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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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.
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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 223
Photo of livewire78
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the nastiest color of diarrhea and rotten garbage. Absolutely the worst looking beer I've ever seen. Looks like dysentary and vomit in a glass. On the plus side the head and lacing were excellent.

Smelled of strong caramel malt with a tinge of grassy hops in the background.

Tasted pretty good. Followed the nose to the letter. Initial wave of caramel malt followed by the floral grassy taste. No alcohol burn which I like.

Mouthfeel was a little thick and syrupy for my tastes.

The taste is pretty good however, I couldn't get past the appearance of this to want another. It'd be pretty good if it didn't look like baby calf scours. Maybe if you had it in an opaque glass things would improve. But for me, Yuck!!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in belgian chalice, crimson-copper body, light beige foam

smell: definite american IPA - pure cascade hops leave a grapefruit/tropical aroma, caramel malt

taste: creamy caramel malt hits first, followed by the tropical fruit hints of the cascade hops, juicy ruby red grapefruit, a little spicy, but in the end just a nice malt-drive IPA

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of MikeGill
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Draught poured into a 12oz. snifter.

Dark orange with traces of crimson. One inch head which was fluffy and off-white. Some spotty lacing. Citrus fruit nose with floral honey aromas. I also detected a prickly branch and leaf like quality. Defiantly some minerality.

Does not taste like a typical American IPA. There are the flavors of citrus, pine and yeast. But it also has a dusty stone quality along with sweet fruit and intense bitterness. There is also a very distinct soapy taste but don't get me wrong I'm not talking about Irish Spring. Nor do I mean that the glass was not properly rinsed. In this case when I say "soapy" I mean the botique soap that you can't stop smelling and would love to taste if no one was looking. I was very happy with this beer.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "1 pint .9 oz" (500ml) bomber into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 11, 2010). No 'bottled on' date here, which is a bit concerning for an IPA, since this was clearly shipped across the Atlantic and might have been shelved for a while.

Eyes: Pours a hazy, dark orange color, with an exuberant fluffy head. There is some muddy redish paste paste inside the cap and around the inner portion of the bottle opening. Not a serious problem per se, just a notable item. The beer looks great in the glass.

Nose: An earthy, dry fruit aroma: apricot, grapefruit, There are some malts, but only very subtle. Not a great aroma, as it's a bit too muted for me.

Tongue: A bit more malty and earthy than most IPA's, which isn't bad, but I think the hops fall a bit short to match this. The citrus/pine hops are there, and the flavor profile is decent, but it's just not enough to match the complex earthy profile here.

Mouth: Very palatable and thick. All goodness here.

Libation: I really like the complex and subtle earthy malt profile, and it would have supported a solid hop punch, but the punch just isn't strong enough to carry the day. Nøgne makes some truly great beers, and while this is very good, it's not comparable to the others in their stable. I've got to think a lot more hop character would only improve this beer. I wonder what this would taste like when very fresh from the brewery?

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Photo of jbowers56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange colour, with a good off white head. Totally hazy.

Fruity, but in a kind of belgian way... which is odd. Some definite citrus and pine, but also a kind of overripe pear character. Really cool. I'll be fair, I was thrown off, but once I tasted it, the aroma sort of explained itself. Some sweet malts too.

Im a fan of the flavour of this beer. Grapefruits, pine and malts dominate the flavour. Very different to most IPA's I have had in aroma and flavour.

The body is lightened nicely by a dry finish which I like. Smooth, but quite highly carbonated.

Very drinkable to me.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top, nice label

Appearance: Deep burnt orange beer, ever so slightly hazy; huge dark ivory cap with great retention and nice lace

Smell: Incredibly yeasty. Some fairly hefty metallic notes as well, supported by big resinous, woodsy hops.

Taste: Again, this is quite yeasty. I like that in my Pales and IPA's, though. The odd metallic notes present in the aroma are nowhere to be found (which is a plus). This has a pretty solid, firm bitterness to it, but it's not overpowering, and it's balanced pretty well by lightly toasted malt and some fruity, warming alcohol. Not a lot of depth of flavor, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit boozy

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Good IPA; an interesting cross (from Sweden) of American and British styles

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Photo of Twitchsey
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with a brew by Nøgne Ø, other than their last collaboration with Stone Brewing. With that said, as a huge fan of IPAs, I was really impressed with beer.

