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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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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Brabander


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!)

Smell of port and cleaning alcohol. Looks like dark tea. Taste is better than this beer looks. No real head and/or carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 13:36:25 | More by Brabander
Photo of MaineMike


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-03-2012 03:06:08 | More by MaineMike
Photo of mulder1010


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy, muddy, rust orange brown color. Two finger light brown head. Slow fading head but quite clean in leaving lacing. Just a little bit of spotty lacing and one decent 3/4 ring of lacing. Visible alcohol legs and just a bit of carbonation showing with some small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S-- Pungent and powerful orange, overripe Grapefruit and burnt Carmel. In some ways closer to a US Barleywine I think by the profile and hop presence in the smell. Also get a small bit of strawberry jam and bread in the nose.

T-- Not real fresh or vibrant like the US DIPA's but still quite good. Lots of Caramel, orange, grapefruit and some pine.

M-- Smooth, slick and sweet. Much closer to a US Barleywine. Lots of bread and jam notes and the alcohol is quite obvious. Very hearty feel. Medium heavy feel and light carbonation. Sweet pungent orange finish.

O-- What I do like about the European DIPA's is the bigger malt backbone and that they have a bigger and longer life than the US counterparts. A little more obvious in the Alcohol and a lot more Carmel. Good solid beer that can still sit around and be in good shape 6 months after a trip from Norway. For what it is it is well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 14:16:00 | More by mulder1010
Photo of bump8628


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite surprised from the get-go, with the dark brown color I immediately think Barleywine (and "what the hell do these Euros know about IIPA"). After polishing off a 0.5L I'm still thinking American Barleywine, but I am impressed with the craftsmanship.

Lots of brown sugar and caramel with a huge smack of hop bitterness and rough hop flavor. Hops don't differentiate into distinct flavors - no standout citrus, pine, or tropical fruit, which is what I was expecting from the hop bill. Instead, lots of veggies and grass, sapling wood resin, and raw leafy hoppiness. Malt is thick - not right for the style. A punch of flavor to the grill.

A fine beer, sell it to me as a Barleywine or American Strong Ale and I'd bite, at least enough for another bottle. As an IIPA one nibble is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:35:23 | More by bump8628
Photo of stephens101


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a new (to me) IIPA in a while, so this one is highly anticipated.

A hazy dark brown pour is completed by a finely bubbled and abundant tan head that creeps down the glass slowly, leaving a thick collar of froth behind.

Has a nose of piquant floral and oily hops that are followed by a caramel sweetness for centering. On the palate the hops and sweet malts fight it out for a quick second before being broken up by some grapefruit and distant light fruity notes; then back at it again, with the sweet overpowering the bitter, albeit slighty.

Mouth-feel lies on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but never knocks you out.

A finely tuned IIPA whose sweetness might deter some hopheads, but works fairly well for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:54:25 | More by stephens101
Photo of MeisterSmudge


5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-03-2011 01:17:33 | More by MeisterSmudge
Photo of jbowers56


4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 10:26:51 | More by jbowers56
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 01:19:07 | More by tempest
Photo of seanthornton152


4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-17-2011 06:58:27 | More by seanthornton152
Photo of paulmcm


5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 18:07:57 | More by paulmcm
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 03:31:12 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of Jspriest


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-14-2011 16:45:27 | More by Jspriest
Photo of aidanskinner

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

a - dark, deep red heading towards blackish brown. Thick but shallow head the slowly fades into thick treackly lacing with some visible patches of head remaining on top. Pretty gorgeous.

s - doughy, hefty malt base with similarly hefty, dirty slightly sweet hops.

t - can't fault it, this tastes like it smells. very smooth, dry bitter finish as you'd expect from a 100IBU beer. The alcohol's noticeably present but not overpowering. Quite a lot's going on in this beer without it being either contradictory or overwhelimg.

m - thick, smooth, satisfying but manages to stay on the right side of cloying

o - Awesome beer. It's not a traditional IIPA, but it's not so out there you go "WTF am I drinking?". I've had slightly better beers in this style, but not many. Gives Stone Double Bastard (which I love) a total kicking and leaves Brewdog Hardcore (which I also love) trying to get the name of the bus that hit it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 21:09:40 | More by aidanskinner
Photo of dansmcd


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle, Western Australia.

A - Dark brown-amber colour with a foamy pale tan head which receded back to a thin collar within about 60 seconds. Spots of lace.

S - Sweet thick rich honey, earthy hops. Very rich.

T - Heavy sweet malt profile supports, without overpowering the hop presence and bitterness (60 IBUs). Full flavoured in the more European fashion of double IPAs.

M - Slick and syrupy, well carbonated.

O - World class double IPA. The balance is slightly on the sweet side but it doesnt detract from the fact that this is a super tasty and well crafted beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 00:19:41 | More by dansmcd
Photo of danieelol


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is roughly 5 months old. Interestingly its best before is 3 years after its bottled date. Definitely a sign of things to come.

Colour is a hitherto unique red-fudge toffee. Good eggshell head and lacing.

Smell is licorice, malt, gingerbread, alcohol. Bit of pineapple hop. Extremely malty.

Taste is lots of malty gingerbread with some ginger nut with a lot of bittering hops and minor alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick but really a bit too thin for a barleywine. There is a decent amount of carbonation but not as much as in my ideal DIPA.

Overall this is a strange hybrid of styles. Enjoyable but sits uncomfortably between a DIPA and barleywine. Don't think having this fresher would eliminate the massive maltiness, though maybe it would bring the hops slightly more in line with it. Too bitter and thin in the mouth for a barleywine, but too malty and thick for a DIPA, and not hoppy enough.

Preferred the more self-assured batch 100 (definitely a barleywine). Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 13:44:54 | More by danieelol
Photo of Mar02x


4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 11:22:46 | More by Mar02x
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 22:50:10 | More by oberon
Photo of silentjay


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mahogany copper with a smallish pure white head that recedes to a thin film and laces pretty well.

grainy and caramelly aroma with a significant hop bitterness that reminds me of a fresh barleywine.

again, barelywine like graininess with significant caramel sweetness on top of a lot of hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor.

thick body that coats the entire mouth with a significant prickle from the carbonation and a slight burn from the alcohol.

I'm not overly impressed. It just didn't come together as a whole for me. I'll enjoy the rest of the bottle, but probably wouldn't try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:26:35 | More by silentjay
Photo of DovaliHops


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel brown color with a small white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is very malty and represents a barleywine more than a DIPA. Strong on the burnt sugar and molasses side with some lovely dark fruits and brown sugar. A bit of citrus and hops...but definitely more malt forward. Taste is more like a barleywine as well. Initially I get candied dark fruits and brown sugar with some burnt toffee and raisin flavors. Then I get a little citrus hoppiness with some subtle bitterness. Finishes with heavy malt and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and syrupy. This is probably the most full-bodied DIPA I've ever had (hence drinks more like a barleywine). Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is very tasty...I just think it needs to be labeled as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 05:38:49 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 21:06:58 | More by drabmuh
Photo of muttyd


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:25:00 | More by muttyd
Photo of drpimento


4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:15:02 | More by drpimento
Photo of Knapp85


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 05:04:57 | More by Knapp85
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 12:16:25 | More by avalon07
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:33:49 | More by Phyl21ca
Imperial India Pale Ale #500 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.