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


on tap

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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2883) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hangunder (305) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours hazy amber with thick creamy white head and tons of lace. Aroma is grapefruit, spruce. Taste grapefruit forward, some sweet maltiness, strong bitterness with a sticky long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2012
En herlig floral lukt, horder av grapefrukt, det hele god balansert opp mot maltsødmen. Nøgne Ø’s beste øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bernts (14) - - NOV 27, 2012
Poures with a thick creamy head, amber .. some resin aroma, grass Heavy body and bitternes with a good mouth feel.. Overall a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
500 nl. bottle pours a cloudy amber color with decent khaki head and some lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and piney hops, with enough caramel malt to keep things balanced. Taste is slightly sweet at first (malts) and then quite bitter for the finish. Body is medium without too much carbonation. A very enjoyable IIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3222) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
500ml bottle, batch 505, cloudy amber-orange hue, with a bubbly beige head, but who falls quickly, yeasty, fruity candied lemon, grapefruit peel, pineapple esters in the nose, with a floral leafy, grassy, cedary, minty hop accent, with some zesty lemon marmalade, mild grapefruit juice, lemon pie, faint lemongrass spicy notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, fruity candied pineapple, lemon, grapefruit peel, flowery leafy, grassy, cedary hoppy character, with some lemon marmalade, minty, zesty citrus rind flavors, and with a faint honeyed pale, toasted malt, candyish lemon lollipop, light lemon pie undertone, leading towards a warmth, zesty, lemon, grapefruit peel, good leafy, grassy, cedary hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1020) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
Tap @ henrik. Hazy amber, heavy caramel and grapefruit. Loads of pine and grassy floralness. Taste is grapefruit and pine. Some bubblegum and a solid bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and medium carb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
16.9oz bottle--->tulip. Pours a hazy copper with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is bready sweet raisin.Taste follows aroma with a small bit of sweet grapefruit and spice. Palate is kinda thick for an IPA, but not bad. Not a bad beer overall, but I have no desire to drink it again. Tastes more like a Belgian than an IPA.

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