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


on tap

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RATINGS: 609   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9781) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2011
Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival @ De Molen, Bodegraven. Light brown / light red color, slightly off-white head. Smell hops, lemon and fruits but all a bit soft, a bit hidden. Same with the taste: nicely hoppy and fruity, but I would have liked it more if the flavours were a little sharper and less ’round’. Good carbonation, full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours a really dark orange color with brown and reddish hues, with a beige head. The aroma is really piney, with earthy and resinous hops, tea like notes and subtle citrus, I also get some caramel malt and it kind of smells like when you are boiling the wort. Flavor is again very piney with lots of resin too and the earthy and tea like hoppy flavors, with a pretty solid malt bill of caramel and sweet malts with some almost sugary notes. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel and leaves a glossy sensation on your lips. Overall a pretty solid DIPA in the East Coast style, but I think I would call this a Barley Wine to be honest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Draft at BBF 2011, courtesy of the crew, thanks! Murky brown color, off white head. Aroma of grass > pine. Taste is balanced bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrelbelly (662) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2011
Herbal and hoppy aroma. Brown color. Taste includes sweet cognac and very hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10920) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2011
Tap@ BBF2011. Rye bread and hops in the aroma. Full bodied. Oily hops, grapefruit, grass and rye bread in the flavor. Long grassy oily hopbitter finish. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (2014) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Very tidy. Pours brown and dark. The nogne boys don’t pay much lip service to the ’P’ in IIPA. Big malty flavour with a hoppy background. If you hadn’t told me, I would not have identified this as an IIPA. Very delicious stuff, whatever you wanna call it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2890) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown/red with off white head. Big malty aroma, hoppy background. Taste is well balanced. Lots of malt, caramel, slight chocolate with lots of fruit hops. Sweet with a bitter finish, full bodied. Very nice offering, not your typical double ipa though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1731) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 Dark orange coloured beer. Good holding big head. Earthy good hopped beer. Nice balance between light caramel sweetness, good bitter hops and a hint of sourness of citrus. Nice full body and taste. Retasted to celibrate something personal. A bit to sweet, but so good full of taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (4135) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Looks and smells like a well executed double IPA style. Whole wheat bread, raisin, red apple. Rich, complex flavour and still drinkable. Never bores and doesn’t bring a gun to a knife fight either. Classy brew. (At Borefts) (Rating re-indexed)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlind2 (1245) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, white head. Strong hoppy aroma with some syrupy notes. Piny hop flavor with syrupy notes and some grapefruit. Lingering dry, bitter finish. Full body, medium-light carbonation. Well-crafted, but not really my thing.

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