TBA Showers | Noble Ale Works

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TBA ShowersTBA Showers

Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Modernrickk on 04-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by danieelol:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a nice, clean, filtered yellow with nice head and lacing.

Bursting melon aromas. I also detect peaches and quite a decent dose of mint. One can really find a fruit bowl in here- watermelon and pineapple also for example. I also get a raw-ish paw paw, bit of marijuana and just green, vegetative aromas. The malt, which has a decent presence, smells...silky somehow, like a dense fairly floss. Little bit of copper-y smell to finish, and there are sometimes subtle flashes of alcohol. Needs time to open up, but provides a lot, at times subtle.

The taste carries the flavours consistently. Packs a medium bordering on high at times mouth-punch, really focused on tropical flavours (quite a bit of mango and peaches) and transitioning to a stronger pine later on (as the beer warms and also later on the palate). Like the nose, doesn't quite punch you in the face; however it consistently carries on the promise of the nose.

In taste I focused on hops, so in mouthfeel I'll focus more on the silky vanilla pannacotta texture which the malt provides. Really nice. In some beers I feel the malt and hops fight each other and one comes out victorious, in this beer they really supplement each other, the malt somehow assisting in bringing out more tropical hop notes and the malt cutting out any particularly harsh hop aromatics.

The hop(s) used here really remind(s) me of Nelson and certain great NZ IPAs like Armageddon. Really enjoyable beer which deserves to be drunk a bomber at a time, as it greatly opened up and improves for me with a slight rest.

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Notes taken on 05/03/2014

A: Light caramel amber color with near perfect clarity. Half finger layer of smooth ivory cream comes to rest on top. Nice ample stay power with a few laced streamers and dots that decorate the glass.

S: Smells of gooseberry and kiwi fruit with a citrus lime twist. Crazy tropical fruits going on with a bit of melon and hop spice as well. Has some underlying sugary pale malts there. Not particularly pungent to me but nicely exotic.

T: Tropical kiwi fruit with gooseberry, pervasive green melon, lemon-lime, and some peppery spice. It moves into more earthiness and a distinct tea-leaf like quality. Sugary cracker malt bits help bind it all together. Lots of subtleties that start to fade out and forms into more traditional pine and grapefruit flavors. Has a nice high level of punchy hop bitterness however I find it well balanced in that the flavors are not really in your face. Nothing ever assaults the palate. Alcohol is really well masked too. This is really interesting to try. Sort of like Nelson at times but unique with more musky melon and herbal flavors.

M: Light bodied brew with a nice consistent frothy texture from the carbonation. Higher level of hop bitterness with a nice clean and dry finish. Not incredibly resinous but has a nice residue to it.

D: Stoked to have stumbled upon this one and give it a try. I can officially say I am fan of the Equinox hops. Has a solid mix of 75% tropical fruit, 25% earthy herbal spice. Not sure it flies as a standalone hop but I am positive we will be seeing lots more of this variety. Bittersweet feeling knowing that I have missed out on all the other Showers series.

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TBA Showers from Noble Ale Works
4.14 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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