North Bridge Extreme - Nørrebro Bryghus

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86
very good

74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ToolHead on 09-20-2004

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The incredible push to higher and higher ranges of alcohol and hops yields an ale of strong bitterness and Pacific Northwest hops but with a strong balance of malt. But IPA's should be balanced, should they?

A glimpse of that balance starts with a much darker than expected pour. Its rich mahogany hue is decorated with the signature dry-hop haze. A sturdy ivory cap of foam tops the beer like meringue as the foam settles and endures the session. Every sip casts a ring of lace against the glass to continue its deliverance of quality.

Strong aromatics of brown sugar and toffee align on the nose while a counterbalance of citrus and pine close in quickly. Balanced thereafter, the ale explores high spice in ethanol, nut and rum influences heading into taste.

Hearty sweet flavors resonate with the early palate as the malt sweetness of toffee, brown sugar and rum saturates the taste buds. Its middle dissolves much of the malt sweetness and introduces the taste of hops: grapefruit, orange peels and fresh cut grass all enter the mix while a finish of fading sweetness and growing resinous bitterness stems from a pine taste and gives the ale a lush and hoppy closure.

Full bodied, this is the tale-tell part of the beer;s recipe. Until now, I could have been talked into an IPA base. But because of the malty-rich balance- this ale is just as big on malt as it is on hops, which makes its taste much more aligned with American Barleywines as it does of traditional ale.

This North Bridge Extreme is a strongly fortified ale but it is much better served as an American Barleywine more than an American Imperial IPA. (1,624 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone, not what I expect in an IPA. It pours a somewhat hazy cola brown with a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves substantial lacing. Hoppy flavor has subtle notes of caramel and grapefruit, and a whisper of fruity sweetness that offsets the bitter and sour tastes. Smooth flavor has decent body and a fair amount of fizz and life, leaving a hoppy and caramel undertone. Extreme? Maybe not, but recommended to IPA lovers. (467 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Bridge Extreme opens with a potent nose so full of hops and fruity sugars that it's hard to imagine more being crammed in. The overall effect is that of concentrated fruit and hop extracts, the beer heady with pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, vinous plant stems, rose hips, berries, orange liqueurs, apricot, nectarine, pear, and plum. A good vanilla and hint-of-anise base helps ground the sugars, as well as notes of French baguette and floury toast crust. The nose is, overall, slightly too heavy on the sugars--the other flavors so outclassed that they're actually difficult to find--but the effect is still lovely.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a far darker flavor profile than the nose spoke of. Here the fruit esters tend towards raisins, dates, prunes, and plums, and the vanilla-and-light-anise notes come through much more strongly, joined by a kola nut backing, and touches of roasted pecans and toffee. Hops do bring heavy bitterness, burning the tongue and soft palate, but come across more vinous and resiny than sugary, though some rose hips and grapefruit rind still wind their way through. Marble rye breads and sourdough bread crusts add extra grounding, and the beer also boasts peppery touches of what seems like rye or fennel. The aftertaste is a fading remnant of the bitter and resiny hop flavors, as well as toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium (though it comes across as watery, given the potency of the flavors), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, though far darker than I would have expected, coming across in many ways more like an aged port or a raisin wine than a beer. A slight alcohol kick does mar the edges somewhat, but not enough to be distracting. As a whole, I thought the beer excellent, and worth trying again. (1,794 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, thick red colour, very deep for an IPA, with a crackling and extremely effervescent head of sandy white. Lace is spectacular, leaving alien forms on the inside of the glass. Body is actually a little lighter than I expected for the ABV, but it looks good.

Nose is big and boozy, with a sharp, hot astringency that puts me in mind of an Old Ale or a big barleywine. There is a touch of the citric hops to it, but the roaring fire of the booze is more dominant. Very sweet and heavy, twanged with metallic bite and not really enough hops for the style.

Taste is a little better, perhaps because it's much lighter than I expected. There's still a chewiness to the palate, and a good deal of malt, but the hops do get a look in here, giving a slight acidic bite that leavens the palate, and sends up characters of green sultanas and dried apricot. Smooth port characters linger. Feel is very good—extremely smooth, which counteracts some of the lightness in the flavour.

