Tuesday, April 13, 2010

287. Nøgne Ø Dobbel India Pale Ale

This beer is a collabo (and yes, I still love that word) between brewmasters Kjetil Jikrun of Nøgne Ø in Grimstad, Norway and Toshio Ishi from YoHo Brewing in Nagano-ken Kitasaga-gun, Japan; it was brewed and bottled at Nøgne Ø.

The color is a cross between amber and copper; the deep rich reddish-hued fluid has an aggressive rocky ivory head that hangs around and paints down the side of the glass. Starting with a lot of caramel malt flavor, a bit of spiciness, and light darker fruit flavors, Dobbel IPA moves into bitterness in the middle before ending with a lighter candy sweetness and some lingering spicy bitterness. There is not much is the way of hop flavor besides the spiciness, and the malt flavor does have some amber ale characteristics to it—deep, thick, and rich with a malt complexity that, while lighter that of the DIPAs we’ve previously had, does have some darker fruit characteristics to it. Dobbel has a medium body with medium carbonation, although there is a decent carbonation bite. There is also some puckering on the tongue and a light astringency from the hops. Enjoyable and interesting, but we did expect a bit more excitement and hop punch; the balance is more towards the malt in this beer, even with the 100 IBUs. It is slightly reminiscent of Rogue’s Cap’n Sig’s Northwestern Ale, which is described as an India Red Ale. We’d be interested to know more of what the brewers’ intentions with this beer were, but since most of the descriptions are in Norwegian or Japanese, we’re not doing so well translating them. We’ll see what their respective websites has to say.

OK, their websites weren’t really helpful either. We’ll let you check out the label and do your own deciphering (you know the game—click on the label to get a larger version). Good luck!

ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 100
OG: 19° P
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, & Crystal
Hops: Millenium, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, & Brewers Gold


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