Fresh off our Backstreet experience- Noble Ale Works was just a hop skip and a jump away. Noble is churning out high quality IPAs to beat the band and though I could have made an entire flight of just those we ordered a pint and a flight with some other interesting choices sprinkled in.
The first up was My Favorite Colour. Not a ton of flavor here, but really smooth and drinkable. I included on the flight to mix things up, but I’d rather have this in the pool when it’s 100+ degrees.
The second beer up was Life is Pitless- a cherry grisette. From all I can figure, a grisette is essentially a saison. Saisons were thought of more as a farmer’s beer (hence farmhouse-style) while a grisette was more for factory workers and miners though the difference between the two beers in negligible.
Next up was the best IPA I’ve had in a while and definitely deserving of is silver medal at the GABF. Nobility Imperial IPA is a little bit on the sweeter side, but well balanced with some citrus and a mild bitterness. This one’s definitely a king in my book.
If Nobility’s the kind Big Wig IPA is the court jester. Not sure if it was ruined because it’s not good or because I drank it after Nobility, but I wasn’t a big wi… I mean fan.
In my experience, apricot tends to come out in beer either super sweet or all aroma and no taste. Apricot’s Dream: Rise of the Apricots was a really delicious was of balancing apricot sweetness (not too sweet) with hops. This imperial IPA juice bomb was a perfect 9.3% abv.
I think I’m going to need a pint of Man’s Milk next time I can find one as the verdict is still out on it. Really loved the subtle sweetness that they’ve mastered without making it overly sweet. This one came through a little thin- particularly for a nitro.
All in all, we had a great time, drank some great beers and this was an awesome addition to our tour. Even though I do prefer other styles, these guys are pumping out IPAs and are a hop heads dream. I definitely recommend checking them out and I give Noble Ale Works an 8.7 out of 10