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

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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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English: Jan Halvor Fjeld, winner of the Norwegian home brewing championships 2010 brewed his champion Imperial IPA at Nøgne Ø. We at Nøgne Ø are of course proud to be with him in making this happen.
Ingredients: Grimstad water, malted barley, hops and English ale yeast.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
Pours a particulate strewn honey gold with a tight lacing white head. Nose of leafy citrus hops and the tiniest trace of caramel. Nice mouthfeel. Lots of hop with some good chewy biscuity english influence on the malt. Quite bitter but backed up with a very smooth and even sweetness. Some peach, cotton candy, burnt sugar, and pepper. Finish is very bright. Fun beer. I can imagine that a year in the bottle would really make this shine. On a side note... the label is very attractive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1374) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle from LCBO. Pours foggy coppery-orange, with thin lacing. Aroma is piny and spicy with fruity hops. Grassy hops dominate the taste, but there’s also spice, sweet malt, and a very bitter finish. A good double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy orange with nearly no head. Smell is all hops, lots of spruce, pine, and a tiny bit of citrus, maybe also a slight sweetness. Palate is on the thicker side of medium bodied with soem sharp carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet and bitter at first with the sweetness rounding out the bitterness, but then it gives way to a slight different, much strong and longer lasting bitterness. The aftertaste is all bitter and goes on for ages.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: superb, grassy wet hop, garden after rain fresh, chopped mango, sweet sugary backing to support hops. Simply superb.9-
Look: cloudy amber with presentable top, solid lace on glass.
Taste etc.: full bodied with mellow carbonation. Citric, alpha acid presence around with more than enough sugar to soften feel. Alcohol mellow for such strength. Lovely beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
500ml bottle from the lcbo. deep orange, white head. pungent hoppy and crystal malt nose. aged IIPA flavour. very brewed just slightly past its prime. a little more body and this would be a damn fine barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vidar_Lund (20) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Have to admit I’m biased on this one. One of my favorite beers. Very floral aroma, nice golden color. The generous use of hops brings out a great sparkle and sting that I find very attractive in a beer. Good balance between hops and malt. In my opinion this is the best Nøgne Ø beer even though there are some close competitors (like #500).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle; Pours a cloudy orange-amber in the glass with a tight-pored off white 2 finger cap....good retention, laces the glass well. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Aroma is pungent - floral citrusy lots of fruity esters wonderful nose to this. Flavor starts out almost sweet with big chewy caramelized malts in front then almost instant balance with hop bittering, mid palate there is some complexity with apricots, grapefruit and malts jut under the bittering hops....finish is long drying and increasingly bitter to s nice hoppy bite at the end. Helluva fine 2XIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2724) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a murky burnt orange with thick off-white head and lots of floaties. Aroma is resiny, piney and citrusy hops with some bready and caramelly notes. Flavour is strong pine, grapefruit and other tropical fruit, as well as some bread and caramel. Slightly drying finish. Verging on full body. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hangunder (304) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottled March 2012, so not the freshest. Still smells very hoppy, grapefruit, tropical and earthy. Not much malt coming through on the aroma. Hazy appearance, head a bit fizzy. Taste is where a lot of malt comes through, piney taste and quite sweet. Alcohol not completely hidden but compliments the drink nicely. Bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Overall a very good IIPA especially considering it’s time since bottling.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
500mL bottle from the LCBO. Total surprise to me that this was coming. Pours a hazy orange with a large off-white head with a lot of yeast. As the beer settles over a few minutes, tons of yeast chunks form on the bottom, which looks weird but fortunately I’m not off-put by these things. The aroma is quite striking, it almost reminded me of carrots at first, but in a weirdly enticing way. Loads of hops with some hefty dry yeastiness and a nice tangerine quality. Flavour is equally pleasing, very hop forward but with a substantial malt body to balance it out, with a dry finish. The hop characters are sort of fruity and complex. Feels full on the palate, with minimal carbonation (always a plus in my mind). A richly satisfying beer, I’m always glad when expensive Scandinavian beers end up not being over-attenuated malt bombs!


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