India Pale Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
Pours a cloudy amber orange color with some lighter golden orange hues when held to a light source with a thick frothy white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.
Floral citrus hop aroma with a nice caramel malt backbone, dry pine note as well as some sweet citrus peel, mostly orange peel and grapefruit.
Very crisp citrus hop flavor with hints of lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit. Very well balanced with a subtle caramel malt backbone with hints of biscuit and nut. Very quaffable with a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet dry mouthfeel.
10-14-2009 07:56:02 | More by corby112
4.68/5 rDev +19.1%
Bought a bottle in Norway and shared it with Bananaman.
Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white foam which remains until the beer is finished.
Smell is amazing! Very hoppy with notes of tropical fruits, passion fruit, citrus and grape fruit. Perfection of hops!
Taste is almost as good. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits. Really nice, balanced bitterness. Good malty notes, the hops doesn't take over.
Very filling, creamy and nice in the mouth. Highly drinkable! I wish it was available in Sweden on regular basis. In Sweden we must buy 12 bottles of this if we want to taste it (if not a good pub have it).
11-04-2008 19:27:23 | More by Ljunkan
British Columbia (Canada)
4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
03-29-2011 00:08:03 | More by Rutager
United Kingdom (England)
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
Having my first encounter with this fantastic beer, I found it again at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market nr. London Bridge. Batch 148, BB 13/05/08, so this is from the same batch as my last bottle. Great! Time to witness what 15 more months of ageing in the bottle can do to this already fantastic IPA~~ Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
A: dark reddish-orange in colour; the creamy beige head comes as frothy as well-aerated capuccino froth and settles slowly to a thin velvet on top of very gentle carbonation...
S: juicy caramel malts play the main theme, buttressed by a deeply fragrant+fruity hoppyness featuring Cascade's flowery scent, lychees and ripe white grapefruits, plus lots of other fruit-estery elements: longan-fruit tea, sweet red cherries, sweetened orange peels and some piney notes as well... the faintly sharp estery-yeasts and a mild flow of mead-like alc. stay underneath without being heavy, adding some depth and body to the forenote. Overall the nose is slightly sweeter, less complex and less thick than I could remember from my last bottle, maybe the hops have been softened... very attractive still.
T: soothingly effervescent upfront, quickly but quietly the piney as well as bitter-lychee hops expand on the palate, on top of a mild layer of bitter-sweet amber malts and marmalade... the mid-palate passes quickly to an incredible length and depth of more hop aroma (bitterness from lychee-fruit on skins and dried white-grapefruit peels), yeasts, and bitterness... with yeasts' mild bite and black tea-ish+black peppery soothingly tannic bitter aftertaste lingering forever... a proper, mild flow of warming alc. gradually creeps down the throat to round off the palate.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains mildly fizzy throughout, very refreshing for a 7.5%abv. IPA; the medium, rounded body is held up so well throughout the drink as well, never falling thin due to the subdued but consistent maltiness and vertical bitterness as a solid backbone... Compared with my previous note, it seems 15 more months of ageing has rendered a softer hoppyness and maltiness than my last bottle, and the overall palate is thus made drier and cleaner in a sense. The ever-lasting and elegant bitterness is exceptional, perhaps the strongest point of this older bottle. All in all, this is IMO an elegant yet highly approachable American IPA to savour.
01-07-2007 03:26:19 | More by wl0307
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Wow! Just wow. I really love Nøgne Ø, they are certainly one of the best nordic brewers in my opinion. And IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer. Thanks to Ljunkan for sharing.
Hazy orange color with a big fluffy white foam.
The smell amazing! Lots of tropical fruits, mostly citrusy. And a light maltiness in the smell too. I just loved the smell on this one.
Taste is good, but a slight dissapointment after the amazing smell. Lots of hops in there with a really filling body. But after such a wonderful smell, I think I expected a bit more.
Still, one of the best IPA's I have ever had.
