Imperial India Pale Ale #500 - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Imperial India Pale Ale #500Imperial India Pale Ale #500

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BA SCORE
88
very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 09-10-2010

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Reviews by joemcgrath27:
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - fully hazy swampy red-brown, one finger of head receded to a random thin cover with fairly consistent lacing
S - some pine resin with caramel, earthiness, and booze
T - pine and perfume hops with significant booziness, some mild fruitiness and bread pudding flavour, somewhat musty finish
M - light and carbonation but packs a punch with a mix of hops and alcohol
O - this has a very much barleywine like flavour and feel, the hops are there but the sweet alcohol aspect definitely takes this over, worth a purchase regardless

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the Blue Monk.Came to the table ina goblet a deep somewhat murky lighter amber with a very thin white head.A big shot of resiny hops,caramel,and leather in the nose,almost like a big American Barleywine.The flavors are big and sweet alcohol mixed with drunken fruit and resiny hops.Thick and chewey mouthfeel adds to the beer.Its a sipper with a big alcohol presence and sweetness but its a well crafted beer for sure.

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruddy caramel color with one and a half fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some pretty solid lacing.

S - Lots of caramel and toffee, also a bit bready.that Assuming this bottle is old based on other reviews and the very mild hop presence in the nose.

S - Similar to smell with big caramel and toffee, along with some citrus and a bit of molasses. Does have an herbal bitterness that partially counters the sweet malts. Leaving style aside, it is actually pretty tasty. Leaves a strong tea-like aftertaste.

M - Big, sticky sweet mouthfeel that becomes more bitter on the finish.

O - While this is an old bottle, I find it hard to believe that even a fresh bottle would have seemed like a DIPA. At this point, it reminds me a bit of Double Bastard. Pretty tasty, but definitely a big malt bomb.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Very, very nice to see this brewery make its way to the remote outpost of Alberta.

This beer pours a dark, somewhat hazy ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low lunar landscape of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet grapefruit pith, moderate bready, crackery, understated caramelized malt, a subtle alcohol edge, and more bitter spicy, leafy hops. The taste is more bitter grapefruit and soused orange fruitiness, a stronger bready caramel maltiness, some lesser toffee and molasses addenda, even a twinge of field honey, some tannic tea/red wine notes, and a further mediated bitter generic fruity/leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, given the swirling hops and booze. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt gaining a dusty, old character, while the hops prance about in their merry way, not really forcing the issue, as the alcohol simmers mostly unheeded underneath.

A rather impressive way to celebrate your 500th batch, as I am a confirmed hop-o-holic. This offering, however, only alludes to such an overindulgence, preferring instead to render an actual balanced DIPA experience, which of course means a hefty malt offset - in the end, things work out, somebody gets the girl, and there's grinning all around.

Photo of sinfonk
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong sweet taste, dried fruits.

Photo of Mar02x
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Borefest beer festival 2011.

A - Had a amber/orange color and a white lasting head. Very good lacing.

S - A strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus fruits.

T - Almost the same as the smell gave away. Taste of hops up front, with a definite piney taste in the finish.

M - Not so much carbonation and a surprisingly smooth finish.

O - A very good beer, to my opinion the third best beer at the festival. Definitely worth buying as we did straight away in de Molen shop.

Yesteday I tried the Bottled version (friday 23th of december 2011), yes it was the bottle I bought in de Molen shop.
A4 - the color was deep brown this time with swirls of red in it. Also was there a decent light beige head. It retracted slowly though until a decent layer.

S4.5 - I would say the smell did come out a bit stronger and more fruity.

T4 - You can taste it is not that fresh anymore, nevertheless the taste is great. Medium sweet, hops, pine and fruits and some kind of a honey feeling/taste.

M4.5 - A creamy, soft carbonated liquid that gives a real pleasant feeling in my mouth.

O4 - I think the tap version was slightly better. Freshness does pay off on IPA's.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jbowers56
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/copper colour. Murky as hell, with a couple of big old yeast chunks falling out of the bottle. The nice little head is the saving grace but to be honest not a very enticing looking beer.

Big aroma. Pine, grapefruit rind, orange and a big caramel kick. Smells excellent actually, not my ideal IIPA but I can't really fault it. It's going hard in the direction nogne have obviously chosen to go.

Big whack of citrus early up but then it's all a pale malt/crystal malt party. Finishes bittersweet with heaps of IBU, but also plenty of crystal malts grasping to hold on. A nicely hoppy beer considering the malt profile - they have gone hard on this. This is not my kind of IIPA, but it is VERY good for what it is. Reminds me of hercules, and I probably wouldn't score that as high as I originally did to be honest.

Carb is moderately low, with a nice thickness but not over the top. A very big beer in every sense, reminds me a lot of hercules actually. Very enjoyable, I expected the yeast to come through more in the flavour profile, but was pleasantly surprised. Maybe the big flavours are hiding it.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. I often take issue with strong DIPAs in the 10% range for being too thick and sweet. This has a similar rich, caramel/bready malt backbone, but it's not too thick and actually complements the spicy, citrus hops. Yeah, it's a touch chewy, but the barley's a great backgroup to the fruity pine that runs through this pale ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks, OK.

