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

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88
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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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
Reviews by Kakaraht:
Photo of Kakaraht
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light orange with massive chunks of sediment the size of my pinkie nail floating around. They almost look like little hop pellets, and there is a lot of it, like a lot. The head was about an inch thick with lost of flecks of sediment in it.

S: Very floral hops, faint tinge of bitterness and lightly toasted malts.

T: Tons of hop flavor ranging through citrus and pine notes with a good skunkiness. There is good malt back bone to hold it up with a good Munich malt like lightly toasted kinda flavor. The bitterness is not to overpowering tell the end when the massive amount of sediment comes into play, but is still at an enjoyable level.

M: Medium body light carbonation and a very dry and heavy finish.

D: Loved this beer and loved the intense amount of sediment. Nøgne Ø can't brew a beer I don't like.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange/cider pour with a single finger cap. Heavy hop nose with sweet malt undernotes. Some spice and grass if I try really hard to concentrate, but otherwise a pretty straight forward IPA. Heavy citrus and not much else. I am defnately ok with this flavor profile. I like my beer to be for breakfast. The body is nice, not thin and not slick, wonderfully smooth and crisp. I can drink this scandanavian IPA (that;s a strange couple of words to put together) all day long! Where's the caviar?!

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed burnished orange with streams of fine bubbles quickly rising to the top. A three inch head of sizzling popping beige foam sits atop and noisily recedes leaving dimples and craters. The crazy foam doesn't allow me to finish pouring the bottle out, definitely takes away from the experience.

Aroma of sweetish honey malt, pine sap, ripe pear and light brown sugar rises up.

Flavor of chewy clover and honey malt with subtle hints of orange rind, flowers, and spruce. Slight warming in the finish. Notes of wheat malt linger on the palate. I'm enjoying the flavor but rating it just a bit lower since it seems more like a hoppy pale ale than an IPA.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, almost feels a little heavy, very rich. Tasty beer and drinkable, but not what I expected.

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 glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright floral and light citrus hops backed by smooth pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of pine that fade as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Mildly dry pale malt flavors and what seem like Maris Otter malt kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are light citrus and lighter pine hop flavors. The hop flavors gain more backbone midway through the sip with the addition of earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very clean IPA with hints of mineral flavors that I've come to expect in Scandanavian IPA's. Worth a shot.

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 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 mudbug
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Norwegian IPA? Why not?
Poured into a standard pint glass resulted in a hazy orange with a decent fluffy head that dissipated pretty quick, small amount of lacing present.
Aroma is a muted cascade hop kick and bread, nothing really stands out but it's OK
Taste is slightly hop forward with a nice malt balance but has an overwhelming bitter component, I suspect that the hops are somewhat faded and the profile is not what the brewer intended, still it's quite enjoyable.
Glad to have tried it, but with all the great American IPAs available here I don't think I'll seek this one out again.

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

Purchased for a ridiculous amount at Brown Jug.

Pours a very nice looking reddish amber with a stark white fluffy head that retains quite well and leaves some interesting lace patterns.

Nose is all West coast hops with some good sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit, pine, and some perfume.

Taste is less hoppy than the nose would indicate, but still quite good. Grapefruit hops, pine, perfume. Good sweet malt backbone that is just a touch stronger than i like. Bitterness begins slow, but comes on strong towards the finish. Strong perfume coming through on the aftertaste. An interesting candy like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch too thick here, but the abv is on the high side for a standard IPA. Slightly overcarbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good, but the sweetness could be toned down a touch, as this one is quite malty. I did however let this one sit for about 3 months before consumption.

Overall a good IPA, very much West Coast influenced. On the maltier side, and bordering on DIPA status, but still quite good. Would like a little bit less carbonation, and maybe tone down the malt just a bit here. let this one warm up a bit before you have it, as cold, the flavor is quite numbed. All in all a solid IPA, but the import price tacked on to it makes it tough to say i will revisit this one often. Good beer though. A fine IPA.

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

A very good IPA, grapefruit aroma and cascade and orange citrus taste and aftertaste. Softer and rounder taste than American counterpart even though American hops. Well carbonated. Freshly made in May. Only drawback was some brown yeasty sediment. Satisfying. Thanks Madsberg.

Photo of CarfiCZ
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought 12/2010 Prague-Bad Times, pivotéka
Faced with such a strong beer, but I did not seem strong. Pleasant bitterness Drinkability excellent and unusual beer from Norway, the Czech Republic, unfortunately, quite expensive, the beer is average and the beer 25Kč can find the cheapest 129KČ, damage

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

on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in belgian chalice, crimson-copper body, light beige foam

smell: definite american IPA - pure cascade hops leave a grapefruit/tropical aroma, caramel malt

taste: creamy caramel malt hits first, followed by the tropical fruit hints of the cascade hops, juicy ruby red grapefruit, a little spicy, but in the end just a nice malt-drive IPA

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: good

Photo of jbowers56
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange colour, with a good off white head. Totally hazy.

Fruity, but in a kind of belgian way... which is odd. Some definite citrus and pine, but also a kind of overripe pear character. Really cool. I'll be fair, I was thrown off, but once I tasted it, the aroma sort of explained itself. Some sweet malts too.

