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


on tap

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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Excellent IPA. A semi-sweet aroma. Pours a murky brown and has a well balanced presence of wonderful hops. Not overly bitter, not too weak....just right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pours clear amber thin white head. Aroma is very pleasantly hopped. Taste is too. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1163) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
500 mL bottle for my 700th rating. Hazy orange amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma has a burst of citrus and floral hops at first, quickly receding into caramel and some toasty biscuit. Flavor starts out with an herbal tea impression, biscuit, somewhat faded hops, caramel. This tastes alright now, but it could have used a freshness date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kaaallen (1) - NORWAY - NOV 3, 2011 does not count
This IPA is like drinking a hops flower, just the way it should be. From nose to color to body to tongue this beer is a perfect reflection of balance and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange that is completely opaque with faint tangerine edges and a frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves rings and large chunks of soapy lacing behind. Dank, earthy hop aroma with some resinous oils and citrus notes along with a pale malt presence. Floral with lots of soil/pine character balanced by hints of tropical and citrus fruits. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel balance by subtle biscuity malt. Chewy full body with a prominent spicy, earthy hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy and sweet notes. This lingers over the pale malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The hop profile is complex, being floral, earthy, bitter, dry and sweet with no characteristic overpowering the others. Lots of dry pine needle countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Malt presence has notes of biscuit and Graham but doesn’t get in the way of the hops. Subtle heat toward the end of the palate but the high ABV is nicely masked. Overall, this beer is complex, well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2011
22ish oz bottle from rozis this one is a deeper bracing bitterness rather than a bright citrus IPA still tasty color is a lovely copper nice and dark

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle - nice big foamy head, medium amber color, very good hop flavor (not too over the top) with a decent malt backbone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4546) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours slightly hazed deep amber into a snifter. Off-white pancake hear recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet caramel and citrus aromas. Dry, earthy caramel upfront turning to deep, dark, nutty resin in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle:   Caramel in color, thick and hazy, a bit dirty, moderate frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Bright citrusy nose, zesty, sweet candied hops.   Smells like a winner!   Moderately sweet up front, candied citrus peel, bitter but not biting.   Really smooth, mellow, fairly flavorful.   Finish loses a bit of umph tho.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   I wonder how this one would be fresh?   Mild bitterness lingers, semi-sweet citrus peel.   Better than I expected!   Well balanced in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(500ml bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma of orange, bread, florals, and caramel. Flavor of orange, pine, grass, bread, and caramel with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

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