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Two Captains - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 10-11-2010

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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 89
Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not better than a Hardcore IPA.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma has a strong, sharp, slightly dusty fruity overtone. Pours a dark, hazy, coppery amber with a fairly thick and fluffy buff head. Flavor is quite hoppy and fruity, nothing special but still enjoyable. Texture has average body and good fizz. If not the best Imperial IPA I’ve had, still a decent one.

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Totally blew me away ... I never miss an opportunity to drink one when I can find it.

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Teku glass. Bottle. Burnt orange, cloudy, minimal head, nice lacing. Quite intense malty (caramel) aroma, alos some citrus (mandarin) aroma. Medium sweet, medium hop bitterness. More malty than hoppy. Full bodied, sticky texture, medium carbonation. Finish is light bitter. No alcohol warming.

Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Golden, amber-yellow, with a decent, small head.

My whole room smells like mango, peach and grapefruit, creating summer feelings, fantastic and intense aroma of fruity hops, spiced up with hints of honey.

Fruity hoppiness onwards from the beginning, defined by orange, papaya and kiwi, then fruits turn more sour, to a lime impression, as dry hop bitterness hits the palate. Malt plays a minor role in this, adding a gentle sweet note, with hints of grass and oak to the dominating zestful fruit impression, which soon disappears, as the hops turn bitter. As lovely and calm as this beer starts, it soon turns bitter, in an exciting, crisp, refreshing way, without loosing its enjoyable balance. Throughout, it remains very smooth, especially during the finish, in which bready malts shine through. Fantastic variety of tastes, every one of them very convincing. This certainly got a fuller body than their usual IPA, without turning too heavy and sweet. Very sour, slightly metallic aftertaste, due to lively carbonartion, which stays long on the palate.

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%

Hazy brownish copper. Some citrus and hop notes in the nose. Flavor profile is malty with a touch of sweetness from the malt accompanied by a decent (but not over-impressive) array of hop flavors on the finish. The finish is also a touch warming as this offering does not hide the alcohol as well as many other top-shelf DIPAs.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with two finger head that died real slow but left a lace ring around glass. Smell is intensely citric with touches of piney and soapy hops and minor caramel malts. The beer is real hoppy, dry, citric/piney hops, dry cracker/bread base with hint of biscuit and some sweet caramel. Beer has great balance and smoothness making it real easy to drink (more yeasty than other IPAs). Even a touch of grape sweetness and finishes crisp thanks to lively carbonation.

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

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Nice and classic Nogne bottle art. Pours a clear light orange color forming a huge and bubbled white head. Good retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Strong fruity and citrus notes. Grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Sweet pale grains. Flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very citrus notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine. In overall, a slightly sweet taste followed by a strong and pleasant hops bitterness. Well hidden 8.5% ABV

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fruity, citrus and piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Another Nogne classic

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 13.01.2014.
Pours hazy orange, half finger white head. Sticky froth on the glass.
Nice pine and citrusy hops in the smell, with a hint of sweet tropical fruit too and some peach. Mango, pink grapefruit, blood oranges. Faint caramel.
Taste starts rather rough, with crisp tasty (nice sour-sweet balance) citrus (tangerines, grapefruit), getting sweeter with mango and lychee afterwards. Pine resin and hop oils are pretty dank and spicy, but caramel malts smooth things out in the middle. Green bitter finish, with a dry leafy aftertaste (not a lot of fruitiness lingering).
Low carbonation, smooth, chewy. Nicely hidden alcohol.
A decent DIPA, but doesn't really blow away. The hops are a bit muddled. Didn't really like the aftertaste, gets tobacco-like and ruins the otherwise great taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. This is apparently the commercial implementation of a Norwegian homebrewing champion's recipe - always a cool thing to see!

This beer pours a rather hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with slowly swirling black speck sediment, and two fingers of weakly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy inkblot lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent orange and grapefruit oil extract, resinous pine needles, rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, further demarara and maple sugary notes, a bit of diacetyl, and more weakly leafy perfumed hops. The taste is bready, somewhat nutty caramel malt, buttery toffee, muted citrus cream, wet forest floor pine, a mild orchard fruitiness, and leafy, earthy, and slightly soused hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, and barely perceptible at times, the body a decent medium-full weight, and generally smooth, with a plain, airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, bready caramel malt starting to unravel, the hops having already done so.

A sort of uneven, and in the end, underwhelming DIPA. It's drinkable, sure, and the ABV is well integrated, but I'm getting little punchiness beyond the initial aroma - this thing's over 8 months old now, it may be on the edge of wilting. Anyways, the roots are indeed showing here, I'm afraid, but I'm not about to blame either of the two captains (master or apprentice), or even the distributor - it's just unfortunately going to have to sit as is - a so-so example of the style.

