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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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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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:
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 peabody


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy with white suds and some lacing.
Smell is toasty malts. This smells like a brown ale to me.
This one tastes like a brown ale. The only hops are at the end of the sweet maltyness when the bitterness hits. No alcohol here. This is a smoothe beer and very refreshing.
Good mouthfeel and a high drinkability make this one great beer, but not really an IPA I don't think.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:46:41 | More by peabody
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 05:02:57 | More by hophead247
Photo of tmoneyba


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Crown #19.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body. Medium to heavy hoppy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:17:04 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I liked the look of this bottle. Simple and stoic. Nice little preview on the back label with serving and pairing tips. Served at room temp; perhaps a bit warm for this brew.
Pours a nice acorn/amber colored body that erupted with carbonation at first. The head built up nicely and steadily, dense bubbles and some chunkiness to it. As it calmed down it looked great. Couldn't really ask for much more.
Aroma dipped my expectations a bit. For an American IPA this seemed to lack the floral/citrus appeal, the cascades seemed light.
taste is better than aroma. A good balance of malt and hops. Nice and rich, like the label said. Although the citrus and fruit described on the label didn't really pan out in the end. Nonetheless it is very tasty.
Easy to drink. Mild lingering bitterness maintains my interest.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 18:50:50 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a local Russian market. This beer was extraordinarily bubbly with a nice three-finger head. It is also quite opaque. Has a far more fruity scent to it than your traditional IPA.

Very citrusy in taste. Has also a vegetable, almost organic undertone.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 03:59:31 | More by Amalak
Photo of BeerSox


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

500ml bottle into nonic.

Very deep honey amber hue with an ultra thick, pillowy two to three finger head that lasts forever.

Strong citrusy hop aromas along with a little bit of honey. The malts add a bit of toastiness to the background.

This seems to be one of the maltier IPAs I have had, with plenty of slighty toasty malts with a little bit of caramel. The hops are bitter and peppery, yet don't pack as much flavor as others. Full bodied.

I'd say this is a decent IPA but certainly not my favorite. Strong bitter hops are this one's strength. A very warming beer, be careful!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:23:13 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Packforever1976


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into my british pint.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber, with a massive and creamy light tan head. Seriously huge! Even with a careful pour, this one overflowed a bit. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Slight hop bitterness in the nose. Sweet buscuity malts. Some rye.

T: Sweet malts up front, followed by some citrus hops. Some spice rye in there as well. Pretty tasty.

M: Slightly thick, but I like my IPAs that way. Proper carbonation. Very nice.

D: This is a tasty IPA for sure, and drinkable at that. My first offering from this brewery, and I'm very impressed. Other than the overflow issue, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:05:07 | More by Packforever1976
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10/9/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a huge, thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt, brown sugar, raisins, and toffee. Flavor of nice caramel malt with a slightly bitter finish. I'm not sure if this beer was supposed to taste like this (my bottle was definitely somewhat aged, but what can you expect with IPAs from overseas?) but I like it anyway. Nice malty goodness! Very tasty and supremely drinkable.
8/4/8/5/16 (4.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:42:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 16:01:47 | More by jujubeast6000
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:27:23 | More by Ljunkan
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Purchased for a ridiculous amount at Brown Jug.

Pours a very nice looking reddish amber with a stark white fluffy head that retains quite well and leaves some interesting lace patterns.

Nose is all West coast hops with some good sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit, pine, and some perfume.

Taste is less hoppy than the nose would indicate, but still quite good. Grapefruit hops, pine, perfume. Good sweet malt backbone that is just a touch stronger than i like. Bitterness begins slow, but comes on strong towards the finish. Strong perfume coming through on the aftertaste. An interesting candy like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch too thick here, but the abv is on the high side for a standard IPA. Slightly overcarbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good, but the sweetness could be toned down a touch, as this one is quite malty. I did however let this one sit for about 3 months before consumption.

