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
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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brendan13 on 09-10-2010

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201
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a luscious, lovely beer! I let it warm up some out of my cold fridge. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, creamy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium orange, copper, amber. Aroma at first was hops, malt, and yeast; then I got pineapple, grapefruit, cherries, cigar. Flavor is much the same and has interplay between the heavy hop and malt sweetness. Very full, round, lush body with perfect carbonation to cut through it. Finish has some hints of the alcohol and ends up a wisps of lingering sweetness. Good for session sipping.

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Photo of aidanskinner
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

a - dark, deep red heading towards blackish brown. Thick but shallow head the slowly fades into thick treackly lacing with some visible patches of head remaining on top. Pretty gorgeous.

s - doughy, hefty malt base with similarly hefty, dirty slightly sweet hops.

t - can't fault it, this tastes like it smells. very smooth, dry bitter finish as you'd expect from a 100IBU beer. The alcohol's noticeably present but not overpowering. Quite a lot's going on in this beer without it being either contradictory or overwhelimg.

m - thick, smooth, satisfying but manages to stay on the right side of cloying

o - Awesome beer. It's not a traditional IIPA, but it's not so out there you go "WTF am I drinking?". I've had slightly better beers in this style, but not many. Gives Stone Double Bastard (which I love) a total kicking and leaves Brewdog Hardcore (which I also love) trying to get the name of the bus that hit it.

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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 Dmart1223
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To say this beer is intense is an understatement. It will beat you down, and you'll like it.

It was a raspberry red color with a good head that quickly dwindled to lacings. The smell was incredibly floral and fruity, with a hint of cherries. Actually, overall it kind of smelled like funky cranberry juice, which was great.

It tasted like berries mixed with caramel, and was understandably bitter, with an undertone of straight-up alcohol that slaps you on the inside of your mouth. The concentration of hops makes it feel full, almost creamy.

This was the most expensive beer I've gotten at a bar in awhile, but it was worth every penny. Nøgne Ø is rich, intense and wildly different. Maybe the Norwegians are on to something...

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark mahogany colour with a fluffy light tan head. Head retention could be a bit better.

Rich and nutty malt aroma with a piney, citrussy hop aroma. There's a strong ripe tropical fruit note as well.

Beautifully balanced malt and hop character with dark, lucious malt playing against fruity, piney hops. Nice, solid bitterness in the background.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A luscious, full flavoured IIPA in the European style which has a bit of malt to it. A great celebration beer for this brewery's 500th brew.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clouded dark amber beer with an off-white head leaving good lacing and curtains.

The smell is earthy, dust, some honey sweetness, but mainly hoppy grassy tones.

The taste is initially sweet, toffee and caramel, then some porridge with honey, bitter oranges, a sherry nuance, and of course an abundance of hops!

Medium carbonation, soft and dry.

A really, really nice DIPA.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle declares it to be the 500th batch brewed. The beer looks unlike any IPA I've ever seen. It looks like apple cider. It's got that brown hazy color to it. Looks a little thick, good head that leaves some great lacing. Very nice

S: Sweet, a lot of alcohol, not so much floral as the average IPA. Cloves... allspice.. pretty interesting.

T: Verrry interesting. Starts much like an old ale with a sharp alcohol and oaky backbone. The finish though is where the IPA really comes through. Some good hops on the finish. I dare so too many powerful flavors. They all hit very well but it seems like theres just big alcohol, big barley, then a good hit of hops. Not really any subtitles.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and bitter and alcoholy. A little too much bite at the end.

Definitely not what I was expecting. Drinks more like an old ale than an IPA but either way it's still pretty good. Certainly unique and worth checking out. Probably a good idea to split a bottle of this bad boy as it's pretty intense.

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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 corby112
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle, Western Australia.

A - Dark brown-amber colour with a foamy pale tan head which receded back to a thin collar within about 60 seconds. Spots of lace.

S - Sweet thick rich honey, earthy hops. Very rich.

T - Heavy sweet malt profile supports, without overpowering the hop presence and bitterness (60 IBUs). Full flavoured in the more European fashion of double IPAs.

M - Slick and syrupy, well carbonated.

O - World class double IPA. The balance is slightly on the sweet side but it doesnt detract from the fact that this is a super tasty and well crafted beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a very nice copper color. Not a ton of head but had some light lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer is like a fresh hop field liquified into a bottle. The taste is full of hoppy goodness and a little bit of honey sweetness to it. The mouthfeel it's very nice as well. Overall a damn good IIPA!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep hazy amber with a medium large, but very compact tan head. Slow dissipation leaves rather nice lacings.

S: Rich American hops, bitter but even more floral, in great balance with the sweet syrupy caramell malt.

