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North Bridge Extreme - Nørrebro Bryghus

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ToolHead on 09-20-2004

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 74
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

From the label: "shows its Danish provenance through superb balance--unusual for a true Imperial IPA," which is a most interesting thing to mention.

Cloudy, burnt orange with a creamy off-white lacing that lasts to the end. A brash mix of esters and hop oils in the nose. Pineapple is the fruit of the moment. Distinct toffee aroma. Deep smoothness in a semi-slick medium body. Heavy-handed hop flavor, lots of fresh cut hay and herbal notes. More toffee with a sugary base. Blood orange peel. Graininess comes forward with some animal feed and toasted biscuit. Bitterness envelopes the palate but never with a sharp bite, soft and layered. Herbal resins and oils. Dry leafy hops in the finish with wood and earth in its linger.

No doubt an original among a market saturated with hoppy beers--at least in the US. Balanced, but packed with unique and intricate flavors not found in others. The hop flavor (not bitterness) is blasting with lower alpha acids, making for a very interesting departure from the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Tully's, $14.00 for the 600ml bottle. Served in a tulip, it was an absolutely beautiful beer. Deep red, thick off-white head, great lacing. Distinctly pine aroma. Initial taste was piney hops, followed by a caramel malt that nicely evened out the hops. A little bit more hops at the end. Wonderful beer, could drink a lot of these.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

20.3 fl oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is strong fruity citrus (tangerine, apricot and peach) hops with some caramel malt, pine and alcohol in the background.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with lots of juicy fruits (tangerine, apricot and peach again). The finish is a pretty subdued bitterness for a DIPA and is alcoholic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery - the carbonation that is there is pretty sharp.

Overall, a little too sweet and fruity and low on hops for a DIPA to me. This is almost a fruit beer.

Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Bridge Extreme opens with a potent nose so full of hops and fruity sugars that it's hard to imagine more being crammed in. The overall effect is that of concentrated fruit and hop extracts, the beer heady with pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, vinous plant stems, rose hips, berries, orange liqueurs, apricot, nectarine, pear, and plum. A good vanilla and hint-of-anise base helps ground the sugars, as well as notes of French baguette and floury toast crust. The nose is, overall, slightly too heavy on the sugars--the other flavors so outclassed that they're actually difficult to find--but the effect is still lovely.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a far darker flavor profile than the nose spoke of. Here the fruit esters tend towards raisins, dates, prunes, and plums, and the vanilla-and-light-anise notes come through much more strongly, joined by a kola nut backing, and touches of roasted pecans and toffee. Hops do bring heavy bitterness, burning the tongue and soft palate, but come across more vinous and resiny than sugary, though some rose hips and grapefruit rind still wind their way through. Marble rye breads and sourdough bread crusts add extra grounding, and the beer also boasts peppery touches of what seems like rye or fennel. The aftertaste is a fading remnant of the bitter and resiny hop flavors, as well as toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium (though it comes across as watery, given the potency of the flavors), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, though far darker than I would have expected, coming across in many ways more like an aged port or a raisin wine than a beer. A slight alcohol kick does mar the edges somewhat, but not enough to be distracting. As a whole, I thought the beer excellent, and worth trying again.

Photo of ohmybock
2.32/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked this one up at West Lakeview Liquors in the Chicago area and was very excited (and surprised) to find it. It poured with a nice clear deep amber color and a very light ring of a head. I expected it to smell of hops, but they were utterly lacking. Instead, the aroma was of light caramel and nutty maltiness. The flavor turned out to be pretty much the same. There was basically no hop flavor, but there was a decent, very mild, English-style IPA character. Bitterness was lower than expected. This tasted like a very dull, strong-ish, English IPA...possibly even one that has been heavily filtered and/or pasteurized. It tasted absolutely nothing like an American DIPA or like what reviewers of the tap version in Denmark have reported. Where are the hops? At around $15 for less than 22oz, this "extreme" beer was EXTREMELY disappointing.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half asleep, I thought I was pulling another Scandanavian porter from the fridge. Seeing it was a lighter colour my next expectation which was met was a different take on the DIPA. It was quite bitter, yet reasonably well drinkable with lots of food in between sips. Good sized foamy white head. A melange of aroma between alcohol, malt and amarillo and other hops I could not at the time identify. As good as the better American made DIPAs.

Photo of Beertracker
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nørrebro Bryghus North Bridge Extreme pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a compact, lacy beige colored head that sits lacily atop a slightly hazy, tawny amber-deep reddish copper colored body. The mild, herbal aroma is dominated by woody (evergreen, fir, pine) & citrus (dried apricots, grapefruit, orange) hop overtones. Underlying the hops is a solid toasted maltiness with hints of caramel & honey along with a moderate fruitiness (black currant, mulberry, ripe tangerine). Hints of earthiness. No diacetyl. Some warmth. The flavor starts off with a slightly nutty (salty peanuts, hazelnuts) with a toasted graininess that carries into a harsh lingering bitterness. The rather cloying finish is slightly astringent & chewy with some noticeable warmth. This craft brewed American Double/Imperial IPA requires some patience to finish and may benefit from some additional cellaring. Here's to Nørrebro Bryghus first anniversary.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish clear copper with a nice firm white head.

