Big Whig | Noble Ale Works

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Noble Ale Works
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wife brought back a bottle from Socal dated 081916...didn't have high expectations. Poured into a tulip glass, viewed a vibrant bronze with 1+ finger of white medium density head that left scattered lacing. Nose was still nice and poppy, plenty of Citra tropical attributes. Taste wasn't as mute as I'd expected, really matched the nose very tropical...I can only imagine how nice this beer must be when fresh. Mouthfeel attributes, including the finish, were very soft. I'll attribute that to age. I really want to revisit this beer fresh, and applaud Noble as they must really take great care in their bottling process as this beer for its age has some great flavor and aroma attributes.

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Photo of JohnnyYuma
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

To me, this beer is a standard bearer for the burgeoning LA/OC beer scene -- simple, bitter West Coast style IPA that doesn't leave you with an enormous over-impression of taste, but also tastes unpretentious enough to have another. Fairly widely available, excellent paired with food. This is just a really lovely beer that doesn't get enough credit.

On draft at the Lost Knight Pub

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Recess @ 4th Street Market - Santa Ana, CA
A - copper colored ale with a foamy ivory head
S - tropical citra hops with caramel malt and toasty grain
T - orange zest, mango, pine, caramel, grain
M - lighter bodied, assertive hop oils stick to the palate, dry bitter finish with pine and orange zest lingering
O - nice refreshing IPA. Perfect for a midday lunch at a cool place.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a two finger, white head. The nose is delicious. I love these tropical hops. Pineapple, papaya, lemon pepper, herbs, a faint malt sweetness. The flavor is very good as well. Strong bitterness, mild sweetness, and a mellow numbing of the tongue (I get this from certain hops. Not sure if it's common). The mouthfeel is light and sharp. Very solid ipa.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Easy drinking beer! Smells like a fruit basket - citrus, tropical fruits. Hoppy but not over the top. Little booze, but not hit you over the head. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter dated 5/25

A: nice soapy head with a beautiful clear amber color in the glass

S: lots of sharp citrus and pineapple, papaya a little bit of lemon zest and some cracker like malts

T: lots of malts but a good dose of that touches of malt papaya and pineapple very nice and slightly dry not crazy sweet but just a touch

M: light crisp easy to drink dry though interesting carbonation is there but smooth

O: At being over two months old this beer is very very good. I don't know if it is the water or what but try kill at making IPAs they are huge fruity and so clean on the tongue. This beer is still fantastic.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange amber honey color with lots of lacing, head retention was minimal, while there, head was off white and creamy, not getting a lot of carbonation, looks good.

A: Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, onion/garlic aromas, nice aromas, no alcohol, not picking up much malts, smells big.

T: Grapefruit rind bitterness, pineapple, guavas, balance bitterness, not much on malts, all citrus, slight pine, earth notes, finishes dry.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish.

O: This is very good, nice citrus notes on the taste and aroma, chewy mouthfeel, bitterness is not overwhelming, alcohol is well hidden, would definitely pick this up again, very good.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a white head that leaves tons of lacing. Nose is full of citrus, tropical fruits, and grass. Taste follows the nose. Loads of grapefruit, guava and mango with some grassy notes. Some pine as well. A very faint malt backbone. True west coast IPA right here. Mouthfeel is super dry and light. Very easy to drink and not too bitter. Overall another awesome offering from Noble. They continue to impress.

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Photo of adaman797
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright citrus and tropical smell with some grassy notes. Well balanced alcohol, citrus, and bitter taste. Not terribly complex, but delicious in its simplicity. A favorite behind Russian River's Blind Pig.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A nice amber color and hazy. 2 finger foamy white head.

S. Not very big big aroma here. But I do get sweet bread malts and some pine.

T. Same as nose. Mostly piney and sweet malts. Some bitterness.

M. 4 out of 10 on the body. Nice carbonation. Finishes mostly clean.

O. A decent beer. It's hard to make an IPA nowadays. So many good ones.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent IPA.
Classic light caramel color with a half inch of foam.
Smelled floral briefly then fades a bit quickly.
Tasted like a classic west coast dank ipa, grapefruit but balanced with just enough sweetness and light carb to make it easy to drink
Overall, a good first beer experience from Noble Ale Works. Easy to drink dank ipa.

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Photo of jooler
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells pretty good. I just wish it tasted like how it smelled. The initial taste is very bitter with a nice crisp mouthfeel, but I wish there was a more sweeter backbone to it

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Amber to gold graduated top to bottom with a ring and islands of off-white foam. Aroma is of grapefruit, piney hops, caramel malt, and floral notes. Taste is strong floral and piney hop bitterness and light citrus and caramel sweetness. Medium body, slightly resinous and creamy texture, moderate plus carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two inch head; streaky lacing left behind by a head that retains itself nicely

Smell: Malty and piney; dank, with a hint of pineapple and citrus pith

Taste: A touch of the biscuit underpins from the outset, with the pineapple and piney hops asserting themselves from start to finish; rather bitter in the aftertaste with a bit of honey in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In a crowded world of IPAs, this one does not really stand out; nicely hoppy but the hop bill seems undistinguished

Thanks, fthegiants, for the opportunity

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Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus, some caramel malt sweetness, and an interesting kinda fruity note that reminds me of not fully ripe strawberry.

T: Pine and citrus hops, light grapefruit, tangerine, a bit of herbal spice, maybe a hint of melon, and light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty brew, but with a few notes I'm still trying to figure out.

