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


on tap

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RATINGS: 677   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (5338) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle @ home. The aroma has caramel sweetness, even some raisin, grapefruits. Clear (but probably a bit hazy), dar red - brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, moderate bitter, has raisin, caramel, grapefruits, pine. Very full and powerfull. Initial bit sticky mouthfeel but this becomes more dry in the end. This is a very nice, balanced and complex beer. More like a hoppy barley wine. Anyway, great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1766) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2012
hezvy mouthfeel, sticky sweetness quite bitter. very strong flavoured but still quite well balanced,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 19/3/2012 (batch number 682, brewed on 22/8/2011, bb 22/8/2014). Pours a very cloudy deep orange with a very small head. Has a strong aroma of stewed fruit, resiny hops, and some spices. The flavour is big, sweet and fruity, with orange, peach, apricot, and marmalade, along with lots of caramel malt, brown sugar and a little honey. Has a big, spicy, lingering hop finish, though its bitterness is certainly less grapefruity than yank brews in this style. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2392) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep amber/tawny colour, with a beige head. Intensely hoppy aroma, loads and loads of spruce and pine resin, apricots, grapefruit peel, mangoes, almost smokey in its hoppiness. Semi sweet, almost thick, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Ridiculously hoppy taste, very herbal and spicy, spruce, pine resin, malt, caramel, grapefruit, dried fruits, mango, smoke, eucalyptus. A powerful sipper, yet balanced. (2012-03-09)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1956) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 12, 2012
27/03/2011 Brasserie 4.20 (tap). Ambrata limpida, con buona schiuma biancastra abbastanza persistente. L’aroma è molto elegante, malto, caramello e luppolo si sposano alla perfezione, rendendola assolutamente invitante. In bocca l’attacco è dolce, caramellato, quasi mieloso, quindi si fa largo l’amaro del luppolo, che risulta comunque garbato e mai troppo invadente, seppure importante. Nonostante l’elevata gradazione alcolica, il gusto e la beverinità non ne risentono troppo. Forse la miglior IIPA non americana.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle. Did I get an old or bad batch?. Little hop character. Strange dark fruit aroma and flavors of malt, dark dried fruit and caramel. Barely a touch of hops. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Big_Dunc (35) - Glasgow, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
A very drinkable beer. Tried on tap at brewdog Glasgow. Far too easy to drink at 10% --- a mobile beer rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2200) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a dark orange color with a long-lasting white foamy head that left very good lacing. A strong aroma of hops, pine, and mild caramel, like a fresh hop field. Taste is a solid mix between some caramelized malt with notes of earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. A medium bodied well carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Deep amber pour with creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is citrusy hops, dark fruit, and abv. Large dried fruit and resiny bitter and nice warmth. This beer is much more like a barley wine to me. Nice but mis-labeled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Imperial IPA? Very malty dates and caramel. Not sure of the age of this but the hops were lacking. Overall a pretty good english strong ale.

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