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

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RATINGS: 671   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Good medium strong aroma has caramel toffee, fruits, hoppiness. Hazy orange, beige head is thin. Taste has also slightly roasted toffee, warm alcohol, light spicyness. Full bodied, velvety soft, light carbonation, good bitter finish is medium long. Wonderful beer, fondles your mind and soul.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2012
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, herbal, floral, mango, grass, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange rind, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, herbal, and light earthy spiciness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, bread, grass, pineapple, herbal, floral, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this was an excellent DIPA, despite however old it may have been. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6071) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft at Farmer’s Cab with Pat. Pours a deep murky orange body with white lacing. Aroma is bitter hop, resin and bitter citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is bitter with notes of citric hops, light pine, grapefruit rind, sweet malt base and a lingering bitterness. Okay.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3498) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Hazy dark orange-amber body. Moderate sized off-white head. Streaking lacing. Nose is fairly malty but is accentuated by floral/grapefruit notes and a bit of sticky resin. Flavor is similar, but is weakened by a pricky malt profile and hops that don’t deliver the same intensity as in the aroma. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, prickly, crisp bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KM (387) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Brown, slightly amber body. Large fluffy off-white head. Hoppy aroma, almost metallic, some fruit and hints of coffee. A little sour. Hoppy flavour with a quite heavy malty sweetness. Heavy bitter finish. (At home, 26.02.2011)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Slightly light amber color with just a little head. Aroma is subdued, but there are notes of citrus fruits and slight pine. The flavor is really complex. It is both complex, showing a great amount of fruitiness, citrus fruits, even some apricots and maybe even some peach, but it also is incredibly easy to drink. Not hop-bombish bitter, but still has a lot of the over to the top characteristics. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1661) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2012
500ml bottle from Discount Waukesha. Pours an unclear coppery orange with a foamy head. Very nice lacing that sticks around forever. Aroma has sweet caramel and resin with some citrusy hops. Taste is of orange juice, caramel, resin and piney notes. A bit sticky. A nice blend of quite sweet and quite bitter. Finishes smoothy bittersweet with some alcohol showing up in the end. A good one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2229) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2012
Pours dark amber with a large head. Nose shows pine and aggressive hops along with a fair bit of rich caramel. Flavours are very similar, more pine, grapefruit and resinous hops before a big hit of sweet, syrupy caramel enters. Finishes with an aggressive but well-balanced piny bitterness. Carbonation could be higher to alleviate the thick, syrupy feel to the body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HecRotweiler (3) - Drammen, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Bottle at home. Incredibly tasty and very aromatic. Dry and very hoppy and malty, some graphe and orange.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice, but nothing exceptionally special. Well made and well balance. Hid alcohol fairly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium to dark, orange with an average, off-white head that kept a very thin sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma contained moderate caramel; moderate to heavy floral, grapefruit and orange hops; some resinous hops later as it warmed; slight brown sugar; alcohol; apricot; and peaches. The initial flavor was heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, orange hops, grapefruit hops, pine and resin hops, apricot, peaches, and a hint of coffee. The slightly more than medium body was a little syrupy and then a little dry with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.


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