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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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88
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
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 LilBeerDoctor
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 29, 2008
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).

Ljunkan, Nov 04, 2008
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 30, 2008
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.

Bananaman, Oct 18, 2008
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.)

jwc215, Oct 15, 2008
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.

number1bum, Oct 10, 2008
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.

midnite2sixman, Oct 10, 2008
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.

Goliath, Sep 21, 2008
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.

lightindarkness, Sep 18, 2008
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.

JoeMayo, Sep 07, 2008
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.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
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!

Wasatch, Jul 22, 2008
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!

Bitterbill, Jul 18, 2008
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.

jdubjacket, Jul 06, 2008
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

russpowell, May 13, 2008
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.

yemenmocha, May 12, 2008
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.

beermanbrian, May 03, 2008
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.

neonbrown82, Mar 20, 2008
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.

nickfl, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of theformula
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #40 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/9. Thanks to ScoobyDank for the trade!

A: Dark copper body in a tulip glass. A large off-white head like whipped cream has great retention. Body is hazy. Dense, sticky lacing.

S: Assertive hops w/ a solid malt presence. Juicy, citrusy hops take over but the malty, honey-sweet toffee notes are nearly as obvious. Light notes of fruit & wood in the background, as well a a kick of spicy alcohol.

M: Med. body, low-med. carbonation. Full M.F., very creamy & soft. A little heavy.

T: A very tasty IPA, yet a more malty character than most, like an English style but with loads of bittering hops added. Initially a sweet, rich toffee & honey malt backdrop hit and follow suit through the finish. The hops do an ample job of balancing w/ a bitter, sticky bitterness but the rich malt bill is a bit much.

D: Certainly worth a drink, this is an interesting experiment and it's exciting to see Norway attempt an American IPA. Yet b/c of the heavy malts and the bitter hops the balance and drinkability suffer. One of the weaker Nøgne Ø offerings but tasty.

theformula, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle recently purchased at either Shawan or State Line. Because I can't remember which, I'll name 'em both.

A: The IPA pours with a brown-hued copper color. The base of the glass reveals more orange than the mouth of the glass. A two finger head coated the mouth with splotches of lace that are slowly drying.

S: Delicious tropical fruits define the scent, coating the nostrils with thick pineapple and orange notes.

T: My first sip was all foamy head. It revealed a sharp bitterness tempered by significant quantities of caramel malt. A sip of the liquid itself reinforces my initial impression that both flavors are amped up for the long haul. The hops are intensely bitter, poorly masking alcoholic heat. Bitter rind flavors, both orange and grapefruit, become more evident on further investigation. A prolonged sip adds more citrus fruit flavors without the rind. Big malts stand up relatively well, preventing things from going too far but they really aren't the focus here. The finish is the bitter hops, tart and sharp with a tendency to last.

M: The hops blast through the malts and do their damnedest to obliterate the taste buds.

D: The bitterness of the hops can scour the palate, so anything more than a bottle or two could have long-term repercussions. This is a serious IPA, worthy of respect.

akorsak, Jan 12, 2008
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 03, 2008
India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.