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

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2004

14º P, 40 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chill-hazed copper amber with a thick off-white head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine over caramel. Very robust.

The taste is of citrus and pine with some caramel and biscuit. Finishes bittersweet. Very well-balanced.

Very creamy in a medium-to-full body.

This is a wonderful APA - hoppy with an English-style maltiness. Very well-done! Very enjoyable!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no date found on the bottle. poured into shaped pint glass.

classic amber, pale ale color. some haze. very nice head. some lace.

fruity, almost citrusy hop, but then it's grassy, then piney/resinous. hints of peach and caramel. whiff of bread. nutty yeast, esp on later pours.

nice hop bite for a pale. some decent caramel maltiness in the background, but surrounded by more hops. finishes with pine, citrus, and a nice moderate bitterness.

smooth, with some resinous texture. almost chewy with later yeasty pours. moderate carbonation also gives body.

pretty nice, although not the best value for the money.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice very cloudy darkish yellow color, awesome carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some very thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly malty, hoppy, with some slight citrus notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice hoppyness, and some citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty APA, highly recommended.

Photo of deepsouth
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a very cloudy orange with a fluffy off white head with fantastic lacing.

what an awesome smelling beer. hops dominate, but not overly. also smells a bit spicy.

the taste is very unique. i taste hops. i don't necessarily pick out much sweetness at all, but it doesn't seem unbalanced. it seems to have some peppery taste as well.

mouthfeel is good for the style. not thin in the least, but light and refreshing.

overall, this is a well crafted beer that i'd drink again.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of a big bottle -- this beer pours a dirty dark color of burnt toast. Lots of yeast and a nice thich head.
The smell is nice, fruity and light. A bit citrus and floral hop aroma going on here. Not a lot of malt bit a touch of alcohol is evident.
Taste is smooth with a tangy hop bite at the end. Yeast is noticable as well. Good malty backbone and a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $5.99...
Excellent appearance - one of the best I've ever seen for an American Pale Ale - massive carbonation with a tawny, dark-orange hue along with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that nearly obliterated the serving glass...
Thick bread and butter, nutty aroma replete with a nice balance of malts and hops in the nose...
Taste was rendolent of bread and butter, and a profound nutty flavor... Medium-bodied and assertive flavor along with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel and a teriffic level of drinkability...
Great stuff...
Outstanding depiction of the style...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A semi cloudy medium brown greets you along with a thick head which leaves a pretty good amount of foam along the sides of the glass.

Smelled peppery and a bit of sweet malts.

Tasted hoppier than I expected, along with that sweetness. Perhaps a bit of pine in there as well.

Felt very good in the mouth. Medium to thick with good carbonation.

This was a nice surprise. I'd seen it on the shelves for a while but passed it up numerous times. It was enjoyable and a nice choice to have when in the mood for a pale ale. A little hoppier than most beers of this type, and pretty satisfying.

Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Clouded, light auburn with a burnt copper coloration. Thick, frothy white head that plasters the pint's sides as it recedes. Condensed lacing with good strength around most of the tumbler.

Citrus aromas; rather light, like pear, kiwi, green apple. Semi-sweet toasted malts with a touch of rum. Notes of farmhouse must.

Bright citrus initially that is overtaken by a caramel-flavored toasted malt. The malt is more than a base, and acts more as the primary flavor component. Notes of dry oak with subtle spices. The yeast used could be mistaken for a Belgian.

Medium in body; light yet smooth with the alcohol presence and malty character.

A flavorful, Imported American Pale Ale. Subtle flavors similar to that of a Saison. Distinct and an offering that I will definitely return to.

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a good coppery orange colour with a slight haziness. Slightly off white head poured small but quite tight and thick then faded to thickish ring around the edge... some faint carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface.. any lacing disappears fast...

Aroma - Lots of big juicy and mouth watering fruits (oranges, lemons, pears and apples), pale malts, piney hops, some resin notes, light caramel, quite floral, some grassiness, raw nuts, the faintest note of toasted bread, light marzipan...

