Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nøgne Ø #500: Imperial IPA

type: imperial IPA
origin: Grimstad, Norway
price: $9/0.5l at Maria's Packaged Goods
ABV: 10%
NSP: 5.6

Once again Nøgne Ø has created an exceptional beer, and the Norske semi-torque continues.  This time it's a complex, rich imperial IPA.  Their combination of barley, wheat, rye, and oats has created a beer with an absolutely massive malt body approaching a barleywine in character: molasses, caramel, apricot, and wheat bread flavors swirling around running train on your senses.  Unfortunately the aromas are not really what I expect, or hope for, in an IIPA of this magnitude, but this is Nøgne-mutha-fuggin-Ø and they can do whatever the hell they want.

It's a bit on the 'sure-as-fuck-isnt-dry' side, so it can drag a bit; but, I still think it's fantastic.  And, I'm sure this is much more enjoyable when fresh (the Nelson hop characteristics are probably brighter), but I'll take what I can get.  (Thanks, Luis Alberto Diaz Chavez de Michuacan, for recommending a quality haunt on the southside.)  It reminds me quite a bit of Old Tempest, but hoppier (bittering mostly) a tough to finish, although I can imagine it developing (even greater) complexity with time.

If you can find this in a bottleshop, I highly recommend you try it; but, I wouldn't order it at Toro, for example, because it'll knock you--and your tastebuds--straight on your ass.

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