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Rich breadyness, leafy hops, some grassyness, rich dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. leafy hops dominate along with minty hops, much figgyness & a touch of toffee & some booze warmth. Dryness & dark fruit as this warms, a little cherry sneaking in, plus more leafy hops, some herbal & woody notes as well. Finishes with bready notes, figgyness & a touch of cherry & plum, some pipe tobacco & boozeyness

MF: Chewy, some what coarse with slight carbonation, very warming, skews sweet

To me this seemed more like a Barley wine. So although I enjoyed this, style-wise it warrants deductions for taste, mouthfeel & smell.

Photo of Bisho
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For me, this Norweigan brewer can do not a lot wrong. I have tried almost every brew they have produced and there is barely a bad one between them. This one is no exception either!
Big bold and hoppy with plenty of alcohol bite on the finish. Loved it, but I don't think I could drink too many in a sitting.
Great beer :)

Photo of Beertracker
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nøgne Ø's Imperial India Pale Ale #500 pours up with a modest carbonation that manages a thin, unsustainable creamish-beige colored head that battles to ring the hazy, deep copper-orangish amber body. The aroma is quite bready & earthy with notes of cut wood, dampen sod, pine needles/nuts with overlays of burnt caramel, toasted crackers & hopsack, but there's some staleness (oxidation) which diminishes the more pleasant aspects (fruity, leafy, minty) of the late addition hops. A slightly sharp alcohol burn finishes out the nose. The flavor starts off with a ton of breadiness walloped by a sticky, sweet caramel character that never quite gets balanced by the coarse bitterness that carries through to an adventurous, bittersweet, slightly pungent/harsh, warming finish that's rather unbalanced. This bold medium-full bodied strong ale is not unlike an immature English-style barleywine or old ale, but misses the mark on quality as well. I'll have to grab a few bottles to see how this one cellars, but probably won't be having another draught.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a average size light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with solid caramelized malt. Taste is also a solid mix between some caramelized malt with notes of earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though more floral hosp presence would have provided increase enjoyment of this beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light and dark dried fruit, stone fruit, light citrus and light citrus hops; smells like an American barleywine. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, thick stone fruit syrup (but not very sweet), unusual light fruit esters, light citrus, grassy hops, lightly buttery. Finishes with lingering piney, citrus rind bitterness. Warming and a bit boozy. Medium bodied, lightly syrupy. An interesting take on an IIPA; reminds me of an aged English style barleywine, but drier. This was a freshly imported bottle (for whatever that is worth), so perhaps this has a small amount of age on it. If I was going to rate this as an IIPA, it would take some hits for not being to style, but it is quite good and satisfying to drink, so I'm letting enjoyment rule the ratings here. Recommended for fans of off-beat barley wine style ales.

Photo of mtbdonn
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Beers of Europs in UK and poured into my favority Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.
A-Hazy, thick, deep copper color, nice lacing of thin off white head.
S-Intense toasty hops, some sweetness, but an unusual strong scent of passionfruit? Very different for an IPA, no citrus flavory pineapple of an IPA, and a combination of multiple hops?
T-Again with the same smell/taste...passionfruit? Again no real citrus flavor, maybe slight. Reminds me more of a barelywine with appearance and color.
M-Feel is oily with a touch of carbonation, a little heavy on the tongue, not the light, crispiness of an IPA.
O-A nice IPA, but not maybe a European IPA finish I'm unfamiliar with?! Complex bitterness with some interesting hop combinations. Not what I expected in an IPA, but I would have again.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 6.99. No bottling info noted. Served in a snifter. 

Pours deep murky amber with 2 fingers cloudy pale tan head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smells of orange and mango citrus hops with sweet biscuity malts. Smells great but not quite like an imperial IPA. 

Taste has some hops but they seem to play second fiddle to the malts. There's a huge malt base. Nice thick sweet biscuits. Then the hops come in with mild orange and mango as promised in the nose. A nice bitterness start to finish. It hides the 10% abv quite well. 

Medium thick body with low to moderate carbonation. Slighy sticky with a long bittersweet aftertaste. 

I'm guessing that this one was past it's "prime". It drinks more like an imperial red or a barleywine. Don't get me wrong- I truly enjoyed the entire bottle (I happen to really like a good thick imperial red ale) but the hops have all but entirely faded. I would buy this again- and like it- but not when I want big hoppy goodness. I enjoyed it enough that I can't bomb it's score but I just can't give it an outstanding score as an imperial IPA.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vacation in Oslo. Batch #758. Cloudy copper-amber pour with one finger head that quickly fades with excellent lacing. Big, bold nose with tons of resiny hops along with hints of orange, mango, rye bread, caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of squash. The taste mirrors the nose. The hops are huge and resiny, but a solid caramel malt backbone really balances it out. Hints of orange peel, mango, pine, brown sugar, caramel, rye, and just a bit of grassiness. This is close to being in barley wine territory. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and chewy with a little creaminess as well. The 10% ABV is well hidden making this highly drinkable. The finish is bold with a great tangy, bitter hop bite. The Norwegians are definitely in the craft beer scene!

