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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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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours with a fizzing sound. The finger thick head is compact and yellowish. Good retention, some lacing. The liquid is amber-brown (35 EBC) and hazy.

The smell is earthy with frowsy notes of rubber, leather and dried exotic fruits. Some bitterness, alcohol and barrel aged oak notes.

The taste is sweet and malty, but also bitter and fruity. Frowsy cellar notes and dried fruits. Hints of leather and a growing solvent flavour. The bitter flavour soon become metallic. Full bodied. The lingering aftertaste is bitter with frowsy malty flavours, hints of oak and lots of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles sharp. The liquid is thick and a little sticky.

According to the label, this beer is 6 months old. But it seels like it is way too old and ruined already, although the best before day is in February 2017.

Photo of blackcloud
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of theformula
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Polasiuss
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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 Sanchezrox23
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of AgentZero
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of GiantCogs
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wasn't wild about this one. Fairly dark amber with a bit of thickness to the body. Reminded me more of a barley wine. Less hops, more malt. Alcohol is very present and went to my head more than I expected. I am not the type of person who always wants crazy amount of hops, but it seemed lacking here.

That said, it was very distinct and I could see someone else really liking it. Just go into it with the right expectations. The description on the bottle was deceiving.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose is lighter than expected for an IPA as big as this one is, but it's good. Floral bouquet with some pear, apple, and other fresh light fruits.

Muddy brown in color, no speakable head whatsoever and lacing is non-existant.

The beer feels barrel-aged, although I can't find anything saying if it is or isn't. It has vanilla, mixed with a very strong ripe apple, pear, and peach fruit flavor. It tastes good, but is a bit confusing.

Carbonation is strong enough to cleanse the palate and the body is thick. It has a good presence, but feels lacking.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of eatrun
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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!

Photo of Hultkrantz
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

A - Pours a tawny dark brown with a thin kahki head that melts pretty quick. No lacing.

S - Doughy yeast, heavy brown bread, toasted caramel malt, hints of citrus hops.

T - Toasted caramel and toffee malts, bitter through the middle with light citrus and floral hop flavor. Very powerful yeast presence mixes with the dense barley overtaking most of the hop flavor. Finishes with a toasted bitterness.

M - Thick chewy body, low to medium carbonation.

Not your average DIPA. Hops are there but are crushed by a sturdy malt bill. Yeast really bullies things around as well. More of a barleywine.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ChiPool
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a chalice.

This beer is the darkest that I've seen for the class. It Looks more like a brown ale than an IPA/DIPA. The nose is boozy & malty. It tastes the same: boozy & chocolatey malts predominate. The mouthfeel is pretty thick & syrupy. Not much hop presence here: sweet, heavy, & hot!

I have no idea how old this bottle is. I would've rate it higher as a barley wine.

Photo of MasterSki
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Bottled April 2010, best before April 2013.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of light tan foam that settles to a thin cap leaving behind copious tiny spots of lace that coat the glass. Hazed ruby-amber body.

S - I was expecting this to be faded, and that's a pretty fair assessment. What's left of the hop character is very much herb, pine and grass. The other thing I immediately noticed is rye malt, which was a bit of surprise. A quick trip to the ingredients list revealed there is indeed rye, wheat, and oats. In any case, there's some caramel and honey flavor in addition to the rye zest.

T - Big flavor of rye and toffee as well, with less hop flavor than the nose suggests. Initially there is little bitterness, but it creeps up pretty quickly after a few sips. Not bad, just kind of dull.

M - The feel is maybe the worst part of this beer. It's grainy, harsh, and rough. Medium-full body, syrupy, alcohol warmth, oily, with low carbonation.

D - This isn't very compelling after 8 monhts, and I doubt I would have enjoyed it much fresh either, seeing as it was heavy on Chinook hops. These European IPAs and DIPAs are getting better on the whole, but they still haven't totally figured it out.

Photo of Tsch
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitter and a lot of crust.

Photo of muttyd
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first Nogne brew I have ever purchased...looking forward to this one.

Poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Deep caramel/amber body with a quarter inch foamy head that settles into almost nothing. Practically no lacing and rather "heavy" looking.

Aroma is very barleywine like; burnt sugar, caramel, and grainy. Piney/grapefruit rind hops are in the background, but masked by the massive malt character. Flavor follows the nose; sweet & sugary, with a tropical fruit hop bite. The hops have appeared to have faded, but it is still a rather hoppy brew. Alcohol very warming and noticeable in the finish. Creamy and sticky as well.

Was hoping for a bigger hop profile and less alcohol burn. Enjoyable, but still let down.

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3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep Copper opaque brown. Off white head that stick around at a finger or so. Lacing throughout.

S: Before getting close, I can smell caramel. Let's get in closer. Caramel malts overpower a spicier hop profile. Brown sugar. Dark fruits.

T: Whoa! Holy sweet malt, batman! Some lemon and orange bittnerness, hit with a fantastically fruity malt. Some alcohol is present, but all in all, very smooth.

M: To me, the sugar/malt mouthfeel isn't supposed to be here. Tastes a lot like my first homebrew attempt at a hop bomb... overly sugary and thick.

O: Not fully impressed, however... it works for he style. I had never had a Norwegian beer, I think, so this is nice to add to the list of countries... but not something I would want regularly.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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