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


on tap

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RATINGS: 617   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2011
Draught @ Borefts 2011. Ruby-amber color, with a tan head. Caramel, red grapes, spices in the aroma. Medium dense with low carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2011
Tap @ 3th Borefts 2011. A clear red/brown colored beer. with a thick foamy light beige head. The aroma of caramel with spices and hops. The taste is spicy, malty with hop bitter and tonsil. The aftertaste is bitter with some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2011
50cl bottle with a dark orange - almost muddy - pour that leaves a little off white head on top. Even though the bottle is not brand new the hoppy aroma is still blasting away with a fine freshness. Fruity notes the tropical way along with a sweet maltyness and a little pepper. Like the aroma the taste is still fresh. Extremely bitter finish is the first thing I feel like dropping down. A huge malty body with a rather fat palate when dealing with an IPA. Hoppy with a salty touch peaches that are over the top and a sweet caramel base. Nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2011
@ borefts festival 2011

Head: small, thick, off-white
Colour: dark amber
Smell: hops, bitter, citric, honey
Taste: smooth, sweet/bitter, peely, oranges, candy, dry sweet end , fruity after .... good but a IIPA ?! more like a barley wine ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 Bottle at home with flatmates. Pour is amazingly dark - red copper/brown, small white head fades to nothing. Nose is slightly barleywine-esque - big orangey raisin caramel fruits. Sweet front - big on the crystal malts! Hops are surprisingly rounded but come to the foreground in the finish, which is medium-long and slightly bitter. Booze, too. Nice, bit too sweet though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3796) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2011
Draught @ BBF2011. Hazy deep copper pour, solid off-white head. Aroma of black tea, floral and pine hops. Flavor is great floral pine hops, very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6514) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 50cl bottle shared with friends. Very thin off white head. Clear dark pour. Hoppy alcohol after taste. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5264) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2011
Draught @ BBF’11: Small off white head on top of a clear dark orange colored beer. Smell hops, malts, fruit, citrus and nettle. Taste malts, honey, hops, citrus, light creamy, barleys and spices. Malty hoppy creamy aftertaste. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel and texture and a full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9932) - 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.

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