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


on tap

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RATINGS: 672   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 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 (2182) - 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 (5750) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1595) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2012
Pours deep brown, with hint of cherrytree. Small white head. Aroma is hops and fruits. Hint of soy. Taste tropical fruits, caramel flavours, malts, hops and therefore a bit bitter palate. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1714) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2012
As my rating #300 I choose Nøgne Ø’s #500, I’ve never been that good with numbers. It pours a very opaque, cloudy, medium amber body, with a very light brown head that’s both long-lived and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderate malty with sweet caramel notes, but the hoppy notes are of course dominating. I get mainly slightly overripe sweet fruits: peach, mango and melon. Strangely enough the usual grapefruit is not that present. In addition there are some faint resinous hints. It’s an inviting aroma, but I prefer my fruits a bit less overripe. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter initial taste, with a heavy bitter finish. The flavours are a bit less intense and less complex than expected. It doesn’t feel as amazingly super fruity as e.g. Dobbel Dose from Haandbryggeriet or as complex as the #100 from Nøgne Ø. But oh my, it’s still a lovely taste/flavour combo, this is serious good stuff! Sweet and bitter ripe peach and grapefruit, resin and some sweet flavours that I’m not able to pin point. Close to perfect mouthfeel: medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. After the beer is swallowed and the lovely, lingering bitterness finally has faded away, there is still a massive sweet fruitiness that fills the palate. The relatively high ABV is masterly hidden. Another fabulous beer from Nøgne Ø!
[50 cl bottle, batch #682, enjoyed 6 month after bottling/2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Murky brown color with a small head. Very strong caramel and sugar aroma. Plenty of tropical fruit, finishing with light pine hops. Flavor of fruit and caramel. Light bitterness. Quite sweet. It strikes me as more of an underhopped American-style barley wine, but still delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (1143) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9543) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 First rating
Draught at Haket, Göteborg, on February 16, 2012
Cloudy copper color, off-white to tan head. Very hoppy, citrus, sweet, bitter, mango, tropical fruit, intense taste. Mango, red berries and alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel, high bitterness. Intense, fruity, hoppy, citrus scent.

Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, on April 18, 2012
Cloudy brown color, fluffy lasting off-white to yellow head. Sort of sweet, mainly hoppy to fruity and citrus scent. Sweet, malty, sirup, hoppy, citrus, bitter taste.Some warming alcohol. Moussy to smooth, ambivalent, oxymoron almost, mouthfeel. Bitter, citrus, hoppy, alcohol aftertaste. High bitterness, but not really disturbing since it has a lot of malt sweetness as well. Hops and bitterness a bit too dominating perhaps.

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