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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pale is perhaps not the right word here, as it has a lovely mahogny color. Amazing aroma of pine and pineapple. Lovely mix of evergreens, tropical fruit and smooth body. I’m not sur how this would have been different as an IPA - maybe they should brew the same with an ale yeast?

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (966) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 26/5/2013 (batch number 856, BB 15/8/2014). Pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium bright white head. The nose is fruity, slightly floral, with a bit of honey and caramel in the mix. Taste wise, there’s lots of sweet stone and citrus fruit (peach, apricot, mandarin), honey, and lots of caramel and some bready malt. Finishes with a strong, bold bitterness featuring some lemon and grapefruit. The body is full and carbonation spot on. That it’s 7.5% doesn’t surprise. A terrific, beautifully balanced beer, and one of the best things carrying the lager label you’re ever likely to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4329) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2012
Hazy golden amber colour with a smal off white head. Rich grape hoppy and fruity aroma. Medium to full body. A bit over to the sweet side with a fine fresh bitternes. Rich grape hoppy flavour. Orange fruity and a solid malt background. Very well integrated alcohol. I am very happy that i have a couple of bottles in the basement as well. Should be one of their standard beers. My beer #2345 :-)
[On tap at The Brewery]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2043) - NORWAY - MAR 5, 2013
Tap at Crowbar, january 8th 2012. Hazy dark golden body, big beige head. Aroma is hoppy; floral, tropical fruits, some grass. taste of the same tropical fruits, crisp malt, the yeast characteristic is doing a very good job keeping it dry at the same time, while bitterness is not overdone it certainly plays a big part here. Good body, and of course it finishes in a very hoppy way, peach and grass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (1908) - NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Copper hazy, big beige head. Smells of floral hops, grapefruit, some citrus zests. Medium sweet, very dry and crisp; it’s so extreme that the body almost fades away too fast. The finish takes over really fast, heavy bitter, alot of resins and citrus. A quite interesting beer from NØ, it has some similarities from the ipa hop wise, but quite different because of the yeast influense. This sure is a hop bomb

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, orange-y hoppiness dwells in a snappy, prickly mouthfeel, leading to a gorgeous resinous finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty pale amber.
-While the nose is rather understated, the finish doesn’t seem to have lost anything from the lagering process. In fact, it may even be tighter than an ’ale’ version.
-Even though this felt quenching, a 5% version might have been even better without losing much of the flavor profile and texture.
-The flavor profile is not necessarily memorable, but it is entirely enjoyable and very well-made.
-Malts offer lean biscuity notes, but tend to leave room for the hop display.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep golden color lager with a huge frothy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hoppy notes with light fruity notes and some citrus undertones with a lightly sweet malt base. Taste is dominated by dry floral notes with some citrus undertones and some hoppy notes with a lightly sweet malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very interesting thought so much hops in there you loose sense that this is a lager.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet malty fruity and floral aroma. Thick sticky palate. Tastes of malt, vanilla, grape, cereal grain, and stone fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (604) - NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Nice golden/copper colour, slightly hazy. Half-inch offwhite head that reduces quite quickly. Fruity-hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pineapple, herbs, whisky, caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation. Taste is predominantly bitter with a semi-sweet and herbal backdrop, well balanced. Tongue-cleansingly dry and herbal finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4786) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle from the brewery. Shiny, deep golden body. Low lacing big-bubbled head. Really nice hop aroma. A mix of fresh grass, faint resin, and some mild yellow fruits. Crisp semi-dry malts in the back. Feels full in the mouth. Juicy texture. Palate-coating. Bold bitterness, oily, leafy and resinous. Also some fine fruit tones. Clean, fairly dry (not too sweet) malt flavor. No disturbing alcohol. Nicely balanced malty/hoppy finish.


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