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Local Option 4/2/11.

A: Served a dark amber, relatively clear, with one finger of khaki colored foam on top that stuck around for about a minute before it evaporated down to a thin skim and collar. A few flecks of lace were left behind for good measure.

S: Pretty sweet on the nose. Caramel and toffee at the beginning with a nice dose of pine and black cherry as it warms up.

T: Same as above. Hops get way more apparent as it warms...piney with a touch of citrus.

M: Slick and sweet with a creeping bit of hoppy burn that takes a while to emerge.

O: A nice effort and I'm glad to have tried it on draft. Bring on batch # 1000!

Photo of mattsander
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Muddy deep brown, extremely light carbonation. Not appetizing, not to style IMO. The 'P' stands for 'pale' right?

S: Mountains of caramel, toffee, slightly metallic, crisp hops. Smells like a barleywine, very malt-centered.

T: Sweet caramelized malts dominate with some dark fruit, musky old hops. Medicinal, very syrupy, very malty. Feels messy and unfocused to me, this was difficult to drink.

M: A sipper to be sure, it felt like I was drinking a loaf of bread.

This was a drainpour for me, a total mess that I hope to never repeat. Far too much caramel flavor (even for a barleywine this would have been too sticky for me). Yikes

Photo of rarbring
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clouded dark amber beer with an off-white head leaving good lacing and curtains.

The smell is earthy, dust, some honey sweetness, but mainly hoppy grassy tones.

The taste is initially sweet, toffee and caramel, then some porridge with honey, bitter oranges, a sherry nuance, and of course an abundance of hops!

Medium carbonation, soft and dry.

A really, really nice DIPA.

Photo of jjkatter
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,5l bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet...

A- rusty brown and thick pouring into the glass. Plenty of head that settles into a lace.

S- pungent smell of toasted barley with a trace of hops. Definately a unique smell.

T- closely follows the nose. The beer has plenty of sweetness, but that is balanced by the taste of toasted barley.

MF- pretty thick, yet pleasant. Well balanced and complex.

O- My initial reaction was that I was in for a long hull to drink a 1/2 liter of this, but that quickly gave way to acceptablilty and a finally a taste that grows on you. You wouldn't want two of these back to back, I don't believe, but 1 is well worth the trip.

Photo of BradC
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks okay, no head, no visible carbonation or lacing. Smells kind of old, no bottling date can be found. Smells sweet, maybe a touch of caramel, no hop aroma at all. Taste is too sweet, no hops at all and a kind of chemical aftertaste. There is no carbonation in this bottle at all which along with the lack of bitterness really makes the maltiness overbearing. Overall, maybe this is an old or bad bottle, I don't know, but this is very close to a drain pour for me.

Photo of BrownNut
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 to tulip. No date yet again. Love this brewery but throw me a bone here!

A - Cloudy medium flat brown like unfiltered apple cider. Not attractive. Picture perfect one-finger cream head. Very attractive. Cancel each other out for slightly above average.

S - Man this smells wonderful. Smells like raw honey and caramel and malt with a whispered promise of booze. What it doesn't smell like at all is hops, which is a surprise for an imperial IPA. But then again I don't know how old it is.

T - Mostly malty caramel flavors that, just like in the aroma, blend seamlessly into a low-level booze flavor that gives it some complexity. A previous reviewer mentioned a candi sugar effect and I can kind of see that. That may be the sort of raw honey + booze flavor I note. I don't get any of the orange several previous reviewers mentioned. At the end there's just a bit of sourness in the lips and tip of the tongue. There is no hint of hops, only a faded footprint in the form of barely noticeable tongue abrasion. Reads more like a barleywine.

M - Creamy leaning towards viscous. Really smooth. Maybe that's the oats in it. A real pleasure

O - This was a rich, thick, smooth, strong, delicious beer and I'll take another any time. I have to think it was an old bottle though, because with zero trace of hops there's no way they'd call this an imperial IPA. It's much more like an IPA that has sat long enough to fall back to only malts. So it's hard to rate this to style so I'll just rate it irrespective of style.

I had their Two Captains Imperial IPA as well, and while I think I like this one a bit better objectively, I think that one was somewhat closer to DIPA style, though still pretty balanced and with prominent malt.

Photo of JDizzle
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at The Heorot in Muncie.

Pours the color of an old ale. Weird!! Not much head to speak of, but brown, cloudy DIPA in front of me wanting to see what this taste like.

The aroma is not too pleasing. It's really sweet and a little boozy. The hops are just not there.

Taste is on par with the smell. Boozy, sweet, a hop bite that is only bitter, but not that flavorful. It almost taste like sweet dark fruit in a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is too low. A bit flat.

Overall, a big bust for the $5 10oz'er. I hoped for more!

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Imperial India Pale Ale #500 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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