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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16874) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
On tap at Patricks. It pours a hazy amber body and a minimal beige head that soon diminishes into a rim of bubbles. The aroma is dominated by citrusy, piney hops in massive doses, and a good dash of orange. Really wonderful, and in the back there’s a lovely malty sweetness with some caramel. There’s alcohol too, but just in a pleasant way. It’s full-bodied and slightly warming in the mouth. Some caramel and dried fruits in the flavor, but here too the piney, citrusy hops are dominating. It’s bitter without letting the bitterness run the show. The finish is lasting, with the flavors found initially, and also some alcohol. Overall, a wonderful beer, dangerously easy drinking and extremely tasteful. Pity I emptied the keg. 100624

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 500mL bottle, pours murky dark orangey amber with an off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, resinous piney hops, some grapefruit and a big caramel malt backbone. Flavour is absolutely supreme - a myriad of tropical fruits (peach, dried apricot, orange and pineapple), with heaps of caramel and resinous hops that linger ever so slightly, leaving a fruity, mildly bitter finish. Absolutely wonderful and likely the best I’ve had from Nøgne Ø. Had this a subsequent time, and there had to be something wrong with it. Tasted more like an infected barley wine, nothing like the first time I had it. Have to lower my rating to blend the two experiences.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (16557) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark amber with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, flower, bitter, slightly sweet and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15905) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle @ BeerBiker/Scheffel’s 100 countires celebration. Pours ruby amber with a creamy head and lacings. Sweet malty nose. Orange and tangerine. Barley wine feel. Sweet chewy caramel and peachy hops. Smooth and vinous. A bit of warmth . .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15552) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2010
Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
6 Unbelievably blackcurrant leafy aroma. Perhaps there was something slightly savoury too, which might have had a minusule kidney aspect, but mjs was waving the idea of cat piss in my direction, but I couldn’t implant that ideda in my brain.
4 Deep browny orange, small tight ring head.
6 Very sugary caramel malt body, similar to many US brews, but didn’t have the malty taste. Maybe biscuity - something I’d normally blame on being a yank and using 2-row. Some of the blackcurret came back too, sweeter than in the aroma context. Just short of aggressive hopping - just kept it within the bounds of sanity.
4 Thick palate, a little slick, carbonation decent.
13 I was horrifically sleep deprived, and completely failed to remark on my overall impression. However, I remember finishing the glass, and not making any negative comments, so I’m guessing this was quite to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15451) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
Draught, KØ11. Grassy hop aroma. Cloudy dark amber colour. Very small white head. The flavour is caramelly and grassy from the hops. Distinct bitterness, rather rough, but good. High alcohol level, but suits the beer well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Cloudy brown - white head. High hoppy, baking yeast, fruity, high fruity, citric, orange fruits, light chocolate, medium malty, light sticky sweetness, bitterness, light sharpness, light alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (15090) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2011
Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival @ De Molen, Bodegraven. Light brown / light red color, slightly off-white head. Smell hops, lemon and fruits but all a bit soft, a bit hidden. Same with the taste: nicely hoppy and fruity, but I would have liked it more if the flavours were a little sharper and less ’round’. Good carbonation, full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14639) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is hop, fruit, citrus, lemon,peach, grapefruit, orange. Flavour is blanced hoppy, malt, alcohol, fruit, citrus, lemon, peach, grapefruit, orange. bitter finish. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (14358) - 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.

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