Tongue Tickles – Noble Ale Works
8% abv APPEARANCE: Pours a very bright, rusty orange color underneath a great big dense egg shell white colored head. Nice glimmering hints of peach colored rim variations. The head had great retention really holding up for the long haul. AROMA: Big juicy citrus right up front thanks to the citra and simcoe hops. Loads of ripe peaches, and pine swirl around and fill my nostrils. Delightful hints of tropical fruits with a slight sweet bready malt in the back end. TASTE: Delicious, the sweet malty goodness I smelled comes through like a hop dusted sugar cookie. That pine and citrus really peak and allow those tropical fruits to show. I do get a slight oniony flavor towards the middle but is washed away with the juicy peach finish. MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and a nice amount of prickly carbonation. Leaves a bit of resinous stickiness on the palate. Slight heat although it’s not a super high abv. OVERALL: A truly amazing dipa from noble. I just read this won overall at la ipa festival. The nose on this beer is exactly what I like in my ipa’s, taste was nice and juicy. Very much in the west coast ipa profile. If you are a citra, simcoe fan then highly recommend giving this one a try. RATING: 4.6/5 zombie heads!
APPEARANCE: Aggressive pour produced the smallest caramel latte colored head that went away in an instant leaving a small halo.
AROMA: I was getting hit with a huge bouquet of deliciousness as i was pouring. Like chocolate covered cherries jubilee served over vanilla bean ice cream. Nice barrel notes coming out that really is begging me to drink this!
TASTE: There is a party in my mouth and rue d’ floyd is invited! Now the nose comes into play taking that delicious desert I described and barrel aging it then putting it in a blender. Very deep, dense and delicious. Nice and sweet without be overboard, not as much cherry on the flavor as in the nose but for sure still present and amazing.
MOUTH-FEEL: Full body with light carbonation. Soft, velvety with a nice coating of the mouth and tongue. Wouldn’t have guessed this is 14.4% almost no heat to it at all.
OVERALL: No infection notes at all, it’s to bad it’s not recommended to age. Some time on this might really bring out some more of the layers.For me to date this is the best cherry beer I’ve tasted. Great collaboration between two great breweries!
I did this project in the summer of 2012. The location is at Park on Fremont, secret patio in downtown Las Vegas. Size is approximately 65 feet width by 14 foot high at the peak. It was a mix media art installation using , wheat paste, paint and some graphic design elements. I really like the steam punk feel with a modern twist that it became. The last photograph was featured on the website http://www.thrilllist.com as a place to see in downtown Las Vegas.
APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy, sediment filled golden raw honey color. Loose soapy egg shell colored head that stuck around just long enough for the picture before quickly dissipating. The appearance is nice looking but nothing out of the ordinary.
AROMA: Wild flowers blowing in the wind, soft perfume fragrance, followed by inviting citrus hops with hints of fresh lemons and odoriferous mango. Slight sweet cookie, bready malts with a back end of orange spice hot tea. The nose is really quite amazing.
TASTE: As if i’m sitting at a table drinking orange spice tea, eating sugar cookies with a piece of candied orange on top. Malt forward but not over done, hops balance out nicely with a enjoyable bitterness. More of the mango I got on the nose with additional tropical fruits swirling around.
MOUTH-FEEL: Medium body until the bottom half of the glass when the sediment was noticeably bringing the body to a medium plus. Light moderate carbonation, slightly soft and creamy with an enjoyable mellow finish.
OVERALL: First IPA by Hoppin’ Frog. it was all around very enjoyable and easy to drink. definitely not a palate wrecker which is actually a nice change in pace. I think the nose on this beer was the highlight for me. great job Hoppin’ Frog!
APPEARANCE: Pours a kings crown gold, with a brilliant star-bright glow coming from the bottom of the glass. Small thin white soapy head that dissipates into a halo that stays the entire time i’m drinking.
AROMA: Beautiful bouquet on this beer, huge sour tartness initially with loads of lemon and hay blended together. Perfectly ripe green apples, grapes, white wine notes with a great oakiness.
TASTE: My taste buds are playing celestial trumpets. A perfect marriage of sweet and sour, like drinking a chardonnay with lemon zest on top. Sour grapes and slightly sweet grassy notes, nice faint flavors of barrel and malt.
MOUTH FEEL: Light plus body with a medium dancing carbonation. Funky, dry long lasting finish.
OVERALL: This beer was the perfect outside, right before sunset 75 degree choice. Super refreshing and easy drinking. I am just starting to explore into the world of sours, out of all the Russian River sours I’ve had this is by far my favorite.