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Citrus Hystrix IPA - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Citrus Hystrix IPACitrus Hystrix IPA

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85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Citrus Hystrix IPA from Nøgne Ø is an attempt to put new and wonderful flavours in an IPA. To do this we added rye, oats, kaffir lime and some mandarin juice. Taste profile of this IPA is developed in cooperation with chef Trond Moi.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 02-11-2013)
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fionn13

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +26%

09-18-2013 15:13:18 | More by fionn13
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-05-2014 18:28:15 | More by lgmol
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have absolutely no idea what I should classify this as: IBA? IPA? Red Ale? Fruit beer? The reasons will become apparent. According to the label this is "an attempt to put new and wonderful flavours in an IPA", including (but not limited to) kaffir lime and tangerine juice.

With this description in mind, I wasn't expecting the colour of the pour: a deep, dark red colour, possibly even too dark, or at least too opaque for a Red Ale. Head is a shockingly deep dark orange (really, it looks very orange even after the body has drained out of it). Carbonation forms in very fine rivulets up the side of the glass, allowing the head to be very persistent and relatively fine. Lacing is intricate and fine. Overall, I'm confused but very excited.

Nose is more reminiscent of a traditional IPA, but there's quirks here as well. Along with the classic citric hop aroma, there's dark sweet hints of burnt sugar, a jammy marmalade character and a fresh, delicate, slightly herbal character of kaffir lime. It's just a little too sharp and direct to be an American Red, although that's probably where this is trending towards. It's lovely stuff.

Taste again gives a rather silly and twisted view on the world. There's hops aplenty, giving a coating bitterness throughout the palate, mingling with a true citrus/grapefruit bitterness, some oily, herbal notes on the back and an muted clang of spicy malt that ricochets off the bitterness almost to become a smouldering smoky character. It's quirky.

Feel is smooth, but layered with fine carbonation to keep everything alive.

Overall, while this does ostensibly fit into an IPA category, everything about it is weird in someway. If you don't look beyond the surface, it's perhaps a little unsettling, but no more; if you actually try to deconstruct it and figure it out, it's extremely elusive and very strange indeed.

And that's pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 06:03:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-20-2013 20:10:28 | More by schnarr84
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Vanz

Australia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-28-2014 00:08:12 | More by Vanz
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-01-2013 18:15:50 | More by JohneHoodlum
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-22-2013 16:33:03 | More by InspectorBob
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SoPeL

Poland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-04-2014 20:51:10 | More by SoPeL
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-14-2013 01:15:42 | More by IanSpindler
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Poupae

Thailand

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-08-2013 16:56:16 | More by Poupae
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Hmmm...rye, oats, kaffir lime and tangerine juice - those wacky Norwegians! I don't know about the rest of the world, but my label clearly states: I...P...A! And I'm assuming this Trond Moi person has something to do with Norway's version of Top Chef?

This beer pours a hazy dark dishwater orange/amber hue, with four fingers of superfluously foamy, puffy, and yet still thin beige head, which leaves some decent linked island lace around the glass as it quite slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready, biscuity, mildly spicy grainy malt, sharp orange and yes, I know - an indeterminate citrus bitterness, further tame herbal hop notes, and a faint hint of booze astringency. The taste is edgily dry, grainy, bready malt, a subtle herbal spiciness, warm tropical orange and acerbic lime rind, and an increasingly forward alcohol warming.

The bubbles are generally quite subdued, and not really in play, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, with just a slight twinge of those now fervently pithy hops. It finishes off-dry, the fleshy, multi-faceted citrus, lingering spicy malt, and loitering alcohol meshing in a sort of newbie, first attempt sort of way,.

A decent enough base IPA, I have to surmise, with the attendant side-steps in yin and yang adjuncts doing well to integrate themselves. By the strictest measure, this went down rather well, to the extent that I was agog when tipping the empty bottle for the last time. That says enough, methinks.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:27:05 | More by biboergosum
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-19-2014 04:56:22 | More by Lovely85
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2013 03:57:11 | More by brotherloco
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Duesler

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2013 18:48:05 | More by Duesler
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-08-2014 02:23:02 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-07-2014 21:53:04 | More by nickfl
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-23-2013 03:42:08 | More by tripledbrew
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-28-2014 20:43:25 | More by PatGreer
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seand

California

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy brown with a small amount of off-white head. Some film retains, along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving a few splotches of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit and citrus; while the hops are certainly noticeable, the malt backbone seems stronger. I wouldn't expect this to be an IPA based on the smell.

T: Also primarily sweet, with a good balancing hop flavor. Again, though, it's not as hoppy as you'd expect an IPA to be; it's more of an American style strong ale.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite good, but not really what I'd call an IPA. It's dark and sweet and not that hoppy for a modern American style craft beer. It's tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:36:09 | More by seand
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AgentMunky

California

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller Bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 9 November 2013.

A: Red and deep with a finger of head. Hazy-auburn.

S: Raw pine cone. Rank citrus.

T/M: This is an interesting beer, mostly because of the wild, crazy-sour yeast. It works. But barely. If this were a railroad gauge, it would be problematic.

O: A beer that is hoppy and fruity and sweet. Sort of a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 01:52:52 | More by AgentMunky
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-11-2014 09:31:06 | More by aztraz
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-30-2014 17:10:24 | More by nmann08
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Mortiz238

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2014 05:48:19 | More by Mortiz238
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-30-2013 22:59:45 | More by RobertColianni
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

11-24-2013 19:16:04 | More by WaterCzar
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Citrus Hystrix IPA from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.