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


on tap

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RATINGS: 574   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (847) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2012
Dark ruby amber, lacing of head and a spicy seville marmalde nose. Very fruity up front with a lot of candied orange peel, fruity treacle and slight bitterness in finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 First rating
Draught at Haket, Göteborg, on February 16, 2012
Cloudy copper color, off-white to tan head. Very hoppy, citrus, sweet, bitter, mango, tropical fruit, intense taste. Mango, red berries and alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel, high bitterness. Intense, fruity, hoppy, citrus scent.

Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, on April 18, 2012
Cloudy brown color, fluffy lasting off-white to yellow head. Sort of sweet, mainly hoppy to fruity and citrus scent. Sweet, malty, sirup, hoppy, citrus, bitter taste.Some warming alcohol. Moussy to smooth, ambivalent, oxymoron almost, mouthfeel. Bitter, citrus, hoppy, alcohol aftertaste. High bitterness, but not really disturbing since it has a lot of malt sweetness as well. Hops and bitterness a bit too dominating perhaps.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
This is now my favorite norwegian beer. The colour is perfect, and the glow it gives off when held up against, lets say a candle, is impressive to say the least. I am still quite new to IPA, but this is it as far as I’m concerned. Smells of massive amounts of wonderful hops, there’s almost a hint of dust to it, which I surmise comes from the dryness of it all. It has a bit of a burn, or tinge to it, which I find exciting to say the least. I’ve tried it at various temperatures, and find it complex even when served quite cold. Bartender said I should taste it as well the first time, I got so captivated by the small I forgot to pour it. I can’t describe all the various flavours, I’m not that good at this rating and tasting game, yet, but for me, this is the ultimate IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (670) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 50cl bottle. Pours deep brown with fluffy off white head - last a good long while. Aroma: wow! Absolute hop attack with tropical fruit, orange, floral notes & spice all assaulting the senses alongside a huge dollop of sticky caramel malt. Taste is full of tropical notes, deep caramel flavours from the big malt background, harsh citrus zing comes in near the end adding a bit of sourness to the equation - long and full bitterness to finish. Full bodied, outrageously hoppy, absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours an opaque ruby colour. Amazing, rich nose, orange, passionfruit, aromatic hoppiness and a touch of marzipan. Some treacle notes in the flavours, with banana, honey, and more marzipan, orange and passionfruit. Totally awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
Brewdog Edinburgh - Tap - Dark, if anyone has sailed on Loch Ness well then you would understand just how dark this beer is, its Dark. A little sweet-ish for my tastes but only just, nice fruit, balenced (almost). I’d happily drink it again, a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3615) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2012
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours a rusty orange with a decent head, aroma of lemon, pineapple, marmalade, peach, flavor is reach with, marmalade, nice sourness, cherries, tangerine, peach, nice carbonation, full bodied, nice one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3842) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2012
500 ml. Opaque dark brown, with a lasting creamy film and delicate lace all around. Aromas of raisin, toffee, light grapefruit, and earthy molasses. Flavor is the same, with a little more earthiness and wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and well balanced. Really seems more of a Norwegian Barleywine, or Strong Ale, but very tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2012
Sternly IPA scent, tight brown clumsye. A real double barrell on both a fizz and fuzz palate, finished with a steely zip. Just left of centre in its field. (Draft, Brewdog, Edinburgh)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Slightly hazy deep amber color. Hoppy piney aroma with a bit of citric malt and some malt. Flavor has some fruitiness with some slightly honey-ish sweetness and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied.

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