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Nøgne Ø # 500 Imperial India Pale Ale (Batch 500)

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


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RATINGS: 616   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (1468) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared on the beach. Slight hazy amber with short lasting off white head. Strong citrus aroma but also a quite citrus-like taste with fruity tartness. Pine, dank hops, nice sweet nutty malts underneath, quite sweet but not overpowering the nice hops. Some fresh aromatic Italian herbs and light Indian spices towards the finish. Medium to full bodied. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikzar (1) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015 does not count
roasty, bread, coffee, citrus, herbs, soy sauce, brown, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
[Draught at Brewberry Bar, Paris, May 19] 19th rating of my Paris/Amsterdam trip. Pours a deep copper with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma: Doesn’t smell as "big" as I expected. It’s fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt and a hint of herbs. Flavour is mainly tropical fruity and hoppy along with a touch of alcohol and a long semi-big bitter finish. Like I said, there’s alcohol but it’s fairly well hidden considering the abv. Medium bodied. Not as good as expected but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (265) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
500cl bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange colour with plenty of floaties. Nice foamy white head but does not last. Aroma is citrusy hop aromas - nice summery, crisp notes. Taste initially is overwhelmingly sweet with (comparatively) little hop presence. Once you become accustomed to the initial sweetness you begin to appreciate the subtle nuances and the wonderful balance. 100 IBUS? You would never guess it. I like bitterness and hops but this manages to be less extreme than my usual choice and still manages to excel. A full body and a clearly evident ABV all combine to make a massive beer that makes you want more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2397) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
500ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, May 15, courtesy of Paolo. Caramel / fruity hop aroma. Taste is concentrated hops with a lovely tropical fruit character. Strong and balanced taste. Nogne can really do no wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (218) - POLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep copper, medium hazy with medium, light brown head. Godd lacing. Poor head retention. Nice sweet, ripened fruits aroma, strong caramel notes, medium citrus hops aroma. Taste is sweet, caramel, with nice medium to high bitter notes, which appears from the middle of degustation. Full body, soft carbonation, oily and sticky texture, finish is medium bitter. In general caramel loaded DIPA with nice hoppy notes, but not perfectly balanced. It could be more hoppier. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NORSAND (39) - - MAY 30, 2015
Nose: Hops, coriander and white pepper. Taste & palate: Rich, creamy, lots of spicy, bitter hops which is nicely balanced by the (sweet) alcohol and richness. Very long, spicy hops aftertaste. Conclusion: Rich, bitter, balanced, massive. But just a bit one-dimensional. Would love to revisit this after 3-5 years of bottle ageing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anstei (273) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 26, 2015
On tap at Erzbierschof. Pours almost clear amber. Lots of caramel and a bit of citrus aroma. Very umami taste, almost salty. It seems that strong Nøgne Ø beers are not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (927) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 26, 2015
Dark orange-amber color with white head. Citrus, caramel, lots of booze. Taste is very heavy, boozy, more caramel and hops. Like #100, this one’s crazily heavy, but not bad! It’s not as well-balanced though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (284) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 24, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa bursztynowa, opalizujące. Piana drobne, średniej wysokości. Oblepia szkło.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Żółte, słodkie owoce. Zapach marakui i ....mirabelki!!!. W tle nuty kwiatowe.
SMAK: Tutaj również dominują owoce, ale do głosu dochodzi karmel. Trochę ziół oraz cytrusy. Goryczka średnia. Alkohol świetnie ukryty.
OGÓLNIE: Kapitalny aromat tego piwa jest jego wizytówką.

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