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

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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 StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

StJamesGate, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Forb, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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

tlazaroff, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

secondtooth, May 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

JohnnyP3, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

jeffjeff1, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

chinchill, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

BeerLover99, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

avalon07, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Kakaraht, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of CarfiCZ
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
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

CarfiCZ, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

rebel1771, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of amandebates
3.95/5  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!

amandebates, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

BDTyre, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of shambeano
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

shambeano, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

John_M, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Josephkeene
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bomber.

Poured unfiltered light orange, with large amount of head. After a few minutes of letting the head subside there was a lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is sweetness and a lot of hops.

Taste however resembles a different story being a American style Pale ale, the taste resembles Belgium yeast's with Hops. Throughout the tasting more and more were the hops present.

Excellent offering with a great Nord taste, influenced by American Pale ales.

Josephkeene, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle tried 30 Dec 2007.

Large tight yellowish head. Cloudy, color of candied mangos. Aroma of fresh orange rolls. Taste is also sweet and bready with some light orangey citrus. Fairly roasty through the middle. Finishes with a bit of astringency. A little more citrus at the very end and aftertaste. Medium body.

As others have mentioned the (what you spend)/(what you get) ratio makes a second purchase difficult to justify .

htomsirveaux, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into RR tulip glass. Appearance is a cloudy orange with medium white frothy head. I pick up bread and sweet malts from the nose, along with subtle citrus fruits. I taste grapefruit, caramel, and light pine. Not very much of a hoppy presence. Not very bitter. Although it lacks in the hops, it still seems like more of an IPA than a pale ale to me. It is pretty well balanced with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Lots of floating sediment in this as well. All around decent beer!

DovaliHops, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C. Cloudy
H. Orangish brown
N. Malt, caramel

Well I have been meaning to try this line of beer for quite sometime. Cerveza Chica decided it was time to venture to import Pale Ales since we have had a majority of the Americans. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It really focuses on the malt, but has a nice subtle hop to it. It is smooth and easy to drink, sort-a sweeter than I like, but has a great aftertaste to it. I almost prefer the aftertaste more than the attack...odd I know. I think I will have to grab some more of the Nogne line for future reviews. This is worth a try if you like sweeter pale ales. Even as a gateway into hoppier pale ales. Very good beer!

DosBeerigos, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange color with a one finger fizzy orange/tan head that quickly fizzles away into a very thin ring. No lacing.

Citrus bready/yeast aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as some grapefruit. Subtle malt presence.

Very hoppy for a pale ale. This actually drinks more like an IPA with nice citrus hops, lemon peel and grapefruit with a subtle caramel malt backbone and a slight sweet alcohol warmth in the finish.

corby112, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. brown bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Very pillowy white lingering head with a nice quaffable hoppy/malty aroma. Not sure about the "American" style of this pale ale. I don't smell or taste the typical piney/citrus hops common in a American pale ales. Trying not to review based on price but really not sure why this beer is so expensive as it certainly doesn't strike me as anything more than an average pale ale.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of light brown head on a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Mild pine hops with a hint of nondescript citrus. Light toasted malt and a hint of caramel.

T - Some pine hop flavor along with moderate bitterness. Toasted malt shows up in the middle and melds with increasingly sharp bitterness towards the finish. Some char and grapefruit notes linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a quaffable and well put together pale ale. The foam in particular deserves a shout out for being unusually cohesive and long lived, especially for this style. There is a definite emphasis on hops, especially bittering hops, but there is enough dry malt to keep it on track. The only real problem with this beer is the style. It is not so much that the beer itself doesn't fit the style as that the brewery doesn't. Nogne O makes great beer, but there is something about a $8 Pale Ale, imported from Norway that just doesn't make sense. This might be a great session beer, but I'll never know because I can't afford to session it.

nickfl, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a hazy orange with light-medium carbonation. The head eventually fell to about 1/2-finger and left some great sticky rings on the glass. After drinking about half the glass, I decided to swirl the last few ounces from the bottle to top off. This added a real cloudiness to the body, changing the color to nearly brown.

S- I was met with a wonderful dose of grapefruity hops. A second whiff gave off some grainy malt aroma. With a little warmth, some caramel comes through. After the sediment swirl, there was a bit of a metallic aroma.

T- It was a really next mix. Initially there was a rush of grainy malts followed by the grapefruit-like hops described in the aroma. There's also a grassy quality to the hop flavor. The solid hopping really cleaned/dried up the finish.

M- It's pretty smooth. The head retention means you end up sipping through a creamy, frothy head right to the end of the glass. The carbonation is very moderate. Solid hop flavor gives a bit of a tingle and a drying effect.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker. At 6% ABV, it packs a bit more punch than most APAs. The higher alcohol content (and price) are the only things that would keep me from drinking a bunch.

Overall- I was really hesitant to give this beer a try at nearly $6 for a 500ml. I really wasn't disappointed. It's a solid APA and it only makes me want to pop for their more expensive IPA and Porter. If I give it another go, I think I'll keep with the careful pour. I preferred the cleaner flavor, before adding the yeast on this one.

GRPunk, Aug 09, 2009
Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.