Saturday, December 3, 2011
Nøgne Ø Imperial IPA (#500)
I haven't had a new (to me) IIPA in a while, so this one is highly anticipated. A hazy dark brown pour is completed by a finely bubbled and abundant tan head that creeps down the glass slowly, leaving a thick collar of froth behind.
Has a nose of piquant floral and oily hops that are followed by a caramel sweetness for centering. On the palate the hops and sweet malts fight it out for a quick second before being broken up by some grapefruit and distant light fruity notes; then back at it again, with the sweet overpowering the bitter, albeit slightly.
Mouth-feel lies on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but never knocks you out.
A finely tuned IIPA whose sweetness might deter some hopheads, but works fairly well for me.
Posted by freaknhell at 7:47 AM