I, honestly, had never even heard of these guys and when I saw a bottle or two sitting on the shelf at the bottle shop that I frequently visit I thought I would give them a go.
Danish: North Bridge Extreme, was a present from the brewers to Brew master Anders on the first anniversary of Nørrebro Bryghus. Inspired by the Southwest Californian triple IPA’s, it is brewed with British ale malts, adjusted with several colour malts and spiced with extreme amounts of hops.
A dark golden extremely bitter ale (9,5 % ABV) with a prominent hop aroma. Should be enjoyed as the final beer of the evening – Your taste buds will no longer function after drinking this ale!
Ok. Let’s give it a try.
This Imperial IPA comes in a 20.3 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 9.5%.
The North Bridge Extreme poured a murky, deep brown to caramel color with touches of ruby dancing around the edges. The crown was light tan and decently sized. The texture was a mixture of soapy and creamy with both large and small bubbles throughout. The retention time was so-so, but the lacing looked pretty good I thought. It left several patches of foam all along the sides of the tulip glass.
The nose brought forth a very strong malt presence combined with heavy hints of dark breads and toffee. Scents of raisin and sweet molasses as well. A very light hint of booze hid underneath. Earth and pine provided a nice take on the hop profile. This brew smelled very similar to an American Barleywine in my opinion. Overall, very well balanced and complex for an India Pale Ale.
The taste let loose more of the dark breads (wheat) as well as some toffee and caramel sugars. I got a slight taste of rum too. As the beer warmed I began to distinguish a very nice savor of fresh peanut brittle. The bitterness seemed to come on a bit stronger as it warmed also, and again, piny and earthy hops tickled the taste buds of this rather rich and bold flavor.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Very dry, chewy and sticky. A minor touch of warmth was felt at the back end. The carbonation seemed a bit low, however a great deal of flavor was left behind long after the sip.
Personally, I think we have a very nice beer right here. It’s not your typical Imperial IPA that’s for sure. Like I mentioned earlier, it seems a little more geared to the American Barleywine style. That’s quite alright with me though, because I love American Barleywines. The heavy malt delivers a great deal of sweetness, although the drinkability remains quite high. It’s not a beer to rush through in my opinion anyway. One needs to sit and let this beer breathe a bit to really gather all the subtle nuances like the earth, peanut brittle and pine. I’ll say that I wouldn’t have a problem recommending the Norrebro Bryghus North Bridge Extreme to anyone looking for a different take on the style that’s for sure. If you are able to obtain this brew, pick it up and give it a try. I would be interested in hearing what you think about it. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.
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Score: 4.0 out of 5