I’ve been trying to buy some beers that are outside of the U.S. to expand my palate. This is one that I’ve read about for awhile, but haven’t gotten around to trying. Once I saw a bottle at Half Time I decided that it was time to have it.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jan Halvor Fjeld, winner of Norwegian homebrewing championship 2010 brewed his champion double IPA at Nøgne Ø. We at Nøgne Ø are of course proud to be with him in making this happen. This double IPA is inspired by America. It is fairly dry, which allows the hops to dominate. There is bitterness up front, some balanced malts in the middle and complex fruity and resiny hop aromas which simply has no end.”
Random: This also won Bronze at The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) 2011.
This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was quite fragrant with citrus notes and tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. The taste had some sweetness up front and quickly transitioned into citrus notes with grapefruit. There was pine present as well and had some healthy bitterness to it. There was malt at that end that provided balance. The booze was almost invisible on this one, making it way too easy to drink. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and bitterness. This was $8 for the bottle, which came to $.50 per ounce, which is a bit pricey. Despite that, I thought this was a quality DIPA and really enjoyed it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0