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

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88
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
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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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of pkenkman
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of Ljunkan
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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).

Photo of Rutager
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Bananaman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of supermeniscus
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CarfiCZ
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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 RobertH50
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 roan22
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.