Noggin Floggin | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV: 11% IBU: 70 OG: 24 Plato

Added by barleywinefiend on 03-13-2011

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of DanChristensen
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The 2013 release of Noggin Floggin is my favorite yet. To me, if HUB decided to call this an imperial IPA then I wouldn't have questioned it. Maybe the only thing that makes this a barleywine is the higher ABV. For example, the color was a clear, gold with a white head. The smell was delightfully hop heavy. The reason we all love beers is because of the taste, right? Noggin Floggin blew me away in this category. The malt flavor was simple but strong and the hops... oh the hops. This is why I think this beer could be an imperial IPA. The hop flavor tilted towards citrus but was balanced by other flavors as well. Mouthfeel: wet... jk it was pretty full bodied. A very well orchestrated beer. Bravo HUB!

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scored this one as a gift. Lucky me!

APPEARANCE: Lightest barleywine I've ever seen; color is a nice orange somewhere between a dark hefeweizen and a pale ale. Still acceptable for the style, but certainly not traditional. Liquid pours thick and malty out of the bottle with a nice white head forming atop.

SMELL: Hops, oranges, vanilla, cherry, alcohol, and caramel. It seems a tad faint but the aromas are still very nice and appropriate for the style.

TASTE: Phenomenal. Taste is very complex and candy-sweet including cotton candy, cherry, vanilla, oranges, and bourbon flavors. It ends with bitter hops but with a great deal of sweetness still on the tongue. Really quite incredible balance and complexity for a barleywine, especially considering its 70 IBU's.

MOUTHFEEL: Very warming, but no burn. The feel is very smooth and malty on the tongue.

OVERALL: Best barleywine I've ever had.(Very puzzled by the low ratings for this beer!) However, I will say that I think this is more of a hybrid with an imperial IPA than a traditional barleywine. Lovers of both styles will be surprised and pleased with this one.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Kasabuske
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DOCRW
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bubbanoneck
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of podunkparte
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and clear. Lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of my Duvel tulip glass. About a finger of white head. Dissipates quickly.

S: Pungent west coast hops. Not sure what to say but to say it smells like a nice American barleywine. Lots of hoppiness and some sweetness and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Nice initial bitterness followed by a big fruity hop punch. Mid palate some great sweetness and it finishes with a little more bitterness to keep your mouth watering. I'm liking this. Dry on the end.

M: Awesome. Tons of carbonation to keep your palate as fresh as it can be drinking a big barleywine like this. Love the tingle of the effervescent bubbles. They really clean your tongue and keep you fresh for the next sip.

O: A nice surprise from a bottle I just picked up. I'm not usually a fan of really hoppy barleywines (fresh Bigfoot) but this one is really good. The fruity hops are refreshing and tasty and the sweetness from the malts is spot on.

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Photo of DallasK
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jellikit
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange. Slightly Hazy. Not much head.

Scent: sweet malty smell with a faint alcohol aroma.

Taste: wonderful. Sweet with a malty/fruity flavor. Slightly bitter with alcohol added.

Mouthfeel: carbonated well. Pretty thick on the tongue.

Overall: my favorite barley wine so far.

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Photo of Duke
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From a snifter)

Appearance: Noggin Floggin pours a half-cloudy tawny colour with a small white head which dissipates quickly, leaving a mere white ring and no lacing.

Smell: The scent is mainly the hops and the malts. It's quite fresh-fieldy, and I'm getting a touch of caramel in there too as the alcohol sprints past up my nostrils.

Taste: Noggin Floggin tastes sweet and malty, and quite rindy. The hops don't bite the tongue as much as they dance along it, and the booze certainly hits quickly. I think the sweetness is a mixture of toffee and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels very full, and syrupy too as it leaves a layer of itself over the tongue before drying out abruptly. The carbonation level is very low.

Overall: I find Noggin Floggin sweet and well balanced. It's big, boozy and interesting, and I'd certainly buy it again.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a big DIPA. Drink it fresh is my advice.

Appearance: Golden body with a white head.

Smell: Huge citrus fruit flavors. Grapefruit, white grapes, green apple, pineapple. Malts are sweet in the background. The alcohol is also present. Reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Taste: Like eating a grapefruit for the most part. Not as sweet though.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Fairly bitter and not so smooth but this isn't suppose to be Keith Stone anyways.

Overall: A surprising beer. As I stated in the opening of this review I believe this beer would be better characterized as a DIPA. If you can get it fresh, who knows though with no bottle dating, then I suggest picking it up and drinking it asap. I don't see this one developing at all with age. I'm going to knock it really hard for not being age-able (imo) since it is listed as a barleywine. If this was listed as a DIPA I'd give it a 4.5 or 5. This beer most closely resembles Arctic Panzer Wolf from FFF. If you think that beer gets better with age then put this in your cellar. If you are sane an think a DIPA fades over time drink this fresh.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham. Pours a deep orangey yellow in the Stout glass. Plenty of foam and an appealing carbonation fights its way through the rich malty body. Flowery and piney aromas.

Rather sweet but brimming with aromatic hops. The label claims 100 IBUs, and this version (2015?) is down to 9.5%. Big fruit with dried peach, white grapes, and a touch of pineapple. Plus a bitter slide that takes the alcohol down the throat. Sweet and hot, riotously rich and spicy, but surprisingly drinkable. Another interesting brew from HUB and one of the better American Barleywines I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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