Pours a medium to dark amber, with fairly pronounced and dense head in a standard pint glass. as the head dies down there is some fine but distinct lacing left over.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a strong citrus and pine note adding to the aromas complexity.

Taste like a strong IPA to puit it simply. notes of citrus, and pine with an earthy grassy end before the aftertaste of the bitter hops strike again.

Medium carbonation with a very slight oily feel as it runs over the tongue. quickly dissipates though.

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Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with some lighter golden orange hues when held to a light source with a thick frothy white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Floral citrus hop aroma with a nice caramel malt backbone, dry pine note as well as some sweet citrus peel, mostly orange peel and grapefruit.

Very crisp citrus hop flavor with hints of lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit. Very well balanced with a subtle caramel malt backbone with hints of biscuit and nut. Very quaffable with a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours sort of a copper brown with hints of orange and a thick pillowy of white head. Nose of a big fruity and malty Belgian, not an IPA. Little IPA character to the nose whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with a buttery character. A very quality mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit strange. Light malty pine and a malty pine character and finish. It actually tastes pretty good. Rich, complex and layered with a juxstaposition of malt and hop bitter. An initial negative reaction to flavor gives way to a desire to drink more and more of it. Very tasty; somewhat unique and very drinkable on its own or with food.

This is really two beers in one - a malty Belgian and a resin pine bitter hop. I like it.

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight.

A: a honey copper with excellent lacing.

S: soapy and floral mostly. Not a lot of sweetness comes through but not unpleasant.

T: slight bitterness but more soap floralness that lingers. Caramel sweetness I'd presents as well.

M: no harshness at all but no creaminess either.

D: the beer was gone before I knew it

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like cloudy, amber-like raw honey with a very nice, three-finger khaki head that slowly resolved to a dense ring with decent lacing.

S - Floral aromas along with a decent piney spin and some wet leather. Nice!

T - Delicious. The alcohol is there up front in a rush but vanishes to allow the hops to do their thing. Nice malt to it which makes for a very balanced ale.

M - Damn near perfect for the style and one of its best attributes. There's a nice creamy slickness that's really quite impressive.

D - It's a hot August day here in the DC area, and this is quite refreshing; the ABV isn't clobbering me into submission. Get some!

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Photo of Telix
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: An opaque apricot, almost cloudy, with a moderate but lasting head. Not necessarily visually appealing.

Smell: A slightly sour and funky aroma, not very floral or piney in the least. It was moderate in intensity and not super enticing.

Taste: I got notes of sweet fruit, pear, and low-AA hops, with some lingering bitterness on the tongue. Definitely a euro IPA with more of a funky fruity bitterness as opposed to the citrus of American hops.

Mouthfeel: It was pretty good, a creamy effervescent beer without reaching sparkling.

Drinkability: It's definitely tasty and chuggable, and not a taste bud overloader. I'm not a huge fan of euro IPAs, though, and this isn't an exception to that rule. I definitely prefer their Sunturnbrew barleywine over this.

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Photo of jbone78
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local beer store and they were screaming, "buy this, it's great!". So, I did. And it is good. And you should find some. And on to the beer.

A-Pours dark for an IPA. It's a light brown, when you hold it to a light. Nice head, fluffy.
S- Lite aroma, not the overhwelming aromatic smell you would expect from an IPA.
T- A nice blend between the caramel and the hops. Like the smell, the hops are not overwhelming, that's what I want. I am too American.
M- There is malt there. Not a problem, it is accompanied by a nice blend of Cascade and Chinook hop aftertaste. What more does a man need?
D- My only problem with this beer is what it cost. My local beer store is not the cheapest place in town, but they have the best selection.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of an split w/ dkachur - thanks! Sample poured into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dull orange, yeast-filled body. The fizzy, foamy, two-fingers of head has decent retention, particularly nearer the finish, where it fades to a persistent, consistent sheen. The collar is thick, bubbly, and uniform, lying under a number of clumps of spongy lace.

Aroma: Dan describes this as "murky," and I agree. It's thick, heavy, with lots of heavier fruit notes - citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit notes - all over a caramelly, bready, sweet backbone.

Taste: Far less sweet than I would have imagined from the nose. Moderate to high bitterness - even for an IPA - along with a lot of sprucey pine, more-subtle-than-anticipated citrus notes, a few minerally qualities, and a dryer, biscuity, heavily roasted - even toasted - foundation.

