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

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dispensed from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, grapefruit skin colored beer with a lightly toasted bread colored head of great size. About three fingers in size and pretty stiff. Creamy and rocky with plenty of lacing.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Pretty disappointing. Metallic malt with a hint of earthy hops. Slightly fruity. Not much else.

Taste was a let down as well. Bitter hops on the tongue but not much flavor wise. Slightly alcoholic, caramel malt.

I was hoping for a good beer here but everything was a let down. Bitter finish bordering on astgigency. Not very balanced. Carbonation seemed a little low; more along the ESB side or cask ale. Not impressed with this one. I wont revisit.

Photo of dgilks
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big, powerful dark amber colour with a massive, fluffy light tan head. Good head retention. It's just a bit hazy.

Sweet, tropical fruit nose with plenty of hop action. It could be brighter.

The flavour is just weird. I get biscuity malt, some caramel and light resinous hops but I also get a big hit of acrid bitterness. To me this could be chlorophenol which is disappointing. Underlying that is a nice citrussy hop character but the chlorophenol is disappointing.

The medium mouthfeel works nicely with moderate carbonation.

A decent beer but a chlorophenol taint lets it down. It is a pity that breweries can't get some of these things right all the time but I suspect this is an aberration from Nogne O and will try another batch of the IPA in the future.

Photo of Goliath
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color with a large three finger light tan head. Good retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is ok. Some floral earthy hops up front with a malty caramel finish.

The taste is disappointing. It's pretty malty, with a slight hop bitterness. Pretty boozy too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Consider this a huge disappointment for me. Does not have the hop profile of an IPA. I don't think it would even pass for an English IPA. Sad sad sad.

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 JDV
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this generous bonus!
Pours a rich dark amber with a smallish white head. Smell is earthy, creamy and hoppy, but mildly so relative to American IPAs. Taste is nicely hopped, but not too strong, and has an appropriate malt level. Quality IPA, but not much better IPAs can be found for the price. Could have a touch richer mouthfeel, and there is a touch of chalkiness as it warms.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a slightly above average IPA. It had a red-orange color with nice and durable head formation. The beer was translucent with some haziness. Flavor was very balanced - the beer had nice quantities of both hop and maltiness. Hop quality was evident, but I didn't find it to be extremely assertive. To my taste the hoppiness that was present was not overly fruity. This beer struck me as not being extremely memorable. It's not "extreme" in flavor, nor was it really superlative in terms of balance, etc.

Recommended, but don't rush to the liquor store.

Photo of Telix
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: An opaque apricot, almost cloudy, with a moderate but lasting head. Not necessarily visually appealing.

Smell: A slightly sour and funky aroma, not very floral or piney in the least. It was moderate in intensity and not super enticing.

Taste: I got notes of sweet fruit, pear, and low-AA hops, with some lingering bitterness on the tongue. Definitely a euro IPA with more of a funky fruity bitterness as opposed to the citrus of American hops.

Mouthfeel: It was pretty good, a creamy effervescent beer without reaching sparkling.

Drinkability: It's definitely tasty and chuggable, and not a taste bud overloader. I'm not a huge fan of euro IPAs, though, and this isn't an exception to that rule. I definitely prefer their Sunturnbrew barleywine over this.

Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's make a disclaimer right away: this was bottled May 2008 and I am drinking it, almost two and half years later, in September 2010. I have a strict rule of never reviewing beers that are past their prime but according to the brewery, I've still got two and a half years (May 2013) before I have to worry about that. So then, if the brewery has OK'ed the sale of their beer to this point (and beyond) let us go ahead and assess it..

An almost poke-a-dot pattern of suspended yeast muck up might otherwise have been an inspiring, sunset-like appearance. The overall colour bears a lighter, more yellowish tone despite the fact that its core is densely shaded in orange-amber. Clarity is muffled but not entirely stamped out. Its head is an impressive specimen of soapy suds, a thick lather that wholly smothers the glass. (Note: the second pour obliterates the glass with gunk.)

The caramel-like sweetness of the malts still seems to have a long way to go before triumphing in this aroma; the budding greenness of the hops, its spice and its zest, appears slowly fading but assures us, quite convincingly, that it will be forever here to stay. And, pleasant though they are, malts be dammed! My nose has eyes for only one, and it's the hops (I probably could have picked a better expression there, right?)

But those hops won't keep the flavour score afloat... that ship obviously sank a long time ago. And with it, we can presume, was all the biscuity, toffee-laced maltiness and the flare of zestful, fruity American hops. Now alcohol walks the streets unabashedly. This tastes like a beer not deflated, not depleted but flat out defeated. Sorry Nogne, your concept of a 'best before' date is, shall we say, "ambitious"...

If not greedy. I understand it doesn't help that your beers can be several months old by the time they reach these here shores but, especially asking what's on the price tag, don't try to rectify that by printing an outlandish shelf life - just because you say it will last that long doesn't mean it will. Your Imperial Stout or Barleywine I can see, but not an IPA. And this clearly is not how their IPA should taste - that's the point!!!

