Friday, January 20, 2017

Noble Ale Works Citra Showers Double IPA

Beer Name: Citra Showers
Brewery: Noble Ale Works (Anaheim, CA)
ABV: 8.8%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: N.W.I.P.A. (Portland, OR)
Price: $9.00 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled On Date: September 29, 2016
Date Bought: October 5, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: October 11, 2016When brewed/released? Rotating/seasonal beer.

What's on the Bottle: "Citra is the featured hop in this Double IPA series that showcases the beauty of one single hop variety with each consecutive release. This hop bursts with juicy layers of mango, lemongrass, and grapefruit. Look forward to other upcoming releases within this series of single-hopped Double IPA's."

Where distributed: As of October 2016, Noble Ale Works has predominantly shipped their beer within Southern California (from about Santa Barbara down to San Diego). In early October 2016, Noble shipped its beers to Portland, Oregon, although it is still unknown if this will become a more regular or semi-regular distribution. See if Noble Ale Works ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head with some lacing. Lots of carbonation (tiny bubbles). 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Lovely tropical and dank. Lots of mango and grapefruit. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward, with malty-dank that really works with the tropical-hop experience. Citra hops galore. Flavorful from start to finish. Bitterness on the aftertaste eventually turns more citrus-tangerine and citrus peel. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Electric and pleasing citrus-bitterness lingers. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. To me, it was worth the $9 spent. Extremely high ratings on BeerAdvocate (upwards of 97) and RateBeer (around 100). I was so pleasantly surprised to see Noble Ale Works ship to Oregon. I hope they keep shipping up here, because we definitely love our beer in the Pacific Northwest. As noted on the Tongue Tickles post, I was fortunate to visit the brewery last summer, and that trip remained one of the highlights. Now, if they ever released "Dank You For Being a Friend" up here, the party really will get started. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.738/5

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