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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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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 09-10-2010)
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Photo of bark


2.38/5  rDev -39.1%

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.

08-10-2012 21:32:33 | More by bark
Photo of blackcloud


2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

01-05-2013 22:40:07 | More by blackcloud
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

03-11-2012 02:43:01 | More by theformula
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

08-11-2012 03:53:26 | More by Polasiuss
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Alberta (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -32.2%

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

07-19-2012 14:39:52 | More by mattsander
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

12-06-2012 20:55:53 | More by AgentZero
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2.79/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

04-18-2013 22:47:02 | More by GiantCogs
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2.98/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

07-28-2012 02:15:03 | More by tlazaroff
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-12-2013 17:31:30 | More by mikeburd1128
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-21-2013 13:43:26 | More by 100200300
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-20-2014 21:01:19 | More by Caudalie
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-01-2012 21:55:03 | More by eatrun
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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!

09-25-2012 16:16:06 | More by JDizzle
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-02-2013 01:33:06 | More by Hultkrantz
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

07-29-2012 01:50:34 | More by StaveHooks
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3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

09-04-2012 01:07:59 | More by ChiPool
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -22%

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.

01-18-2011 04:20:13 | More by MasterSki
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

07-08-2011 02:25:00 | More by muttyd
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3.16/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

06-15-2014 22:17:45 | More by ahommell
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

09-29-2013 01:54:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

11-29-2013 03:42:07 | More by mmurphy525
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-06-2013 21:02:35 | More by rockrob
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3.31/5  rDev -15.3%

Dense caramel like color ale. Lots of yeast particles suspended in the brew. Almost looks like honey in density. Finger of head on the pour with weak retention and minimal lacing.

Smells like rye bread, biscuits and honey with a pine like hop edge.

Big malt character of buttered biscuits. Dense caramel. Assertive herbal hop but overpowered by the malt. Harsh, bitter, soapy finish.

Full bodied, near syrupy. Descent carbonation.

Just ok. Lacks balance and a little more malty than I prefer my IPAs.

07-29-2014 01:26:18 | More by bnes09
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3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

BB 2013

Pours a deep gold colour, one finger off white head, good lace stays throughout.

Aromas of malts primarily in a big hit, then mandarins, orange peel.

Taste as a with aromas but add in a massive hit of initially well balanced malts. And here is where it goes downhill. Typical Nogne O taste, quite dry, add in some dark treacle toffee notes, almost burnt. Not good in the long run.

Mouthfeel is neutral neither oily nor too light.

Overall an ok beer, but I am finding general Nogne O taste not to my liking due to a certain dryness overall.

07-27-2012 12:05:18 | More by heygeebee
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3.48/5  rDev -11%

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

02-07-2012 19:23:05 | More by Beertracker
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