Im a fan of the flavour of this beer. Grapefruits, pine and malts dominate the flavour. Very different to most IPA's I have had in aroma and flavour.

The body is lightened nicely by a dry finish which I like. Smooth, but quite highly carbonated.

Very drinkable to me.

Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight.

A: a honey copper with excellent lacing.

S: soapy and floral mostly. Not a lot of sweetness comes through but not unpleasant.

T: slight bitterness but more soap floralness that lingers. Caramel sweetness I'd presents as well.

M: no harshness at all but no creaminess either.

D: the beer was gone before I knew it

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 4+ fingers of really rocky cream colored head. Hazes some at the bottom of the bottle; very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Some citrussy hops & a touch of honey malt, plus some apricot

T: Intense grapefruitty hops & faint biscuitty malt up front. Some caramel & fruittyness (apricots & pear) fight through the hop blitz as this warms, plus piney & leafy hops. Finishes with leafy, piney & citrussy hops with some fruittyness & honey malt

MF: Chewy with soft carbonation, skews hoppy, but there is enough fruittyness & maltyness to balance this out properly. Some stickyness too

Drinks pretty easy; the intense hoppyness & price would prevent me from sessioning on this very nice Scandinavian AIPA

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours sort of a copper brown with hints of orange and a thick pillowy of white head. Nose of a big fruity and malty Belgian, not an IPA. Little IPA character to the nose whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with a buttery character. A very quality mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit strange. Light malty pine and a malty pine character and finish. It actually tastes pretty good. Rich, complex and layered with a juxstaposition of malt and hop bitter. An initial negative reaction to flavor gives way to a desire to drink more and more of it. Very tasty; somewhat unique and very drinkable on its own or with food.

This is really two beers in one - a malty Belgian and a resin pine bitter hop. I like it.

Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 50cl bottle. Pours a muddy copper with a large light beige head. Great lacing, lots of sediment. Herbal, bitter, hop notes typical of cascade hops, plus some honey-like malt. Honeyed malt comes back in the taste, along with some slightly roasty caramel flavors. Somewhat light hop-bitterness that comes off as almost grapefruity. Earthy. Full bodied with good carb. About as drinkable as a 7.5% IPA can get.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle recently purchased at either Shawan or State Line. Because I can't remember which, I'll name 'em both.

A: The IPA pours with a brown-hued copper color. The base of the glass reveals more orange than the mouth of the glass. A two finger head coated the mouth with splotches of lace that are slowly drying.

S: Delicious tropical fruits define the scent, coating the nostrils with thick pineapple and orange notes.

T: My first sip was all foamy head. It revealed a sharp bitterness tempered by significant quantities of caramel malt. A sip of the liquid itself reinforces my initial impression that both flavors are amped up for the long haul. The hops are intensely bitter, poorly masking alcoholic heat. Bitter rind flavors, both orange and grapefruit, become more evident on further investigation. A prolonged sip adds more citrus fruit flavors without the rind. Big malts stand up relatively well, preventing things from going too far but they really aren't the focus here. The finish is the bitter hops, tart and sharp with a tendency to last.

M: The hops blast through the malts and do their damnedest to obliterate the taste buds.

D: The bitterness of the hops can scour the palate, so anything more than a bottle or two could have long-term repercussions. This is a serious IPA, worthy of respect.

Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Hazy red-amber with two fingers of thick and sticky off white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell. Faint smells of fruity hops and pine sap. A little light caramel.

Taste. Nice spicy, hoppy bite with lots of yellow grapefruit. A little light grain in the back with a clean bitter citrus rind finish. No alcohol here.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Medium-strong, but really smooth carbonation.

Overall. This is the good stuff. A contender to the better west coast IPAs.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of caramel malt and bitter hops is quite enjoyable. Taste was comprised of good balance mix between caramel malt and bitter slightly citrus hops. I thought this beer was well balance with a good malt base as with most of the offerings from this brewery.

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Very deep honey amber hue with an ultra thick, pillowy two to three finger head that lasts forever.

Strong citrusy hop aromas along with a little bit of honey. The malts add a bit of toastiness to the background.

This seems to be one of the maltier IPAs I have had, with plenty of slighty toasty malts with a little bit of caramel. The hops are bitter and peppery, yet don't pack as much flavor as others. Full bodied.

I'd say this is a decent IPA but certainly not my favorite. Strong bitter hops are this one's strength. A very warming beer, be careful!

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 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 peabody
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy with white suds and some lacing.
Smell is toasty malts. This smells like a brown ale to me.
This one tastes like a brown ale. The only hops are at the end of the sweet maltyness when the bitterness hits. No alcohol here. This is a smoothe beer and very refreshing.
Good mouthfeel and a high drinkability make this one great beer, but not really an IPA I don't think.

Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a local Russian market. This beer was extraordinarily bubbly with a nice three-finger head. It is also quite opaque. Has a far more fruity scent to it than your traditional IPA.

Very citrusy in taste. Has also a vegetable, almost organic undertone.

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