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Noggin Floggin - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-13-2011

ABV: 11% IBU: 70 OG: 24 Plato
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 14
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Appearance: orange. Slightly Hazy. Not much head.

Scent: sweet malty smell with a faint alcohol aroma.

Taste: wonderful. Sweet with a malty/fruity flavor. Slightly bitter with alcohol added.

Mouthfeel: carbonated well. Pretty thick on the tongue.

Overall: my favorite barley wine so far.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- A so very lightly cloudy IPA-like brew. Much lighter in color than I expected, and glows like a west-coast IPA. Orange, a little murky splash of brown, and caramel. Off-white finger of foam quickly settled to a little bubbly ring in the glass, and some thin islands afloat.

Smell: (2.5)
- The scent is masked in its malty madness. Almost a touch vegetative, citrus-like, and grassy herbal. Roasty sweet caramel is very light, and a bit of alcohol shines through when forcing myself to take a deep whiff to get some scent. Touch of meatiness and rubbing alcohol really.

Taste: (3.5)
- Sweet creamy malts, caramel, esters, fruit, grass, and pancake. Certainly a unique flavor. Almost like a marshmallow pop-tart type of sweetness to it. Nice pine and grassy bitter hops. Chocolate even? Sweet cream? Kind of an oddball but not bad. Almost seems to have a slight corn and oatmeal flare to it. Also a touch of some interesting woody and vanilla like flavors.. though not barrel aged.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Nice medium to heavy body... really rich, smooth and creamy. This might just be the best aspect of this beer.. which is kind of too bad really. Well carbonated, and leaves a nice thin layer of beer film behind to lend the mouth some chewiness.

Overall: (3.5)
- This Barleywine is just kind of strange and different overall. Has a great hop bitterness, and just a really odd blend of flavors going on overall. It's a touch lighter in color than most barleywines, and just has some taste that I can't put a flavor too... but it's familiar. It's not bad.. just takes a moment to adjust to. Bet the bourbon barrel version is killer.

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First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Light golden-brown liquid, clear, with a small layer of white head. No real surprises in the aroma: toffee malts, dark fruits, perhaps a bit hoppier than you'd normally expect in the style. Taste was boozy up front, very heavy on the licorice, with some sticky toffee, raisins, and a little hop bitterness in the finish. Decent. Medium mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, alcohol warmth, a moderately drinkable overall. The barrel-aged version was tremendous...

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Scored this one as a gift. Lucky me!

APPEARANCE: Lightest barleywine I've ever seen; color is a nice orange somewhere between a dark hefeweizen and a pale ale. Still acceptable for the style, but certainly not traditional. Liquid pours thick and malty out of the bottle with a nice white head forming atop.

SMELL: Hops, oranges, vanilla, cherry, alcohol, and caramel. It seems a tad faint but the aromas are still very nice and appropriate for the style.

TASTE: Phenomenal. Taste is very complex and candy-sweet including cotton candy, cherry, vanilla, oranges, and bourbon flavors. It ends with bitter hops but with a great deal of sweetness still on the tongue. Really quite incredible balance and complexity for a barleywine, especially considering its 70 IBU's.

MOUTHFEEL: Very warming, but no burn. The feel is very smooth and malty on the tongue.

OVERALL: Best barleywine I've ever had.(Very puzzled by the low ratings for this beer!) However, I will say that I think this is more of a hybrid with an imperial IPA than a traditional barleywine. Lovers of both styles will be surprised and pleased with this one.

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This is a big DIPA. Drink it fresh is my advice.

Appearance: Golden body with a white head.

Smell: Huge citrus fruit flavors. Grapefruit, white grapes, green apple, pineapple. Malts are sweet in the background. The alcohol is also present. Reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Taste: Like eating a grapefruit for the most part. Not as sweet though.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Fairly bitter and not so smooth but this isn't suppose to be Keith Stone anyways.

Overall: A surprising beer. As I stated in the opening of this review I believe this beer would be better characterized as a DIPA. If you can get it fresh, who knows though with no bottle dating, then I suggest picking it up and drinking it asap. I don't see this one developing at all with age. I'm going to knock it really hard for not being age-able (imo) since it is listed as a barleywine. If this was listed as a DIPA I'd give it a 4.5 or 5. This beer most closely resembles Arctic Panzer Wolf from FFF. If you think that beer gets better with age then put this in your cellar. If you are sane an think a DIPA fades over time drink this fresh.

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The 2013 release of Noggin Floggin is my favorite yet. To me, if HUB decided to call this an imperial IPA then I wouldn't have questioned it. Maybe the only thing that makes this a barleywine is the higher ABV. For example, the color was a clear, gold with a white head. The smell was delightfully hop heavy. The reason we all love beers is because of the taste, right? Noggin Floggin blew me away in this category. The malt flavor was simple but strong and the hops... oh the hops. This is why I think this beer could be an imperial IPA. The hop flavor tilted towards citrus but was balanced by other flavors as well. Mouthfeel: wet... jk it was pretty full bodied. A very well orchestrated beer. Bravo HUB!

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Noggin Floggin from Hopworks Urban Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.