If this site serves any purpose it's beer advocacy - not just for consumers, but for producers too - then Nogne (and others) if you're skilled enough to brew the beers in your portfolio then surely you have the brains to know that no IPA - let alone one shipped half way around the world - will survive in good standing for five years. I find it insulting that you'd deceive the people paying to try your beer with such selfish and undermining claims.

Photo of sholland119
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one yesterday. No freshness or brewing info on the bottle (hate that with an IPA).

A-Pour is a hazy amber with a huge frothy off white head with huge retention.

S-Very malty on the nose, perhaps a whiff of hops but not much there.

T-Very malty with a strong crystal malt presence, with a solid bitterness and a bit of orange zest in the finish. Solid but unspectacular.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness.

O-Pretty much just ok for me. Solid flavor, low on the aromatics.

HV

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an effervescent and cracklingly large head of off-white, so much so that it feels obscenely overcarbonated. Body is a pleasantly hazed golden amber. The head fizzles out after a while, leaving a sudsy mesh about 2mm deep on the top of the glass. Some patchy lacing remains. That's about it. Looks decent enough, but I expect solid stylistic performance from Nøgne Ø.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a very strong biting sharpness. Some grapefruit characters come through as well, giving almost a bitterness to the nose itself. It's potent, but a little one dimensional, and it doesn't really capture the full range of flavours of a great IPA.

Taste is also something of a blunt instrument. Potent bitterness comes through on the start, with a mild biscuity character and a drying, grassy slightly astringent finish. Sweetness is limited to that biscuity character, and the weight feels rather light, meaning that the hops are just accentuated more. Disappointingly, while the hops are dominant, they're not particularly complex, so there's a disconnect between the truly great IPA flavours and the hop presence.

Overall, I have to admit I'm disappointed with this brew. Nøgne Ø do great things, and the IPA is a classic style for them to tackle. But this is unsubtle in places, and not nearly as full-flavoured as I would have expected, with one dominant character doing the brunt of the work, and doing it acceptably, but not admirably.

Photo of livewire78
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the nastiest color of diarrhea and rotten garbage. Absolutely the worst looking beer I've ever seen. Looks like dysentary and vomit in a glass. On the plus side the head and lacing were excellent.

Smelled of strong caramel malt with a tinge of grassy hops in the background.

Tasted pretty good. Followed the nose to the letter. Initial wave of caramel malt followed by the floral grassy taste. No alcohol burn which I like.

Mouthfeel was a little thick and syrupy for my tastes.

The taste is pretty good however, I couldn't get past the appearance of this to want another. It'd be pretty good if it didn't look like baby calf scours. Maybe if you had it in an opaque glass things would improve. But for me, Yuck!!

Photo of cyclonece09
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice orange yellow color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of earthy and piney hops, very inviting. Tastes of syrup and piney hops, quite unique. Beer is light-medium bodied and carbonated quite heavily. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of hophead247
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle...poured a nice hazy orange color with a nice head with lacing and some sediment. Doesn't smell like an IPA at all, but not bad. That European yeast hit me right away...sweet but not too much. The malt is the leader in this IPA, but I'm not complaining. A little too rich for my liking, but I found it to be one of my favorite IPA's to judge. I like Nogne's IIPA alot more, but this IPA is one to try at least once

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz into New Belgium Globe Glass

A. Big 3 finger head when poured. Dark Orange/Copper color.

S. Biscuity malt smell balanced with citrus, floral hops.

T. More of the biscuity malt taste that gives it some sweetness. Some hop bitterness at the end. Overall not very bitter or hoppy.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly clean finish. Adequate carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Doesn't fit my idea or expectations of an IPA. Too malt heavy for me.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Honey yellow color, hazy appearance. Yellowish white crown, good retention. Resinous, piney & floral aromas with tropical hues. Mildy toasted & crystal malt & oily hop flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fruits in the middle. Oily texture & astringent finish. Resins on the aftertaste. Easy drinkable & refreshing.

Photo of FrothHead
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a REMARKABLE beer. That is means neither good nor bad, just REMARkable!

1 pt-9oz bottle
A: Couldn't imagine where all the cloudiness came from in an IPA. Looked as if I had mis-poured a bottle-conditioned ale.
Not a pretty color (coudy orange), but I don't care. - I drink!

S: Something unusual in the aroma for an IPA - not typical American hoppy stuff - more malt to it.

T: I could TASTE the cloudiness - MUDDY (OK, maybe that's mouthfeel). I have to say the taste is REMARKABLE. Definietly worth a try.

M: I was wrong . The muddiness is in the appearance and taste - not mouthfeel. M is on track for the style.

D: I was really interested at first. But a whole pint plus is more than I need. (I finish it because I paid for it! : )

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy amber orange color with a rich white head. I personally prefer my IPAs to be less opaque and lighter in color but the head was perfect.

Smell: It has a light piney hoppiness to the nose with subtle citrus and a balanced malty aroma. There is some slight heat to the nose as well. There definitely could be more hop aromatics to this IPA but still pretty good.

Taste: This is where this beer goes a little flat and not carbonation wise. The flavor is a bit lack luster. It has a nice piney and citrusy hop character though it is very subdued. There is a sugary malty flavor that hits the pallet mid stream but not enough to balance the beer. There is surprisingly a lot of burning towards the finish for a beer that only has 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The heat dries the beer from your palette soon after the finish.

