Beer review: Nøgne Ø Citrus Hystrix IPA

Time for a beer from Nøgne Ø that has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, their Citrus Hystrix IPA, an IPA brewed with rye, oats, tangerine juice and kaffir lime (Citrus Hystrix). I’m expecting an onslaught of citrus in this beer. Let’s pop it open and see what happens!

Nøgne Ø Citrus Hystrix IPALooks

Dark orange / amber color with a huge beige head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some lovely lacing on the glass.

Aroma

Hoppy and fruity aroma with hints of grass and citrus fruits. I’m picking up orange zest, caramel and some spicy notes.

I’m surprised by how dark this beer is.

Flavor

Strong hints of orange zest and lime. There are also some hints of rye and some caramel-like sweetness.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit sharp.

Finish

The finish feels somewhat artificial to me. The tangerine flavors dominate the finish together with some other bitter notes. The bitter notes sits around for a good while.

Rating

This is a very drinkable and interesting IPA, but I’m slightly put off by the overpowering tangerine flavors. Otherwise a good beer, but not really my thing. Score: 3.9/5.

I picked up this bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika some weeks back.

Nøgne Ø Citrus Hystrix IPA

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