Imperial India Pale Ale #500
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,380
Ranked #11,168
3.96 | pDev: 13.13%
Nøgne Ø
Very Good
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aleigator from Germany

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden brown color, hazy, with a decent white head. Aromas are intense, mainly containing orange, malt, grapefruit, honey and ripe grapes. Enormous bitterness from the beginning on, accompanied by sugary, burned malts. Oily, slick mouthfeel, medium bodied. Aftertaste is defined by an intense, long staying bitterness. Carbonation is low, doesnt support the bitterness as much as the sweet malts. Hops tend to be full of lime and pine, wrapped in honey. The usual flavors of refreshing tropical fruits are missing. Bitterness kicks in very sharp and intense, buts stays in overall balance, due to the present malt-backbone, adding a warm, sweet note to the beer.

Dec 18, 2015
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JMUduke from Taiwan

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: hazy amber, no head, lacing is masked by opacity
Smell: very malt forward, hop aroma is barely detectable
Taste: again very malt forward, but a better balance with the hops than the aroma
Feel: nice mouthfeel, smooth
Overall: an OK imperial IPA; I think this is my first from Nøgne Ø, perhaps I will try another, the India Saison sounds enticing

Aug 28, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy iced tea to coffee color under a moussey and clingy off-white foam collar.
S: Spicy slightly tart nose with traces of fruit, malt and rye.
T: Big barley backbone with plum, pear, citrus, grape, and grains. Lingering dark rye bread flavors with a bread crust citrus rind bitter accent.
F: Very creamy, full bodied with slight warming.
O: Very rich and fruity. One of the more interesting, complex DIPAs out there that features sophisticated hopping.

Jul 13, 2015
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BradC from Pennsylvania

2.06/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks okay, no head, no visible carbonation or lacing. Smells kind of old, no bottling date can be found. Smells sweet, maybe a touch of caramel, no hop aroma at all. Taste is too sweet, no hops at all and a kind of chemical aftertaste. There is no carbonation in this bottle at all which along with the lack of bitterness really makes the maltiness overbearing. Overall, maybe this is an old or bad bottle, I don't know, but this is very close to a drain pour for me.

Mar 25, 2015
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dense caramel like color ale. Lots of yeast particles suspended in the brew. Almost looks like honey in density. Finger of head on the pour with weak retention and minimal lacing.

Smells like rye bread, biscuits and honey with a pine like hop edge.

Big malt character of buttered biscuits. Dense caramel. Assertive herbal hop but overpowered by the malt. Harsh, bitter, soapy finish.

Full bodied, near syrupy. Descent carbonation.

Just ok. Lacks balance and a little more malty than I prefer my IPAs.

Jul 29, 2014
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ahommell from Mississippi

3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep Copper opaque brown. Off white head that stick around at a finger or so. Lacing throughout.

S: Before getting close, I can smell caramel. Let's get in closer. Caramel malts overpower a spicier hop profile. Brown sugar. Dark fruits.

T: Whoa! Holy sweet malt, batman! Some lemon and orange bittnerness, hit with a fantastically fruity malt. Some alcohol is present, but all in all, very smooth.

M: To me, the sugar/malt mouthfeel isn't supposed to be here. Tastes a lot like my first homebrew attempt at a hop bomb... overly sugary and thick.

O: Not fully impressed, however... it works for he style. I had never had a Norwegian beer, I think, so this is nice to add to the list of countries... but not something I would want regularly.

Jun 15, 2014
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boddhitree from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Braukunstlive 2014 in Munich, Germany. It tasted really fresh, considering they must have flown in or drove down from Norway....another WOW beer: a huge IPA, full of all kinds of fruity flavors, but it was also very alcoholicy, which in my book means it needs more lager time.

Mar 18, 2014
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stewart124 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Amber with orange hues and with almost zero head.

Blood orange and some grape in the nose. More of a barley wine character. Resins and pine coming from the hops.

