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India Pale Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003

17.5º P, 60 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, wheat and caramel malt; Chinook and Cascade hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 114
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Creamy white head and a clear orangey yellow body.

Sweet citrus fruit and some floral notes. Nice bright inviting aroma.

Sweet orange but gets a little more grapefruit and pine than the aroma let on. There is some caramel and bready malt in there.

Smooth medium body. Feels like the hops are scraping my tongue as it goes down.

Solid.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color forming s solid, creamy and persistent yellow head. Forms dome creamy and soapy lacings in the glass

S: Intense caramel followed by flowery hops. American style as expected. Malts are a mix of caramel and maris otter and hops are flowery, herby and quite piny with a touch of citrus. Fruity, with notes of orange, grapefruit and a little bit of mango

T: Slightly sweet caramel malts in upfront followed by a dry and intense hops bitterness. Notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown sugar, orange, mango and pine. In overall, a slightly sweet taste followed by a good hops bitterness kick. However, quite smooth and well balanced

M: Medium body and carbonation. Caramel and piny hops in the aftertaste. A great texture. Pleasantly smooth mouth feel

O: Great drinkability. My second Nøgne. No regret so far. Great brew

Photo of JohnW
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale gold/orange and cloudy from the yeast sediment, dense white head which settled fairly quickly. Resinous aroma typical of a strong IPA in common with many US IPA's - reflecting the anticipated taste. Strong forward hoppy flavours typical of the style, rich texture reflecting the 7.5% alc, very tasty and satisfying. Hardly a session beer at this level of alc, but a very good and enjoyable beer. Though a bit expensive being imported from Norway.

JohnW Bham
Sept 2013

Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellow brown with ample head. Good head retention and spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and grassy aroma - great hop presence.

T: Good hop bitterness present up front - strong floral presence. Gets sweet on the back from a nice dose of malts. Nicely balanced.

M: Good pop on the tongue.

O: Great brew and a nice use of hop on the flavor balance and layers.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : unclear orange amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty, dry and bitter finish with a long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style India Pale Ale.

Photo of BierStein711
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint, two finger fast reducing head.

Burnt orange color, reminiscent of a hefe, carbonation is moderate.

Smells: I was slightly congested, but I could smell grapefruit and citrus fruits, I could also smell the hop bill in its glory.

Taste: very malty at first, a little weak for me. The cascade and Chinook hops came in fine, and the "English Ale Yeast" gave the beer a forthright crispness.

Mouthfeel; nourishingly thick

Overall, this is a fantastic beer well worth pursuing and worth anyone's time who is a fan of big, hearty IPAs!

Photo of cyclonece09
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice orange yellow color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of earthy and piney hops, very inviting. Tastes of syrup and piney hops, quite unique. Beer is light-medium bodied and carbonated quite heavily. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of Yzerman
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very descent DIPA from one of my absolute favourite breweries but still, it cannot compete with the Titan IPA. So what is missing? I would say complexity and possibly also the finish, which is overrun by too-much cascade hops (?). Nevertheless a very descent beer from a brewery that never ever leaves you disappointed.

Photo of sholland119
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one yesterday. No freshness or brewing info on the bottle (hate that with an IPA).

A-Pour is a hazy amber with a huge frothy off white head with huge retention.

S-Very malty on the nose, perhaps a whiff of hops but not much there.

T-Very malty with a strong crystal malt presence, with a solid bitterness and a bit of orange zest in the finish. Solid but unspectacular.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness.

O-Pretty much just ok for me. Solid flavor, low on the aromatics.

HV

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that only died down a bit and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. THe beer becomes very hazy and dark as you start pouring towards the end of the bottle.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-balanced IPA that has a good mix between the malts and hops. The overall taste seems to remind of some of the better beers in the Mikkeller single hop series of IPAs.

Photo of BrownNut
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Cloudy amber with a nice, thick cream head. Wasn't expecting sediment but there it is, the Heady Topper kind that looks like little white blobs. Great head, ugly body.

S - 3.75 - A pleasant if not particularly original mix of biscuity malt and hop and citrus.

T - 4.0 - First impression is of bright citrus. Fades to a sweet malty, rich honey. It's more like a DIPA in that way. There's just a tinge or flash of bitter there upon swallowing and then for a bit after at a lower volume. Ends a bit dry.

M - 4.0 - Thicker than expected. Approaching medium. Some carbonation sting. Nice.

O - 4.0 - I read that the head guy at Nogne O didn't understand bold American IPAs at first, same as me, couldn't understand how people could like that effect. And so he played around with them, determined to understand them, same as me. Difference is he was brewing and I was tasting. Both of us finally embraced that side of The Force. He came up with an IPA that I would recommend to people who say they don't like IPAs. I say that about Two Hearted, but I'd say it even more so about this one. This is a quality, well-done beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice mild orange appearance, thin, .56" head on top of it, mostly white, but not pristine white, lacing was half assed, but nonetheless not a detraction, especially for an ipa. Aroma, uh, where's the hops? Another one of those just bitter aroma beers.

