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

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88
very good

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Wasatch

Utah

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

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

Wyoming

3.93/5  rDev 0%

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!

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

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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

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

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

05-03-2008 00:52:05 | More by beermanbrian
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

03-20-2008 02:36:37 | More by neonbrown82
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-18-2008 04:19:03 | More by nickfl
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

03-15-2008 18:57:39 | More by JDV
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theformula

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-02-2008 21:35:31 | More by theformula
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

01-29-2008 21:06:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

01-12-2008 03:35:55 | More by akorsak
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

01-03-2008 16:37:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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."

11-28-2007 09:47:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20 oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a very nice looking ruby-orange color with a two finger, off-white head of pure cream. This beer laces like crazy! Mostly clear and quite effervescent, at first.

S: Very citrus-y with caramel and toasted malt aromas.

T: Spicy citrus hops at first sip with lovely balance from the four different malts in use here. The peppery hop flavors carry through from the beginning clear through to the end.

M: Very satisfying. At points both juicy and dry yet it retains this constant peppery spiciness that wakes up the palate.

D: This is a first rate AIPA from this excellent brewery. It's pretty spendy, but come on, live a little!

11-21-2007 01:24:15 | More by GbVDave
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roan22

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

10-28-2007 06:21:11 | More by roan22
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

10-21-2007 20:59:46 | More by BeerBelcher
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yngvar

Norway

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle. (#148). Hazy, amber colour with cream-yellow head that stays for a while. Aroma is hoppy and light fruity. Taste is also light fruity, but with more bitterness to it, and the aftertaste lasts long. Some varming alcohol in aftertaste too. Usually my favourite beer from Nøgne Ø, but today it felt a little weaker than normal. I will probably have to taste another batch later on, as this is normally the best beer money can buy here in Norway. Had this on several occasions later on, but I've never remembered to rerate. One day.... hopefully.(050913)

09-13-2007 09:49:04 | More by yngvar
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baggio

Sweden

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a golden-brown color with a thick, creamy lace.

Smells of hops, flowers, tropical fruits.

Taste is very powerful. The hops are asskicking and there's also an alcoholic presence aswell as tropic fruits and maybe some grapefruit.
A wonderful aftertaste that takes many minutes before it's gone.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation and tiny bubbles.

This is a really nice example of how an IPA should be. Highly recommended!

06-11-2007 20:54:40 | More by baggio
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

04-03-2007 20:04:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

01-07-2007 03:26:19 | More by wl0307
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

12-25-2005 02:17:11 | More by Sammy
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Sigmund

Norway

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

500 ml bottle conditioned. Colour is hazy deep amber, good head. Lovely hoppy and citrussy aroma that says: Come hither, lad, and drink me! Flavour is malty and very bitter, plenty of Cascade hops give a grapefruit-like bitter aftertaste. Another good beer from Norway's sole uncompromising brewery.

12-01-2003 21:20:47 | More by Sigmund
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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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