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

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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tumbler.

A soupy like head, off tan and light brown and fairly uniform on appearance, sits on a dull orange amber and very cloudy brown body. Nice sticky lacing while drinking, but this body color is not very pleasant to look at.

Nose is citrus orange soft, and hint of strange hop sweetness. Creamy smelling tangerine and big hints of juiciness.

Taste is a creamy smooth texture, but also matching the nose with the citrus orange and tangerine profile. Also a refreshing finish with some good malt density.

Overall in taste smell and feel we are talking about some serious win right here. This is almost morning breakfast orange juice of champions right here!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer color is dark copper. Lots of little floating pieces going around... Nice tenacious head. Aroma is citrus, average intensity in the nose. Some pines in the aroma. Get some faint notes of grapefruits in the taste. Delicious. Intense in the taste and the hops are aggressive. The taste lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Nice. The alcohol is well hidden too. Medium body. Easy to drink for a 7.5%ABV beer. As usual, the head sticks well to the glass. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mryuk
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered amber with 3 fingers of frothy head.

smell is mostly sweet molasses with mostly earthy hops. undertones of honey and cherries.

taste is very sweet. only a slight hint of bitterness at the end.

mouth is medium-thick with low carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good for a european ipa which i dont usually like very much.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange/cider pour with a single finger cap. Heavy hop nose with sweet malt undernotes. Some spice and grass if I try really hard to concentrate, but otherwise a pretty straight forward IPA. Heavy citrus and not much else. I am defnately ok with this flavor profile. I like my beer to be for breakfast. The body is nice, not thin and not slick, wonderfully smooth and crisp. I can drink this scandanavian IPA (that;s a strange couple of words to put together) all day long! Where's the caviar?!

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Photo of IronMickey
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber, bordering on copper. substantial, bubbly head-- very carbonated (as opposed to foamy, if that makes sense)

S: very hoppy but has a nice malty undertone. big strong piney hops with a hint of some breaded malts underneath

T: not as hoppy as it smells. much more complex-- not at all a "tongue bruiser" IPA. don't get me wrong, it has good hops, but it's a far cry from nugget nectar and the like. much more balanced. has an excellent spice to it.

M: not quite as "crispy" as most IPAs. I don't know if I should hold some of these not-quite-IPA-ish tendencies against it because it's called an IPA when... I like it anyway.

D: very. it's easy to approach. I could enjoy it regularly, though the price point makes it less attractive than some others.

I'm not sure how to categorize this brew. It won't appeal to big hop heads because it's not quite a bruiser, but may lose points with ale enthusiasts as it *is* on the hoppy side. It's good but it doesn't jump out at you-- add to that it's equivocal nature, and it's hard to put it too high.

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Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Hazy red-amber with two fingers of thick and sticky off white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell. Faint smells of fruity hops and pine sap. A little light caramel.

Taste. Nice spicy, hoppy bite with lots of yellow grapefruit. A little light grain in the back with a clean bitter citrus rind finish. No alcohol here.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Medium-strong, but really smooth carbonation.

Overall. This is the good stuff. A contender to the better west coast IPAs.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Moderately opaque caramel. White head with ok lace and ok retention.

S - Soft pine. Touch of mint.

T - Brioche, orange, white grapefruit, pine. Touch of honey. The malt is more prominent than an classic AIPA, but the hops are still the primary feature.

M - Medium-light body with a pleasant and soft lingering pine bitterness. Semi-sweet backend.

O - Not a hop-bomb, but nice flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour with mild haze and light slow bead. Head is too generous, with off-white bubbling, sinking slowly with nice crater patterns on top and leaving thin trails of lacing behind. Head is a bit much, but otherwise a great-looking IPA.

Lovely hoppy nose; very floral and fruity with big citrus- lemon and grapefruit, plenty of sherbet, pineapple, passionfruit. Just a gorgeous tang to it, grounded by a nice underlying citric bitterness. Gorgeous.

Taste is also good IPA stylings. Plenty of floral tang upfront with nectar and sherbet notes. Slight fizz on the mouthfeel midway, which disguises the malty flavours as more tang. Hops start early, big citrus-forward bitterness with grapefruit rind that develops a bit of a mediciney twang at the end which takes the bitterness a touch too far.

Creamy feel overall, with carbonation there to add texture. Great.

Seems like the whole beer is beautifully flavoured and well constructed. But it's such a pleasant flavour mix that I feel like it's been leant on too heavily at the end and as a result the finish seems overcooked. Overall still lovely though.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light orange with massive chunks of sediment the size of my pinkie nail floating around. They almost look like little hop pellets, and there is a lot of it, like a lot. The head was about an inch thick with lost of flecks of sediment in it.

S: Very floral hops, faint tinge of bitterness and lightly toasted malts.