Nose of madera and sherry wine; a real wine quality to the nose.

Mouthfeel is big, bold and rich.

Flavors are also big and bold and full of burnt carmel and toffee, roasted grains and sweet malt. Layers of complex, big, bold and coffee/toffee/carmel flavors.

Finish is of burnt espresso and grapefruit and is long and pleasing. A big bold and complex beer. Nice.

Photo of ToolHead
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Nørrebro Bryghus. Served in Nørrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Clear, brownish amber. OK fine-bubbled and long-lasting, off-white head w/ nice lacing. The aroma packs a powerful, flowery hop punch and is completed by a pleasant, cookie-like malt presence. Very impressive and inviting. The taste is extremely bitter with an enormously dry, very, very long finish. A solid malt base keeps the hops from unbalancing the beer completely. A slightly burnt, plummy fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. Nice, full and lively mouthfeel and very good drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden. The best beer from Nørrebro Bryghus so far. More, please!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful cranberry-orange with a 2 finger, foamy beige head that left a thick, clumpy, lacing behind. Visible carbonation was medium-strong with micro bubbles streaming upwards in showering fashion. The head was extraordinary in retention and fell only slightly to a 1 finger creamy layering form the remainder of the drink.

S: equally as beautiful with nice, crisp citrus notes and dried pine. Very soft, aromatic and flowery in nature.

T: yielded bright citrus and grapefruit hopping. There is a nice alcohol and sweet caramel and apple flavor that compliments the citrusy/piney nature beautifully. Really loved the balance between the malts which allowed both to shine though instead of muteing each other out. Well balanced and a great example.

M: full, creamy and smooth, softly carbonated and felt incredibly nice.

D: Great drinkability, all you can ask for from an ipa. Underrated if anything at all. Would definitely come back for this one.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 600 mL bottle purchased at State Line last weekend.

A: The DIPA is rather dark, an amber-tinged brown ale, crystal clear. A finger of head popped up on pour and has laced nicely around the glass.

S: The aroma is practically dripping with hops. Thick resiny pine notes and lots of citrus blanket my nostrils. It's as thick as a good American barleywine.

T: The taste is as murky as the nose. The first sip is a barleywine-like mix of malts and hops. Thick malts create a filling taste of bread and grains with vegetal notes and green grapes adding some tartness. The hops are citrusy, taken to an extreme that prevents any one flavor from standing out. The back of the bottle mentions superb balance and I have to admit that both malt and hops are kicked up several notches while remaining balanced. A full, warming alcohol ties everything together.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and lush, full of so many malts and hops that it is nearly mind-boggling. If you don't mind lots of hops, this'll do.

D: The alcohol is evident, 9.5% per the bottle, making multiple glasses tough. I like the bite of the hops and the sting of the malt. This is a big drink.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20.3 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/red color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like citrus (grapefruit, orange, apricot) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, the hops dominate at first but the caramel malt adds some good balance to this brew. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little bit creamy and slick with average carbonation. It's also smooth, which helps make the drinkability pretty decent. Overall I think this is a good brew. I know I could get similar or better beers at a cheaper price, but this is worth drinking every once in a while. Recommended.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with large dirty white color head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some bitter hops with some citrus notes but lacking some grapefruit which I hold very dear to the style. Malt body is quite substantial with some great dry caramel malt notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but definitely not as good as the hype surrounding this one.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into 25oz snifter. No bottling date info.

Cloudy mahogany hue with a thick and dense two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap with a bubbly rim. The settling head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing around the glass.

A mix of both sharp aromatic hops, and some tamer peppery ones.

Lively grapefruit is in there along with some sweeter dark fruit. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied.

For some reason I don't have much to say about this one. It isn't bad though. I can't help but feel that this one has been on the shelf for a while. If that's the case, then it ages well.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 4.3 oz. bottle, 9.5% ABV. Slightly hazy copper/orange color. White foamy head that holds for a few minutes. Great patches of lace on the glass.

Citrusy, piney, grapefruit aroma. A bit of caramel in the nose as well telling that there may be a good amount of malt in here.

Sweet, robust caramel malt to start, with some piney hops in the back. Not overly bitter at all. Seems fairly tame for the style. Juicy and sugary.

Medium body. A hint of alcohol present. Pretty nice, although a bit tame.

Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's just say this beer doesn't live up to its price.

The pour is very nice with a red amber color and a beautiful 2 finger white head that leaves tons of lacing. The smell is very malty with some alcohol and hops present.

