Noble Brewer Subscription Box Review + Coupon– November 2016
Noble Brewer is a subscription box that spotlights exceptional beers from the nation’s best homebrewers.
Noble Brewer picks out talented and award-winning homebrewers and pairs them up with breweries that professionally manufacture and bottle their best recipes. (It’s illegal to sell beers that are made at home, so there’s no need to worry that you’ll be receiving beer brewed in someone’s garage!)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Noble Brewer
The Cost: $21 + $9 shipping for the initial shipment. Subsequent quarterly shipments cost $44 + $9 shipping.
COUPON: Get 8 bonus beers in your first shipment! No coupon required – just link here
The Products: Each box contains four 22oz. beers from four different homebrewers.
Ships to: The 48 contiguous US states.
Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!
This box contained a letter from the Noble Brewer team, outlining the beers featured in this shipment.
It also contained a fold-out card with detailed information about each beer.
Noble Brewer Deux Canadian India Pale Ale– $12.99 (Member Price: $8.99)
This IPA was developed by Chris Bourdages, who was named the 2014 Canadian Homebrewer of the Year. It’s a copper colored IPA with 6.5% ABV. I’m not always a fan of super hoppy beer, but the balance of this one is spot on. It’s dry and crisp with a light bitterness, and the flavor is citrusy. (It actually reminds me a little of grapefruit beer!) I’m a big fan.
Noble Brewer The Painter’s California Common Ale– $12.99 (Member Price: $8.99)
This next beer was brewed by a husband and wife team from Minnesota. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a California common ale before, and (after doing a bit of research) it seems that Anchor Steam is one of the few left on the market. The style was extremely popular back in the days of the California gold rush, though, and at the height of its popularity it was brewed by approximately 25 breweries along the west coast. With its crisp, dry finish and malty backbone, The Painter’s California Common Ale typifies the style. It has the drinkability of a pilsner, but I found the flavor a little more complex and interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer quite like this one before, and I really enjoyed it.
Noble Brewer Pumptoberfest Ale– $12.99 (Member Price: $8.99)
Fall is definitely my favorite season, and one of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin beer! I just love how festive it is, and I’m always excited to try a new one. Pumptoberfest Ale is pretty lightly bodied, but it’s made with A LOT of fall baking spices (you can see the flecks of spices in the head). The flavor just like pumpkin pie, which is tasty but also maybe just a little overwhelming. (I think maybe I’d prefer this beer if it was just a tiny bit more subtle.) I liked trying this one, but I didn’t want to drink more than a small glass.
Noble Brewer Mahaffey’s Breakfast Stout– $12.99 (Member Price: $8.99)
This month’s last beer is Mahaffey’s Breakfast Stout, a full bodied stout that clocks in at 7.7% AVB. This beer was inspired by Kona coffee that the brewer enjoyed on his honeymoon, and the flavor is all about chocolate and coffee. I love stouts, and this one is delicious. It’s roasty, a little sweet, and definitely my favorite beer in this month’s box. Yum!
Verdict: I really enjoyed the beers in this month’s Noble Brewer! I think it’s so cool that Noble Brewer spotlights some of the fantastic homebrewing taking place across the US and Canada, and I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the beer. Even though I didn’t love the Pumptoberfest, I enjoyed trying all of the beers in this shipment, and I think they could all very easily pass as professional brews. In terms of value, I think $53 is a fair price for this box. Considering these beers aren’t mass produced, I think the $12.99 per 22 oz. bottle breakdown is actually quite low. (I would imagine it’s not cheap to brew, bottle, and label a small batch of beer.) If you’re interested in homebrewing (or even if you just like drinking delicious beer), I can definitely recommend Noble Brewer!
Have you tried brewing your own beer before? Will you check out Noble Brewer?