Almost candy-like. Still coming through as more of a barley wine. Fairly balanced between malt and hops. More blood orange. Sipping this one for sure as some alcohol notes come through. Candy and toffee comes to mind from what I would think would be crystal malts but the bottle says barley, wheat and rye. Comes through more complex then I would initially believe.

Not as boozy as I initially thought. Some alcohol, yes. Overall this is more of a barley wine bit there are some DIPA characteristics. Strong hop presence with slightly stronger malt characters. Doesn't finish as dry as some DIPAs on the market.

Jan 12, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light and dark dried fruit, stone fruit, light citrus and light citrus hops; smells like an American barleywine. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, thick stone fruit syrup (but not very sweet), unusual light fruit esters, light citrus, grassy hops, lightly buttery. Finishes with lingering piney, citrus rind bitterness. Warming and a bit boozy. Medium bodied, lightly syrupy. An interesting take on an IIPA; reminds me of an aged English style barleywine, but drier. This was a freshly imported bottle (for whatever that is worth), so perhaps this has a small amount of age on it. If I was going to rate this as an IIPA, it would take some hits for not being to style, but it is quite good and satisfying to drink, so I'm letting enjoyment rule the ratings here. Recommended for fans of off-beat barley wine style ales.

Dec 21, 2013
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EmperorBevis from England

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and part of a huge beers of Europe delivery ordered to celebrate my 40th birthday
pours a slightly hazy golden body with big white head
candy grapefruit aroma and flavour

Nov 01, 2013
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy golden orange with a thin, creamy beige mousse that sticks around far longer than expected despite leaving very little in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel, honey, cream, biscuit, juniper berry, pine, cedar, herbs, lemon, lime, tangerine, and mandarin orange are heavy on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, cream, pine, spruce, cedar, herbs, juniper berry, lemon, lime, kumquats, bitter orange, mandarin orange, tangerine, and grapefruit are underscored by heavy, fiery alcohol. The finish is malty and sweet with robust notes of cream, honey, caramel, and brown sugar mingling with kumquat, herb, lemon, lime, pine, and juniper berry flavors before intense, fiery, almost peppery alcohol takes over on the fade.

M: Relatively full in body and sticky. This is not a dry ale; in fact, it could almost be mistaken for an American strong ale or barleywine. Carbonation is incredibly subdued, imparting a silky, creamy texture after the initial stickiness has faded. Alcohol presence is very pronounced, even for the style, but really is not all that much of a distraction. Honestly, the alcohol kind of tames the extreme malt sweetness and hop bitterness in this beer. Definitely a sipping ale.

O: For an imperial IPA of 10.00% abv, this ale is fairly easy to drink. It lacks the pronounced citrus and pine flavors of many American examples of the style (at least to a certain extent), but has a wonderful malt body and a unique earthy, herbal, woody hop bitterness that lets it stand out from the crowd. One can easily tell that this is a European brew, and I mean that in the best possible way. Another winner from this brewery, and a refreshing change of pace for fans of bold, hoppy strong ales.

Aug 07, 2013
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katan from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a deep brown color. Pretty opaque color. Off white head formation, not much for being retained.

S - Hefty nose profile, lots of hops - citrus and fruity. Some background of caramel malts.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops, very fruity. Mid-stream gets some bitterness. The big malt backbone makes its way through. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Full bodied, thick and sugary. Not much for carbonation. Some alcohol warmth as it stis on the tongue.

O/D - A huge big Double IPA. Lots of everything, super heavy hop profile that leans heavily towards the citrus. Filling of course, goes down slow but easy.

Jul 25, 2013
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GiantCogs from Massachusetts

2.79/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wasn't wild about this one. Fairly dark amber with a bit of thickness to the body. Reminded me more of a barley wine. Less hops, more malt. Alcohol is very present and went to my head more than I expected. I am not the type of person who always wants crazy amount of hops, but it seemed lacking here.

