India Pale Ale – Nogne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

India Pale Ale – Nøgne Ø, 7.5% ABV, 0.50 L, (Grimstad, Norway)


on the front-side label:

“India Pale Ale is a full-flavored ale, as is traditional for this historic ale type. We have used hops from the American Pacific Coast because they add such a beautiful aroma. we recommend Nøgne Ø IPA be served at 10°C and paired with foods with strong or spicy flavors. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Woody funk fruity tangy plum barley malt dry bitter
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 0.50 L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a truly different IPA

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Huge gusher! Unfiltered yeast working OT. Pours 80/20-head/beer ratio, super thick foam, thick sticky lacing, opaque pale orange-brown, super clustered micro activity.

Nose: slight woody-sourish funk, unfiltered apple juice’d malts – very interesting for an IPA. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-very creamy, fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: full bloated mouthfeel, background tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), plummy caramel barley malt

Finish: trace airy wheat malt, light woody-funk exhale, sourish dry bitter hops, residual caramel barley malt

Summary: Definitely not your standard IPA. The woody funk goes pretty well with the alcoholic sweet fruity barley malt body. The quality is a cut above the local brews here.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #23 – God Advent (Norway)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #23

God Advent – Nøgne Ø, 10% ABV – 250ml., (Netherlands)

on the front label:

“Advent is a season with mixed feelings for Norwegians. For starters is is all about getting prepared for Christmas. Gorgeous! But it is also a season where it gets darker day by day. Which indeed is a challenge for every individual. This beer is supposed to balance both these emotions. Let’s call it bitter sweet.”

  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Big brown sugar barley malt bomb
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with minimal dissipating head, thin ringed retention, steady scattered streams.

Nose: wet/dank barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, slick-thick, incoming malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel, thick barley malt, tangy-soft sour, brown sugar, fig

Finish: residual malty sweet, alcohol heaviness.

Summary: Big brown sugar barley malt bomb – heavy flavour yet still very drinkable.

#500 – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

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#500 (Imperial India Pale Ale) – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 10% ABV – 0.5L, (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front-right label:

“Nothing is like celebrating your own milestones. This is a celebration of our 500th batch of ale. It was brewed with joy and splendor; the brewer wore a suit, and a TV station filmed the event. As a base for this ale, we have elected to play with numbers: 5 hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alcohol by volume. Indeed it is an Imperial India Pale Ale. Big and bold. Great for a celebration!”

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Caramel-toffee malt brandy sweet smooth alcoholic
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off), @16th St. Liquor Store (W.Van), Sept 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good stuff for sure

Visual: Their signature plain label with just the Ø, but the true excitement is inside. Pours murky root beer brown with a very small head, a thin layer of micro retention, a few micro slow streams here and there.

Nose: aromatic caramel+toffee sweet malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: alcoholic crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malt, toffee, nutty, brandy

Finish: subtle soft bitter hops, malty sweet smooth finish.

Summary: This drinks way too smooth for a 10%. Not much bitterness for an IPA, tastes like a strong amber. Good taste:$$$ ratio.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #1 – Tindved – Nøgne Ø

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #1

Tindved (Sea buckthorn Sour Wheat Ale) – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 7% ABV – 0.25L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front-right label:

“Tindved er et syrlig norsk øl brygget på norsk byggmalt og norsk hvete. Det er tilsatt saft fra pressede tindvedfrukter for å gi den gode friskheten. Dette er et ufiltrert og upasteurisert øl. Skjenk derfor forsiktig i glasset slik at sedimentene i bunnen flasken kan ligge uforstyrret.

Tindved is a sour Norwegian ale brewed with Norwegian malted barley and raw wheat. We added juice from pressed sea buckthorn to obtain the brash sourness. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized so pour carefully if you want to leave the natural yeast in the bottom of the bottle.”

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  • Style: (sea buckthorn) Sour Fruit Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Barnyard woody sour dry fruity apricot wheat malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like sours, but not too exciting

Visual: Pours golden marmalade orange with a beautiful ultra-creamy lasting head, super sticky lacing, lots of tiny bubbled active streams.

Nose: huge barnyard fruity apricot sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: creamy mouthfeel, immediate sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, huge sourness-tangy, tart, (MAIN) wheat malt, apricot, barnyard, woody

Finish: more funk, very dry, soft-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Intense barnyard with bold dry sourness and a fruity apricot-wheat malt profile. It’s a decent combo but not something that I particularly loved or found to be awesome. Still it’s a quality brew that I’m sure fans of sours would appreciate.

Røyk Uten ild (Smoke without Fire) – HaandBryggeriet (Drammen, Norway)

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Royk Uten ild (Røyk Uten Ild), 8% ABV, 50cl., (Drammen, Norway)

It’s been over 2 year since I’ve had a HaandBryggeriet beer; I’m quite looking forward to this one since all of my previous reviews of theirs have been consistently good. (Dark Force = B+, Odin’s Tipple = B, Akevitt Porter = A).

description on ratebeer.com:

“Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) is our smoky beer, here we have tried to make a beer as smoky as we can using our smoked malt from Weiermann. We have made a fairly dark and flavourful beer. Apart from the special malt the rest of the malt bill (86%) is smoked malt. You could also say that this is a smoked wheat beer, because we have used our wheat beer yeast here. The beer is not scary but actually very nice even for those that aren’t smoke beer fanatics….try it and you will see. Contains malted barley, Amarillo hops, wheat beer yeast, and lots of smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany. 8% alc, 33 ibu, 48 ebc. Serving temp 8 – 12C or 46 – 53F.”

