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


on tap

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 17/20
neongolden (1226) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
(500mL bottle from the LCBO, 5mo from bottling) Poured a deep brownish-orange with some fine particulate, small white head that faded quickly. Aroma citrus (grapefruit, orange rind), mango, wet vegetation, a little caramel malt; nice and juicy. Palate follows the nose with citrus, peach, dried apricot, brown sugar, finishes with a dry peppery hop bite and some lingering dried fruit. Balance of malt sweetness and bitterness to start, fairly bitter towards the end but not massively so. Mouthfeel is fairly full and sticky but carbonation just a bit on the high side of medium. Alcohol well-hidden, peeks through in the finish as it warms. Good DIPA, well-balanced, juicy and drinkable. Badass Twin Mustang on the label!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Meh..I’m not a big fan of IPAs/IIPAs from other countries. Not a bad beer, though. Aroma was good. Lemon, grapefruit and earth. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger white head (got dark towards the bottom of the bottle). Taste was typical for a Nogne O hoppy beer. Not very hoppy, a little sticky and syrupy. The lemon and grapefruit were there, but they were very muted. Stronger malt profile. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Thick and cloudy deep amber with a large fluffy/fizzy lasting beige head. Smells great - alcohol, citrus zest, pungent floral bitterness, acidic and juicy - definitely a big one. Taste follows, but it seems a bit light-bodied barleywine-ish - very floral, borderline boozy, lightly sweet. Not as thick-bodied as I expected it would be, nicely carbonated, finishes medium-short, moderately bitter - surprisingly drinkable, I really expected this to be a monster - solid stuff, I will buy more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 13, 2012
21/11 0.5 l bottle @ La Cerveteca, Barcelona. It poured hazy dark brown body with medium sized head. Strong cascade and some other hops aroma. Fruity flavor, bitter and same so sweet malty. Fruitiness was of course mostly citrus but there were some from the malts, like peaches and even dried fruits. Biscuit and caramel malt was dominating sweet component. Medium bodied with long bittersweet finish. Alcohol was awesomely hidden throughout the tasting. Quite a nice double IPA, although I wouldn’t mind more malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1992) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - 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.

   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).

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