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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 8/7/12

A a brownish amber pretty dark for the style, not enough clarity to see bubbles other then the few popping up the side, just a short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S piny citrus, lots of caramel, and some floral hops with just a little booze, some lemon and lime rind and even more caramels as it warms

T lots of pine resin and rind with some grainy sweet malt creating a little balance, almost a little nutty on the finish if that makes any sense

M pretty thick and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, quite bitter with a little grit, not much for heat and a lingering piney rind aftertaste, feels great

O this would've been intense fresh, a few months old and still very hoppy, a pretty solid DIPA with well concealed booze

a little pricy but I don't feel ripped off, almost like a fresh Barley Wine and the BB date 5 years down the road makes me want too age one

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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 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 beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vacation in Oslo. Batch #758. Cloudy copper-amber pour with one finger head that quickly fades with excellent lacing. Big, bold nose with tons of resiny hops along with hints of orange, mango, rye bread, caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of squash. The taste mirrors the nose. The hops are huge and resiny, but a solid caramel malt backbone really balances it out. Hints of orange peel, mango, pine, brown sugar, caramel, rye, and just a bit of grassiness. This is close to being in barley wine territory. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and chewy with a little creaminess as well. The 10% ABV is well hidden making this highly drinkable. The finish is bold with a great tangy, bitter hop bite. The Norwegians are definitely in the craft beer scene!

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

0,5l bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet...

A- rusty brown and thick pouring into the glass. Plenty of head that settles into a lace.

S- pungent smell of toasted barley with a trace of hops. Definately a unique smell.

T- closely follows the nose. The beer has plenty of sweetness, but that is balanced by the taste of toasted barley.

MF- pretty thick, yet pleasant. Well balanced and complex.

O- My initial reaction was that I was in for a long hull to drink a 1/2 liter of this, but that quickly gave way to acceptablilty and a finally a taste that grows on you. You wouldn't want two of these back to back, I don't believe, but 1 is well worth the trip.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leathery brown with amber highlights and a dense beige cap of cream that showers sheets and capillaries of lace. Orange juice that's a bit too old is the nose; a bit of earth and resin, too.
Crepe Suzette malts with some cocoa and mango, a hint of grassy spice and big pine sap, red Swedish fish, and citrus conserve hops.
Muscat finish and gooey salted caramel linger. Medium to full, lots of chew, very sticky, still a bit of burn.

Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial, Pacific Gem and Nelson Sauvin, according to the label. Rye, oats and wheat in there, too.

Never seen anything this dark claiming to be an IPA. This one is 6+ months old (bottled on my birthday last year, actually) so I wonder where the hops should be at. There's still plenty there, mind you, but the NS especially is pretty muted. A nice sipper, but you're better off thinking it's a barleywine, given the malts.

Big bruising DIPA that doesn't really know how to deliver the IBUs, in line with other European attempts at the style I've had.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of stewart124
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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 mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy, muddy, rust orange brown color. Two finger light brown head. Slow fading head but quite clean in leaving lacing. Just a little bit of spotty lacing and one decent 3/4 ring of lacing. Visible alcohol legs and just a bit of carbonation showing with some small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S-- Pungent and powerful orange, overripe Grapefruit and burnt Carmel. In some ways closer to a US Barleywine I think by the profile and hop presence in the smell. Also get a small bit of strawberry jam and bread in the nose.

T-- Not real fresh or vibrant like the US DIPA's but still quite good. Lots of Caramel, orange, grapefruit and some pine.

M-- Smooth, slick and sweet. Much closer to a US Barleywine. Lots of bread and jam notes and the alcohol is quite obvious. Very hearty feel. Medium heavy feel and light carbonation. Sweet pungent orange finish.

O-- What I do like about the European DIPA's is the bigger malt backbone and that they have a bigger and longer life than the US counterparts. A little more obvious in the Alcohol and a lot more Carmel. Good solid beer that can still sit around and be in good shape 6 months after a trip from Norway. For what it is it is well done.

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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 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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Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 6.99. No bottling info noted. Served in a snifter. 

Pours deep murky amber with 2 fingers cloudy pale tan head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smells of orange and mango citrus hops with sweet biscuity malts. Smells great but not quite like an imperial IPA. 

Taste has some hops but they seem to play second fiddle to the malts. There's a huge malt base. Nice thick sweet biscuits. Then the hops come in with mild orange and mango as promised in the nose. A nice bitterness start to finish. It hides the 10% abv quite well. 

Medium thick body with low to moderate carbonation. Slighy sticky with a long bittersweet aftertaste. 

I'm guessing that this one was past it's "prime". It drinks more like an imperial red or a barleywine. Don't get me wrong- I truly enjoyed the entire bottle (I happen to really like a good thick imperial red ale) but the hops have all but entirely faded. I would buy this again- and like it- but not when I want big hoppy goodness. I enjoyed it enough that I can't bomb it's score but I just can't give it an outstanding score as an imperial IPA.

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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 stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a new (to me) IIPA in a while, so this one is highly anticipated.

A hazy dark brown pour is completed by a finely bubbled and abundant tan head that creeps down the glass slowly, leaving a thick collar of froth behind.

Has a nose of piquant floral and oily hops that are followed by a caramel sweetness for centering. On the palate the hops and sweet malts fight it out for a quick second before being broken up by some grapefruit and distant light fruity notes; then back at it again, with the sweet overpowering the bitter, albeit slighty.

Mouth-feel lies on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but never knocks you out.

A finely tuned IIPA whose sweetness might deter some hopheads, but works fairly well for me.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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...:)

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

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!)

Smell of port and cleaning alcohol. Looks like dark tea. Taste is better than this beer looks. No real head and/or carbonation.

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