Úlfur IPA Nr. 3
Borg Brugghús

Úlfur IPA Nr. 3Úlfur IPA Nr. 3
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American IPA
Ranked #2,312
Ranked #14,424
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Borg Brugghús
Very Good
Úlfur IPA Nr. 3Úlfur IPA Nr. 3
Notes: Icelands first IPA, very limited availabilty
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Photo of ccrida
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a druaght on a brief layover in Keflavik. Nice thicky, chunky head leaving clingy lace. Combined with the branded snifter it was served in, it looks Belgian. Dark gold. Candied orange nose taste citrus up front before a dry mid-pallate and biscuit finish. Medium-light bodied. Not bad at all!

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Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sharp grapefruit and pine, on the nose, along with slight resin and lemon. Very traditional American IPA nose.

Flavor follows, with a grainy malt bill, moderate bitterness, and citrus and pine hop notes.

Lively and smooth on the palate.

This is an excellent American IPA brewed in Iceland. Borg Brugghus definitely seems to be a legitimate craft brewery pumping out some solid stuff.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle into glass

Dark copper, white head. Nice hop aroma - pine, floral. Taste is fairly bitter, starts pleasant but ends with odd aftertaste. medium bodied.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Keflavik Airport.

Pours a clear orange, with soft, white foam.

Nice piney smell, quite reminiscent of the classic West Coast IPAs, like Sculpin.

The taste is very hoppy, with pine and grapefruit dominating. Good West Coast stuff here as well.

Soft texture, medium bodied, nice feel.

Overall, a very solid IPA, god balance between the hops and the malt, tastes like it's stronger than 5.9.

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Photo of cfalls
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - nice head, dark orange, slight haze

S - very floral, slightly woodsy

T - grapefruit, balanced sweetness, medium high maltiness, not too bitter, finishes on a musty pine note

F - typical, but with fine bubbles

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lobster and Stuff in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This one pours a slightly hazy yellowish orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like overripe grapefruit and orange, piney and perfumy hops, and a bit of malt.

The taste is pretty similar. The perfume character is a little overwhelming, and gives the beer a bit of a unpleasant slightly skunky flavor. It's too bad, because the grapefruit and orangey hop flavors are pretty good, with a sturdy malt backbone, and a pretty intense bitterness.

This is medium bodied, pretty crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Not bad but far from the best I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow/gold colour. Smells mostly of hops, with a slight bit of malts; the hops are clean and floral. Tastes a bit bitters from the hops, floral hops, slightly sweet malts; crisp, clean, and well balanced. Lovely lIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a tumbler glass.

Pours a clear dark golden-copper body, one finger white head, good retention, thin film and lots of lacing. Smells of crisp citrus and pine, lightly toasted cereal grain, touch of caramel. Not too complicated, but a nice hoppy aroma. Reasonably balanced. Flavour is similarly balanced, with grapefruit, cereal grain, mild resinous and bitter grassiness, touch of caramel. Not all that sweet, which lets the hops take over. This is a solid IPA profile, more of the American vein than the English vein. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, crisp and well carbonated, refreshing and dry with a bitter grassy finish. Overall, a nice change of pace from the other Icelandic stouts that I've had so far. It's probably something you'd find in a decent brewery in upstate New York or Michigan, something similar.

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Photo of faetati
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Traditional West Coast IPA. Hoppy leaning on resinous, Pine and Orange Peel are predominant.
Hops Used: Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Columbus

Color: Semi transparent, Golden Ambar

Head: 2 1/2 Fingers of a frothy off white head. Very danse head that lasts. Champagne like carbonation.

Aroma: Pine, orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit. citrusy

Flavor: Pine, very citrusy, resinous, orange, orange peel, grapefruit, medium bitterness at 60 IBUs, medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, great drinkability.

Grade: 94

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Photo of codekiln
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for Nr.3 IPA in 330ml bottle from Vinbudin Reykjavik (Best Before Feb 28 2016). Poured into two red wine glasses, there is almost no head to this IPA. Smells like an American IPA through and through - the hops almost make your eyes water, they are so strong and bitter. Some light lace on the sides. Dark amber in color, slightly hazy. It's good quite cold - I would not want this any warmer. Fizzy, hops dominate. No trace of phenols in the smell, but some slight esters on the back end. Solid.