Mouthfeel: Though the carbonation wasn't visible - given the yeasty hazy - there's apparently plenty of it, resulting in a bigger than expected, fluffy effervescence that cuts through the somewhat thicker than I'd like, syrupy body for a reasonably even, middle-of-the-road feel.

Drinkability: An interesting stab an American IPA. It hits some aspects right on the money, misses a few others inappropriately, and misses a few others in interesting, unique, and enjoyable ways. At 7.5%, it's near the higher end of the scale as far as American IPAs go, but it's both non-detectable and not really too bad. Cautiously recommended, though I don't see myself drinking it too often, especially at its price (though I know that's 'cause it's an import).

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Photo of timtim
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy copper with an egg white head that holds well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is very very perfumy. like a nice natural flowery perfume with hints of citrus and sandalwood. caramel malty goodness in the back, and the taste is an eccentuated well balanced mix of above. nice, soft, medium full body with a long, spicy, slightly bitter finish. like an amped up mix of english, east coast and west coast ipas. very nice.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow on tap at Max's tonight. The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is very perfumy, with considerable bitter citrus, dry tea and beef bullion. Very intriguing. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with a long, bitter, dry finish. Pretty yummy actually. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is very well disguised. This is a very easy to drink and enjoy IPA, especially if you prefer IPA's with a minimal sweet malt presence.

Not that I'm at all surprised, but this is really a pretty good IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with some sediment and below average head for an IPA. The sediment is a bit clumpy and not distributed well. The aroma is balanced well. It has citrus and pine hops with a nice sweetness balanced. The taste is good as well, with the malts coming on a bit stronger. There is average carbonation and a bit thin. The drinkability is good as well. The ABV is average for an IPA and it has a solid taste to back it up.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 50cl bottle. Pours a muddy copper with a large light beige head. Great lacing, lots of sediment. Herbal, bitter, hop notes typical of cascade hops, plus some honey-like malt. Honeyed malt comes back in the taste, along with some slightly roasty caramel flavors. Somewhat light hop-bitterness that comes off as almost grapefruity. Earthy. Full bodied with good carb. About as drinkable as a 7.5% IPA can get.

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed burnished orange with streams of fine bubbles quickly rising to the top. A three inch head of sizzling popping beige foam sits atop and noisily recedes leaving dimples and craters. The crazy foam doesn't allow me to finish pouring the bottle out, definitely takes away from the experience.

Aroma of sweetish honey malt, pine sap, ripe pear and light brown sugar rises up.

Flavor of chewy clover and honey malt with subtle hints of orange rind, flowers, and spruce. Slight warming in the finish. Notes of wheat malt linger on the palate. I'm enjoying the flavor but rating it just a bit lower since it seems more like a hoppy pale ale than an IPA.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, almost feels a little heavy, very rich. Tasty beer and drinkable, but not what I expected.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz into New Belgium Globe Glass

A. Big 3 finger head when poured. Dark Orange/Copper color.

S. Biscuity malt smell balanced with citrus, floral hops.

T. More of the biscuity malt taste that gives it some sweetness. Some hop bitterness at the end. Overall not very bitter or hoppy.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly clean finish. Adequate carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Doesn't fit my idea or expectations of an IPA. Too malt heavy for me.

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Photo of brendan13
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy orangey copper colour poured into a pint glass with 3 centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a while. Fair amount of lacing down the glass.
S - Citrus fruit hops and some floral touches sit above a biscuit malt aroma.
T - The hops and malt flip around with the biscuity and a sweet caramel maltiness coming through quite strong. The fruity and floral hops are playing there but quite subtle.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite a dry, bitter finish.
D - A decent enough beer and it's something I'd drink again. Just maybe a bit too much maltiness & not quite enough hoppiness.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of FrothHead
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a REMARKABLE beer. That is means neither good nor bad, just REMARkable!

1 pt-9oz bottle
A: Couldn't imagine where all the cloudiness came from in an IPA. Looked as if I had mis-poured a bottle-conditioned ale.
Not a pretty color (coudy orange), but I don't care. - I drink!

S: Something unusual in the aroma for an IPA - not typical American hoppy stuff - more malt to it.

T: I could TASTE the cloudiness - MUDDY (OK, maybe that's mouthfeel). I have to say the taste is REMARKABLE. Definietly worth a try.

M: I was wrong . The muddiness is in the appearance and taste - not mouthfeel. M is on track for the style.

D: I was really interested at first. But a whole pint plus is more than I need. (I finish it because I paid for it! : )

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of peabody
4.07/5  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.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.