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

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 110
Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. There are some floaties in this beer. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is different, hops are present, a somewhat medicinal flavor, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of Polasiuss
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of R15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark amber color with a finger of off white head. Ok retention. Some lacing.

S- big robust hoppy aromas with big pine, orange citrus and a woody notes. Soft nutty malt aromas with the wheat coming out as well. Finishes all floral and leafy hop aromas.

T- great balance between malt and hops. Cracker pale malt and wheat flavors hit the palate at first. Floral leafy hop flavor hits with a round hop bitterness. Finishes very dry with notes of pine and yellow grapefruit. The wheat and leafy hops linger on the palate on the aftertaste.

MF- slick full mouthfeel with average carbonation and a medium body.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a very solid APA

Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Colour evokes lemon and orange. Decent head and lacing. Substantial sediment.

Lots of lemon in the aroma and some initial skunk. Occasionally some yeast but not much malt to speak of.

Taste has more lemon flavours and a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate-high carbonation.

Overall a competent pale ale but a bit neither here nor there for me. Easy drinking, hides the ABV (6%) but perhaps a bit too textbook for my liking. Mikkeller's pale ales at the recent event generally had far more complex hop profiles.

Photo of aidanskinner
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - slightly clouder, dark golden, thick, slightly fluffy head that sticks around

s - vaugely doughy, slightly sweet smell

t - yum! nice biscuity malty base, cut through with a surprisingly sharp set of hoppy citrusy delicious

m - nicely carbonated, moderately thick but easy to drink

Really good beer, doesn't taste overly alcoholic but the 6% isn't a surprise either. One of the best in the style I've had. Lovely stuff.

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

Goldenrod with lumpy snow white head that sheets. Straight Centennial orange nose with some proofing bread dough underneath. Whole wheat toast and peanut with juicy Sunkist citrus hops. Bitter pith finish and dry linger. Wood oil hops come out as it warms. Sediment at the end. Light, crisp, some stick.

Not hugely complex, but darn tasty and very quaffable. Gets full value out of the 40 IBUs. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Don't know if it's worth import prices, though.

Photo of Forb
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle...

Appearance: Deep hazy orange rising into a reddish orange with a 2 finger fluff head that dissipates leaving blotchy lacing.

Smell: Nose is a tricky one with hop notes peaking through a citrus fruit aura.

Taste: Comes through rather plainly with the malt making a forefront appearance and the hops subtly attempting to push through but weakly so. Finishes with a bitter tastelessness.

Mouthfeel: An almost watered down medium body with plenty of carbonation. Really weird.

Overall: This beer is nothing like any pale ale I have tried before. With it's look of an almost double imperial IPA to it's oddly rich malt off-taste.. I will say I wont be having this one again.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light honey color with a thick 3 finger cloud-like head.

S: Sadly, I don't get much on the nose with this one. A slight hop character but it is very feint.

T: Citrusy hop character and a nice malt base give this beer a nice flavor. The finish is all citrus.

M: Medium bodied and lots of carbonation, this has a nice mouthfeel.

D: Quite drinkable despite 6% ABV

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

Cloudy caramel-amber, with a huge white head of foam. Heavy, but uneven lace.

Nose is fruity hops. Appealing enough.

Taste impression shows sour grapefruit. Definitely a citrus hops profile, with some pine accents. This is a bitter and chewy brew -- tasty, but not as balanced as I'd like.

As it stands, a solid, but not wholly a standout, pale ale.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch number 563; best before 17.11.13; brewed 17.11.10. Into an imperial pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a vigorous thick, white head about 3-4 fingers in depth. The beer is fairly clear with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Very nice lacing on the glass. Once I emptied the rest of the bottle into the glass, some sediment was added to the brew and clouded things up a bit.

The nose provides a citrus hop smell with some lemon and a bit of pine thrown in for good measure. Maybe a hint of spice or pepper.

The taste reveals a crisp, nicely hopped ale. The citrus and bitterness from the hops is really the defining characteristic of the taste and provides a nice backbone to this offering. Some pepper-spice qualities as well and finishes with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is very vibrant and lively, making this a nice pairing with a variety of foods.

Overall I am favorably disposed toward this pale ale. Very refreshing and provided a healthy dose of hops for a nice bitterness with a citrus twang.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up yesterday at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- amber color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- sweet malt, some hops, spices

Taste- sweet malt, little bit of hops, spices

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a very interesting pale ale. It's very different from normal pale ales but still pretty good. I would love to have it again.

Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass.

Pours a cloudy brown with several fingers of thick, durable tan head. Honestly, it looks a bit foreboding.

S - very inviting herbal hop/malt blend with some other unidentified aromas, probably some yeast.

T - very malty, rich and complex for style. Hop and bitterness level (IBU = 40) are about as expected, or even higher, but there's also a separate malty sweetness and even a bit of fruitiness. Wonderful mix of flavors!

M - rather smooth with a medium-full body.

O - doesn't look, smell or taste like a typical pale ale, but I can't hold that against a beer this exceptional. So not really an APA, but if it were, it would be one of my favorite APAs. Unique and highly recommended!

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange, tan hue, big 2 finger head, wonderful lacing.

S: sweet malt, mild spice, earthy pine/citrus, dates/figs in background.

T: nice earthy front with firm malt, mild spices in the finish with hint of bitter

M: medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Another fine Scandinavian brew. Worth trying. I could have a few of these and really be happy. Fun to rediscover APA's through Norway.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, citrus, and hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, caramel malt, hops, and a slight graininess. Surprisingly, the malt component dominated the flavor much more than you see in other APAs. Still, a well-rounded flavor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a well made, easy to enjoy, drinkable beer.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a good batch of haziness. There is a fair amount of sediment floating around. The head is a good two thumbs thick and fluffy white with great retention.

S: Nice light malts with a slight hoppiness to it. There is also an almost sour yeast smell faintly in the background.

T: Munich malt flavor up front with a nice light floral hoppiness. Very simple in its flavor, but very drinkable.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink, never had a Nøgne Ø beer I didn't like, even there simple beers are done with class.

Photo of CarfiCZ
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought 12/2010 Prague-Bad Times, pivotéka
From the very first sip, unpleasant taste that immediately rises strongly in the head. Beer tasteless elder žádýho surprise. I'm sure will taste the different beers from this brewery, but I do not recommend this beer, you will choose better

Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever.

S: Yeasty malt aroma with a slight pine hop aroma.

T: Strong malt flavor that comes across dry with a yeasty bready aftertaste.

D: Pretty decent beer overall. Not as hoppy as some other pale ales but it holds it own.

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

I picked up this beer at the Binny's in Lakeview. I was curious about a Pale Ale from Norway made with the American style in mind.

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Very cloudy, brown with a hint of red. Decently retained creamy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: The most dominant smell here reminds me of a dessert bread - either banana bread or blueberry muffins. In general bready, with sugar and fruit.

Taste: Again with blueberry, and a fair amount of unfermented, sugary, creamy malt. Spicy hops and a finish of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, even carbonation. Medium, slight syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a great pale ale, I'd pick this up again and recommend it to others to give it a try!

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

Nice, smooth APA (or maybe an Export Pale Ale?) with a bit of a hop kick to it.

Lightly clouded orange with a nice white head and a creamy malt smell. Hints of sugar, very low hops and the alcohol is almost non-existant.

Where the hops are subtle in scent they really dominate the flavour. Still very malty, but there is a definite citrus-y flavour.

The alcohol presence is very low, and even with a more-IPA like character this is a decent session beer.

Photo of shambeano
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown, about an inch of head, subsides slowly.

S- malty smell, little bit of hop, touch of bitterness.

T- upfront pretty hoppy, piney, citrus, a little pinapple maybe a touch of of grassyness.

M- biggish malt, with a pretty big hop prescence, little bit of grass.

D- very good. the alcohol is well hidden, and i could have a couple.

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

Pours amber with a magnificent thick head white head that clings to the glass.
Nose shows loads of light fruit (pear, apples, white grapes) along with lots of floral, spicy and grassy notes. Very light and refreshing. Underneath is some doughy yeast and spicy phenols along with a little bready malt.
Similar flavours, first showing more floral, fruity and grassy hops followed by soft sweet clean malt and finishing with a somewhat sharp bitterness.
Carbonation could be a little higher.
That sharp bitterness is a little over the top but otherwise good.

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

Didn't mean to order this (it's a mobhouse at Max's today), but seeing as how I did...

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all prototypical pale ale (albeit a good one), showing apple , light cherry, celery and light tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this well balanced, nice preportioned pale ale. There is at most some moderate malty sweetness, which balanced perfectly by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly soft, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Drinkabilty is quite good, with the alcohol barely an after thought.

A good, solid pale ale from Nogne, that I would mind ordering from time to time.

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