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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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Reviews: 69
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head with nice lacing on a cloudy copper body. Nice strong aroma with mostly molasses, candied citrus, caramel malt, fig and raisin. Very dynamic aroma and although it forbodes a malt heavy beer the hop presence is still nicely represented. Flavor follows with barleywine-esque malt and candied citrus, earthy hops, molasses, raisin and plum. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly oily, coating the palate. The booze soften up as you enjoy this one. The flavors are dynamic and complex. A nice brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a very nice copper color. Not a ton of head but had some light lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer is like a fresh hop field liquified into a bottle. The taste is full of hoppy goodness and a little bit of honey sweetness to it. The mouthfeel it's very nice as well. Overall a damn good IIPA!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy red orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, grapefruit, mango, herbal, bread, earth, floral, and citrus rind. Pretty nice aromas but are very malt forward; but I pretty much expected that given that this is probably well over a year old. Taste of grapefruit, orange, mango, caramel, honey, bread, pine, herbal, earth, floral, toast, and molasses. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, honey, bread, molasses, earth, toast, and herbal on the finish for a while. Nice flavor balance and complexity, with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, thick, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Double IPA. Despite the obvious age of the beer; it has held up pretty well with nice flavor balance and smooth sipping. I am sure that this was a great beer when it was released initially. Still quite enjoyable as of right now.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft a local beer bar in DC. Served in a tiny snifter, want to know how much it costs? Call the pub. Decent overall but nothing special.

Beer is orangish and clear with a big white head of small bubble, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, actually the aroma is probably the best part, it smells awesome for an IPA, lots of grapefruit, lots of flavors and complexity, its like a fantasy hop fruit salad. Very nice.

Beer is thinner than expected and has this lead off alcohol sweetness which isn't unpleasant but seems a tad out of place. The hops save this beer almost immediately though, complex, grinding earthiness and sulfur with a bouquet of fruits, grapefruit and papaya on the midpalate. A very nice beer all around.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color that's completely opaque with faint golden orange edges and a two finger, yellowish-beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with a nice balance of earthy and fruity hop notes countered by a sweet malt presence. Slightly grassy with subtle pine needle and onion like character along with a prominent citrus/tropical fruit presence. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, toffee and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with an earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and spicy rye into a dry finish. There's some resinous pine needle and onion like flavor that provides a decent amount of bitterness that's nicely countered by tons of juicy mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange marmalade sweetness. Underneath, there's a substantial malt presence that provides more complexity and balance without hindering the hop character. Hints of toffe, caramel, bread, biscuit and a touch of spicy rye toward the back of palate. That subtle rye presence is a pleasant surprise, giving this already complex beer another layer just before the finish. The high ABV is nearly invisible with only the slightest bit of heat making this tasty beer dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep hazy amber with a medium large, but very compact tan head. Slow dissipation leaves rather nice lacings.

S: Rich American hops, bitter but even more floral, in great balance with the sweet syrupy caramell malt.

T: Slithtly roasted caramell malt, with quite some sweetness to it, is balanced by the American bitter but even more floral hops; grapefruit and oranges with a little pineapple in the back. Rather bready, but also fruity.

M: Long sweet aftertaste. Body is full and molasses-like while carboantion is held back. Alcoholic, but not in an offensive way. Very smooth.

O: This is, as always, another fantastic beer from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 8/7/12

A a brownish amber pretty dark for the style, not enough clarity to see bubbles other then the few popping up the side, just a short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S piny citrus, lots of caramel, and some floral hops with just a little booze, some lemon and lime rind and even more caramels as it warms

T lots of pine resin and rind with some grainy sweet malt creating a little balance, almost a little nutty on the finish if that makes any sense

M pretty thick and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, quite bitter with a little grit, not much for heat and a lingering piney rind aftertaste, feels great

O this would've been intense fresh, a few months old and still very hoppy, a pretty solid DIPA with well concealed booze

a little pricy but I don't feel ripped off, almost like a fresh Barley Wine and the BB date 5 years down the road makes me want too age one

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark mahogany colour with a fluffy light tan head. Head retention could be a bit better.

Rich and nutty malt aroma with a piney, citrussy hop aroma. There's a strong ripe tropical fruit note as well.

