Monday, October 28, 2013

Two Captains Double IPA

Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA was brewed by Jan Halvor Fjeld, winner of the 2010 Norwegian Home Brewing championship who was invited to brew his award winning Imperial IPA at Nøgne Ø. The name of the original beer was Pliny goes to Telemark and Two Captains refers to both Kjetil & Jan Halvor’s flying interests. Travelled all the way to Copenhagen to get my hands on this beer and found had it at Mikkeller’s bar which was a great experience.

Murky orange on colour with a heavy off-white head the aroma was bursting with hops as expected being 100 IBU. Some grapefruit in the body but more grassy that citrusy character to this beer. Finish was quite bitter with some sweet tones and a very easy DIPA to drink with little to no signs of the 8.5% alcohol present.

After finally having tasted all 3 of Nøgne Ø Double IPA beers I have to admit #500 is my favourite (which I am currently drinking and will make the next post) because of the fact that it has more sweet fruit character and is not as dry as the other 2.

Being such a dry and bitter DIPA it is all about the hops, very hoppy in the beginning with a mild malty middle and more hops bitterness in the finish. I liked this beer but was not going crazy about it like other beers from Nøgne Ø but am happy that my facebook vote helped to get Nøgne to brew this again.

Tasted the new and final batch a few times both in Kristiansand & Oslo that was Batch Nr. 691 which was brewed 6th September 2011. Drinking a "fresh" bottle of Two Captains is a completely different ballgame, this version was bursting out oranges, mangoes, hops, lemons, sweet caramel, candied citrus peel and a lot more delicate flavours right out of the bottle. Very high up on the Top 5 Nøgne Ø beer now and easily this new batch gets a 5 star rating.


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