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


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RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (4061) - 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 (1235) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3045) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2011
On tap @ Beer Temple. Nice orange colour with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma of some floral hops, alcohol and bready yeastiness. Flavour has hoppy bitterness with some floral sweetness. Alcohol is really present in the flavour, giving you a jolt on your tongue when drinking it. Quite nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured cloudy medium orange with a dense, sticky beige head.. not the best color, but overall it looked good in the glass. The aroma was very fragrant, with orange, grapefruit, and pine resin hoppage over sweet caramel and biscuity notes.. spicy and engaging, with just a hint of oxidation undertone.. warmth was apparent, but not overt. The flavor found a hint of honey along with the expected sweet caramel and biscuit from the nose.. orange and pine bitterness surrounded, amplified by peppery alcohol.. seemed like it was a hair on the old side, but it was still tasty. Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to keep it moving across the palate.. spicy and warm, with a decent flow.. loved the pine and orange at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7018) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012
50 cl bottle. Batch #589. Brewed on 08.02.2011. BBE 08.02.2014.
Clearly seems to go towards more of an american strong ale as it ages, the exotic fruits have been replaced with dark ripe fruits like plum and dates. Flavors of caramelly malts, nuts and toffee have strengthened also. Still quite bitter palate, but much sweeter. Very good even though it seems to be a different beer altogether.
50 cl bottle. Batch #678. BBE 15.08.2016.
Originally rated on 20110114.
Pours hazy amber red colour with small head. Aroma of exotic fruits like orange, mango, mandarin, orange peel, sweet caramel malts, toffee, resin and some floral notes. Flavour of sweetish caramel malts, lots of fruits, toffee and a bit of leather. Palate is sweet and bitter at the end. Alcohol comes through a bit, not too much. Full-bodied and nicely balanced brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (2003) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Pours hazel cloudy (fresh) red with a nice frothy head. Extreme hoppy pale aroma. Taste really bitter hoppy taste. Really awesome. Not Bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Pours a nice dark gold amber. Nice head. Great nose. Very good hop attack. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2012 Bottle @ City Pub (Gothenburg) on September 6. Bottle was almost 1,5 years old. Pours a hazy amber liquid with a thin white head. Smell is sweet with notes of malt, dried fruit and alcohol. Taste is very malty and sweet and carries most of the elements of the smell. Tastes more like a barley wine than an IIPA but that ight be due to the bottle being old. A rather good beer but too sweet and malty for my taste. Rerate: Fresh bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Much better. Still not my kind of IIPA but much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eclessia (2) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2011 does not count
This is an outrageously good beer. Delicious, complex and very drinkable. Well balanced. Will not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 3, 2011
En tirador en el Drunk Monk. Color bronce oscuro.con buena espuma y buenos encajes . En aromas se nota mas el alcohol que el lúpulo.Sabor dulce con final amargo.Despues de un par de pintas entra mucho mejor.Muy lograda. Mas tirando a una barley wine,pero muy buena

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