The taste, however, gets a little cloying with the malt. Lots of caramel and toffee here with some hoppiness and bitterness. The malt here is a bit overbearing and could use some more balance. Having made such a long trip out here, I could see this being tasty (if not strong) nice and fresh. Actually, after having a bit more, this is not bad. Tasty - not great, but good.

Mouthfeel is very rich and a touch too syrupy.

Drinkability is decent.

I could recommend this if it weren't $15. $5, I might buy again. Anyway, I think this was my first Danish DIPA - so I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle just like the picture.

A-Dark amberish, much darker than most IIPAs i've had. Nice tight eggshell head. Nice and clear.

S-Dirty grains and earthy hops. Kinda like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. If you're going to call this a IIPA you need more hops in the nose. Maybe a little oxidized, but not undrinkable. Still good.
T- Toasted and carmelly malts upfront. The hop bitterness is strong but not the first thing you notice like most IIPAs. Some earthy hop flavor. Again kinda like Arrogant Bastard but without the Arrogance. A bit worty (unfermented brewing liquor). Again, some oxidation but still ok.

M- a little thick. Alcohol was there but no burn. Medium Carbonation. I like both sweet and dry IIPAs but this was almost Barleywine thickness.
D- I finished the 1.5 pint bottle alone so it is drinkable. If this was dried out a bit it would be much better. The sweet/wortyness detracted. Some of that might be from age/oxidation but since there is no date on the bottle I have no way of knowing.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis & hopdog for sharing this wicked little treat from the land of Vikings. Hand bottled by a contact at the brewery.
Appears an orange toned, light amber with a small off white head that fades into a small film and collar. Nice scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a huge hop profile. Smells like American hops(maybe some Amarillo & Simcoe) with grapes, grapefruit, plums, and caramel notes. Pretty intense.
Taste is of sweet grapefruit packing a wallop fit for any American brewery.
Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, sugary, medium bodied.

Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16.3 oz. brown bottle into a becker. No date. Huge, upward cascading khaki head. The dense head left a nice ladder of lace rungs. The body was amber/leather color and it had a slight chill haze. I paid $15.99 for this one at The Keg in Indiana.

Smell was caramel and resin. Sweet plums. Acrid hops. Some booziness.

Taste was tea-like. Sweet maltiness. Too balanced for and American IIPA. The balance does tip toward roasty, moist dark bread sweetness although there is an intense hops flavor but not really bitterness. This one is almost like a ramped up Porter.

Mouthfeel is thick to medium in body.

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 20.3oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Listed on the bottle as 9.5%abv.

A: Pours a clear ruby-orange color with two fingers of creamy, light orange head. As the head recedes it leaves thick rings and sheets of sticky lace.

S: Big citrus and pine aromas along with some lightly toasted malt, sweet caramel, a whiff of alcohol, and freshly squeezed orange and/or grapefruit.

T: Spicy pine and citrus hops dominate this along with some excellent balancing malt.

M: Bitter, spicy, and peppery hops. The malt adds some smoothness and sweetness but doesn't drown out the fresh picked hop flavors. Very oily.

D: This is excellent. The alcohol asserts itself as it comes up to temp and we felt our cheeks and stomachs begin to warm. Keep the Danish beers coming Shelton Bros!

Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 4.3 fl oz bottle purchased for $9.99 from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
A hefty pour yielded a dark-orange, ruddy colored-hue with no carbonation and an immense foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Sweet aroma bursting with wet hops, sweet caramel, a tinge of vanilla, and citrus thrown into the mix...
The taste was well-balanced with a nice dichotomy of sweet malts and bitter hops... Flavor was certainly more sweet than bitter, and was slightly oily, however very pleasing on the palate and pretty drinkable for an Imperial IPA... While some strong IPA's can be on the bitter side, there was a strong touch of malts noticeable on the tongue, making the honey and sugar essences very well known in the mouth...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability for such a strong brew...
Good stuff... Interesting sample... Recommended...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 20.3oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops, fruity citrus and some alcohol.

T: The taste hits with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly followed by very sweet flavors of citrus & caramel and a warm alcohol sting. It seems as though the flavors are battling each other for dominance, rather than blending together, which takes away from the balance. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other 2IPA's I would drink first and the high price further dissuades me from buying this beer again.

Photo of Sigmund
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewpub, RBESG. Notes of the "normal" version (which is rated here): Brown colour. Lovely hoppy aroma. Flavour is pure "hop juice" on a moderately malty background. A "demanding" beer, but not too extreme.
Notes of the randallized version: Exciting and stimulating hoppy aroma. (9/10) Flavour is a lovely hoppy explosion from start to finish, with barely enough malts to support it. (9/10) Very bitter aftertaste. Overall 17/20.

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North Bridge Extreme from Nørrebro Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.