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

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tbonde (194) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 50 cl. bottle at home bought at Oslo Airport Duty Free. Like with some people, an aggressive introduction sometimes turns into a great friendship! The hops aroma of this IIPA attacked me more than it pleased me, but actually having this brew in my mouth convinced me that it was just its way of asserting itself! Have drunk it over more than two hours and like many younger wines, it just gained with being exposed to air and room temperature. So, the veridict? A great IIPA! Can compete with the best. Well balanced, high alcohol content kept in check, and a wonderful palate of hops, bitternes and just plain pleasure to drink. Will I buy this rather expensive IIPA again? Yes, but I might just let it breathe for 10 minutes, so it can find its balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beers0mniac (26) - FINLAND - JUL 28, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 One of the finest samples of Imperial IPA. Well balanced, lots of fruits and citrus in taste, Nogne beers always amazes me

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2010
Pours cloudy dark amber/golden with a nice looking white/beige head. Powerful hops aroma. Taste is a hop-bomb, a little bitter in the end. A magnificent beer, but then I’m a hop-fanatic, thanks a lot Jan Halvor Fjeld for making this beer with Nøgne Ø :)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Now this is what a double IPA should taste like. Pours golden amber with moderate head. Sweet yet hoppy - a symphony of flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dudebun (138) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2011
Drank shortly after the Ægir IPA which I loved, so this is slightly compared to that. In any case, it’s definitely double what the Ægir offered. More intense citrus on the nose, but leaning towards caramel malt, more alcohol in the mouth, not tons of carbonation, nice dry end although rather bitter, (not a bad thing). I loved it and it certainly would love a chance to drink more.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHopster (937) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2011
(bottle) A great and generous pick from Keg_Juggler. Wow, this is a treat! So smooth for a 100 IBU. Cloudy amber color with resiliant white head. Distinctive balance with hoppy flavor No trace of alcohol. The pinnacle of this style.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (1729) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4343) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
500ml bottle. Deep amber colour and a good two fingers of foam, looks solid in the glass and carries some weight. Lots of piney citrus hop notes which set you up for what is to come in the flavour. Long on the palate with plenty of flavour.

4.3
   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!

4.3
   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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