Noble IPA
Noble Ale Works

Noble IPANoble IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,402
Ranked #32,437
3.74 | pDev: 10.96%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Very Good
Noble IPANoble IPA
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Sammy from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Fresh bottle and a good nose,the bitterness definitely there, some grapefruit and orange rind. But no distinct hop flavour.Either my nose is stuffed more than I think or its their hopping(and malt).Bottle from OCBeerSociety, thanks RB. Not overall so drinkable

Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Clean golden yellow body, decent amounts of uniformed carbonation, little head and retention but a nice saturn ring hugging the sides of the glass.

S- The pale ale from noble I had before the IPA was a bit more hoppy, this seemed a tad dull, though there was some grassy pine and citrus notes. More on the bold side though.

T- Pine hop, tangerine and citrus zest, kinda floral finish with the rosemary. Interesting IPA. Nice complex and well balanced flavors.

MF- Surprisingly light-medium body with a medium sharp carbonation. Flavor resonates for a good minute or two.

O- Very solid and complex. I really enjoyed trying Noble, and look forward to so much more from them. Nice to see some local boys making some outstanding ales!

Sep 26, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado San Diego, $5. Yellow-orange color, fluffy head, lacing up the sides, typical west coast IPA appearance. Aroma is bitter hops, pine, west coast style. Flavor is super bitter, some citrus, again this was a typical west coast IPA. It wasn't anything overwhelming but I love this style of beer so this was enjoyable.

Sep 18, 2012
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Crystal clear amber hue, superb looking head

SMELL: Parsley, mint, lemongrass, biscuity, nutty, bread crust, grassy, hemp

TASTE: Smooth, slightly crisp, doughy biscuits, bitter, soft resin, thick herbal hop, mandarin oranges, a bit chewy, dried grass, thyme, peachy esters, hint of alcoholic warmth, finish hoppy and dry

A solid example of the "West Coast" IPA that is not loaded with crazy amount of citric hops, a lot more depth within the hop profile here which certainly grabbed my attention. Great all around.

Sep 16, 2012
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better late than never, right? My first encounter with Noble Ale Works, with a pint from the taps of The Catch, which ironically is located just a mile from the brewery. On to the beer:

Toasted orange with tan hues. There is a little bit of head retention, and a few kisses of lacing that stick. The nose is mild, but it does provides the essentials of a West Coast IPA, by way of grapefruit and tangerine.

The taste is "fresh" and clean, and never too bitter. There is some hop juice, also some grapefruit and a little pinch of sweetness, like lime sweet. Light biscuity malt splashes here and there. Feels lighter medium bodied, and towards the lower end of the carbonation scale.

I'm liking this. Hoppy without being over the top, which hit the spot earlier this afternoon.

Nov 02, 2011
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PeprSprYoFace from California

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than a B- IMO. Solid IPA. Would be a go to beer of mine if available more often. On tap at Noble Ale Works. Stopped by on my way home from the Knuckle Sandwitch release. And after having that I can say this one is pretty solid.

Poured into a plastic half pint. More than a half pint I think. pours a hazy amber color. Nice bubbles going up

Jul 15, 2011
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Zorro from California

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized off white head. This one isn't really orange in color it is darker than that.

Smell is medium level of C type hops and a fairly strong malt backbone. Mostly grapefruit scent with a sharp lemon zing to it. Malt is mostly a honey sweetness.

Starts out dry and hoppy with a strong tea aftertaste. Little bit of caramel and lots of wood, this is fairly astringent, almost like sucking on a used teabag. Little bit of grapefruit taste but mostly this is wood and tea in flavor. Stays astringent all the way through.

Mouthfeel is average.

An average IPA with an average drinkability. Astringency is annoying.

Jun 20, 2011
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womencantsail from California

3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Noble Ale Works

A: The pour is amber in color, maybe a little bit of orange too, and a white head.

S: The first sniff is not a good one. I get butter and corn? I stick my nose in the glass again and it's somewhat better. I get bread and floral hops with just a touch of fruitiness.

T: Surprisingly, the flavor is fairly fruity. Some tangerine notes and lemon zest. Floral hops along with a slight earthiness and maybe a touch herbaceous. There is a bit of pine bitterness as well as bready malts.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Not much of the usual bitter aftertaste going on.

D: This one seems to need some work, especially in such an IPA-dense area like Southern California.

Jan 16, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Hi Times and also saw it a Farmer's Harvest in Orange County. A brewery with which I'm not familiar so had to try it.

Pours dark orange amber with a full and thick white head, thick lacing and nice looking.

Initial "quick hit" nose of fresh pineapple right out of the bottle and then gone to an unassertive but pleasant light fruit, apricot/pear nose which is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy and mouthfilling.

Flavors are layered with an initial sweet fruit/candy character but it quickly gives way to a very pine bitter character that goes all the way into the long bitter pine resin finish. I don't get IPA. I get sort of an IPA mixed with a Belgian Triple kind of flavor.

I like the very intense bitter finish which is clearly the overwhelming character of this beer. I also like the very sweet front palate. However, the juxtaposition of the two makes the beer seem clumsy and out of balance. This is one to try if you really like a long pine bitter finish.

I taste at room temperature and this one grows on you. I think the temperature adds to the appeal and complexities; colder it may be more one dimensional. A very decent and bold effort although the beer seems to be a bit in conflict with itself. Almost a "sipper" in lieu of a beer you'd drink with food. Worth the try.

Aug 26, 2010
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Overlord from California

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange amber. About an inch and ahalf of sudsy white foam head. Gobs of it stick to the glass.

Smells earthy and floral with a bit of pine. Hmm....where's the citrus? Kind of like an ESB with floral hops.

Flavor is meh. A bit soapy, some earthy zest ... Some pine and perhaps grapefruit rind with some old, sad-faced oranges, but really not a lot to speak of. The earthy flavor gets very unpleasant, acrid, and dirt-like if you let it linger on your tongue.

Decent mouthfeel, though. Unfortunately, not USDA Choice.

Aug 18, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber with a thick finger of soapy, frothy white head that lasts a LONG time, it's not going anywhere. Lots of lace.

S: Cantaloupe and its rind, white and pink grapefruit, notes of lemon.

T: Lots of citrus and crystal malt, definitely more of an East Coast style IPA, though I expected it with the colour. Good, strong overall hop character, I liked this quite a bit.

M: Light carbonation but it has a crispness. Medium-bodied. Moderate hop aftertaste.

D: All and all a solid IPA from this new Orange County brewer. While I haven't been in awe with their first 2 beers, they are well made versions of the styles, so I would like to sample more from Noble Ale Works in the future.

Jun 26, 2010
Noble IPA from Noble Ale Works
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 39 ratings