Time for a treat! This time I’m doing a review of an Imperial IPA by Nøgne Ø that was originally their 500th batch. There are 5 malts and 5 different hops in this beer. The hops that has been used are Chinook, Simcoe, Pacific Gem, Centennial and Nelson Sauvin.
Hazy copper/dark orange color with off-white head. Almost a bit rusty-like color.
Lovely hoppy aroma up front with some good malty sweetness in the back.
I’m getting citrus, pine and fresh cut grass. There are some pretty intense fruity aromas that I recognize from other beers that has used Nelson Sauvin for dry hopping.
There are also hints pine and grass in the flavor as well. Tastes very fresh!
The carbonation level is not to high, and the mouth feel is very good!
The beer has an ABV of 10%, and sports 100 IBU’s. The beer is nicely balanced and the sweetness from the malt matches the bitterness from the hops. Very good!
Pretty long finish that is sweet and bitter up front, with some good pine and citrus hints towards the end.
I’m enjoying this beer with a Blue Castello which I think is a good match. The Blue Castello is pretty mild for a blue cheese. The funky flavors of the cheese play well with the hoppy notes in the beer, and the richness of the cheese itself works well with the sweet malty base of the beer.
It’s been a while since I had this beer, and I can’t remember that it was this good. One of the better Imperial IPA’s I have had. Score: 4.8/5.