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

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
14º P, 40 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2004)
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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first of what will likely become alot of the Nogne line of beers from Norway,poured into an impy pint glass a dull hazed peach with one finger of froth atop.Classic aromas of an old school American left coast pale caramel malt base staying intune with a big citrusy,piney hop profile just very inviting.The flavors dont quite match up with the nose but its tasty nonetheless an assertive firm lightly caramel sweet malt base shows itself well the fruity,piney hop doesnt give enough push in thefinish for me but its there with a real tangerine flavor showing thru.Others have said its refreshing and I would say yeah thats a good term,its lighter in body to make it refreshing and drinkable with some nice citrus fruit tinge to make you want more,pretty solid offering here,I could see it in my fridge alot this summer for sure.

oberon, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night while watching a Phillies win with my cousin, krkearney as part of a Nogne tasting we were doing. The beer poured an orange/amber color with a slight tan head. The nose had some pleasant piney citrus notes swirling around. The taste was more of the same, nice citrus grapefruit notes with a piney hoppy bite running through. There is also a good malt backbone supporting this beer.

ggaughan, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium honey color and pretty clear if you pour carefully and leave the yeast in the bottle. ~1" head with small bubbles and nice lace.

S - Honey with caramel notes. Very mild.

T - Crisp with a dry finish, slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Hint of citrus fruits. Nothing overpowering - nice balance.

M - Light and refreshing

D - Could definitely down many if they weren't $5.00 for 500 ml

walshclimb, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall, somewhat thinnish (no, not Finnish) 500 ml bottle with the back and orange label as shown on the avatar. $4.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. in late March 2007.

Pours a pretty orange with a moderately-sized, but nicely creamy off-white head. A bit of sediment from the bottle clouds up the beer a touch.

Aroma is the best feature here- nice citrus and spring flower aromas overlying a solid malt base. Flavor follows through, but it drops a notch, because the hops turn a little too sharp and astringent. Not as enjoyable as the aroma. But still tasty.

Seems to me to be a mix of English Pale Ale and American Pale Ale in style- not sure I could call it one or the other. Pretty tasty, and it goes down easily.

My first Norwegian beer- makes me want to try some more!

Dukeofearl, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" ecru head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on admirably, preserving most of what was present to start, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly of fruity hops. Taste is moderately sweet malt upfront, followed by a tipping of the scales toward fruity hops, with a pleasingly bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. A nice brew, but possibly not enough of a standout to be selling singly in large bottles, maybe better placed in a smaller size 4-pack. Wouldn't mind revisiting though.

ppoitras, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, tawny-amber in hue with some golden highlights; the liquid is bright and pleasant to look at. White foam, at the apex the head was almost two fingers tall. Active bubbles but they held together fairly well, I’d call the head retention above average. The head qualities bodes well, there might be some hops in here! Minimal subsequent lacing but there was enough to make note of it. Overall, the appearance is charming.

The nose is nice… it isn’t big and American but it is not weak either. IMO, it smells like a mix between Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale and Burton India Empire Pale Ale. Sweet maltiness, honey, candied fruit, wild berries, leather, earth, grapefruit, oranges, and bread. Complex but not assertive… seems to be a tame Pale Ale. The alcohol is hidden. In sum, I do expect a tasty beer based on the nose and the malt profile does seem promising. Let’s see how the hops deliver. Inviting.

Hello hops! Bitterness is ideal for a Pale Ale; I love the upfront dryness. Citrus notes, grapefruit and oranges, are lovely and play nicely with the caramel, bready malts. The alcohol arrives in the middle, giving some warmth (which I like). Tangy at the end, kind of sweet and candy-like… orange fruit, honey, weed resin, and just a bit of earth. I find this to be a complex Pale Ale. It doesn’t assault the palate with hops and it doesn’t have a pussy malt profile either. Balanced but plenty bitter; it leaves me wanting more!

A tad fuller than medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation; the mouthfeel is lovely. It fits perfectly. Long, hoppy aftertaste… wow, I love the tongue-coating hop residue!

This beer is very enjoyable and it was a treat to drink. I didn’t know what to expect of it. I was actually thinking it might be more Americanized. It wasn’t and I am grateful. I really was surprised at the craftsmanship. I can’t wait to try some other beers from this brewery. IMO, fans of Meantime IPA will dig this beer. Purchased at Beertopia in Omaha; recommended.

bditty187, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of GnomeKing
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

So there's an American IPA, which is assertively hoppy; and there's a British IPA, which is a bit more delicate and has a different malt character; but a Norwegian IPA? I didn't know what to expect, but what I found was a treat: a beer with a lush, velvetly mouthfeel, biscuity and fruity aroma, and alcohol burn (who'd a-thunk-it?), ...a sensous beer, in short.

