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Imperial India Pale Ale #500 | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Imperial India Pale Ale #500Imperial India Pale Ale #500
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brendan13 on 09-10-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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4
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Photo of Beertracker
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nøgne Ø's Imperial India Pale Ale #500 pours up with a modest carbonation that manages a thin, unsustainable creamish-beige colored head that battles to ring the hazy, deep copper-orangish amber body. The aroma is quite bready & earthy with notes of cut wood, dampen sod, pine needles/nuts with overlays of burnt caramel, toasted crackers & hopsack, but there's some staleness (oxidation) which diminishes the more pleasant aspects (fruity, leafy, minty) of the late addition hops. A slightly sharp alcohol burn finishes out the nose. The flavor starts off with a ton of breadiness walloped by a sticky, sweet caramel character that never quite gets balanced by the coarse bitterness that carries through to an adventurous, bittersweet, slightly pungent/harsh, warming finish that's rather unbalanced. This bold medium-full bodied strong ale is not unlike an immature English-style barleywine or old ale, but misses the mark on quality as well. I'll have to grab a few bottles to see how this one cellars, but probably won't be having another draught.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the Blue Monk.Came to the table ina goblet a deep somewhat murky lighter amber with a very thin white head.A big shot of resiny hops,caramel,and leather in the nose,almost like a big American Barleywine.The flavors are big and sweet alcohol mixed with drunken fruit and resiny hops.Thick and chewey mouthfeel adds to the beer.Its a sipper with a big alcohol presence and sweetness but its a well crafted beer for sure.

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruddy caramel color with one and a half fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some pretty solid lacing.

S - Lots of caramel and toffee, also a bit bready.that Assuming this bottle is old based on other reviews and the very mild hop presence in the nose.

S - Similar to smell with big caramel and toffee, along with some citrus and a bit of molasses. Does have an herbal bitterness that partially counters the sweet malts. Leaving style aside, it is actually pretty tasty. Leaves a strong tea-like aftertaste.

M - Big, sticky sweet mouthfeel that becomes more bitter on the finish.

O - While this is an old bottle, I find it hard to believe that even a fresh bottle would have seemed like a DIPA. At this point, it reminds me a bit of Double Bastard. Pretty tasty, but definitely a big malt bomb.

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Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Fcip78
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kaneel
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jisak74
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Very, very nice to see this brewery make its way to the remote outpost of Alberta.

This beer pours a dark, somewhat hazy ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low lunar landscape of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet grapefruit pith, moderate bready, crackery, and understated caramelized malt, a subtle alcohol edge, and more bitter spicy and leafy hops. The taste zesty grapefruit and soused orange fruitiness, a stronger bready caramel maltiness, some lesser toffee and molasses addenda, even a twinge of field honey, some tannic tea/red wine notes, and a further mediated generic fruity/leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, given the swirling hops and booze. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt gaining a dusty, old character, while the hops prance about in their merry way, not really forcing the issue, and the alcohol simmers mostly unheeded underneath.

A rather impressive way to celebrate your 500th batch, as I am a confirmed hop-o-holic. This offering, however, only alludes to such an overindulgence, preferring instead to render an actual balanced DIPA experience, which of course means a hefty malt offset - in the end, things work out, somebody gets the girl, and there's grinning all around.

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Photo of sinfonk
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong sweet taste, dried fruits.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mar02x
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Borefest beer festival 2011.

A - Had a amber/orange color and a white lasting head. Very good lacing.

S - A strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus fruits.

T - Almost the same as the smell gave away. Taste of hops up front, with a definite piney taste in the finish.

M - Not so much carbonation and a surprisingly smooth finish.

O - A very good beer, to my opinion the third best beer at the festival. Definitely worth buying as we did straight away in de Molen shop.

Yesteday I tried the Bottled version (friday 23th of december 2011), yes it was the bottle I bought in de Molen shop.
A4 - the color was deep brown this time with swirls of red in it. Also was there a decent light beige head. It retracted slowly though until a decent layer.

S4.5 - I would say the smell did come out a bit stronger and more fruity.

T4 - You can taste it is not that fresh anymore, nevertheless the taste is great. Medium sweet, hops, pine and fruits and some kind of a honey feeling/taste.

M4.5 - A creamy, soft carbonated liquid that gives a real pleasant feeling in my mouth.

O4 - I think the tap version was slightly better. Freshness does pay off on IPA's.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Maria's in Chicago. Sales people said it must be a recent delivery, and given that it would and should disappear from the shelves, I must believe. That contradicts the ultimate tasting, which yielded a hoppy American barleywine/American strong. Still enjoyable! With a good citrus orange and grapefruit taste, and minty piney hops in the finish. Good drinkability, a little boozy.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jbowers56
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/copper colour. Murky as hell, with a couple of big old yeast chunks falling out of the bottle. The nice little head is the saving grace but to be honest not a very enticing looking beer.

Big aroma. Pine, grapefruit rind, orange and a big caramel kick. Smells excellent actually, not my ideal IIPA but I can't really fault it. It's going hard in the direction nogne have obviously chosen to go.

Big whack of citrus early up but then it's all a pale malt/crystal malt party. Finishes bittersweet with heaps of IBU, but also plenty of crystal malts grasping to hold on. A nicely hoppy beer considering the malt profile - they have gone hard on this. This is not my kind of IIPA, but it is VERY good for what it is. Reminds me of hercules, and I probably wouldn't score that as high as I originally did to be honest.

Carb is moderately low, with a nice thickness but not over the top. A very big beer in every sense, reminds me a lot of hercules actually. Very enjoyable, I expected the yeast to come through more in the flavour profile, but was pleasantly surprised. Maybe the big flavours are hiding it.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. I often take issue with strong DIPAs in the 10% range for being too thick and sweet. This has a similar rich, caramel/bready malt backbone, but it's not too thick and actually complements the spicy, citrus hops. Yeah, it's a touch chewy, but the barley's a great backgroup to the fruity pine that runs through this pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Imperial India Pale Ale #500 from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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