Taste - Pretty strong pine / citrus hop bitterness to the fore, tart spicy fruits (bitter oranges, sour apples, limes), caramel, some faint tobacco notes, some butterscotch, no real sweetness, peppery, metallic hints, some saltiness...

M&D - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable but at 6% maybe just a little on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - A very good pale - reminded me of a mix between a UK and US pale ale... recommended...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a dry bitterness of pale hops, but it's quickly balanced out by mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is somewhat clean with citrus. Nothing spectacular jumps out.

Palate is somewhat creamier than expected for a pale ale, with some pineapple fruitiness, general citrus, and pineapple again on the finish.

Rather tart on the finish.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering in the Lexington area. Very English in it's malt profile, using Marris Otter malts which give a hearty malt flavor and texture. Well attenuated with a hint of caramel and toasted malts. The hop profile takes on American character with a crisp citrus / pine combination that is evident in the nose and flavor. Firm yet crisp texture with a firm malt sweetness and substance, but soon allowing the hops to bring spice, bitterness, and a mild alcohol thinning. The esters are moderate and help to decorate the spicy hops. Yet there seems to be a disconnect with the malt and hop balance -- they don't fuse well (a typical problem with Marris Otter malts). Could use a heavier hopping rate, particularly with the "C" flavoring hops. Solid and bold-- much like most English Pale Ales. I would have liked to see this beer hopped with Fuggles.

Photo of hero27
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle.
6% abv

Pours a very cloudy golden-orange, off-white head.
Toasted pale malt aroma with a touch of orange.
The flavor is yeasty with a toffee-caramel malt backing & a pretty bold citrus hop bitterness..undertones of honey & pine needles.
Mouthfeel is slightly slick with a dry finish.
I could see myself having another one, but the rather obvious citrus may get a bit old after a while. Overall, this is a flavorful pale ale from Scandinavia that's worth trying if you happen to run across it.

Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from Liquidsolutions
Pours a rich dense murky and very obviously unfiltered, orange to amber color. Looks like fresh apple cider. Smell is uniquely fruit hops. Almost tropical and hints of mango and apricot. I can see this being good with seafood as the description states. Taste is somewhat bland compared to good American pales ,and compared to the smell. Kind of a chalky, dry overall taste and finish, but it growns on me a bit anyway. Isn't a bad beer by the time I'm done with it, but not one of my favorite pales, or worth the high price tag.

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a hazy amber body toped with a fluffy two fingers of head

Aromas of citrus' hops and some malt

More of an English like pale to me flavor wise the hops are there but not over the top like most American pales you can pick up some of the sweetness of the malts in there too

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue

An interesting Pale Ale I would drink it again but if the brewer was going for the boldness of an American Pale then they may want to step it up some

Photo of Seanibus
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the large bottle (whatever the metric equivalent of 22 oz, i guess). It had a good color - a slightly hazy amber, a slight but pleasant aroma, and a solid pale ale character. It was was a good, serviceable pale ale. Unfortunately, it wasn't more than that: there are worse pale ales out there, but there are better ones too. The label lists the ingredients in some detail, including Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and English ale yeast. Which is all great - this tastes like a beer produced by any competent American or English brewer, using exactly the ingredients they would use. So I am left longing to know what Norwegian beer taste like. This beer, although it was made in Norway, does nothing to answer that question.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz., half liter bottle, bought at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars for $4.99,

A: Pours a burnt cloudy orange, with a full puffy white head with good retention and limited lacing.

S: A nice flowery hop profile, citrus fruit - orange predominately, tangerine, and grapefruit.

T: Slight biscuity, bready malts open up the beer, with a bitterness, that is too astringent for my taste - bitter orange peel, citrus fruit zest and earth, unappealing. The Maris Otter notes are nice, and the hop profile isn't horrible, but it just wasn't my style, and it was a bit metallic.

M: Crisp and smooth, with some good carbonation notes, but not great for a Pale Ale.

D: Didn't hate the beer, but it just didn't have the hop character I like in American Pales, won't buy again, even though I really wanted to like this beer since I am Norweigan, but there are better priced Pales out there and tastier ones.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16.9oz bottle

Pours a very murky orange amber with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely citrusy hops, with some caramel malt present.

