Saturday, October 8, 2016

Noble Ale Works Tongue Tickles DIPA

Beer Name: Tongue Tickles
Brewery: Noble Ale Works (Anaheim, CA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $9.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled On Date: August 9, 2016?
Date Bought: August 10, 2016
Date Received: August 19, 2016
Date Opened: August 25, 2016
When brewed/released? Rotating/seasonal beer.

What's on the Bottle: "Tongue Tickles is out heavy-hitting take on a West Coast Double IPA. This beer features a generous amount of Galaxy, Citra, & Simcoe hops, BURSTING with layers of stone fruit, bright citrus, and pineapple. Tongue Tickles pours out a beautiful straw-golden color that isn't too malty nor too bitter as you drink it. Do you even Tickles, bro?"

Where distributed: As of August 2016, Noble Ale Works only ships their beer within Southern California (from about Santa Barbara down to San Diego). See if Noble Ale Works ships to your area!

****UPDATE: Noble Ale Works has made at least a one-time shipment to Portland, Oregon. That was done in early October 2016.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head with some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Incredible tropical aroma. Passion fruit, stone fruit (mango, peach, nectarine), and pineapple. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Nice hop-forward experience. Slight passion fruit, then intense sweetness of the stone fruits asserted themselves, then a bit of pineapple. Complementing dank and some malt. Some bitterness on the back end. Very delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slight bitterness lingers on the tongue but very pleasurable. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I've been fortunate to visit the taproom in Anaheim, and the place can fill up fairly quickly. Tongue Tickles appears to be a rotating, seasonal offering that I didn't see on tap while there. After reading rave reviews online (RateBeer and Beer Advocate), I had to buy this. At times, the stone fruit got a bit sweet when drinking this by itself, but it was definitely worth the buy at $9.99 per bomber. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.55/5

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