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North Bridge Extreme | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ToolHead on 09-20-2004

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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The incredible push to higher and higher ranges of alcohol and hops yields an ale of strong bitterness and Pacific Northwest hops but with a strong balance of malt. But IPA's should be balanced, should they?

A glimpse of that balance starts with a much darker than expected pour. Its rich mahogany hue is decorated with the signature dry-hop haze. A sturdy ivory cap of foam tops the beer like meringue as the foam settles and endures the session. Every sip casts a ring of lace against the glass to continue its deliverance of quality.

Strong aromatics of brown sugar and toffee align on the nose while a counterbalance of citrus and pine close in quickly. Balanced thereafter, the ale explores high spice in ethanol, nut and rum influences heading into taste.

Hearty sweet flavors resonate with the early palate as the malt sweetness of toffee, brown sugar and rum saturates the taste buds. Its middle dissolves much of the malt sweetness and introduces the taste of hops: grapefruit, orange peels and fresh cut grass all enter the mix while a finish of fading sweetness and growing resinous bitterness stems from a pine taste and gives the ale a lush and hoppy closure.

Full bodied, this is the tale-tell part of the beer;s recipe. Until now, I could have been talked into an IPA base. But because of the malty-rich balance- this ale is just as big on malt as it is on hops, which makes its taste much more aligned with American Barleywines as it does of traditional ale.

This North Bridge Extreme is a strongly fortified ale but it is much better served as an American Barleywine more than an American Imperial IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone, not what I expect in an IPA. It pours a somewhat hazy cola brown with a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves substantial lacing. Hoppy flavor has subtle notes of caramel and grapefruit, and a whisper of fruity sweetness that offsets the bitter and sour tastes. Smooth flavor has decent body and a fair amount of fizz and life, leaving a hoppy and caramel undertone. Extreme? Maybe not, but recommended to IPA lovers.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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

Pours a lovely, thick red colour, very deep for an IPA, with a crackling and extremely effervescent head of sandy white. Lace is spectacular, leaving alien forms on the inside of the glass. Body is actually a little lighter than I expected for the ABV, but it looks good.

Nose is big and boozy, with a sharp, hot astringency that puts me in mind of an Old Ale or a big barleywine. There is a touch of the citric hops to it, but the roaring fire of the booze is more dominant. Very sweet and heavy, twanged with metallic bite and not really enough hops for the style.

Taste is a little better, perhaps because it's much lighter than I expected. There's still a chewiness to the palate, and a good deal of malt, but the hops do get a look in here, giving a slight acidic bite that leavens the palate, and sends up characters of green sultanas and dried apricot. Smooth port characters linger. Feel is very good—extremely smooth, which counteracts some of the lightness in the flavour.

It's still not a classic IPA—it genuinely doesn't even have the bitterness for that—but it's a tasty brew, and an interesting one.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a burnt mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere,the aromas are gingerbread,toasty malts and carmelized white fruits,it has a nice sticky above medium well carbonated mouthfeel and leaves tastes of caramelized pears,sticky date pudding,bready malts and finishes with a soft toffee,apricot finish and overall for me its a very easy drop to drink more than the one of with the ABV being very well hidden.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden with a decent head. Smells sweet and malty, but with a citrus bite. The taste has a nice balance of pine and citrus in the hop profile, and thankfully the hops are more forward than they were in the aroma. The malt is still there, but it takes a back seat to the luscious hops. Big and bold in the mouth, but not hot. Very nice.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dang, kind of a let down despite my ok review. Poured with a nice, large, fine, foamy, light tan head that slowly settles out and a little lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is stale hops, malt, caramel, yeast, barnyard, funk, tree bark, leather, a waft of solvent. Flavor's mostly the same with malt standing out more, plus stale cookies, rasins, nutmeats. Body is full and has good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has medium length. Not a session. Wonder what it tastes like fresh.

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Photo of Popkas
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy honey color with just a tiny bit of head that does leave a touch of lacing.

S: Piney hops but not overwhelming by any stretch (or special either).

T: Sweeter than expected. The hops are there but somewhat muted by the sweetness.

M/D: Medium mouthfeel that is fairly easy to drink at 9%. Not my favorite, but certainly an interesting alternative.

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

A - Dark for an IPA, dark raw honey. Near white huge bubbly head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Strange for my usual IPA. More like American Strong Ale or Barleywine, but I am scoring on how I like it, not absolutely whether it fits a style format. Caramel, burnt sugar and hops fill the nose.

T - Thick sweet caramel bar, and the more cooked darker side, balanced well by bitter hops.

M - Heavier body, creamy and coating, good carb, I like the balance.

D - Big and palate killing. Hard to drink much of it, I think.

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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 BeachRez
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

A- Poured a deep burgundy with a nice tan head. Actually had very good rention given the alcohol level.

S- Not an overwhelming Hop smell. Piney?

T- For a DIPA, this is not what I expected. Very malty, with a smooth hop bitterness. The carmel was more prevelant than the fruity/piney hops.

M/D- Very good and relatively easy to drink. ALthough at over 9%, once I finished the bottle, I was done for the night. This is something I will definitely buy again. would be perfect after eating BBQ on a cold night.

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North Bridge Extreme from Nørrebro Bryghus
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