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 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 danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is roughly 5 months old. Interestingly its best before is 3 years after its bottled date. Definitely a sign of things to come.

Colour is a hitherto unique red-fudge toffee. Good eggshell head and lacing.

Smell is licorice, malt, gingerbread, alcohol. Bit of pineapple hop. Extremely malty.

Taste is lots of malty gingerbread with some ginger nut with a lot of bittering hops and minor alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick but really a bit too thin for a barleywine. There is a decent amount of carbonation but not as much as in my ideal DIPA.

Overall this is a strange hybrid of styles. Enjoyable but sits uncomfortably between a DIPA and barleywine. Don't think having this fresher would eliminate the massive maltiness, though maybe it would bring the hops slightly more in line with it. Too bitter and thin in the mouth for a barleywine, but too malty and thick for a DIPA, and not hoppy enough.

Preferred the more self-assured batch 100 (definitely a barleywine). Still worth trying.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a average size light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with solid caramelized malt. Taste is also a solid mix between some caramelized malt with notes of earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though more floral hosp presence would have provided increase enjoyment of this beer.

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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 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 kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of bosse. Poured into a pint glass a deeper copper orange color with an antique white 1 finger head. Lots of fruit notes in the nose including mango, pineapple, and orange rind. The taste follows the nose in that it has a strong citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Bitterness in the end. Balance is a little on the sweet side but other than that a pretty good ipa.

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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 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 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 ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is this breweries 500th batch of beer which contains 5 hops,5 malts,100IBU's and 10% alcohol and it was brewed while a TV station filmed it anyway it pours a murky amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy tanned two finger head and nice lacing here and there,the smell is strong pine,medicinal hops,toffee malts and some dark fruit,it has a rather sticky lightly carbonated mouthfeel to it with tastes of medicinal,herbal hops on the forefront followed by some caramel malts,dark fruits and finishes with a rather roasty bitterness,overall not bad but have had better but in saying that you have to at least try it as it is an interesting intepretation of an IIPA.

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