Beautifully balanced malt and hop character with dark, lucious malt playing against fruity, piney hops. Nice, solid bitterness in the background.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A luscious, full flavoured IIPA in the European style which has a bit of malt to it. A great celebration beer for this brewery's 500th brew.

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Photo of bark
2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy iced tea to coffee color under a moussey and clingy off-white foam collar.
S: Spicy slightly tart nose with traces of fruit, malt and rye.
T: Big barley backbone with plum, pear, citrus, grape, and grains. Lingering dark rye bread flavors with a bread crust citrus rind bitter accent.
F: Very creamy, full bodied with slight warming.
O: Very rich and fruity. One of the more interesting, complex DIPAs out there that features sophisticated hopping.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, pine, and caramel.

T: Tasted of hops and caramel malt up front, with a definite piney quality in the finish. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. A solid, if sometimes a little harsh, flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a generally well made (in spite of a few snags) and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish, reddish brown body with good, voluminous head that stayed for awhile w/ massive lace. A musty, hearty aroma of leafy, bitter hops with some citric notes as a well as a touch of dry/bready and caramel malt. Not only is this beer very sharp and hoppy, but the balance is outstanding as I am getting not only caramel malt, but I swear there is some candi sugar and a touch of chocolate in this one. Maybe the sweet malt tastes are just me, but I know that this medium-bodied beer is thick and sticky, with a prevelant hop finish that is easy, hiding the ABV well making for a delish and dangerous sipper.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a luscious, lovely beer! I let it warm up some out of my cold fridge. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, creamy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium orange, copper, amber. Aroma at first was hops, malt, and yeast; then I got pineapple, grapefruit, cherries, cigar. Flavor is much the same and has interplay between the heavy hop and malt sweetness. Very full, round, lush body with perfect carbonation to cut through it. Finish has some hints of the alcohol and ends up a wisps of lingering sweetness. Good for session sipping.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy golden orange with a thin, creamy beige mousse that sticks around far longer than expected despite leaving very little in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel, honey, cream, biscuit, juniper berry, pine, cedar, herbs, lemon, lime, tangerine, and mandarin orange are heavy on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, cream, pine, spruce, cedar, herbs, juniper berry, lemon, lime, kumquats, bitter orange, mandarin orange, tangerine, and grapefruit are underscored by heavy, fiery alcohol. The finish is malty and sweet with robust notes of cream, honey, caramel, and brown sugar mingling with kumquat, herb, lemon, lime, pine, and juniper berry flavors before intense, fiery, almost peppery alcohol takes over on the fade.

M: Relatively full in body and sticky. This is not a dry ale; in fact, it could almost be mistaken for an American strong ale or barleywine. Carbonation is incredibly subdued, imparting a silky, creamy texture after the initial stickiness has faded. Alcohol presence is very pronounced, even for the style, but really is not all that much of a distraction. Honestly, the alcohol kind of tames the extreme malt sweetness and hop bitterness in this beer. Definitely a sipping ale.

O: For an imperial IPA of 10.00% abv, this ale is fairly easy to drink. It lacks the pronounced citrus and pine flavors of many American examples of the style (at least to a certain extent), but has a wonderful malt body and a unique earthy, herbal, woody hop bitterness that lets it stand out from the crowd. One can easily tell that this is a European brew, and I mean that in the best possible way. Another winner from this brewery, and a refreshing change of pace for fans of bold, hoppy strong ales.

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leathery brown with amber highlights and a dense beige cap of cream that showers sheets and capillaries of lace. Orange juice that's a bit too old is the nose; a bit of earth and resin, too.
Crepe Suzette malts with some cocoa and mango, a hint of grassy spice and big pine sap, red Swedish fish, and citrus conserve hops.
Muscat finish and gooey salted caramel linger. Medium to full, lots of chew, very sticky, still a bit of burn.

Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial, Pacific Gem and Nelson Sauvin, according to the label. Rye, oats and wheat in there, too.

Never seen anything this dark claiming to be an IPA. This one is 6+ months old (bottled on my birthday last year, actually) so I wonder where the hops should be at. There's still plenty there, mind you, but the NS especially is pretty muted. A nice sipper, but you're better off thinking it's a barleywine, given the malts.

Big bruising DIPA that doesn't really know how to deliver the IBUs, in line with other European attempts at the style I've had.

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