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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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BradC
2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of mattsander
2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Muddy deep brown, extremely light carbonation. Not appetizing, not to style IMO. The 'P' stands for 'pale' right?

S: Mountains of caramel, toffee, slightly metallic, crisp hops. Smells like a barleywine, very malt-centered.

T: Sweet caramelized malts dominate with some dark fruit, musky old hops. Medicinal, very syrupy, very malty. Feels messy and unfocused to me, this was difficult to drink.

M: A sipper to be sure, it felt like I was drinking a loaf of bread.

This was a drainpour for me, a total mess that I hope to never repeat. Far too much caramel flavor (even for a barleywine this would have been too sticky for me). Yikes

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Photo of GiantCogs
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose is lighter than expected for an IPA as big as this one is, but it's good. Floral bouquet with some pear, apple, and other fresh light fruits.

Muddy brown in color, no speakable head whatsoever and lacing is non-existant.

The beer feels barrel-aged, although I can't find anything saying if it is or isn't. It has vanilla, mixed with a very strong ripe apple, pear, and peach fruit flavor. It tastes good, but is a bit confusing.

Carbonation is strong enough to cleanse the palate and the body is thick. It has a good presence, but feels lacking.

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Photo of JDizzle
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Bottled April 2010, best before April 2013.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of light tan foam that settles to a thin cap leaving behind copious tiny spots of lace that coat the glass. Hazed ruby-amber body.

S - I was expecting this to be faded, and that's a pretty fair assessment. What's left of the hop character is very much herb, pine and grass. The other thing I immediately noticed is rye malt, which was a bit of surprise. A quick trip to the ingredients list revealed there is indeed rye, wheat, and oats. In any case, there's some caramel and honey flavor in addition to the rye zest.

T - Big flavor of rye and toffee as well, with less hop flavor than the nose suggests. Initially there is little bitterness, but it creeps up pretty quickly after a few sips. Not bad, just kind of dull.

M - The feel is maybe the worst part of this beer. It's grainy, harsh, and rough. Medium-full body, syrupy, alcohol warmth, oily, with low carbonation.

D - This isn't very compelling after 8 monhts, and I doubt I would have enjoyed it much fresh either, seeing as it was heavy on Chinook hops. These European IPAs and DIPAs are getting better on the whole, but they still haven't totally figured it out.

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Photo of muttyd
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first Nogne brew I have ever purchased...looking forward to this one.

Poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Deep caramel/amber body with a quarter inch foamy head that settles into almost nothing. Practically no lacing and rather "heavy" looking.

Aroma is very barleywine like; burnt sugar, caramel, and grainy. Piney/grapefruit rind hops are in the background, but masked by the massive malt character. Flavor follows the nose; sweet & sugary, with a tropical fruit hop bite. The hops have appeared to have faded, but it is still a rather hoppy brew. Alcohol very warming and noticeable in the finish. Creamy and sticky as well.

Was hoping for a bigger hop profile and less alcohol burn. Enjoyable, but still let down.

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Photo of ahommell
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 2013

Pours a deep gold colour, one finger off white head, good lace stays throughout.

Aromas of malts primarily in a big hit, then mandarins, orange peel.

Taste as a with aromas but add in a massive hit of initially well balanced malts. And here is where it goes downhill. Typical Nogne O taste, quite dry, add in some dark treacle toffee notes, almost burnt. Not good in the long run.

Mouthfeel is neutral neither oily nor too light.

Overall an ok beer, but I am finding general Nogne O taste not to my liking due to a certain dryness overall.

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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 brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a oversize wine glass a hazy amber colour with a 3cm dense light beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Pine sap, toffee, stewed dark fruit & a bit of spice; not what I was hoping for.
T - Much like the smell with the toffee malt taking over & the spice more noticeable.
M - Low carbonation, higher side of medium bodied. Bitterness is there but balanced by plenty of malt.
D - A Imperial/Double IPA that is crossing over into an American Barleywine territory. It certainly is a good to very good American Barleywine but can't be reviewed as such because the label clearly states Imperial India Pale Ale.
Worth trying but do not expect an American Hop Bomb.

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Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mahogany copper with a smallish pure white head that recedes to a thin film and laces pretty well.

grainy and caramelly aroma with a significant hop bitterness that reminds me of a fresh barleywine.

again, barelywine like graininess with significant caramel sweetness on top of a lot of hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor.

thick body that coats the entire mouth with a significant prickle from the carbonation and a slight burn from the alcohol.

I'm not overly impressed. It just didn't come together as a whole for me. I'll enjoy the rest of the bottle, but probably wouldn't try this one again.

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Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite surprised from the get-go, with the dark brown color I immediately think Barleywine (and "what the hell do these Euros know about IIPA"). After polishing off a 0.5L I'm still thinking American Barleywine, but I am impressed with the craftsmanship.

Lots of brown sugar and caramel with a huge smack of hop bitterness and rough hop flavor. Hops don't differentiate into distinct flavors - no standout citrus, pine, or tropical fruit, which is what I was expecting from the hop bill. Instead, lots of veggies and grass, sapling wood resin, and raw leafy hoppiness. Malt is thick - not right for the style. A punch of flavor to the grill.

A fine beer, sell it to me as a Barleywine or American Strong Ale and I'd bite, at least enough for another bottle. As an IIPA one nibble is enough.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of aleigator
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks, OK.

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Rich breadyness, leafy hops, some grassyness, rich dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. leafy hops dominate along with minty hops, much figgyness & a touch of toffee & some booze warmth. Dryness & dark fruit as this warms, a little cherry sneaking in, plus more leafy hops, some herbal & woody notes as well. Finishes with bready notes, figgyness & a touch of cherry & plum, some pipe tobacco & boozeyness

MF: Chewy, some what coarse with slight carbonation, very warming, skews sweet

To me this seemed more like a Barley wine. So although I enjoyed this, style-wise it warrants deductions for taste, mouthfeel & smell.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy red orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, grapefruit, mango, herbal, bread, earth, floral, and citrus rind. Pretty nice aromas but are very malt forward; but I pretty much expected that given that this is probably well over a year old. Taste of grapefruit, orange, mango, caramel, honey, bread, pine, herbal, earth, floral, toast, and molasses. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, honey, bread, molasses, earth, toast, and herbal on the finish for a while. Nice flavor balance and complexity, with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, thick, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Double IPA. Despite the obvious age of the beer; it has held up pretty well with nice flavor balance and smooth sipping. I am sure that this was a great beer when it was released initially. Still quite enjoyable as of right now.

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Photo of JMUduke
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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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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