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

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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Nothing is like celebrating your own milestones. This is a celebration of our 500th batch of ale. It was brewed with joy and splendor; the brewer wore a suit, and a TV station filmed the event. As a base for this ale, we have elected to play with numbers: 5 hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alcohol by volume. Indeed it is an Imperial India Pale Ale. Big and bold. Great for a celebration!

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4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Dab this on your neck and watch the hop lovers run to you! This reeks of sweet hops, and the taste is the same. It is also ABV heavy on the palate with a good bit of bitter. Basically this is a hoppy cluster...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (13526) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle - Perfumy and some dark fruits. Muddy brown with little head. Dark fruits, sweet some smoke and some slight bitterness from the hops. More like a strong ale than an IPA, but still quite nice. The hops are there just a little too subtle. Beautiful long finish, with the slightest alcohol burn.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RuneS (5) - NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012 does not count
A: tropical fruits. Raisins. Slightly malty. A: pours slightly hazy. A bit disapointing head for this slyle. Disappears quickly. Nice copper colour. T: distinct bittering. But balanced. Subtile alcohol. Would want more hops up front for style. P: medium bodied. Nice bitter finish, long. O: the masters from Grimstad fall a bit short on this one. Does not really compete with the great, full bodied IIPAs like Midtfyns. Still an interesting beer, and I will probably buy another and store it for 2-3 years. This one is 6 mobths and 21 days ;)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarryKonrad (111) - NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Norway. Pours a hazy dark amber colour, with a small and quickly dissipating head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is just wonderful and so inviting! Fruity overtones, with strong hints of both sweet malts and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is very good and thick. Flavour is sweet and spicy at first, but the bitter hops soon take over and leaves a lasting aftertaste. A complex and very enjoyable beer, that hides its ABV dangerously well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (1516) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
Maybe this beer is a bit old, It’s pretty bad. Pours a very thick brown amber with no head. Aroma is booze and malt, light hop. Very cloying, tons of booze. This feels like it would be a nice beer in a year, but it’s not right now.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (797) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Dark amber in color with no head. Sweet,hoppy and smooth. At 10% abv it will creep up on you.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8450) - ITALY - NOV 4, 2012
Bel ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto persistente agrumato caramello buon cirpo intensa belaro ma quasi bilanciato morbida

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snzcujo (282) - RUSSIA - OCT 26, 2012
Aroma, as in all of the Nogne's veers, is just incredible! Taste is very malty sweet upfront, then immidiately revealing its complexity. Just an amazing beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2012
500 ml bottle - pours a dark orange golden colour with a medium yellowish white head. Aroma notes of peach, chocolatea hint of herbs and spices and sweet bread and toast. Full body with a nice sweet undertone but especially a full and complex balance between bitterness and a smoky finish... In the taste, the exotic fruits come back quite overwhelming. This does not appear a Imperial IPA to me, but it is a very special beer indeed!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2944) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2012
Pours dark amber with practically no head. Aroma includes piny and resinous hops. Underneath is a fair whack of sweet clean malt. Flavours follow along the same line; loads of sweet, syrupy malt with bready notes, with some resinous pine hiding underneath. The malt dominates. Could use more carbonation. Feels overly syrupy and thick.


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