It's still not a classic IPA—it genuinely doesn't even have the bitterness for that—but it's a tasty brew, and an interesting one. (1,122 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a burnt mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere,the aromas are gingerbread,toasty malts and carmelized white fruits,it has a nice sticky above medium well carbonated mouthfeel and leaves tastes of caramelized pears,sticky date pudding,bready malts and finishes with a soft toffee,apricot finish and overall for me its a very easy drop to drink more than the one of with the ABV being very well hidden. (515 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden with a decent head. Smells sweet and malty, but with a citrus bite. The taste has a nice balance of pine and citrus in the hop profile, and thankfully the hops are more forward than they were in the aroma. The malt is still there, but it takes a back seat to the luscious hops. Big and bold in the mouth, but not hot. Very nice. (355 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dang, kind of a let down despite my ok review. Poured with a nice, large, fine, foamy, light tan head that slowly settles out and a little lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is stale hops, malt, caramel, yeast, barnyard, funk, tree bark, leather, a waft of solvent. Flavor's mostly the same with malt standing out more, plus stale cookies, rasins, nutmeats. Body is full and has good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has medium length. Not a session. Wonder what it tastes like fresh. (496 characters)

Photo of Popkas
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy honey color with just a tiny bit of head that does leave a touch of lacing.

S: Piney hops but not overwhelming by any stretch (or special either).

T: Sweeter than expected. The hops are there but somewhat muted by the sweetness.

M/D: Medium mouthfeel that is fairly easy to drink at 9%. Not my favorite, but certainly an interesting alternative. (364 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark for an IPA, dark raw honey. Near white huge bubbly head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Strange for my usual IPA. More like American Strong Ale or Barleywine, but I am scoring on how I like it, not absolutely whether it fits a style format. Caramel, burnt sugar and hops fill the nose.

T - Thick sweet caramel bar, and the more cooked darker side, balanced well by bitter hops.

M - Heavier body, creamy and coating, good carb, I like the balance.

D - Big and palate killing. Hard to drink much of it, I think. (515 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

From the label: "shows its Danish provenance through superb balance--unusual for a true Imperial IPA," which is a most interesting thing to mention.

Cloudy, burnt orange with a creamy off-white lacing that lasts to the end. A brash mix of esters and hop oils in the nose. Pineapple is the fruit of the moment. Distinct toffee aroma. Deep smoothness in a semi-slick medium body. Heavy-handed hop flavor, lots of fresh cut hay and herbal notes. More toffee with a sugary base. Blood orange peel. Graininess comes forward with some animal feed and toasted biscuit. Bitterness envelopes the palate but never with a sharp bite, soft and layered. Herbal resins and oils. Dry leafy hops in the finish with wood and earth in its linger.

No doubt an original among a market saturated with hoppy beers--at least in the US. Balanced, but packed with unique and intricate flavors not found in others. The hop flavor (not bitterness) is blasting with lower alpha acids, making for a very interesting departure from the style. (1,064 characters)

Photo of BeachRez
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

A- Poured a deep burgundy with a nice tan head. Actually had very good rention given the alcohol level.

S- Not an overwhelming Hop smell. Piney?

T- For a DIPA, this is not what I expected. Very malty, with a smooth hop bitterness. The carmel was more prevelant than the fruity/piney hops.

M/D- Very good and relatively easy to drink. ALthough at over 9%, once I finished the bottle, I was done for the night. This is something I will definitely buy again. would be perfect after eating BBQ on a cold night. (532 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish clear copper with a nice firm white head.

Nose of madera and sherry wine; a real wine quality to the nose.

Mouthfeel is big, bold and rich.

Flavors are also big and bold and full of burnt carmel and toffee, roasted grains and sweet malt. Layers of complex, big, bold and coffee/toffee/carmel flavors.

Finish is of burnt espresso and grapefruit and is long and pleasing. A big bold and complex beer. Nice. (433 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is very dark amber with a thick yellowish head. Quite a bit darker than I expected for the style. Looks like some of my homebrewed extract DIPAs. Lacing is moderate, but pretty.