T: Slithtly roasted caramell malt, with quite some sweetness to it, is balanced by the American bitter but even more floral hops; grapefruit and oranges with a little pineapple in the back. Rather bready, but also fruity.

M: Long sweet aftertaste. Body is full and molasses-like while carboantion is held back. Alcoholic, but not in an offensive way. Very smooth.

O: This is, as always, another fantastic beer from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 to tulip. No date yet again. Love this brewery but throw me a bone here!

A - Cloudy medium flat brown like unfiltered apple cider. Not attractive. Picture perfect one-finger cream head. Very attractive. Cancel each other out for slightly above average.

S - Man this smells wonderful. Smells like raw honey and caramel and malt with a whispered promise of booze. What it doesn't smell like at all is hops, which is a surprise for an imperial IPA. But then again I don't know how old it is.

T - Mostly malty caramel flavors that, just like in the aroma, blend seamlessly into a low-level booze flavor that gives it some complexity. A previous reviewer mentioned a candi sugar effect and I can kind of see that. That may be the sort of raw honey + booze flavor I note. I don't get any of the orange several previous reviewers mentioned. At the end there's just a bit of sourness in the lips and tip of the tongue. There is no hint of hops, only a faded footprint in the form of barely noticeable tongue abrasion. Reads more like a barleywine.

M - Creamy leaning towards viscous. Really smooth. Maybe that's the oats in it. A real pleasure

O - This was a rich, thick, smooth, strong, delicious beer and I'll take another any time. I have to think it was an old bottle though, because with zero trace of hops there's no way they'd call this an imperial IPA. It's much more like an IPA that has sat long enough to fall back to only malts. So it's hard to rate this to style so I'll just rate it irrespective of style.

I had their Two Captains Imperial IPA as well, and while I think I like this one a bit better objectively, I think that one was somewhat closer to DIPA style, though still pretty balanced and with prominent malt.

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Photo of Bisho
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For me, this Norweigan brewer can do not a lot wrong. I have tried almost every brew they have produced and there is barely a bad one between them. This one is no exception either!
Big bold and hoppy with plenty of alcohol bite on the finish. Loved it, but I don't think I could drink too many in a sitting.
Great beer :)

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft a local beer bar in DC. Served in a tiny snifter, want to know how much it costs? Call the pub. Decent overall but nothing special.

Beer is orangish and clear with a big white head of small bubble, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, actually the aroma is probably the best part, it smells awesome for an IPA, lots of grapefruit, lots of flavors and complexity, its like a fantasy hop fruit salad. Very nice.

Beer is thinner than expected and has this lead off alcohol sweetness which isn't unpleasant but seems a tad out of place. The hops save this beer almost immediately though, complex, grinding earthiness and sulfur with a bouquet of fruits, grapefruit and papaya on the midpalate. A very nice beer all around.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel brown color with a small white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is very malty and represents a barleywine more than a DIPA. Strong on the burnt sugar and molasses side with some lovely dark fruits and brown sugar. A bit of citrus and hops...but definitely more malt forward. Taste is more like a barleywine as well. Initially I get candied dark fruits and brown sugar with some burnt toffee and raisin flavors. Then I get a little citrus hoppiness with some subtle bitterness. Finishes with heavy malt and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and syrupy. This is probably the most full-bodied DIPA I've ever had (hence drinks more like a barleywine). Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is very tasty...I just think it needs to be labeled as a barleywine.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, pine, and caramel.

T: Tasted of hops and caramel malt up front, with a definite piney quality in the finish. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. A solid, if sometimes a little harsh, flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a generally well made (in spite of a few snags) and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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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Photo of katan
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Local Option 4/2/11.

A: Served a dark amber, relatively clear, with one finger of khaki colored foam on top that stuck around for about a minute before it evaporated down to a thin skim and collar. A few flecks of lace were left behind for good measure.

S: Pretty sweet on the nose. Caramel and toffee at the beginning with a nice dose of pine and black cherry as it warms up.

T: Same as above. Hops get way more apparent as it warms...piney with a touch of citrus.

M: Slick and sweet with a creeping bit of hoppy burn that takes a while to emerge.

O: A nice effort and I'm glad to have tried it on draft. Bring on batch # 1000!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish, reddish brown body with good, voluminous head that stayed for awhile w/ massive lace. A musty, hearty aroma of leafy, bitter hops with some citric notes as a well as a touch of dry/bready and caramel malt. Not only is this beer very sharp and hoppy, but the balance is outstanding as I am getting not only caramel malt, but I swear there is some candi sugar and a touch of chocolate in this one. Maybe the sweet malt tastes are just me, but I know that this medium-bodied beer is thick and sticky, with a prevelant hop finish that is easy, hiding the ABV well making for a delish and dangerous sipper.

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