Overall this IPA is just good. Nothing spectacular and definitely not worth the $11 I spent on it. Nogne should stick to Russian Imperial Stouts like the Dark Horizon. Those are worth the money.

Photo of brendan13
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy orangey copper colour poured into a pint glass with 3 centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a while. Fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Citrus fruit hops and some floral touches sit above a biscuit malt aroma.
T - The hops and malt flip around with the biscuity and a sweet caramel maltiness coming through quite strong. The fruity and floral hops are playing there but quite subtle.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite a dry, bitter finish.
D - A decent enough beer and it's something I'd drink again. Just maybe a bit too much maltiness & not quite enough hoppiness.

Photo of jbone78
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local beer store and they were screaming, "buy this, it's great!". So, I did. And it is good. And you should find some. And on to the beer.

A-Pours dark for an IPA. It's a light brown, when you hold it to a light. Nice head, fluffy.
S- Lite aroma, not the overhwelming aromatic smell you would expect from an IPA.
T- A nice blend between the caramel and the hops. Like the smell, the hops are not overwhelming, that's what I want. I am too American.
M- There is malt there. Not a problem, it is accompanied by a nice blend of Cascade and Chinook hop aftertaste. What more does a man need?
D- My only problem with this beer is what it cost. My local beer store is not the cheapest place in town, but they have the best selection.
-Bye

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hoppy beer that starts fruity and yeasty before finishing citrusy and bitter. Kind of a hybrid of what's best about American and English IPA's.

A very murky pour delivers a rusty color underneath a timid off-white foam. Moderate on retention and lacing. Though regressing, the head never completely fades, rather reduces to an intermitten sheet on the beer.

Malty rich and fruity the beer has a strong English start. Citrus, spice, and sweet breads add to the notion of part-American, part- English mix.

Bready and caramelly, the flavors start out heafty enough, but then the hop flavor takes moderate intensities into a fleeting malt and yeast flavor and into an increasing citrus bitterness. Still, the beer has classic fruity esters reminescent of English Pale Ales.

And, like many English Pales, the beer has a malty rich texture early that is only amplified by low carbonation and a moderately attenuated character, leaving the beer sweeter and heavier than most American IPA's.

This beer is an English IPA throughout, except for the obvious citrus hops (cascade). This makes me expect American IPA flavor in malt character as well as higher attenuation (cleaner), and less fruity esters. The dichotomy seems more conflicting than harmonious.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/19/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark cloudy brown body, with a huge frothy tannish head that is lasting. Grapefruity piney aroma, dusty. But not overpowering. Malty taste, some hops balancing it out in the aftertaste. Sweet finish. Piney taste. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice sweet taste, not bitter, muted. Almost a session beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local beer bar served in a tiny snifter. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head some lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is citrus mildly and a little pine.

Beer is medium in body and has a moderately bitter / dry finish. The beer drinks well and has a mild sweetness at the front that carries through to the midpalate flavor of earth and pine. Overall a decent but regrettably average IPA. not a repeat.

Photo of markhobbs1
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this from a clever little international beer shop in Perth Australia.

A = Appearance is cloudy amber because of the sediment. Nice lacing around the pint glass throughout the entire drink.

S = Smell was a bit weak in comparison to my many favorite west coast IPA's.

T = Taste is much better than I thought based on the initial smell. Oddly smoky, yeasty and you can taste the Cascade and Chinook hops. Rather weak on the backend though. Overall very solid yet simpler than I prefer.

M = Mouthfeel is average. Not great nor bad just ok.

D = Very drinkable even though it is not all that complex. Better than a one and done beer but if I had options, I would reach for an IPA with a little more depth. Going to try the Imperial version tomorrow.

Photo of number1bum
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

Pours a hazed orange amber color with a very frothy, creamy light beige head. Very chunky lace stays with it all the way down and it leaves quite a bit of stick.

Smell is juicy grapefruit rind, floral, resiny and herbal hops, and a solid dose of caramel malt, along with a bit of a toasty aroma. There is a bit of booze in the aroma, too, which definitely doesn't seem to belong there.

First thing to hit my tongue, surprisingly, although maybe not after the smell, is a bit of alcohol, and after that it's just not my favorite IPA flavor profile. Hop flavor has a bit of grapefruit but mostly it's herbal and somewhat earthy, and the subsantial malt background just needs more hops to play off of it. There is some caramel and also some biscuity, toasty malt, but it's the wheat that throws me off I think. Don't love it. Bitterness is pretty subsantial and it's somewhat dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and smooth, dry through the finish as I mentioned.

Not a bad IPA, but at the price I don't think it's something I will revisit.

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head that leaves a ton of lace behind in both the pint glass and the bottle

Smell: A bit of pith, pine and cracker malt

Taste: Cracker malt flavors set the stage for the emergence of the pithy, piney hop elements that have a bit of an aspirin character that develops after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Would love to try this fresh one day, but I think I would likely need to head to the source; as it is, the beer is just OK, though it is nicely balanced

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.