I think there are some imbalances in this beer that diminish its drinkability, but its excentricities make it an interesting one to try.

A wonderful find at Capone's in Norristown, PA!

GnomeKing, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne O Pale Ale pours a hazy copper with a thick off white head that persists from a 16.9 ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy, and has a bit of caramel malt too. The malt caramel flavor is stronger than I would have liked, but the hops are pretty strong too. Interesting take, I'd like to tinker with the balance a little though.

Drew966, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good pale that went great with fish, as advertised. Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centennial hops; English ale yeast Smooth grapefruiit aroma, good bitterness not overdone, satifying by itself. Understated IPA. Found in New Jersey.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange colour with a giant, fluffy off-white head from a hard pour. Good head retention and plenty of lacing, in fact there were long lasting rings around the glass indicating the size of my first few sips. It smelled strongly of various citrus fruits - orange, tangerine, grapefruit - with a little bit of pine, but the combination kind of gave it a dish-soap vibe. Still, this wasn't overly distracting. The same kind of hops came through in the flavour, but really needed more malt sweetness. There was also some earthiness running through the middle. Although the bitterness wasn't over the top, there just wasn't enough malt to provide a nice balance, and it left the flavour a bit thin. Short, hoppy finish with just a bit of sweetness to keep it from drying out too much. A little hop spice hung around a little longer. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation - not quite crisp, more like subdued. An interesting take on the style and an interesting beer overall. It has its problems, but I still kinda liked it.

DrJay, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood?"

--The Beatles

Sunny tangerine with apricot trim and a fine particulate haze. The pale ecru cap looks great. It's immensely bubbly, has loads of character and is depositing an impressive amount of thick lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Subsequent pours murk up the beer and add even more lace. Fantastic!

The nose could be more aromatic. The white grapefruit citrusiness of the Centennial hops is duly noted, as is an earthiness that must be coming from the Northern Brewer. I would have picked something else to compliment the Centennial, but that's just me. It smells like the beer will be lightly caramel malty sweet as well.

Is this what a Norwegian American pale ale is supposed to taste like? While I wasn't bowled over by my first mouthful, I'm beginning to think more highly of this somewhat odd ale as the ounces pass. The flavor is along the lines of a lemon and orange zesty APA, but one that has been filtered through an offbeat prism.

The caramel malt sweetness (coupled with a bruised apple fruitiness) that I noted in the nose is present and accounted for. It still has a little trouble keeping up with all the hop bitterness. First contact isn't a tongue stunner, but the bitterness maintains its heading throughout the mouthful and lingers long after the swallow.

I'm still not thrilled with the fact that the Centennial have been sullied by a lesser variety of hop, but I must admit, the flavor profile is different and interesting. I think it's because there's such a spicy, herbal, woody vibe. Cedar? Balsam? Sandalwood? Why am I suddenly hearing sitars and John Lennon in my head?

It didn't enter my consciousness until I turned my attention to it, but the mouthfeel is pretty good. It's mouthfillingly creamy and has a perfect amount of carbonation. I'm going to nudge the drinkability score a half point since this beer is so interesting and is so damn fun to drink. It doesn't hurt that my hophead itch is getting scratched in a big way.

I love the elegant simplicity of this brewery's bottles and labels. I also love the fact that they've 'been inspired by the boldness of American brewing' without losing sight of their Norwegian roots. These guys bear watching. I only hope the rest of their lineup is this impressive. Skal!

BuckeyeNation, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with an nice foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of floral hops is well balance with some bitterness. Taste is mix between some floral hops and a subtle citrus bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some decent carbonation. I thought this was a bit low in the malt profile department but apart from that it was a good APA.

Phyl21ca, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 from Holiday Liquor in Escondido, CA. Label info: 14 degrees, 40 IBU, 6% ABV. Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt, Northern Brewer and Centennial hops, English Ale yeast and Grimstad water.

Pours with a gorgeous judicious frothy densely packed spumescent beige cratered head cap over a hazy peach hue leaving decent spider web lacing in the glass.

Bright scents of fresh squeezed oranges with the bitter peel, lemon zest and a zip of Pez candy.

First swigs: Peppy Pez candy and spot on focus of Tangerine wedge notes. Citrus aspect is focused on Tangerine and a tad orange peel bitterness. Malt backing is nearly non-existant which leads to a near American style IPA. Refreshing and clean.

