Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nøgne Ø Dobbel IPA


Origin: Norway
Type: Double IPA
Price: $9.29 500mL
8% ABV
NSP: 6.5
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Apparently this world famous Norwegian brewery has a boner for Japs (as do I!). Not only did they brew this collaboration beer with none other than once San Diego local Toshi Ishii (Stone brewer now with YoHo Brewing of Japan), but they also make sake. Who'da thought the Japs and Norse would ever be buddy buddy?

I thoroughly enjoyed this bad boy, especially with rack of lamb and filet mignon pairings. It's much darker than your typical strong IPA, and that comes through in the malt character of the beer. It's also 100 IBU, but I didn't find the bitterness overpowering. For instance, I think Ballast Sculpin is much more bitter at just 70 IBU. This is purely because it's much sweeter than the Sculpin and other similar west coast IPA's. Yet it's still a dry beer overall. There were two flaws though: slightly overcarbonated (bottle was a burster) and lack of finish. The overcarbonation doesn't ruin the beer. What does disappoint though is the lack of finish. For such a strong brew with so much hoppy goodness, I was surprised when the flavor just disappeared after ingesting. I wonder if it has to do with the carbonation problem?

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