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


on tap

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RATINGS: 755   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16505) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
Om tap at Patricks. It pours a hazy golden-orange body under a finger thick off-white head. There’s lots of citrus peel in the aroma. Resin and grapefruit in large amounts, and beefstocky malty sweetness as a backdrop. Some tropical fruits too. Full-bodied and chewy with a little warmth. Bitter citrusy and resiny flavor where the malts do a little more work than I would prefer. Bitter, citrus peel finish. A lovely but a bit out of balance maybe. Or maybe the problem is that there’s too much balance between the malts and the fruity flavors and the bitterness is reaching too high levels. Don’t really know, but hope to find out soon. I’ll definately have more of this. 100707

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2010
Flaske: Orange let mudret øl med et fint skumhoved. Duft af humle, let citrus men meget armsved næsten kattepis, men heldigvis slår den ikke over i den. Smagen er klassisk dobbel ipa med masser af humle, samme typer som i duften. Kraftig bitterhed men bakket op af en udmærket maltsødme. Fin fin øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2010
Bottled. Tall blond head. Body is dark gold to pale amber with a slight haze. Strong fruity hop nose. Zesty citrus, pineapple, apricot and flowers. Also a note of mint, eucaluptus and green leaves. Restrained malt smell. Taste is fairly dry with a medium malt body. Bold hop bitterness is dominating throughout. Tropical-fruity flavoring hops. Tight and sharp, oily and resiny bittering hops. A sting of alcohol, and a note of herbs. Quity smooth and slick in the mouth. Resiny and lemony bitterness lingers in the finish. A rough one with good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Die_Kapusta (191) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2010
Pours in an amber color with a very thin white head. Doesn´t have that "wow, I wanna drink this beer right now"-look that most IIPA’s have.

Aroma is disappointingly weak, but I get red apples and some rather complex hoppy flavours.

Taste is a bit leafy and very hoppy, as expected. Also get some yeast and bread flavours.

The beer is surprisingly dry and has a long bitter finish. It´s enjoyable, but I think Nøgne Ø is better at making the darker beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Deep orange amber with a hint of red. Small, creamy light off-white head. Aroma is sweet, light caramel, resiny, grapefruit, red apples. Medium to high carbonation, dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegantly hoppy, piney, resiny, grapefruit. Vinious, warming, elegant. Light strawbeeries, pine, red apples, dryness. Good IIPA. Doesn’t muck around with the malts,just a solid base of hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2010 20100924 Tap at max’s. Pretty standard double ipa. Nice and hoppy, plenty resinous, average. Meh, this is the kind of rating you get when presented with a dead-average beer. Actually seemed perhaps a bit old and oxidized, but I don’t think that is likely due to handling, as new as this beer appears to be. 20101011 Another go at it and with much different results. Tap. Hazed amber, lacy white head. Big tropical and citrus aroma. Flavor I dominated by sticky, resinous, verging on harsh hops. Crazy. One of the hoppier beers I’ve had in a while and its shocking that its held up so potently having come from Scandinavia, and especially given my disappointment with it last time I tried it. I hope this is a fresher keg and not just my mind playing tricks on me. Loved it. Averaged the scores

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010
Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, DK. Bottled, 031010. Amber with white head. Aroma of spices with malt. Flavor with some fruit and solic bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (3999) - NORWAY - OCT 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2016 Bottle, may 7th 2016. Hazy amber body with a nice white head. Aroma of resinious and fruity hops, caramel. Taste is sweet caramel with a robust bitterness, grapefruit and citrus, ending in a bitter fruity finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4125) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2010
0.5l bottle. Pours orange -honey and unclear bronze-like body with some sediments and a beautiful fresh and big white head. Nose is fresh, sweet, hoppy, peach and passion fruit. Tastes are, as a great IIPA should be, rosted malts and lots of bitter hops. Finishes off with a long bitter ending. A truly great IIPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy and dark copper beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt and hops with citrus and peach. The flavor is malt and hops with citrus, grapefruit and peach. The palate is bitterness. Overall a really good beer. [Rating #1700]

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