Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Nothing is like celebrating your own milestones. This is a celebration of our 500th batch of ale. It was brewed with joy and splendor; the brewer wore a suit, and a TV station filmed the event. As a base for this ale, we have elected to play with numbers: 5 hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alcohol by volume. Indeed it is an Imperial India Pale Ale. Big and bold. Great for a celebration!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2011
The pour is a hazy, coppery, deep amber with an average, pillowy, off-white head which settles to a thin, pillowy, froth and leaves some frothy, drippy lace. The nose is interesting with some toasted caramel, faint roast, resinous pine, peach, maybe some kiwi? (Nelson Sauvin), and honey-dipped cereal. The flavor is a pleasant mix of toasted caramel, honey-soaked cereal, and slight roast before the assault of the hops bringing a medium to high bitterness; notes of resinous pine, a slight tangy/spicy rye note, similar fruit profile (kiwi, peach), and some floral tones. The palate is perfect with a medium to full body, less than lively carbonation, and a round velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes with growing bitterness and less sweetness with still an overwhelming pine and slight rustic, honeyed cereal, dry floral, and dried apricot. One of the more unique hoppy beers I have had in a while; plenty of malt complexity but still full of hop flavors and bitterness. No sign of the 10%, feels more like 7%. Not quite was I was expecting but certainly pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (6644) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Draught at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, hops, fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2234) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2011
From tap at CBF 2011. Small and quickly disappearing off-white head. Hazy, dark red-brown colour. Hoppy berries with a yeasty aroma. Powerful roasted malt flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness and pine notes, highly carbonated. Long bitter aftertaste. A very good beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2011
@CBF. Pours clear deep mahogany amber with a small off white head leaving lace. Aroma is cat bin, piny, malty, sweet and citric. Flavor is follows the aroma with a good pungeant touch. Finishes pungeant tart bitter and longlived, vry nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (639) - NORWAY - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Storo), Oslo. Dark reddish amber colour, slightly hazy. Inch-thick offwhite head, reducing quickly, but settles as a thick film and some solid lacing. Rich, fat, hop aroma with caramel, resin, melted sugar, grapefruit, licorice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel - both oily and velvety. Taste is sweet and bitter, and a bit salty - very harmonious. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2011
50cl bottle. Deep amber colour with a medium-sized tan head. Orange, grapefruit and toffee in the aroma. Flavour is toffeish malt, grapefruit, orange, pine and good amount of bitterness. Medium to full body, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2543) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Pours slightly hazy brown with a low head. Strong aroma is malts, yeast, citrus fruits and hops. Flavor is equally strong, dominated by sweetish malts and yeast with a very strong hoppy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3354) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a very murky, dark copper with a thin beige head. Aroma is fairly sweet and alcoholic. Candy sugar, caramel and alcohol on the nose. Additions of quite zesty citrus and pine as well. Very resinous aroma as well as a sticky, resinous mouth feel. Loads of toffee in the taste with a big dose of piney and citric hops. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Fantastically well crafted beer. Very big but still has amazing balance

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
500ml bottle from IPB. Bottled 280410.
Appearance : Hazy deep amber with medium foamy head. Extensive messy lacing.
Aroma : Lots of pine with light citrusy. Great caramel malt. Resinous. Fruity peaches and apricots.
Taste : Caramel malt with piny and citrusy hops. Finish light alcohol with bitter resinous hops and caramel.
Overall : Very nice sweetness with nice piny hops. Not a hop bomb on the nose but with a very enjoyable caramel sweetness. Very sweet. Not much alcohol considering the abv. Nothing outstanding but quite enjoyable and rather well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kalervo (777) - FINLAND - MAY 5, 2011
Totally incredible beer! Rich and strong in taste, still smooth and complex.

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