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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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 drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

DovaliHops, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

avalon07, May 30, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

jbowers56, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +2.6%

seanthornton152, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Ciocanelu, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2.6%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

aztraz, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zonker17, May 02, 2012
Photo of UbbeK
4/5  rDev +2.6%

UbbeK, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of MoFro
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MoFro, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mendvicdog, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Anatole, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

GbVDave, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +2.6%

safaricook, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of AlastairM
4/5  rDev +2.6%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nosavingsaccount, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +2.6%

leitmotif, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Lovely85, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of wookievath
4/5  rDev +2.6%

wookievath, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

wordemupg, Jul 09, 2012
Imperial India Pale Ale #500 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.