Nose is a buzzsaw of almost abrasive piney hops. That is not necessarily a complaint...

Flavor is bitter up front, then a huge sweetness of malt, then an almost medicinally bitter finish. I like it, it's definitely not an American style DIPA, but I like it. I think a lighter approach with malt might have done this brew a service, but it is really tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly rough and definitely syrupy-sweet. Carbonation is substantial but not overcarbed. Overall, I guess it's a bit heavy for me.

Drinkability is OK. It's a 9.5% brew, and I can tell. It's warming, heavy and boozy. I will enjoy this serving (1pt 4.3 Fl Oz) and I will be happy with that amount.

My first Danish micro-brew. A lucky find at the Liquor Collection in the Ward Warehouse in Honolulu, HI. (960 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle and into my shaker glass. The IIPA appears a slightly cloudy golden chestnut color with at least two fingers of fluffy of white head. the head leaves a minimal lace on my glass with each sip. Flavor and aroma consist of floral, citrus hops, a good amount of caramel malt, alcohol notes, toasted bread grain, spicy yeast. Bitter-sweet. Maybe a notch better than medium in both body and carbonation. Glad I was able to try it, but I probably would pass it by in the future. (489 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark brown with a decent white foam head off the pour

Smell- very hoppy yet overall soft non overpowering smell, floral hops slight malts, overall rich smell

Taste- very nice balance between malts and hops, a decently bitter finish, a decent tasting beer

Mouthfeel- rich and creamy, decently thick

Drinkability- very enjoyable and well balanced ipa, long finish that tends to grow on you as you go, though again not nearly worth the price (459 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1000th review and thanks to Phyl21ca for this beer. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. The beer actually smells more of malt than hops which is weird for the style. The beer is a very malt forward DIPA ( compared to West Coast DIPAS). The beer is very hoppy but anchored in the malt as well. I really like the balance inherent in the beer and even the spicy notes on the finish. A very unique take on the style that neatly sums up my 6.5 year journey on BA. ( don't worry I am not leaving the site). Danish DIPA that is more malty than most is something 6 years ago would be a fantasy (591 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 20.3oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops, fruity citrus and some alcohol.

T: The taste hits with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly followed by very sweet flavors of citrus & caramel and a warm alcohol sting. It seems as though the flavors are battling each other for dominance, rather than blending together, which takes away from the balance. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other 2IPA's I would drink first and the high price further dissuades me from buying this beer again. (958 characters)

Photo of imagineiii
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. consumed fri 5/15 at my post work porch party.

poured into my trusty dfh snifter, great burnt caramel color. amber brown to hazy. great head great retention.

there is something in this beer that is odd. to me it smells like mrs dash, unfortunately for the beer, it carries over into the taste as well. somebody else suggested celery salt... maybe. grapefruit is there, smells like some old maharaja ive had. slightly peppery.

Peppery and spicy. Malty IIPA for sure. reminiscent of 90 min. Hops have faded a bit but still show alot of citrus. that spice is still bothering me.

mouthfeel is thick and smooth. malty.

it was drinkable for a while but that mrs dash spice caught up to me. (701 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dave and Lee at the Brick Store.

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a small cream-colored head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Wow, the sweetness of the aroma really surprised me. It's got plenty of hops in the nose up front but there's also tons of caramel malts and even some candi sugar sweetness in there as well. Quite a bit going on in the nose.

There is a big slug of earthy hops up front with hints of both pine and grapefruit on top of that. The caramel malt backbone does more than just support the hops and leaves a definite sweetness that lingers through the finish along with the oily resinous hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with low soft carbonation and very, very sticky on the palate.

This is interesting take on the DIPA with a ramped up malt backbone and tons of hops. Quite a big beer and one to be sipped. (919 characters)

Photo of froghop
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-cloudy dark amber with a large tan head, and excellent foamy lacing.

smell is of nuts, caramel, sweet, slight pine, and a touch of floral.

taste is creamy, pine, caramel, hops, and some ceder, ends on the bitter side.

overall a very nice IPA. (258 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy amber orange color with a thick, rich meringue of beige on top.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, raisin muffin, and grassy hops.

Taste of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, raisins, grapefruit, and bread.