T: Tons of hop flavor ranging through citrus and pine notes with a good skunkiness. There is good malt back bone to hold it up with a good Munich malt like lightly toasted kinda flavor. The bitterness is not to overpowering tell the end when the massive amount of sediment comes into play, but is still at an enjoyable level.

M: Medium body light carbonation and a very dry and heavy finish.

D: Loved this beer and loved the intense amount of sediment. Nøgne Ø can't brew a beer I don't like.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought 12/2010 Prague-Bad Times, pivotéka
Faced with such a strong beer, but I did not seem strong. Pleasant bitterness Drinkability excellent and unusual beer from Norway, the Czech Republic, unfortunately, quite expensive, the beer is average and the beer 25Kč can find the cheapest 129KČ, damage

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright floral and light citrus hops backed by smooth pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of pine that fade as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Mildly dry pale malt flavors and what seem like Maris Otter malt kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are light citrus and lighter pine hop flavors. The hop flavors gain more backbone midway through the sip with the addition of earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very clean IPA with hints of mineral flavors that I've come to expect in Scandanavian IPA's. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only understand the phrase "contains barley malt" on this bottle, so I'm not to sure of the claims made.

Cloudy orange with a very vigorous head that slowly settles. Mild hop character, sweet-and-sour malts. Alcohol is well hidden in this. Hints of lemon and bread, even a bit of mandarin in there.

A bit more bitter than I had expected. Hoppy, but not overly so. Smooth, slightly caramal malt and a good sourdough taste too. Lingering malty aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Not a bad beer, but could stand to be a bit sweeter and more floral.

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Photo of mudbug
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Norwegian IPA? Why not?
Poured into a standard pint glass resulted in a hazy orange with a decent fluffy head that dissipated pretty quick, small amount of lacing present.
Aroma is a muted cascade hop kick and bread, nothing really stands out but it's OK
Taste is slightly hop forward with a nice malt balance but has an overwhelming bitter component, I suspect that the hops are somewhat faded and the profile is not what the brewer intended, still it's quite enjoyable.
Glad to have tried it, but with all the great American IPAs available here I don't think I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of dgilks
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of rarbring
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is clouded amber read in the color, with an off-white head leaving some lacing.

Smelling of toffee, grape-fruit juice and peel, pine and resin.

Sweet caramel and toast, and lots of grape-fruit in the taste.

Small carbonation, soft and having a bit sweet sticky feeling, a dry finish.

A good and well done american IPA. Bottle sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne O India Pale Ale

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, hops, and subtle spice.

Taste: Hops, slight malt, and subtle grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is a nice and smooth IPA, but it seems subdued.

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Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of markhobbs1
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber color with a nice tan head with nice lacing..smell is nalty and floral with citrus smells ..taste is the same it a nice citrus hop hit that reminds me of an english ipa it bitter but smoothed out by the malts..mouth feel is high/medium you know you are drinking an ipa..its bitter,clean.and crisp with lots of hops again this reminds me of an english version..not an APA or west coast ,,this one was good

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured vigorously in a pint glass. A thick head fades into a one inch layer. It just looks hoppy, a half inch of lacing sits above the carbonation. Underneath the hood is a dark golden hue that has a chill haze.

S: Rather bready first impression. A floral and fruit aroma wrapped around a subtle sweet malty backbone.

T: A different approach to an American IPA to me. That's not a bad thing either. This has some qualities that remind me of 90 minute. At first sip there is this dark earthy dirty bitter. The finish is a toffee like sweetness that screams bitterness shortly but is muffled out nicely. The residual sweetness is a little too much for me, just like how it is in 90 minute.

M: Surprisingly has a thickness that is caked on. Very smooth with a dry edge. Very clean.

D: This is a good beer but the perfume sweetness it has can be a bit much.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has the following details: Batch Number 501, brewed on 05.05.10, best before 05.05.13.

Pours a hazy, cloudy copper with a huge amount of sediment and or yeast floating around in the glass. The head is at least 3 fingers wide with great retention and excellent lacing. I have never seen so much sediment particles floating in a beer before, so it is definitely a curiosity. As this beer is consumed, the head never completely disappears.

This beer smells of pine, citrus, floral hops...a hops lover's dream. Hints of lemons, grapefruits, mmm.

And the taste definitely does not disappoint. Lip smacking goodness. A hop delight with citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon...just like the smell suggested. And this is not even a double IPA. Leaves a lingering bitterness that serves as a reminder of this great tasting IPA. An excellent rendition of the American IPA style.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Ideal level of carbonation for this style. With this IPA, I simply want to hold it in my mouth and let the hop flavors linger so I can identify all of them.

Drinkability is fantastic. Put me outside on a warm sunny day with a few of these and I'm golden. I would like to see how this measures up to some of the legendary American IPAs. For a 7.5% ABV, you hardly notice it. Pardon me while I search my fridge for another.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.