#500 – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)



#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!”


  • 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:

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Third Shift Amber Lager

beers, hops, and caps

Shift work

third shift amber labelthird shift amberThird Shift Amber Lager
Coor’s Brewing Co – Golden, Colorado
ABV: 5.3%

Beer Advocate: 70

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Fruit IPA – American: Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Good Beer dot Co

This week’s beer is the legendary Grapefruit Sculpin, and although you can’t buy it in the UK it’s something I had to include on this blog. I’ve always wanted to try this beer and luckily got my fair share in California. Ballast Point is located in San Diego, they brew the legendary Sculpin IPA and decided one day they’d add Grapefruit to it to complement the already Citrusy flavours of the brew.

Let’s start with Ballast Point‘s description:

Our award-winning IPA, with a citrus twist.
Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

A brief description, but I guess if you’ve heard of Sculpin IPA it needs no introduction and…

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Review: Brett de Hull

Brew Brahs

BrewerLes Brasseurs Du Temps
Brewed in: Gatineau, Quebec
Percentage: 10%
FoundLes Brasseurs Du TempsBDT

Admittedly, I was first attracted to this beer because of the name; that’s an awesome name. For the uninformed, allow me to explain the joke: A beer brewed with brettanomyces in Gatineau (formally Hull) named after former NHL sniper Brett Hull! *pause for laughter, 1-2-3…


A double white with brett and aged in wine barrels: haaaallo complexity! Pours very murky, opaque and light copper in colour. Small bubbles climb the inside of my glass as the head fades to a whispy ring of white. The sharp funky nose marries beautifully with the red wine bouquet. Again, on the palate the two flavour of funk and deep fruit mingle beautifully. This beer drinks more like a fine wine than a beer with its with low carbonation, complex flavours, dry tannic finish…

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