Medium bodied, rich and chewy, and moderately carbonated. A bit of toffee in the finish. The 9.5% alcohol is well hidden.

This is much like the offspring between an IIPA and a barleywine. And I like it. (439 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy muted brownish-orange. Much foamage, creating a creamy dense cap of head. Intricate, tightly webbed lacing.

Aroma - hugely malty, luciously dark, syrupy and fruity, this has all the nose of a barleywine. Yum.

Taste - heavy malts, caramelly sweet and large, start this one out. The hoppiness is tasty, a subdued wave of bitterness and a citrus flavor that reminds me of that orange Joseph's aspirin. That becomes more bitter on the swallow, but doesn't go insane. Alcohol esters add a nice element, too. The end is dry, a soft palatable bitterness of length, and just a trace of the orange. A well-constructed beer IMO.

Mouthfeel - big, viscous and chewy. The carbonation is big, which it must be if it wants its presence felt.

Drinkability - great stuff. Wasn't sure what to expect but really enjoyed this beer. I'm not convinced of its cellarability, even at 9.5%. It would hold up, but the malt base seems a little thin at length, so it might come off as a barleywine jr with time. if I see this again, I wouldn't mind grabbing one or two to find out for myself. ;-) (1,098 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The soft crack of the bottle is misleading, as it pours a nice, solid 2 finger head. Resting atop a hazy copper colored brew with only slight carbonization bubbling to the top. Its really an impressive looking brew. The smell is not as pungent of a hop aroma as one expects in a I/D IPA. There are some nice, sweet fruity hints there though. After my taste, I read the back of the label, stating the pride they took in the malt balance, which is quite true, it very balanced for the style. A nice caramel sweetness slams against the hop bitterness to create this. I do wonder if travel time also impacted the freshness of the hops. There is a nice alcohol warmness that greets you in the aftertaste, as well. The balance, and lower carbonization add to the nice rest in the mouth and smooth drinking feel of the brew. A nice brew to sample, but at the cost, I doubt I find myself seeking it out again. I guess if I am looking for a DIPA, I am looking for a DIPA. I like this beer, but value for the dollar is tough to justify. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

wow, starts promising, nice full shaving cream head on this sucker...muddled orange hue

damn, smells like solvents. Wheweee. Stale EKG in the nose too...papery, oxidized?

Wow, a struggle to drink. Worty, full-bodied, unfermented.

You know what this is? The beer with the gerbil-on-the-hamster wheel fermenter. Pooped out after two hours.

Tired yeast, fusel alcohol, full-bodied syrupy mess.

One and done for me. (416 characters)

Photo of amneziak
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Sweet caramel and pungent hops are at the forefront of the nose on this one. As much as I hate to say this, I also get a little bit of sauerkraut on the nose - and I say that feeling pretty comfortable that this beer has not soured or expired. It doesn't smell as hoppy as some of the other heavy IPAs like Hopslam or Hercules.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful red/orange color with a creamy off-white head. In fact the color of this beer is one of its better traits. These are very traditional colors for a west coast Imperial IPA, and also very similar in color to the Mikkeller IPA (which is also from Denmark). It has a solid three fingers of head as well. Every time I pour more into the glass I get another two or three fingers of head. There's also a really impressive amount of lacing. Very nice!

Taste: The flavor profile here is indicative of an IPA, but they aren't as bright or aromatic as I would have hoped. It's a bit heavier and sweeter with fruit components like golden raisins, dates, and dried apricot. There's not a lot of citrus in this one like pineapple or grapefruit that one would typically expect from a DIPA. Working your way through the bottle you begin to notice that the flavors dissipate and you are left with some sweet bitterness.

Palate: The sweetness coats the tongue in a pretty good way. The mid-palate is really flat for me here. It definitely needs more brightness to help liven up the flavors. Has a faint "skunkiness" aftertaste on the tongue - but not in a bad way.

Overall: Not sure I'd call this a double IPA because it's just not as potent as you'd hope it to be. It suffers in some of the same ways the Mikkeller IPA does. I won't say this is a bad representative by any means, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for another one if I had a choice of this or...say...a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA. (1,862 characters)

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