Last swigs: Thank goodness that this is a (seemingly) fresh bottle. After import from Norway, who knows what to expect. This as good as it gets as far as pale ales go. Damn near an IPA but pale ale will do. If you can find this one, go for it!

blitheringidiot, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at about 36F from 22 oz amber bottle.

Poured with thick body and big, rich light tan head, leaving good lacing. Somewhat cloudy orange color.

Aroma is hoppy, attractive, slightly yeasty and malty.

Flavor is refreshing, but with a bite of dark crystal malt. Balanced bitterness and flavor and good hop aroma.

Full and bitter mouthfeel with a touch of astringency, dry finish with a bite.

Drinks well, not as smooth as some, but enjoyable and recommended.

BattleRoadBrewer, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first of five Nogne's that I'll be reviewing courtesy of Himerman. Thanks again dude, great box you sent.

A: Sort of a strawberry toffee color with some haze to it. Head is full on in charge of the situation. Appears to have a good creamy texture and a honey whipped butter color to it.

S: Cedar planks, play-doh, watery grapefruit and a hint of soap.

T: Starts off with malty red apples and cantelope. Has a brisk Liptons tea quality to it. Moves towards a bready profile with herbal tendencies. As the dough tastes fade, the hop bitterness gears up and fades into an earthy and dirty personality. Surprisingly enough, I feel like I can actually taste the alcohol, even at a respectable 5.9%. Finishes slightly metallic and quite bitter.

M: Medium body with a really fluffy carbonation.

D: This beer didn’t really work for me. I think I get irked but pale ales or IPA’s that don’t use west coast hops, they just seem boring to me. There is nothing wrong with this beer and is actually quite enjoyable, but when I get that much bitterness I like to have a hop resume that matches it.

Westsidethreat, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amply carbonated, soapy white head, craggy, nice burnt orange huegood lacing roll.. a nice looking beer for the style.

carmelized smelling hops, definite sweetness to this one, a slight chemical smell is in there also, not bad.

taste etc...
light to medium body. like in the nose somehow the hops flavor/bittering tastes a bit chemical, decent bitterness and decent malt presence, the carbonation is ok as well, pretty easy drinking but the way this is bittered is bothering me.

so far my least fave from this brewery. not bad, but not particularly good either.

Ego, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1 finger head that falls quickly. No significant lacing develops.

Smell: bread, caramel, and orange citrus are detectable and pleasant.

Taste: caramel, oranges, honey, and a mild bitterness are wrapped in a bready tone.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and lightly dry throughout. Aftertaste is short as the flavors feel like they stick to the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: solid pale ale, kind of a blend of European and American styles. Worth giving this on a shot.

Gavage, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours the color of honey. Tight one finger head that melts into a faint skim. Minor lacing. Bottle conditioning = suspended sediment.

S: Grapefruit and citrus with a touch of sweet, bready malt. Floral hoppiness, too.

T: Bitter grapefruit hops balanced by flavors of baked bread and caramel malt. Centennial hops bust out of this and smack your tongue around. The bitter and hoppy finish lasts forever. The finish starts off peppery and becomes tangy. Delicious.

M: Dry and quite bitter, yet full and coating. Perfect for the style.

D: Very refreshing. Hoppy and bitter with a strong dose of citrus that's kissed by that wonderful lightly sweet and bready malt backbone. A fantastic APA!

GbVDave, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is amber with a tint of orange; the liquid is somewhat cloudy (the beer is bottle conditioned, and some yeast is clearly visible at the bottom). The head is impressive; off white, semi-compact and very firm – it reached over one centimetre above the rim of the glass, then it sank down to a softer finger thick lid with a great crater and massive lacing. Really, really good!

The smell is powerful with a dominating note of sweet grapefruits, bitter oranges and mandarins. Somewhere in the background there are also notes of musk and some sweet malt.

The taste is bitter. No, the taste is fruity and very bitter. There are lots of bitter/sour citric notes, mostly grape fruit and bitter oranges. The malt stays in the background and the body is rather weak compared to all those hops making the taste just a little unbalanced. The long aftertaste goes in the same style with grapefruits, some white bread and a slowly growing sour note of lemon and a gentle sweetness.

The mouth feel is fresh with a subdued carbonation. Small bubbles.

This ale is very much like the beers I had from American micros a few years ago: “Let’s see, can we squeeze some more hops into this brew?”. At times, it felt more like drinking carbonated grape fruit juice than a beer. Don’t get me wrong: I really like hoppy and bitter beers, but this one was just… monotonous.

I hope their IPA is more in the British style.

After all, their catchphrase “The uncompromising brewery” isn’t just empty words.

bark, Dec 27, 2005
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Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.