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


on tap

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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Brewdog Camden. Pours a clear amber red colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and boozy with only a hint of tired flowery hops. Raisin and caramel. Taste is similar: overly malty and boozy with caramel and toffee. Mild flowery hops, but the star ghere is booze. Medium to thick body with soft carbonation. Overall, go for it only if you enjoy boozy beers, and don’t expect hops fireworks in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - MAY 25, 2012
Nice, although more restrained nose than I expected. Light hop, fruity, caramel and floral scent. Pours opaque dark copper with a small white head. Hops, fruit, molasses, malt and oak on the palate. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2012
Wow strong flavour back to front. Extremely hoppy and sweet. Very slight bitterness on finish. Sweet ripe fruits like apricots or a rich alcoholic fruit punch. Pleasant poor and nice white head that laces the glass superbly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (6173) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Wood and caramel, vague hoppiness that I can’t quite recognize. At any rate, it is malty and aged much more like a barleywine. Murky brown, minimal head. Full body, but not too weighty. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Wood and maole syrup offset by the same vague hoppiness. Whikey and fudge notes also present. Definitely malt forward and chewy with hops overwhelmed by the sweet malt. A bit cloying, but just a bit. Drinks like it could be an old bottle, but alas there is no date on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ddemmingjr (799) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle: pours opaque molasses orange, effectively no head. Nose is prunes, molasses, dank basement aromas, rotten fruits, caramel malts. The palate is syrupy, with esters, sweet malts, molasses, honey, butterscotch , fermented fruit, alcohol booze. Too sweet and unbalanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Dark amber/copper color. Small off-white head with plenty of lacing. Smells of biscuit, fruit and hops. A little bit of alcohol. Taste is fruity, malty. A nice bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lrothc (36) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2012
Looks milky and with hardly any head. The overall look is pretty close to a Finnish Sahti. The palate is very nice, thick and creamy. The taste is very bitter but well balanced. The finish is very long, with a nice lasting bitterness. But overall it’s a bit disappointing because the taste remains pretty much the same (except for variation in intensity) from start to finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2012
500 ml bottle at Cafe Laundromat,Oslo.Intense hop.Had trouble drinking the hole bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (5040) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Bottle from Vinmonpolet Vika dark color, some foam. medium Intense hoppy aromas- pine Full bodied & high complexity & viscosity Intense juicy hops Very Enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2012
Recent bottle from Maria’s in Chicago. Sales people said it must be a recent delivery, and given that it would and should disappear from the shelves, I must believe. That contradicts the ultimate tasting, which yielded a hoppy American barleywine/American strong. Still enjoyable! With a good citrus orange and grapefruit taste, and minty piney hops in the finish. Good drinkability, a little boozy.

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