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


on tap

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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 50cl bottle. Pours deep brown with fluffy off white head - last a good long while. Aroma: wow! Absolute hop attack with tropical fruit, orange, floral notes & spice all assaulting the senses alongside a huge dollop of sticky caramel malt. Taste is full of tropical notes, deep caramel flavours from the big malt background, harsh citrus zing comes in near the end adding a bit of sourness to the equation - long and full bitterness to finish. Full bodied, outrageously hoppy, absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours an opaque ruby colour. Amazing, rich nose, orange, passionfruit, aromatic hoppiness and a touch of marzipan. Some treacle notes in the flavours, with banana, honey, and more marzipan, orange and passionfruit. Totally awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
Brewdog Edinburgh - Tap - Dark, if anyone has sailed on Loch Ness well then you would understand just how dark this beer is, its Dark. A little sweet-ish for my tastes but only just, nice fruit, balenced (almost). I’d happily drink it again, a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2012
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours a rusty orange with a decent head, aroma of lemon, pineapple, marmalade, peach, flavor is reach with, marmalade, nice sourness, cherries, tangerine, peach, nice carbonation, full bodied, nice one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4628) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2012
500 ml. Opaque dark brown, with a lasting creamy film and delicate lace all around. Aromas of raisin, toffee, light grapefruit, and earthy molasses. Flavor is the same, with a little more earthiness and wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and well balanced. Really seems more of a Norwegian Barleywine, or Strong Ale, but very tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
McNeillR (2141) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2012
Sternly IPA scent, tight brown clumsye. A real double barrell on both a fizz and fuzz palate, finished with a steely zip. Just left of centre in its field. (Draft, Brewdog, Edinburgh)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (10564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Slightly hazy deep amber color. Hoppy piney aroma with a bit of citric malt and some malt. Flavor has some fruitiness with some slightly honey-ish sweetness and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 15, 2012
Dark ruby amber, lacing of head and a spicy seville marmalde nose. Very fruity up front with a lot of candied orange peel, fruity treacle and slight bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2012
(bottle) Cloudy dark amber with little head. Aroma citrus and floral with some harsher notes in the background. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour starts with plenty of sweet malt and toffee with raisins, port and a hint of orange and moves to a big finish that balances these rich flavours with some nice bitterness. Overall an excellent beer, but perhaps there is a bit of a cacophony of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle/500ml - Pours a dark ruby-orange-brown in color with small light tan head that settled quickly to a thin covering over the top of the beer, producing some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a heady mix of slightly sweet caramel-toffee malts with some plenty of dark fruitiness and some quite strong pine and citrus hops. Flavor is not nearly as bitter as I expected. The dark fruit along with some peaches/apricots really come on strong in the initial taste and then are beaten to the background by the pine hops. The caramel-toffee malts provide a nice, slightly sweet, balance to the strong hops. Finish is medium bitter and dry. Alcohol in flavor profile is not strong in spite of the high ABV, even for an Imperial IPA. The strong dark fruit flavors give this a bit of a twist, but I like it like it... really good!

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