Overall a good IPA, very much West Coast influenced. On the maltier side, and bordering on DIPA status, but still quite good. Would like a little bit less carbonation, and maybe tone down the malt just a bit here. let this one warm up a bit before you have it, as cold, the flavor is quite numbed. All in all a solid IPA, but the import price tacked on to it makes it tough to say i will revisit this one often. Good beer though. A fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 07:15:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 12:23:45 | More by Bananaman
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.)

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 20:07:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of number1bum


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:54:03 | More by number1bum
Photo of midnite2sixman


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 04:31:48 | More by midnite2sixman
Photo of Goliath


2.83/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 03:38:58 | More by Goliath
Photo of lightindarkness


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 oz bottle.

A very excited beer by appearance. An unwitting moderate pour left a climbing four finger head that won't go away. Each subsequent fill vaults the creamy froth higher up the sides of the glass. A deep rusty orange in color, hiding beneath the foam.

Aroma spewed from the bottle as the cap released the pressure beneath. A nice grainy raw smell is sharpened and spiced with bulging tangerine and mandarin orange fruit and hoppy resin. Slightly nutty and mildly sweet.

Some very nice IPA character in the taste category depending what you can sift through the carbonation. A rich sticky almost salty malt body approaches with bread and a lightly sweet spiciness. Earthy resin builds in with some juicy fruit flavor, hanging at the finish on a dryer bitter note with an enduring spice and more hardwood earthiness. Dry resin fades in aftertaste.

Feel would be great if it weren't for the intensity of the sharp pointed carbonation attack on the tongue. It's not in itself unpleasant, but it has a numbing effect that really interferes with the flavor and overall enjoyment. Carbonation calms some when left to sit for a while.

A very tasty beer, attractive with some well done character. I'm still finding the carbonation annoying.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 21:35:13 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of JoeMayo


4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 12:49:05 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of changeup45


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:48:27 | More by changeup45
Photo of Wasatch


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:23:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Bitterbill


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Nice hazy orange gold colour with a good 2 finger head of foam. Some good lacing and the head retention is excellent.

The smell has notes of grapefruit, caramel, and a lot of fruitiness. I get pears and apricots. Nice inviting nose.

The taste is very strong in the hop department...grapefruit and grass mostly but the malt is there as well with lots of honey and some caramel and the fruit is just as noticeable in the taste as it was in the smell. Again, pears and apricots. Good medium body here and it finishes with some bitterness and it has a long lasting aftertaste.

This is a nice tasty example of the style that somehow manages to get the 2 fruit flavours in and it works. It's definitely not a session ale as I get some warming from the 7.5%abv but it *is* pretty easy drinking. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 23:01:16 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of jdubjacket


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a 16 ounce pint glass. Pours a murky amber color. A lot of carbonation with this one. Makes a big, frothy head. Smell is hoppy and citrusy. Taste is pretty complex, citrus, hops, bread, and a slight metallic taste. The hops are very well balanced with the malt backbone. Moderate carbonation makes this beer pretty damn drinkable. Another great beer from Nøgne.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 20:31:36 | More by jdubjacket
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 03:48:00 | More by russpowell
Photo of yemenmocha


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off-amber gold with medium head. Cloudy.

Nose has plenty of mixed citrus with pronounced grapefruit.

Very thick mouthfeel compared to what I was expecting, tartness is prominent, and again the grapefruit dominated citrus comes through.

Great ale but not necessarily for this imported price.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:37:26 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of beermanbrian


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a big foamy white head. Trails of bubbly lace. Very nice looking beer. Smell is piney and very spicey. Taste hits you with tons of bitterness and spiceyness. Not what i would call typical hop flavor but maybe i'm just too used to the citrus flavor of west coast ipa's. Some caramal malt and some doughy bread flavors come through also. Medium body with a little bit of oilyness. Overall a good beer but maybe not up to what I was expecting from Nogne O. Maybe I was just expecting too much. I hope to be trying more of the Nogne O beers in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:52:05 | More by beermanbrian
India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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