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


on tap

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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2892) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4704) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1600) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2301) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
500 mL (02/03/12) bottle to flute The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and slight pepperyness. It's a dark reddish amber with a thin off white head that lasts on the rim. The taste is complex but not overbearing. Notes of malt and sweetness turning to heavy bitterness and acidity. Medium body with a slick texture but the acidity brings a bit thinness in the middle tgat further changes to an astringent finish. There is a lot going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1391) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2012
A-- Poured a hazy, muddy, rust orange brown color. Two finger light brown head. Slow fading head but quite clean in leaving lacing. Just a little bit of spotty lacing and one decent 3/4 ring of lacing. Visible alcohol legs and just a bit of carbonation showing with some small bubbles from the bottom of the glass. S-- Pungent and powerful orange, overripe Grapefruit and burnt Carmel. In some ways closer to a US Barleywine I think by the profile and hop presence in the smell. Also get a small bit of strawberry jam and bread in the nose. T-- Not real fresh or vibrant like the US DIPA’s but still quite good. Lots of Caramel, orange, grapefruit and some pine. M-- Smooth, slick and sweet. Much closer to a US Barleywine. Lots of bread and jam notes and the alcohol is quite obvious. Very hearty feel. Medium heavy feel and light carbonation. Sweet pungent orange finish. O-- What I do like about the European DIPA’s is the bigger malt backbone and that they have a bigger and longer life than the US counterparts. A little more obvious in the Alcohol and a lot more Carmel. Good solid beer that can still sit around and be in good shape 6 months after a trip from Norway. For what it is it is well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits drank at home; everything about this beer is big, big bottle, big hops, big malts and big flavour. When I first started drinking I was unsure it had a slight Ovaltine undertone but after a few sips I really got into it and didn’t want it to end. I would definitely have it again if I could find it. Food accompaniment: discount foie gras

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1939) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 18, 2012
Color: hazy amber beer with gold reflexion and medium white head. Smell : amazing complexity, caramel, sugar, flowers, hops! !! Taste: very sweet! Caramel and hops! Really easy to drink! Aftertaste : hops and bitter

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