Úlfur IPA Nr. 3 | Borg Brugghús

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Úlfur IPA Nr. 3Úlfur IPA Nr. 3

Brewed by:
Borg Brugghús
Iceland | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Icelands first IPA, very limited availabilty

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Reviews by ahalloin:
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 madprops67
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NilocRellim
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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 dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of robbirefur
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of sfprint
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 mademers
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Westyn
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid go to IPA in Iceland.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev -1%
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 andylipp
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Chronark
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bobbyhands
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Drknight
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big hop aroma; equally hoppy citrusy flavors (grapefruit, lemon & orange); with a medium bitter finish.

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Photo of havenerbrewing
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of avalonbrewing
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braican
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of evianIPA
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 CSO
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codekiln
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Úlfur IPA Nr. 3 from Borg Brugghús
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