Citrusy hops upfront with a caramel malt background. Metallic taste at the finish.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Looking at past reviews, I suspect that the bottle I got is either old or was mis-handled. Whatever that cause, the metallic taste ruins any redeeming qualities of this beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fogged amber with a light tan head. Nose is more of a gentle hop influence with citrus and pine mixed in. Flavor is smoothly hopped with a slight salty edge to it. Slight metallic tone to it also. Feel is standard. Slightly thicker on the liquid feel, but typical carbonation. Drinkable, sure. It is a decent Pale Ale, but for the price? No way.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most unique thing about this beer for me was the nose. it pours a light amber color with a head that quickly reduces to a thin ring, but does cling to the glass. it reeks of grapefruit and apple cider. very smooth at first with creamy centennial hop flavors, but less hoppy than many american pales, gets more bitter and hoppy with the finish. wait just long enough for the same citrusy flavors from the nose to come out in the aftertaste ( nose more apple cider, aftertaste more grapefruit) good beer, but less hoppy than a standard pale.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to the darker golden color. Moderate head that leaves spotty lace.

Stronger malt aromas than bitter hops.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter. Good malt base. Very dry and long bitter aftertaste. Good body that mellows the bitterness slightly; high carbonation.

This is an easy beer to drink, although I don't know if it is quite worth the $6+ price for a half liter.

Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle split with a friend last night, originally purchased from Liquid Solutions for seven dollars

Poured into a pint glass with a golden color that was a little darker than most, a little bit of orange in it and seemed even darker at the bottom, the head was 3/4 inch thick and soapy, stuck around for about twenty minutes, left a good amount of lacing for a pale ale

Smell was complex but impressive at the same time, it had bananas, oranges, honey, lemons, and different kinds of sweet malt, smell was more like a saison than a pale, but it was good nevertheless

Taste was different than any other beer I have had in this style before, it had a lot of sweetness from the various fruits and malt, but was also hoppy at the same time with a nice crisp tart finish, malt outdid the hoppy characters but this was not necessarily a bad thing, lack the straw-like taste characteristic to most pales, sweet and averagely hopped beer

Could not drink much of this, maybe a couple bottles which are pretty much equilavent to a pint, sweetness could fill you even though it is not too heavy and alcohol content is only around six percent, if it was more dry and bitter, it would be easier to drink

Recommended if you can find this brew from Norway, Liquid Solutions still has some available if you would like to order from them online

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was pleasantly surprised by this one. it poured a cloudy amber-orange with a nice creamy white head and lacing. i left quite a bit of darkish sediment behind in the bottle. bouqet was nice, with bananas and bubblegum dominating along with citrus, honeyed sweet malt, and a pronounced floral character. great shit for a pale ale. taste was a nice, frothy interplay of the fresh sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness. this was almost medium in body with a lingering, drying bitter finish. nicely carbonated with a creamy yet spritzy mouthfeel. way to go norway.

Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, murky amber with a nicely creamy off-white head. Caramel malts and earthy, citrusy hops give the aroma an overall "dark" feeling. Hoppy flavor, leaning towards floral and wood, with a English-like, toffee maltiness. There's a central apple fruitiness and a wave of citric bitterness. Strong taste, I could guess this beer was stronger than it actually is. I don't say this very often, but this is kind of over the top for a pale ale, despite its relatively low ABV. Slick, medium mouthfeel, drying in the finish. Its not doing a whole lot for me, unfortunately.

Photo of dgallina
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating.

Pours clear copper with an inch of rich off-white head. Recedes at a moderate pace, leaving behind light lace and a thick film. Not very assertive in aroma. Some light caramel malts plus green leaf and pink grapefruit hop notes over a bit of dusty earth. The flavor is much bolder; perhaps overly so. Initial biscuit and caramel malts give way to a strong bitter pine finish. Quite out of balance; the mouth is left puckering and dry. Good medium-weight body that's creamy and easy-drinking. Not bad, but not much to recommend it over others.

Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.