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Photo of amorpork
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Café Bar in Reykjavik. Told by restaurateur as the best IPA in Iceland than he fessed up and said, at least it's the best in here. Tasty, American style with floral hops and medium high bitterness. Great color and poured with a nice 1.5-2 fingers. Favorite beer I've had here. If you are a US hop head, look no further.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle brought back from my trip to Iceland. Pours a golden amber colour with a white head. Aromas of pine, orange & citrus. Tastes again of pine, orange, citrus as well as grapefruit, cereal grain & malt leading to a medium light bitter finish, with the medium-high carbonation provides a good tingle. Overall a lovely American IPA, better than some I've had in the States.

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Photo of evianIPA
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is note retired, but there is two versions. Nr.3 IPA and Nr.17 Double IPA.
This review is for Nr.3 IPA in 330ml bottle from Vinbudin Reykjavik, December 2014
Best before 23.04.15

A - Lots of white lacing crests a gold pour. Looks good, but a little more orange would really make it sing.
S - Really fresh aromas of citrus and pine with some crystal malt. Can't fault that.
Flavours aren't as pronounced as the aromas, but they definitely carry through, along with a touch of alcohol and a fresh bitter finish.
M - Light, but enough malt to give it some body. Could possibly be a bit drier.
O - Beer (Bjór in Icelandic) was prohibited until 1989, but they've sure caught up since then with IPAs like this that rival the best in the world.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Icelandic Bar in Reykjavik. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a half finger of fluffy, off white carbonation. The head leaves a layer on top of the pour throughout.

Smell: Fruity hops with a very mild malt sweetness. Simple yet nice.

Taste: This beer has a very nice balance to it. Citrus hop bitterness with just enough malt backbone. The bitterness builds to the finish where it really shines.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a real solid IPA. The hop profile was nice and the balance was well executed. I would have another.

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

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A: Cough syrup orange, champagne like carbonation, single finger head.
S: Hoppy but very neutral, not bitter which implies sweetness. Dried apricot.
T: Very good, not too bitter, semi sweet honey/lemon tea.
M: Mild moderate sting somewhat soft going down.
O: Lovely, a very nice IPA

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Photo of ahalloin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I might have the honor to add and be the first to review this beer but it looks as though someone beat me to it by a few hours! Regardless, I am happy to report Iceland has finally made a great beer that isn't a Euro Pale Lager! Look for this brewery to do great things if the locals catch on to flavorful beers.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a brilliantly clear very light golden color with a full egg-shell white head of about three fingers width. The head slowly receded to a thin cap that stayed with the beer down the glass.

The smell is very nice with sticky resinous hops dominating. Very piney with touches of floral citrus. Malt backbone is slightly present in the aroma with a light toasty quality.

The taste is much the same with a nice assault of pine driven hops over a simple malt backbone that provides a touch of honey sweetness. The finish is massively bitter and drying which prompts me to grab another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Medium high carbonation provides a good tingle. The alcohol is undetectable.

Overall this is a very nice beer that is worth seeking out if in Iceland, particularly since everything else there is pretty much the same style.

Just a note, when I went to the Vinebud (something like that) in downtown Reykjavik to buy beer, I had to ask for this as it wasn't on the shelf. They had it in back.

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Photo of juicestam
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Proud to be the first to review this beer!

A great, straightforward IPA from Iceland of all places.

I say straightforward because it smells and tastes like a bunch of cascade hops and a modest amount of light malt - simple and great in my opinion.

The more exceptional part on this beer lies in the Icelandic water they must have used; it gives sush a smooth and appealing mouthfeel.

Wonderful to taste an example of a good craft beer made in the middle of the Atlantic. Too bad they don't export to my tiny island in the mid-Pacific!

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Úlfur IPA Nr. 3 from Borg Brugghús
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 71 ratings