10-18-2008 12:23:45 | More by Bananaman
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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
01-16-2011 18:52:21 | More by CarfiCZ
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
This is a great beer, as always from Nogne O. This beer pours into the glass to a hazy dark amber color with a very active carbonation rising in streams to the top. The beer has a head such that I haven't seen in quite a while. Huge and frothy with large bubbles of gas escaping. It appears to be a living, breathing thing as the head pulsates. Lacing is astonishing. Retention is a thing to behold as well. The only thing keeping this beer from a perfect score in the appearance department is the extreme cloudiness.
The smell is great. Very piney with a citric grapefruity pith. Malt takes the backseat to the hops in this one, as should be expected for the style, but it is perhaps a bit too nondescript a bit of caramel, but otherwise just slightly doughy pale malt. The taste is very similar. The hop profile is in line with my particular tastes. Very intense hops flavor with an assertive bitterness, but not so hoppy that it tastes like you just licked the mower blade after cutting the grass. There is a touch of alcohol flavor, but not enough to harm its drinkability. I will definitely pick another of these up in the future, if only to share with my Norwegian friend. My only gripe is that for the cost of a bomber I could pick up a sixer of an IPA that I would enjoy just as much with a few extra beers to spare.
03-20-2008 02:36:37 | More by neonbrown82
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
hazy copper with an egg white head that holds well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is very very perfumy. like a nice natural flowery perfume with hints of citrus and sandalwood. caramel malty goodness in the back, and the taste is an eccentuated well balanced mix of above. nice, soft, medium full body with a long, spicy, slightly bitter finish. like an amped up mix of english, east coast and west coast ipas. very nice.
07-01-2009 00:09:06 | More by timtim
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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'.
07-19-2012 03:55:51 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
I've had about 3 bottles of this IPA from a new-to-me Norwegian brewery, one of a handful Scandinavian breweries blessed with brilliant insight, ie the smart idea to make beers for the American palate [beer geeks' palate, that is]. Not sure if its because they personally love our style of hoppy craft beers, or they're just able to recognize a trend and are in it to to make $$$, but regardless this IPA is pretty damn good.
Its full-bodied and comes in a bottle size between a 12oz. and a 22oz. For me it was difficult to drink two of them actually, because of the full bodiness and because its 7.5% and the alcohol sneaks up on you. The beer is well-balanced IMO. Bitter and malty, with excellent carbonation and foam/head. No trace of the alcohol in the taste of the beer, and none of the sweetness a DIPA would feature [which is good, this is NOT meant to be a DIPA]. I would definitely drink this again but might switch to something else after one due to the fullness and price being an import. Cheers Nogne!
10-28-2007 06:21:11 | More by roan22
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
A- Pours a slightly hazy golden-brown color. Pretty dark at the center of the pint glass (at least for an IPA). A thick head forms with very good retention.
S- It smells pretty malty for an IPA. Aside from the roastyness, the floral hoppiness I was expecting comes through as well. Notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange with some autumn fruit (pear?). Not exactly what I was expecting, but it smells great!
T- The hops and malt balance each other exceptionally well, although there is way more malt than any IPA I've ever had. I'm actually getting notes of smoke and coffee. The crisp hop flavors include grapefruit, sweet orange, apricot, and a mild spicy flavor. The bitterness is almost hidden within the malt.
M- It's not as light or refreshing as most IPAs, however it's pleasantly thick and creamy with a very nice, lingering finish.
D- This IPA is very easy to get down. It's not too bitter, yet all the wonderful hops are present. There are some really interesting "deviations" sprouting up in the IPA category and this is an excellent example of one.
09-07-2008 12:49:05 | More by JoeMayo
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.
Draught poured into a 12oz. snifter.
Dark orange with traces of crimson. One inch head which was fluffy and off-white. Some spotty lacing. Citrus fruit nose with floral honey aromas. I also detected a prickly branch and leaf like quality. Defiantly some minerality.
Does not taste like a typical American IPA. There are the flavors of citrus, pine and yeast. But it also has a dusty stone quality along with sweet fruit and intense bitterness. There is also a very distinct soapy taste but don't get me wrong I'm not talking about Irish Spring. Nor do I mean that the glass was not properly rinsed. In this case when I say "soapy" I mean the botique soap that you can't stop smelling and would love to taste if no one was looking. I was very happy with this beer.
03-04-2010 19:24:53 | More by MikeGill
India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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