the smallest specks of sweetness in there as well. Very clean and relatively dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a golden color that resembles the color of a white wine. It has a slight orange blush on it and hues of gold. A fat white head of tight foam that clings to the glass and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is bright sweet white grapes. Earthy grape skin and something sweet and green that you just can't place and that's gooseberry. It has a dry biscuit for malt on the nose that promises a touch of sweetness. There s nice herbal to the nose that gives sweet grass, some lemon grass and a bit of spice. as this warms in the glass it becomes a bit tropical.

Taste is brilliant. It has a light sweetness, a musky sweetness from the white grape, a husky earthy herbal with grass and lemon grass and spice plus a bit of light dry biscuit. Right in the middle of the beer there is a flash of bright acidity like a fruity white wine, and it finishes dry with a nice hop bitter that does not outlast the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is moderate or medium with some sticky resin to coat the palate. That malt is stronger than you ever imagined and that together with the forward herbal makes this a unique and innovative beer .

I loved this and I can only say thanks JayORear for sending me a beer I would never see here in upstate new york.

Best by date 3/30/14

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.8% ABV, Drink before 3/30/14

A - Pouring slightly hazy, Nelson Showers is a beautiful golden colored beer that's topped with a loose white cap of foam that dots the glass in countless specks of lace.

S - Bright lemon oil citrus meets abundantly earthy notes of freshly cut lawn in the spring, flower pedals, and a kiss of dirty, pulled weeds which overlap the beer's uncomplicated base of caramel and honey drizzled biscuits.

T - Nelson Showers abandons much of the citrusy notes the aroma conjures up for a large earthy flavor that's very similar; big cut grass taste with sticky resin and slivers of dry cedar, finishing gently with white grape skin and lemongrass spice. Malt is much less a part of the flavor than the aroma leads on with dry, flaky biscuit and husky pale malt succumbing to the hops.

M - With a smooth malt base and crisp, clean drinkability, Nelson Sauvin has a sharp hop dryness and bitter kick, combining for an almost perfect finish that demands another sip, not punishes the tongue!

O - I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Nelson Sauvin flying solo; the overly earthy, grassy aroma and flavor they display when used on their own doesn't suit my tongue but, it's a fantastically brewed beer regardless of my personal preference. This Noble Ale Works offering brings the bitterness in full force, relative to the malt base and, at just under 9%, it's a crisp and clean drinking brew, packed full of flavor!

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Photo of rawfish
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nelson showers pours slightly hazy and brassy into a snifter glass, small finger high head of stark white forms with decent retention and brilliant rings of lacing left on the glass. A slight case of the floaties cause by the yeast.

Moderate caramel sweetness from the malts easliy distinguishable, aroma of the Nelson Sauvin hops lacks power. It reigns primarily dank and herbaceous with complimenting pine and a zip of white grape juice and red berries.

Bready malt some simple syrup sweetness, more complex and the pleasant hop flavors come out than the nose indicates. Initial kick of citrus rind, pomelo with some red berries, light pine and vinous flavors come out as well as a full earthy flavor, almost savory (label says truffles? I'm not a foodie or rich enough to indulge on things like that but sure let's go with that). Finishes moderate, mouth coating bitterness and alcohol with spiciness and herbaceous hops coming on full bore.

Deceptive medium-full body with adequate carbonation. The bitterness sticks around and the finish is clean and dry. Alcohol is tempered.

It takes alot to make a believer out of me but 3 straight IPAs from Noble have hit their mark. Nelson Showers has really laid bare the intricacies of this hop and I think it's better off playing with friends. This beer is enjoyable and I eagerly await the next in the series.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, pine, slightly herbal, hint of spices

T-bready malt, grapefruit, slightly vinous, light pine, hint of spiciness in the background, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-I love this hop varietal and glad to see it shine on its own in a beer like this

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Noble Ale Works 3rd Anniversary Party held at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting herbal presence all around.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the Gail storm calms, and the showers appear, it is Nelson that is left, it is Nelson that appears...

Just clean and smooth flavors. After the cap was popped, you could smell this bad boy a mile away like a pig on Krispy Kreme.

Nelson Showers is more angelic than Olivia Wilde getting wild.


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Nelson Showers from Noble Ale Works
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 215 ratings