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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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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Photo of Ljunkan
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of timtim
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing pale about this IPA, except maybe the competition, and we'll see about that. I like the look of this 500ml brown bottle poured into a tulip. Deep amber ale with a tan head that stands tall and lingers. The beer is not quite clear and the carbonation is evident.

The smells are strong even at a distance. Up close pineapple predominates with strong malt presence and a hop punch. Alcohol wafting, later warming, carries the smells. In time smells round out to present more malt in the form of banana bread.

The taste is caramel and a tart/bitter hop bite. I can see this as an attempt to brew a bitter that travels, not so much a pale though. There is quite an alcohol presence, bigger than the 7.5% ABV on the sticker. A bitterness lingers, like yellow grapefruit in the AM. As the warmth works the beer releases sweetness like poncillo sugar and toffee but the bitterness is not tamed.

Mouthfeel is big and full with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry finish to accompany the aftertaste.

Drinkability is good for a high ABV IPA but not great.

This is a good IPA and a great homage to the American style from a Norwegian brewery.

Slainte and Skol.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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'.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of roan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of MikeGill
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle conditioned. Colour is hazy deep amber, good head. Lovely hoppy and citrussy aroma that says: Come hither, lad, and drink me! Flavour is malty and very bitter, plenty of Cascade hops give a grapefruit-like bitter aftertaste. Another good beer from Norway's sole uncompromising brewery.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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?!

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of changeup45
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. This is a really good IPA. Pours a copper color with a big fizzy, frothy head which does not settle down much leaving a lot of lacing. Aroma is very floral with fruity hops. Nice grapefruit, bitter hoppy flavor balanced nicely by some caramel malts. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice and full for an IPA. I loved it. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that is was expensive.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has the following details: Batch Number 501, brewed on 05.05.10, best before 05.05.13.

Pours a hazy, cloudy copper with a huge amount of sediment and or yeast floating around in the glass. The head is at least 3 fingers wide with great retention and excellent lacing. I have never seen so much sediment particles floating in a beer before, so it is definitely a curiosity. As this beer is consumed, the head never completely disappears.

This beer smells of pine, citrus, floral hops...a hops lover's dream. Hints of lemons, grapefruits, mmm.

And the taste definitely does not disappoint. Lip smacking goodness. A hop delight with citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon...just like the smell suggested. And this is not even a double IPA. Leaves a lingering bitterness that serves as a reminder of this great tasting IPA. An excellent rendition of the American IPA style.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Ideal level of carbonation for this style. With this IPA, I simply want to hold it in my mouth and let the hop flavors linger so I can identify all of them.

Drinkability is fantastic. Put me outside on a warm sunny day with a few of these and I'm golden. I would like to see how this measures up to some of the legendary American IPAs. For a 7.5% ABV, you hardly notice it. Pardon me while I search my fridge for another.

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Photo of IronMickey
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber, bordering on copper. substantial, bubbly head-- very carbonated (as opposed to foamy, if that makes sense)

S: very hoppy but has a nice malty undertone. big strong piney hops with a hint of some breaded malts underneath

T: not as hoppy as it smells. much more complex-- not at all a "tongue bruiser" IPA. don't get me wrong, it has good hops, but it's a far cry from nugget nectar and the like. much more balanced. has an excellent spice to it.

M: not quite as "crispy" as most IPAs. I don't know if I should hold some of these not-quite-IPA-ish tendencies against it because it's called an IPA when... I like it anyway.

D: very. it's easy to approach. I could enjoy it regularly, though the price point makes it less attractive than some others.

I'm not sure how to categorize this brew. It won't appeal to big hop heads because it's not quite a bruiser, but may lose points with ale enthusiasts as it *is* on the hoppy side. It's good but it doesn't jump out at you-- add to that it's equivocal nature, and it's hard to put it too high.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly malty, nice big hops, some citrus/pines. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice hop notes, with a nice touch of citrus and pines. Medium body, nice chewy/hoppy. Drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Nogne, do they do anything half-ass, NOT!

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightful IPA. Part of the allure is to try a Norwegian beer...

It pours a dark hazy orange/amber. Nice foamy head, Taste is quite strong on the pallette. Has an initial spicy kick followed by a brief citrus/grapefruit blast and then a hoppy finish.
It leaves a fairly strong aftertaste. Tart and hoppy. These guys take a bold stance on an American style beer.

As far as IPAs go, this is worth a shot, actually, this one is worth a case. Cool to have a beer from Norway.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.