Taste, eh, decent, except there's not really anything discernable regarding hops beyond the bitterness, which is substantial. Above average malt bill, sticky at times. Caramel is probably there, but the high bitterness ratio to anything else obscures this a little bit. Mild sweetness. Over and over it bears repeating, where is the hop vegetal taste? All I get is copper pennies from this one.

It was neat they brought a few kegs to the Old Bridge Pub in Reno, but overall, the less hoppy stuff (stout) is where its at, the ipa's, I dunno, at best, they are average for this part of the country. I think its hard to ship an ipa halfway around the world and have it taste like its meant to in the 21st century.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy orange-amber pour with a two finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Big, bold nose with lots of orange, peach, mango, and pine with a solid caramel maltiness. The taste follows suit with hints of orange zest, tangerine, mango, sticky pine, caramel, grapefruit, with a touch of pineapple and biscuit as well. Extremely well balanced with enough sweet caramel malt to offset the bitter, resiny hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with moderate carbonation and a really nice tongue tingling, tangy, bitter finish. Great drink ability. An awesome example of the style, with a uniqueness all its own.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of bread, biscuit, caramel, brown sugar, pine, lemon, and grapefruit are present on the nose.

T: Notes of brown sugar, caramel, bread, biscuit, lemon rind, grapefruit pith, bitter orange, herbs, kumquat, spruce, and pine wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and sticky with plenty of pine, caramel, and citrus notes.

M: Medium in body, resinous, and sticky. Sort of chewy compared to many IPAs. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol is very well integrated.

O: This is a very solid, likable American-style IPA from a brewery that, quite simply, does not make bad products. There is a bit of English character present in this beer, largely due to the use of English ale yeast and Maris Otter malt, so this IPA, while geared more toward American tastes, is very unique. I can't say anything bad about it. Recommended.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, cushioned ecru head, which leaves some drooping tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grapefruit rind, musty tropical fruit, mild pine resin, dry bready caramel malt, and some further, sightly peppery hops. The taste delves more deeply into the tropical fruit realm - tart mango, overripe guava, blood orange - with a more familiar muted grapefruit/pine underpinning a steady caramel malt backbone.

The bubbles are decently integrated in their duty, the body a sturdy medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, but in that kick-ass Yankee IPA way - caramel/toffee/nougat sweetness, but well tempered by sassy, zingy multi-hued hops.

I find it still rather impressive that it's possible to replicate specific regional styles, around the world, with beer. A bang-on, big-ass, West Coast monster of an IPA, here (but from Norway), is the prime example of this axiom. Just sayin'.

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 10/7/12

A hazy golden amber with a thumbs width cream colored head that falls to a thin film rather quickly and leaves a few tiny specks of lace

S tropical notes of guava, mango, passion fruit, and lime, slight pine and some sweet bread, smells great

T a little rind and sweet yet spicy hops, what I smells still there but a little toned down, not as tropical but still a pleasure

M somewhat light for the strength but it works well, carbonation is fluffy making it feel even lighter and it has a nice bitter kick with a lingering spicy finish

O great nose, and taste and feel could get bumped up if I was in a better mood, overall this one's awesome

Sip, Sip, slammed.... went down like a sinking ship, this one has a fair bit going for it,

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Honey yellow color, hazy appearance. Yellowish white crown, good retention. Resinous, piney & floral aromas with tropical hues. Mildy toasted & crystal malt & oily hop flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fruits in the middle. Oily texture & astringent finish. Resins on the aftertaste. Easy drinkable & refreshing.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an effervescent and cracklingly large head of off-white, so much so that it feels obscenely overcarbonated. Body is a pleasantly hazed golden amber. The head fizzles out after a while, leaving a sudsy mesh about 2mm deep on the top of the glass. Some patchy lacing remains. That's about it. Looks decent enough, but I expect solid stylistic performance from Nøgne Ø.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a very strong biting sharpness. Some grapefruit characters come through as well, giving almost a bitterness to the nose itself. It's potent, but a little one dimensional, and it doesn't really capture the full range of flavours of a great IPA.

Taste is also something of a blunt instrument. Potent bitterness comes through on the start, with a mild biscuity character and a drying, grassy slightly astringent finish. Sweetness is limited to that biscuity character, and the weight feels rather light, meaning that the hops are just accentuated more. Disappointingly, while the hops are dominant, they're not particularly complex, so there's a disconnect between the truly great IPA flavours and the hop presence.

