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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

202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003)
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
Photo of OttoBomb
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "1 pint .9 oz" (500ml) bomber into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 11, 2010). No 'bottled on' date here, which is a bit concerning for an IPA, since this was clearly shipped across the Atlantic and might have been shelved for a while.

Eyes: Pours a hazy, dark orange color, with an exuberant fluffy head. There is some muddy redish paste paste inside the cap and around the inner portion of the bottle opening. Not a serious problem per se, just a notable item. The beer looks great in the glass.

Nose: An earthy, dry fruit aroma: apricot, grapefruit, There are some malts, but only very subtle. Not a great aroma, as it's a bit too muted for me.

Tongue: A bit more malty and earthy than most IPA's, which isn't bad, but I think the hops fall a bit short to match this. The citrus/pine hops are there, and the flavor profile is decent, but it's just not enough to match the complex earthy profile here.

Mouth: Very palatable and thick. All goodness here.

Libation: I really like the complex and subtle earthy malt profile, and it would have supported a solid hop punch, but the punch just isn't strong enough to carry the day. Nøgne makes some truly great beers, and while this is very good, it's not comparable to the others in their stable. I've got to think a lot more hop character would only improve this beer. I wonder what this would taste like when very fresh from the brewery?

OttoBomb, Feb 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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?!

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 15, 2011
Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +2%

kaneel, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

innominat, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

far333, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

glid02, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

OBIrish24, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of JohnW
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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

JohnW, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of TipTapAsa
4/5  rDev +2%

TipTapAsa, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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'.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of mudbug
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mudbug, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Sammy, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of CarfiCZ
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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

CarfiCZ, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
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

dirtylou, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jbowers56, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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

mikey711, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

aztraz, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

KMcG, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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

russpowell, May 13, 2008
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zonker17, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

philipquarles, Jun 09, 2009
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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.