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

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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Deep molasses color with lots of cloudiness. Aroma of sugar and apples. Smooth mouth. Taste is full of caramel. The mouth is very cider like. The bitterness creeps up on you the more you have.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1775) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2012
Slowbeer (6-Oct12) Big herbal fruit hop and pronouced sweet malt aroma. Cloudy amber colour, decent head and suds lacing. Big sweet malt and spice fruit hop flavour. Big spice hop finish and lingering sweet fruit herbal aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2012
Unclear light brown very bitter IPA with an OK white foam, but which are devoid of aromatic hops. bit old malty aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Pours a dark copper color that’s completely opaque with faint golden orange edges and a two finger, yellowish-beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Floral aroma with a nice balance of earthy and fruity hop notes countered by a sweet malt presence. Slightly grassy with subtle pine needle and onion like character along with a prominent citrus/tropical fruit presence. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, toffee and biscuit. On the fuller end of medium bodied with an earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and spicy rye into a dry finish. There’s some resinous pine needle and onion like flavor that provides a decent amount of bitterness that’s nicely countered by tons of juicy mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange marmalade sweetness. Underneath, there’s a substantial malt presence that provides more complexity and balance without hindering the hop character. Hints of toffe, caramel, bread, biscuit and a touch of spicy rye toward the back of palate. That subtle rye presence is a pleasant surprise, giving this already complex beer another layer just before the finish. The high ABV is nearly invisible with only the slightest bit of heat making this tasty beer dangerously drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steliospal (5) - GREECE - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
caramel, floral, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, lively, long finish, quite a good beer, not much to my style though

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2908) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 14, 2012
Thanks to Darren. Appearance: Cloudy orange, small white head. Aroma: pine, hops, sweet, caramel, spicy, good amount of over ripe tropical fruits. Flavour: hot! Tons and tons of hops, slick, caramel, a bit boozy, tropical fruits again however with prunes, raisins. Long sticky caramel finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours dark red yellow. Little strange smell. Can’t place it. Some hops. Not as much as I expected. Malts come through in the finish. Citrus too. Creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Almost no lacing. Somewhat underwhelming. 090212

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4814) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2012
flaske fra Polet: Karamell, brunsukker, grapefrukt (og litt pepper?) i dden kraftige aromaen. Gjenspeiles også i den komplekse smaken. en flaske rekker til en hel kveld, må nytes i små slurker og kjenne hvordan smaken endrer seg med temperaturen. Nydelig, men kraftig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
500ml bottle. A beer worth celebrating. Pours a deep dark amber almost copper colour with a light beige coloured head. The aroma fills the nose with lots of hop notes, rich and inviting. Full mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. A beer not to be messed with. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2319) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - SEP 6, 2012
trying to make an early night of it can be considered a failure when one opens a 10% beer at 11pm. This is one freaking dark ipa. Small light tan head rings out. Batch 771. hahah bottle says bbf 2017 - uh.... The smells are thick and inviting... inviting like a yurt in Mongolia - totally want to be in one there right now. How does one work amazing beer into an emerging ayurvedic diet? It’s becoming a problem. Fuckin hell - so many beers in the cellar to consume - maybe I’ll just start meditating in the Beerium with its cold floor and spiders. Maybe I’ll just sell my beer. hmmm. interesting idea. Thick nose - Dark caramel and a hint of burnt sugar sweetness only, dirty semi-fake orange, sweet citrus abounds, year old hard x-mas candy memories, sweet licorice - an in between state of red and black. Straight up tasty iipa. There’s depth here but it’s quiet and demands some attention. Other than that it’s kinda the norm minus any alcohol notes. Mild burnt sugar, some bitter burn witch fits nicely. Slightly better than the average but nothing to go nuts about. good stuff and well balanced.


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