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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

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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that only died down a bit and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. THe beer becomes very hazy and dark as you start pouring towards the end of the bottle.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-balanced IPA that has a good mix between the malts and hops. The overall taste seems to remind of some of the better beers in the Mikkeller single hop series of IPAs.

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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 Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of caramel malt and bitter hops is quite enjoyable. Taste was comprised of good balance mix between caramel malt and bitter slightly citrus hops. I thought this beer was well balance with a good malt base as with most of the offerings from this brewery.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glazed apricot with butterscotch borders. A vigorous pour produced a gargantuan head that is lightly toasted marshmallow in color. It's a great looking slab of foaminess that is beginning to coat the glass with all sorts of sudsy lace... that becomes nicely chunky on subsequent pours. What a wonderful look.

The nose isn't bad, but it is a disappointment. A quick glance at my Nogne reviews tells me that Pale Ale's aroma was less than special as well. Maybe they should dry-hop their hoppy beer. A whiff of toasted earthiness is combined with a less than bright citrus fruitiness from two of American's finest (Chinook and Cascade).

India Pale Ale doesn't fit my preferred IPA blueprint. There's too much flavor contribution from the malt (Maris Otter, Munich, wheat and caramel). Especially the second and fourth of those. In my considered opinion, Munich malt has no place in beer of this style.

The hops do what they can, but there just isn't enough good lupulin flavor to carry the day. There's certainly no shortage of hop bitterness (60 IBUs). I normally love the spicy, sprucy goodness of Chinook and the pungent grapefruit zestiness of Cascade. Too bad the final product isn't as impressive as the ingredients list. With no date on the label, it's impossible to know if advanced age is the culprit.

The body/mouthfeel is pretty much spot-on. It's medium to medium-full and is beautifully carbonated. With a more pleasing flavor profile, the next highest score might have been granted. I find it hard to *completely* separate flavor and mouthfeel in most cases.

I was all set for another incredible offering from Norway's best brewery. Unfortunately, India Pale Ale isn't anywhere near the magnificence of Nogne Imperial Stout and Porter. These guys do a wonderful job with American-style craft beer, but they need to tweak India Pale Ale here and there to get it up to speed.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper or burgundy color with a foamy, long-lasting, tan, two-finger head. It left sticky, thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, some citrus and mild grassy notes.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt, rich caramel and a spicy/peppery hop kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very good IPA. Certainly a malt forward brew.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two and a half fingers of off white head on a hazy, reddish-copper body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Nice floral/ spicy hop aroma. Peppery with a nice caramel backbone.

T - Some bitterness and a whole lot of spicy hop flavor up front. Malt character comes in to balance in the middle with lots of caramel and just a hint of roast character that balances the herbal hops nicely. The finish is quite bitter with pronounced spicy hop characteristics and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation, and a bit of sweetness lingering in the finish.

D - This is a great, highly drinkable IPA. Nicely balanced with great hop character. Overall this one reminds me a great deal of Bell's Two hearted Ale, especially the spicy hop notes.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, Norwegian American IPA...gotta love it!

The ale disembarks the vessel with a stirring display of explosive citrus and pine flavor. But that's out of order...around here, we start with...
Appearance: cloudy, dark orange, nearly crimson, huge head, rocky, lacey off-white...looks great!

Aroma: brilliant Cascade essence! with Chinook as well. Hats off to comprehensive ingredient information on beer labels. For $6 a bottle, it's the least they could do.
Fresh, vibrant, juicy....bitterness, but not overbearing. Just right.

Taste: full bitterness, meet pity body, and creamy mouthfeel. A lot of hops at work here, flush with flavor. Plenty of malt going on, too, ...maris otter, munich, caramel, and, it comes as no surprise, wheat malts. So that's it, this is really a wheat IPA. It really comes through in the mouthfeel. Nice and gritty, then smooth, here comes the hops, but through it all it's full of character, uniqueness, and integrity.
As stated on the label, another example of the thoroughness of presentation, this would be excellent with barbeque, or smoked meat dishes. Smoked, though...? I think it would go well with anything.

Another winner from Nogne O, another fine "Product of Norway Ale."

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrus hop scent laid over a malt bill of Munich and caramel malts. The taste is decent. It has a crisp bitterness that resinates in the finish. The malt bill provides adequate character, although I'm not a huge fan of the caramel malts in the flavor. There is a slight earthiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA, although I was expecting better from this usually top notch brewery.

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed brownish amber with a huge foamy off-white head that leaves patches of lacing.

The smell is of citrus/pine with a sold caramel/toffee backing.

The taste, off-the-bat, is a bit confusing...not sure if the bitterness, which is more aspirin-like, even towards metallic, is supporting the strong caramel/toffee maltiness or vice-versa. I would say well-balanced, if they blended together better. The bitterness pulls through in the finish, though without much of the citrus/pine flavor (though with some) that I would expect with the Chinook and Cascade hops that were used. Despite the sweetness during the swallowing, it does finish dry and bitter. To its credit the malt backbone - a bit forward - has a nice taste with bitterness staving off the sweetness.

It has a creamy, medium body (or close enough to call it that) that is coating.

More like an English IPA with American hops (that add more bitterness than the typical fruitiness and pine (though some grapefruit and pine are there). The blend has worked very well in other styles I've had from this brewery. Here it works well enough. This one is very drinkable, despite abv (which is reasonably well-covered, though not quite deceptively so), and sharp bitterness in the finish. This is certainly interesting and worth checking out, as it's a clear English and American style IPA hybrid, just would have liked the flavors of the American hops to stand out a bit more, rather than doing little more than adding a suggestion of the flavor and more than enough dry bitterness. Very good, in the end, however - I do like the maltiness and bitter touch - but don't know that the price tag for this one is worth repeating with so many great examples of the style (though this is different.)

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no idea how old this is. Pours hazy orange amber color with a fairly foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of strong pine, grapefruit, caramel, wheat, breadiness, spices, and a bit of orange. Very unique IPA aromas here, very good strength as well. Taste of big caramel, citrus, pine, and spices. Very piney, bready, and spicy taste; with a decent sized bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with pine, caramel, and spices. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium bodied and fairly high carbonation. Fairly prickly mouthfeel during drinking, but still very drinkable. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall, a very nice IPA, and quite unique as well.

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.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.