  • Style: Smoked Beer
  • Taste: Cacao creamy sweet brown sugar malt lightly smoked
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor Store (W.Van)
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 50cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A rather simplistic label compared to their regular lineup. Pours cloudy beer bottle brown with a smallish very long lasting micro foamy head, a small layer of retention, a bit of lacing, tons of varied speed active streams.

Nose: Charcoal smoke immediately jumps out, malt, a bit of brown sugar, molasses. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, silky smooth mouthfeel, creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar liquid malt, cola, molasses, woodiness, hints of anise, coffee

Finish: minor smokiness, cacao nib bitterness, subtle soft bitter hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Quite and engaging cacao sweet malty beer that grabs and holds your attention. Excellent balance and “silkiness” that keeps you sipping.

#100 – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: B

#100 (Batch 100) – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 10% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“#100 from Nøgne Ø was brewed originally to celebrate our 100th batch, but commercial demand <forced> us to continue production. It is a big, dark and hoppy ale that commands your attention. Enjoy #100 at about 10°C.”

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  • Style: Imperial Brown Ale
  • Taste: Caramel brown sugar choco malts with bold bitter hops
  • Where I got it : W. 16h Liquor Store
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours very dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, a very thin layer of retention, some lacing, lots of streams only visible near the surface. Lots of sediment in the last pour.

Nose: sweet caramel malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: deep sweet malts, bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) thick caramel malts, brown sugar, chocolate, mild fig/date

Finish: bold bitter hops, bittersweet mild-roast malty finish

Summary: Very bold, heavy and well-hopped; it does attain and keep your attention, as advertised. A good showcase of caramel malts with hops.

Tiger Tripel – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: A-

Tiger Tripel – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 9% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“A tripel is light, strong with big, dense and creamy head. It’s balanced with a sweet finish. We at Nøgne Ø like to do things our own way. ‘How to make a signature flavour in a Tripel?’, we asked ourselves at one point. We concluded that peat smoked malt of Scottish origin was the answer. Subtle yet present. Enjoy at 6°C with cheeses, seafood or poultry. This product is unpasteurized and unfiltered.”

  • Style: Tripel
  • Taste: Peach subtly smoked malts soft hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A menacing tiger on the label for a menacing 9% ABV beer… Pours golden marmalade orange, no head, very thin ringed retention, lots of micro CO2 steady streams scattered throughout.

Nose: faint peach fruity malts. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: balanced smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly crisp mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach/apricot, grassy malts, mild alcohol bitterness

Finish: fruity-sweet + lightly smoked soft-hoppy bitter crisp finish.

Summary: Once again, Nøgne Ø doesn’t disappoint with their take on a Tripel. Full-flavoured yet supremely drinkable, this one is awesome and smooth for a 9%.

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: A-

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Nogne O), 7.5% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“India Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration. Classic Belgian malts and yeast, pungent Australian new hop varieties and clean Norwegian water. Served chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie. This product is bottle conditioned and has a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle.”

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  • Style: (India) Saison
  • Taste: Sweet malty bready ultra-creamy grapefruit hopped light sour fizzy
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: I just love collab beers, it means twice the amount of brains and love went into making it, am I right? Pours light cloudy apple juice golden yellow with a HUMUNGOUS lasting creamy head, a scandalous amount of CO2 activity, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange blossom, lemon citrus malts, quite fruity (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra creamy-fizzy

Mid-palate: crisp (lvl-6) malty sweetness, (MAIN) yeast, malts, lemon, grapefruit peel, straw, bready

Finish: burpy-bloated, smooth ultra-soft grapefruit bitter hops, sour-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very drinkable, especially with a meal. I pretty much finished the whole bottle just trying to review it. Recommended, quite a trip.

Imperial Stout – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: B+

Imperial Stout – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 9% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

Nøgne Ø explained and pronounced:

on the back label:

“Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø is a very rich, creamy and completely black ale with flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather and dried fruits. Imperial Stout pairs well with dark chocolate and similar desserts”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: smooth bittersweet chocolate-coffee-malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra-dark black-brown with a minimal quickly dissipating head, barely any retention, a few slow streams along the edge.

Nose: sweet and heavy chocolate-coffee malts (5/10-pungency)

Attack: syrupy darkness

Mid-palate: light fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, (7/10)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, fudge malts, mocha coffee, (hint) dark fruit, soy sauce

Finish: light coffee bitter roasted exhale, bittersweet cocoa-malt finish.

Summary: Full-bodied and balanced. More on the coffee-sweet side with minimal sourness and bitterness. Very solid, but just needs a bit more wow in flavour or texture to kick it up to the next level.

‘Dark Force’ – HaandBryggeriet (Norway)

‘Dark Force’ – HaandBryggeriet, 9.0% ABV – 50cl, (Drammen, Norway)

on the back label:

“This imperial really strikes back. From a strange country far, far away, comes the only Imperial Wheat Stout in the known universe. Made by four guys brewing in their spare time and boldly goes where no brewery has gone before. Made with wheat malt and wheat yeast.”

  • Style: (Double Extreme) Imperial Wheat Stout
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: alcohol and sweetness -> roasted malts/coffee/vanilla/oak -> med coffee bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Libations Liquor
  • How much: $7 (after 10%), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark brownish-black with a very nice thick foamy creamy head, non-visible CO2 streams somewhere. Medium malts on the nose, surprisingly not as pungent as would appear. A burst of light alcohol (3/10) masked by high sweetness (8/10), super thick roasted malts, oak, coffee, mild soy sauce, B, creamy and light tingly mouthfeel, B, and finishes with a long medium coffee bitter finish. Med-high complexity, high depth, great transitions, excellent carry, great drinkability. This would benefit from some barrel aging.