That said, it was very distinct and I could see someone else really liking it. Just go into it with the right expectations. The description on the bottle was deceiving.

Apr 18, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this brew...

A - Pours a hazy swamp-water brown, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet citrus and musty caramel, hints of toasted bread and an earthy cedar finish.

T - Flavours are much like the nose with the musty caramel dominating alongside the earthy cedar and pine hops, a toasted almond flavour lingers alongside a healthy dose of bitter citrus rind.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - This is less hoppy than expected, with a solid malt grain bill that tends to dominate alongside a bitter finish. Not to be interpreted as disappointing, I quite enjoyed it, though I was slightly disappointed from a hop perspective.

Mar 30, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - fully hazy swampy red-brown, one finger of head receded to a random thin cover with fairly consistent lacing
S - some pine resin with caramel, earthiness, and booze
T - pine and perfume hops with significant booziness, some mild fruitiness and bread pudding flavour, somewhat musty finish
M - light and carbonation but packs a punch with a mix of hops and alcohol
O - this has a very much barleywine like flavour and feel, the hops are there but the sweet alcohol aspect definitely takes this over, worth a purchase regardless

Feb 02, 2013
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mtbdonn from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Beers of Europs in UK and poured into my favority Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.
A-Hazy, thick, deep copper color, nice lacing of thin off white head.
S-Intense toasty hops, some sweetness, but an unusual strong scent of passionfruit? Very different for an IPA, no citrus flavory pineapple of an IPA, and a combination of multiple hops?
T-Again with the same smell/taste...passionfruit? Again no real citrus flavor, maybe slight. Reminds me more of a barelywine with appearance and color.
M-Feel is oily with a touch of carbonation, a little heavy on the tongue, not the light, crispiness of an IPA.
O-A nice IPA, but not maybe a European IPA finish I'm unfamiliar with?! Complex bitterness with some interesting hop combinations. Not what I expected in an IPA, but I would have again.

Jan 30, 2013
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in March and drank in November. Got this bottle as a present from a badass Belgian dude in Oostvleteren.

Poured into a chalice. Comes out dark orange/brown with a small off-white head.

Lots of caramel sweetness and hopsss of the fruity citrusy variety especially lemon and orange.

Nice hit of bitterness that is somewhat balanced by the caramel maltiness. The hops give off a citrus flavor that the nose showed off.

Nice carbonation and medium bodied making for easy drinking.

Jan 09, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head with nice lacing on a cloudy copper body. Nice strong aroma with mostly molasses, candied citrus, caramel malt, fig and raisin. Very dynamic aroma and although it forbodes a malt heavy beer the hop presence is still nicely represented. Flavor follows with barleywine-esque malt and candied citrus, earthy hops, molasses, raisin and plum. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly oily, coating the palate. The booze soften up as you enjoy this one. The flavors are dynamic and complex. A nice brew.

Dec 27, 2012
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DoktorZee from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Brew date is 2/3/2012 and best before is 2/3/2017 and batch # is 771. It looks like I could have held this one longer. It's called #500 because it's the 500th beer brewed by Nogne O (I can't do the fancy symbols instead of the right O's)

A - deep ruby red in color, relatively clear with a two fluffy tan head. The head resolves to a quarter finger that sits at the edge of the glass and leaves some chunky lacing.

S - initial nose is all grassy and resinous hops. After a minute or two there's some spiciness and fruit on the nose, maybe apricot?

T - Billed as a 100IBU it's no surprise that this is powerful, but there's a substantial malt backbone to support the hops. Initial hops attack is intense, and a combination of ripe citrus and resin, but intertwined with malty caramel (a hint of sweetness behind the hops). This carries through to the finish where there's some ripe fruit (pear or apricot) that disappears as the hops pounds your tongue and the back of the throat. It's really, really enduring.

M - body is medium heavy to heavy, and the alpha oils from the hops really provide some coating power. Definite warming from the alcohol just verging on booziness.