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Photo of Joncasso
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on two separate occasions. The first instance I drank it while watching Night of the Living Dead and felt the film was "Hard to Follow." I drank the beer over an hour or so, enjoying every sip. The beer changed flavors half way through for me. I really like this IPA. This is my go to IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

A- Clear amber-copper body, one finger white head with nice retention; eventually dropping into a thin-medium collar. Rings of lacing persist for a while as the beer goes down. Looks like any other west-coast IPA that I've been seeing lately..

S- Oranges and pine are the predominant hop aromas. Mild, dry crackery malt rounds it out. Not too complex, but it's clean and solid.

F- Citrus, grapefruit, slight stone fruit flavour on the palate with a dry malt backbone evoking crackers and biscuits. Good balance, nothing too complicated. Again, this is a dry finishing west-coast style IPA.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, good carbonation, as stated before this finishes dry with a bit of citrus resin. Not getting as much pine as I have in other west-coast IPAs. Solidly drinkable.

O- Pretty straight-forward west coast style IPA. I'm starting to think that if you've had a couple, you've had them all- with the exception of the likes of Russian River and Alpine. Still, this is a fairly solid IPA with good flavour and aromas.

Final score: 3.80

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Photo of BierGiek
5/5  rDev +27.6%

This beer has gone from meh to fantastic over the last few months. Excellent, lightly bitter, with a cantaloupe and honeydew aroma and a firm malt backbone. Don't miss it, and get it fresh!

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Photo of travolta
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A quickly dissipating head with no retention. Lacing is almost nil. Color is an opaque tangerine.

Nose: Bright rosemary, lemon, orange, and lime.

Taste: A crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel. Dryness at the end. Some resinous syrup in the middle. Beautiful hop oils and orange juice.

Notes: I liked that this was a strong (abv) IPA billed as such. They did not try to sell this one as a double, or imperial. This is their IPA and it is very nice!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled June 25th 2014

Nearly crystal clear body, with a bright amber orange body color. Nice thin and minimal carbonation lines, with a three finger head that is creamy bright white with soapy retention. A little bit of staying power, but manages to sink a little quickly, with spotty lacing.

Great hop aroma. Juiced up tropical notes, hints of peach, tangerine juicy orange, and mint warmth. Subtle sweetness, with a bit of chewy action. An interesting bit of earthy smoke is on this as well too. Real nice delicious bouquet on this guy.

Another juicy palate follows, with the middle palate filling the tropical sweetness with mild hop bitterness. Washes clean but also a little fleeting with not much aftertaste or coating. A fairly dry powdery sense a bit, with very minimal carbonation feel. VEry faint malt angle, something akin to white bread toast and very subtle if at all distinct.

Overall the fruit and juiced tropical angle hinted on the nose isn't as big or prominent in the palate. It comes off fairly neutral but also solid simple and decent.

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expect too much from this beer but was pleasantly surprised. The aroma is earthy pine and a candied orange flavor. The nose isn't out of this world but is a great representation of a solid ipa. Taste is dominated by zest of lemons and grapefruit. It is very bitter, the kind that lingers. Mouthfeel is good and this beer is drinkable at just below 7%. This is a good year round offering from noble. I just wish the would rerelease tongue tickles double ipa.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottled the other day; poured in a tulip glass for serving.

A: Beer has a splendid golden-brown hue, barely any noticeable head and is actually more transparent than you'd think.

S: Big hop profile, considering it's a standard IPA. Very flowery and piney, which is its most outstanding aspect.

T: Crisp and light -- actually less bitterness than you'd anticipate given the aroma. Over time in glass, taste seems to settle on the backend of each sip.

M: Airy with mild carbonation. Body's not too heavy, which keeps it refreshing.

O: High quality beer for the price you're paying ($4.99 for a 22 oz. bomber). If you're focused on hop flavor and aroma as big elements to your brew, this is worth a try for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that gradually died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops. The piney hops become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell except that the pine resin hops stand out more prominently. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice IPA that has a good mix of citrusy and pine resin hops.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – tasted on 07/23/2013 with my FW snifter glass

A: Big Whig pours a dense golden-orange hue with low overall clarity. Delicately holding head of khaki cream on top that leaves behind some wisps of ribboned lace down the glass.

S: Smells of pine and tangerine fruit with a real floral spiking. There is a dash of caramel malt sweetness detected. Mostly fruity here with citrus being the predominant theme. Pretty nice nose actually.

M: Flavors remain firm with tangerine peel, sappy pine, and more candied citrus fruits. Malt is just some light dry cracker and nearly nonexistent There is a moderately high bitterness to the beer and only some slightly noticeable alcohol. Very light and fruity with citrus fruits again as the main component. Blends of grapefruit and orange in there with some lightly tropical florals. All in all this is a pretty decent IPA.

T: Light to moderate heft in the body with a surprisingly dry finish. Frothy cream like texture overall with a moderately to high amount of peppery bitterness and light resinous after effect.

D: Very drinkable, light, dry and packed with citrus fruit flavors. Almost unique in that way. This is a really decent brew.

Didn’t completely blow my minds but for the local prices I will likely be grabbing this one again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a clear peach with 1/2" white head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: White peaches, grapefruit/citrus. Very floral.

T: Citrus (grapefruit), juicy fruits, with some malt for good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Enjoyed and would have again.

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3.92 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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