Red Horizon 3 Edition (Aged 4.5 Years) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “Red Horizon 3 Edition” the third beer brewed in a series using Sake yeast.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a very minimal head.  The aroma consists of huge fruit notes up front including dark fruits and berries, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, berries, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, licorice, vanilla, alcohol with lots of sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.5% with an IBU of 100.   This edition of Red Horizon is a Barley Wine and has amazing flavour and body.  If you find a bottle make sure to pick it up.  This beer was brewed on December 20, 2011 and consumed on June 20, 2016 or 4.5 years after brewing.  The bottles best before date was December 20, 2016.

Commercial Description:  What we have tried to do here is to get the optimum fruitiness out of a sake yeast. This beer was fermented for 10 weeks at low temperature with sake yeast No. 9 to achieve that.

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#500 (Imperial IPA) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “#500 (Imperial IPA)” a beer originally brewed to mark their 500th batch of beer. So to go with the number 5 there are 5 different malts and 5 different hops used in this brew.  This Double IPA pours a deep cloudy colour (Rusty) with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, some fruits, malts, earthy with floral hops.  The flavour is of smoke, caramel, malts, fruits, earthy and big hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with a very big 100 IBU. Nøgne Ø should be very proud of this beer as it is an amazing double IPA and worthy of being a landmark beer.

Commercial Description:    When Nøgne Ø decided to make its 500th batch of beer, it was quickly established that the key numbers would be 5 malts,5 hops, 10% alcohol and 100 IBUs. The result is an incredibly rich and hoppy Imperial IPA. Malty enough to be almost a barley wine, but intensely fruity, mainly because it is dry hopped with generous amounts of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.

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