This is a POWERFUL Imperial IPA. I'd say that the flavors are even more intense than other big IPAs I've had (including Ruination, Hop Stoopid) in large part due to the powerful malt foundation. Hopheads would find this a bit confusing in that the hops are less forward than one would expect, but anyone that likes a very strong, intense, over-the-top beer with multiple layers should give this a try. I'd be very interested to see how it might mellow with age. Need to get another bottle...:)

Nov 12, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with practically no head.
Aroma includes piny and resinous hops. Underneath is a fair whack of sweet clean malt.
Flavours follow along the same line; loads of sweet, syrupy malt with bready notes, with some resinous pine hiding underneath. The malt dominates.
Could use more carbonation. Feels overly syrupy and thick.

Oct 10, 2012
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JDizzle from Indiana

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at The Heorot in Muncie.

Pours the color of an old ale. Weird!! Not much head to speak of, but brown, cloudy DIPA in front of me wanting to see what this taste like.

The aroma is not too pleasing. It's really sweet and a little boozy. The hops are just not there.

Taste is on par with the smell. Boozy, sweet, a hop bite that is only bitter, but not that flavorful. It almost taste like sweet dark fruit in a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is too low. A bit flat.

Overall, a big bust for the $5 10oz'er. I hoped for more!

Sep 25, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color that's completely opaque with faint golden orange edges and a two finger, yellowish-beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with a nice balance of earthy and fruity hop notes countered by a sweet malt presence. Slightly grassy with subtle pine needle and onion like character along with a prominent citrus/tropical fruit presence. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, toffee and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with an earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and spicy rye into a dry finish. There's some resinous pine needle and onion like flavor that provides a decent amount of bitterness that's nicely countered by tons of juicy mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange marmalade sweetness. Underneath, there's a substantial malt presence that provides more complexity and balance without hindering the hop character. Hints of toffe, caramel, bread, biscuit and a touch of spicy rye toward the back of palate. That subtle rye presence is a pleasant surprise, giving this already complex beer another layer just before the finish. The high ABV is nearly invisible with only the slightest bit of heat making this tasty beer dangerously drinkable.

Sep 22, 2012
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ChiPool from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a chalice.

This beer is the darkest that I've seen for the class. It Looks more like a brown ale than an IPA/DIPA. The nose is boozy & malty. It tastes the same: boozy & chocolatey malts predominate. The mouthfeel is pretty thick & syrupy. Not much hop presence here: sweet, heavy, & hot!

I have no idea how old this bottle is. I would've rate it higher as a barley wine.

Sep 04, 2012
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bark from Sweden

2.36/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours with a fizzing sound. The finger thick head is compact and yellowish. Good retention, some lacing. The liquid is amber-brown (35 EBC) and hazy.

The smell is earthy with frowsy notes of rubber, leather and dried exotic fruits. Some bitterness, alcohol and barrel aged oak notes.

The taste is sweet and malty, but also bitter and fruity. Frowsy cellar notes and dried fruits. Hints of leather and a growing solvent flavour. The bitter flavour soon become metallic. Full bodied. The lingering aftertaste is bitter with frowsy malty flavours, hints of oak and lots of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles sharp. The liquid is thick and a little sticky.

According to the label, this beer is 6 months old. But it seels like it is way too old and ruined already, although the best before day is in February 2017.

Aug 10, 2012
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a tawny dark brown with a thin kahki head that melts pretty quick. No lacing.

S - Doughy yeast, heavy brown bread, toasted caramel malt, hints of citrus hops.

T - Toasted caramel and toffee malts, bitter through the middle with light citrus and floral hop flavor. Very powerful yeast presence mixes with the dense barley overtaking most of the hop flavor. Finishes with a toasted bitterness.

M - Thick chewy body, low to medium carbonation.

Not your average DIPA. Hops are there but are crushed by a sturdy malt bill. Yeast really bullies things around as well. More of a barleywine.

Jul 29, 2012
Imperial India Pale Ale #500 from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 211 ratings