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

bottled
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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
50 cL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours hazy orange-amber with a moderate off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big citrus notes of orange and lemon, along with flowers, tropical fruit, and touches of grain and caramel. The flavour is intensely bitter throughout with big pine and grapefruit, but there is also a moderate caramelly, biscuity malt background that doesn’t quite balance. Notes of mango and peach peek through as well. Bitterness kicks up a notch towards the end, leading into a long, dry piney bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice double IPA with a surprising subtlety despite a huge amount of hops. Very well constructed, and well worth another try. 2012-12-15

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Living in Belgium, I have the great privilege of being surrounded by some of the best beers in the world. However, one thing is missing: hops! Luckily, I also have the privilege of being centrally located in Europe, and thus a short train ride from Paris, home of one of the coolest beer stores I’ve ever been to: Brewberry. Which is where I purchased this fine specimen from Nogne O. From 0.5L bottle into Lagunitas mason jar. Pours dark bronze with off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is rich piney hops. Taste super earthy and deep--tons of dirt in the finish. Very chilled out and smooth--despite being boozy, it doesn’t drink like it. Palate stays pretty dry. Somehow a double IPA that doesn’t overdo it and turn into a hop bomb--I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
6th May 2012
Very hazy amber beer, decent cream coloured head. Palate is dry and a little crisp. Rich deep orange peel marmalade, pretty bitter. Not much else going on. Finishes dry and minerally with a long long bitter finish. Aggressive and lacking balance but as I love hops - pretty drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3652) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 03.07.14, Batch 831.

App.: Amber with plenty of floaters and a nice yellowish-tan head. Aroma: Great juicy, citrus and resin hops, light tropical notes, somewhat mashy/brothy, decent caramel and biscuit support but who cares? The hops are the stars here. Palate: Medium+ body, somewhat relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Plenty more juicy, citrusy, resinous, fruity hops, pine, a little woodsy, sweet biscuit, caramel, bread crust support, very nice; dry with good bitterness and a long, sweet, juicy and slightly alcoholic finish.

Aye-aye, captains.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RawKuz (60) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Brewed in collabration with the winner of the homebrew contest in Norway. The name comes from Kjell (founder of Nøgne Ø) and the winner of homebrew are both former SAS pilots. Hoppy aroma has a strong, sharp, slightly dusty fruity overtone. Pours copper with a fairly thick head. Flavor is quite hoppy and fruity. Prefer this one before the regular IPA from Nøgne Ø

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Bright orange, with lacing which wraps around the innards of the glass. Smells is sweet, thick, rich, with some hop-laden malt extract. Pretty thin in the mouth, which is pleasant cos it negates the threat of sickliness. Very easy supping for a DIPA and whilst it doesn’t have the grunt of some bigger beasts, it does strike me as lovely, dignified and well balanced hop treat.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle pour cloudy brown with orange hues. Nose of some dank hop, slight boozy, and bready malt. Some pine hop flavor and decent bitterness. Strong malt presence. To me taste more like a barley wine than double IPA

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2013
hay, roasty, citrus, grass, cheese, ginger, skunky, cloudy, brown, golden, minimal head, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, umami, medium body, oily feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from sheffield tap. I probably left this a bit left as it had lost some hoppiness. Still very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3014) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
Another great product from this brewery. Pours a hazy golden-amber colour with an off-white foamy head, decent retention and lots of soapy lace. Lots of sediments floating all-over as well. Aromas of fresh hop at first, but seems to be taken over by the alcohol, caramel warmth with some notes of fruits (orange, peach). Good, almost full body, with some nice mild dryness in the finish, but a better wetness all-the-way, making this one well-balanced. Easy to drink, with the hop in the taste, but not overdone. Grapefruit, malt and hints of toffee. Nice citrus zest in the aftertaste.


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