From Norway with love: Nogne O #100 – Imperial I.P.A. craft beer review

Pours into a snifter. Intriguing mahogany color with a thin beige head, that dissipates rather swiftly. A very dark shade, even for an Imperial IPA.

Nøgne Ø # 100

Nøgne Ø # 100

Quite a strong aroma, which is leaning towards the malty side, consisting of raisins, marmalade, breadiness, cinnamon. The hops are elegantly making their way out, showcasing herbaceous notes of pine, and maybe a touch of citrus fruits. An interesting nose, not that typical of an Imperial IPA.

The taste follows the aroma rather faithfully, being resinous, toffee, a bit nutty and woody, with some alcohol heaviness (10%) as the brew warms up, which leaves a burning sensation. Mostly sweet, but not sugary, with the floral hops blending well, adding a gentle bitterness to the brew. Thick and oily mouthfeel, and by far one of the most full-bodied Imperial IPAs we have ever tasted; although, we could easily claim that this complex ale is mostly reminiscent of an English Barley wine, to a large extent.

The aftertaste is full of raisin bread notes…………………………..

Overall, an exquisite brew from the Viking land, that even the headstrong-west coast hopheads would appreciate, in spite of the fact that it’s lacking extreme bitterness. Embrace the malty hoppiness…

Posted on by Agis Kontos in ale, Art, Craft beer, Imperial I.P.A.

About Agis Kontos

Three are Agis' greatest passions: music, linguistics, quality ale. He has studied History & Archaeology, faculty of Philosophy, university of Athens. Specialization in Greek linguistics and History. His fascination for language has led him to purchase job as a free-lance proofreader (books, texts), copywriter and translator. He has also worked in several bookstores as a manager. In 2009, a new job offer occurred, and a new love immerged… The ale… Since then, he savors craft beers only, in his attempt to indulge himself and develop his palate. He has written articles and critiques about beer for some well-known and acclaimed beer-blogs, being one of the main columnists/editors for one of them, for a brief period of time. In 2015, he launched “Get your hops up”, a site in which he reviews quality ales of his choice, along with a friend of his. He is a music enthusiast also, having been involved in some underground rock/metal musical acts, as an amateur, self-taught vocalist. He listens to various musical styles and genres, constantly looking out for new releases, which can evoke emotion of some sort. He’s currently working at Beer Factory, a specialized beer liquor store, as a co-manager, and as an unaffiliated proofreader/copywriter/translator as well, continuing his perpetual journey in the cosmos of music, ale and linguistics, driven by his pathoses.

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