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


on tap

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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2011
I love the colour of this. Mahogany is the best word I can come up with. It’s a really dark brown but if you hold it up to the light there’s a hint of red around the edges. Head is a creamy colour and sticks around for a while, with some lacing all the way down the glass. There’s a really strong caramel aroma which comes through more than the hops or malt. Resin, malt and caramel on the palate. This is a very, very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3010) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is pineapple, mango and bready malt. Taste has pineapple to start. Very mango hoppy, sticky, strong bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours a deep amber with nice 1/2" head. Hoppy nose with touch of earth...but good citrus as well. Caramel comes through too. Flavor starts out hoppy, but is a bit over sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (2096) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 Bottle to snifter. Pours hazy amber with a off white tight frothy head that fades to a film. Aroma is pungent bitter pine and caramel very resiness. Taste is sweet sugar and bittering pine resiness and malty (very tasty!). Palate is full creamy and sticky dry. Wow this is how I think about DIPA’s and this is AWESOME!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011
Bottled. A hazy orange-red beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of fresh lemons, and over ripe fruits, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, lemons, over ripe fruits, caramel, and some malt, leading to a bitter finish, where the hops and alcohol are felt on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée opaque avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de pins et de fromage bleu (?). Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de zestes de citron en arrière goût. (Rating #3756)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3332) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
Brown bottle, 0,5 l, bottled on 280410, best before 280413, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on August 16 2011; eye: dark caramel, hazy, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: “tired”, light hops, slight orange, malt, alcohol, sugar; mouth: “tired”, malt, resinous hops, sugar, alcohol, light fruity, finale in malt with lots of resinous hops, full body, not much carbonation, rather bitter, mildly sweet, alcoholic and harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 0,5 l, embouteillée le 280410, meilleur avant le 280413, un étui métallique, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 16 août 2011; œil : caramel foncé, trouble, pas d’effervescence, très petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : « fatigué », léger houblon, très léger orange, malt, alcool, sucre; bouche : « fatigué », malt, houblon résineux, sucre, alcool, léger fruité, finale en malt avec beaucoup de houblon résineux, corsée, peu carbonatée, plutôt amère, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique et rugueuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (449) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a cloudy amber-brown with soapy, light brown head. Really sweet aroma consisting of caramel malts, sugar, biscuit along with a light citrus hop. Flavor is also sweet and malty with the hop bitterness near the front and then disappearing. I also get notes of raisin and prune reminiscent of a barleywine, which would be a more accurate descriptor than IIPA. Smooth mouthfeel with a long undercurrent of light bitterness. This isn’t bad, but the malts are way too prominent for a IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3557) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
16.9 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with a fluffy white head. Nose is bread, honeydew, caramel and tangerine. Chewy medium body with a buzz. Taste is orange candy, watermelon, juniper and pine. Quite sweet with fading bitterness; even a bit soapy. An IPA that needs some aging?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, pine hops, mango/pineapple, citrus (notably orange), and spice; Finish is slightly bitter; The alcohol is well hidden; Very nicely balanced; Overall, a bit on the sweet side - but I always enjoy their brews.

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