Overall, I have to admit I'm disappointed with this brew. Nøgne Ø do great things, and the IPA is a classic style for them to tackle. But this is unsubtle in places, and not nearly as full-flavoured as I would have expected, with one dominant character doing the brunt of the work, and doing it acceptably, but not admirably.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Light caramel color with a slight orange hue; A good four inches of overflowing off-white billowy and bubbly head; Really nice head retention; Good showing of sticky lacing around the glass; Slightly murky appearance

S - Grapefruit and passionfruit hops dominate the smell, but they're a little different from what I'm use to - some sweetness, but a little tartness as well; Some spicy yeast is also present that almost seems Belgian-like to me

T - Definitely get the grapefruit and passionfruit hop sweetness/tartness just like the nose; Other fruits are noticeable too - apples, pears, and lemons; A little bitterness comes in the finish, but is matched nicely with the sweet/tart flavors; Some spice shows up in the taste as well, along with a touch of fresh baked bread flavor in the background

M - Pretty light carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Noticeably dry finish; Texture is fairly smooth, but a little watery as well

O - Overall, this was a pretty solid IPA, but a little different from ones I've had in the past. Brewed in the American IPA style, it doesn't come up short in big hoppy flavor. However, I definitely noticed a unique European presence with the spicy and tart flavors working with the citrusy hops. This beer doesn't quite fit in the mold of my go-to IPA's, but I did enjoy getting the chance to experience its unique interpretation of this style.

Photo of flyingpig
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber that touches on brown in colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that shrinks to a thin lacing.

Pine like in smell with tonnes of hops that dominate the nose. There is a hint of citrus & tropical fruits notes blended into the mix.

Lots of pine & hops to this one straight away and the tropical fruits from the nose are here as well. Quite a fruity taste. There is some citrus and a solid, bitter finish.

Medium body & quite bitter with going overboard with it. There is average carbonation and a fruity pine finish that lingers for a few moments.

A very nice IPA that I enjoyed a lot and will probably try again the next time I come across it. It went down very easily despite the 7.5% abv. & the tropical fruits in the taste and smell were a nice touch.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy amber orange color with a rich white head. I personally prefer my IPAs to be less opaque and lighter in color but the head was perfect.

Smell: It has a light piney hoppiness to the nose with subtle citrus and a balanced malty aroma. There is some slight heat to the nose as well. There definitely could be more hop aromatics to this IPA but still pretty good.

Taste: This is where this beer goes a little flat and not carbonation wise. The flavor is a bit lack luster. It has a nice piney and citrusy hop character though it is very subdued. There is a sugary malty flavor that hits the pallet mid stream but not enough to balance the beer. There is surprisingly a lot of burning towards the finish for a beer that only has 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The heat dries the beer from your palette soon after the finish.

Overall this IPA is just good. Nothing spectacular and definitely not worth the $11 I spent on it. Nogne should stick to Russian Imperial Stouts like the Dark Horizon. Those are worth the money.

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tumbler.

A soupy like head, off tan and light brown and fairly uniform on appearance, sits on a dull orange amber and very cloudy brown body. Nice sticky lacing while drinking, but this body color is not very pleasant to look at.

Nose is citrus orange soft, and hint of strange hop sweetness. Creamy smelling tangerine and big hints of juiciness.

Taste is a creamy smooth texture, but also matching the nose with the citrus orange and tangerine profile. Also a refreshing finish with some good malt density.

Overall in taste smell and feel we are talking about some serious win right here. This is almost morning breakfast orange juice of champions right here!

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no idea how old this is. Pours hazy orange amber color with a fairly foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of strong pine, grapefruit, caramel, wheat, breadiness, spices, and a bit of orange. Very unique IPA aromas here, very good strength as well. Taste of big caramel, citrus, pine, and spices. Very piney, bready, and spicy taste; with a decent sized bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with pine, caramel, and spices. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium bodied and fairly high carbonation. Fairly prickly mouthfeel during drinking, but still very drinkable. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall, a very nice IPA, and quite unique as well.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer color is dark copper. Lots of little floating pieces going around... Nice tenacious head. Aroma is citrus, average intensity in the nose. Some pines in the aroma. Get some faint notes of grapefruits in the taste. Delicious. Intense in the taste and the hops are aggressive. The taste lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Nice. The alcohol is well hidden too. Medium body. Easy to drink for a 7.5%ABV beer. As usual, the head sticks well to the glass. An excellent IPA.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local beer bar served in a tiny snifter. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head some lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is citrus mildly and a little pine.

Beer is medium in body and has a moderately bitter / dry finish. The beer drinks well and has a mild sweetness at the front that carries through to the midpalate flavor of earth and pine. Overall a decent but regrettably average IPA. not a repeat.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.