Photo of KBaum09
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle.

Pours into a tulip glass a nice light orange color with about 2 fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention and picture perfect lacing throughout the glass.

Classic IPA flavor with strong citrusy hop balanced beautiful with subtle fruity notes (So many IPA's these days just pile in the Cascade and Centennial hops for an overwhelming grapefruit flavor with no balance at all). Grapefruit on the nose followed by a sweet pineapple and a dash of pine.

Sweetness fades into a perfect hop bitterness; not overwhelming, perfectly balanced, and lingers just long enough into the citrusy and piney aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Great mouthfeel. Very hearty, flavorful, perfectly-balanced beer. Highly drinkable (though you will want to savor every single sip)

This is easily one of the top IPA's on the market today. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find in the U.S., so stock up anytime you find it on the shelf.

Photo of BeerGod27
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber/copper color with the perfect head.
Hops will punch you in the nose but that's what I want from my DIPAs.
The taste was complex. A good amount of malts lessens the hops so even non-hop-heads will enjoy this beer. Hop-heads don't worry, you will still get you hop fix. Some orange and caramel flavors are present.
I enjoyed this DIPA a lot! Be warned though, it's almost $10 for 16.9 oz.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Just over a finger of off-white, impressive head tops a tawny, unfiltered, opaque beer.

S: Rich caramel malts and hints of fruit are complemented by classically piney Americanesque hops. Smells more or less like a DIPA.

T: Aww, disappointing. It's pretty good, but faint-hearted and unimpressive. The hops are more much muted and herbal than anticipated (older bottle?). Still, I suppose there is something to be said for balance. A nutty, bready sweetness (think [good] fruitcake) is predominant before the bitterness rears up and intermingles through the aftertaste.

M: Firm and robust. Full-bodied and thick. Very nice.

O: I liked this beer, but I wouldn't recommend it or have another (unless it was guaranteed fresh). A bit of a disappointment from a great brewery.

Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear amber with two fingers thick offwhite colored head, sticks around. Smell: orange, apricot, pine, mild earthiness, alcohol. Taste: pine, candied grapefruit peel, mild breadiness, alcohol hit. Medium-plus bodied, with a syrupy-cut-by-carbonation feel. Boozy for 8.5%, flavors muddied. It's okay, but not great.

Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle. Poured a ruby chestnut brown colour with a solid cap of off-white head that leaves a great amount of sticky lacing and film.

Smell is intoxicatingly rich. Thick hop bitterness with earthy lychee nuts, pine needles, resin, dried apples. Some grapefruit and blood orange citrus, apricot, some slight medicinal overtones but all very well balanced.

Taste is very interesting, more pepper and earthy bitterness, roasty coffee, dried pine, earthy woodiness, apricot, dried lemon. This tends to be more of an earthy and nutty DIPA than some that I find to be citrus fruit bombs. The change is certainly welcome as this is delicious and works very nicely.

Mouthfeel is moderate, dry, hop slickness on the finish with a big presence and pleasing oiliness with enough roasty malts to balance out very nicely.Drinks very nicely, and with a warming satisfying feel but no noticeable alcohol heat.

A very excellent DIPA that I'm glad I picked up, certainly worth it. An array of earthy, pine, nutiness, and dry fruity notes with a balanced hoppy profile. Excellent beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nogne-O Two Captains Double IPA. Ale 8.5% Alc/vol.
"Jan Halvorfjeld, winner of Norwegian homebrewing championship 2010 brewed his champion double IPAat Nogne-O. We at Nogne O are of course proud to be with him making this happen. Ingredients: Grimstad water, malted barley, hops and yeast. 100 IBU, brewed and bottle by Nogne O, Grimstad, Norway."

Completely opaque, thoroughly hazy peach and apricot appearance, creamy white heady froth atop.

Aroma: pungent and powerful, a massive mix of the usual piney/citrus notes, but a bit of a muddle, rather indistinct. Not quite what I'm looking for in an IPA. I'd like some clearly struck tones. This nose is more cacophonous.

Taste: In the mouth, it's a brash splash of hops, with malt firmly included in the mix. Booze rises up quickly, invades the braincase with alarming ease. It's a murky mess that's high on hops and alcohol, but has very little in the way of delicacy or finesse. It's what I'd expect from a homebrew double IPA, but not from a professional brewing concern. Oh, well, there's room for all kinds of beer. This is fine, it's just not refined. I do like yeasty, cloudy, unfiltered beers, and rustic ones, as well, but this one just seems, in light of what really succeeds as a double IPA, unsophisticated.

Although I do have a sneaking suspicion that if this came from Belgium rather than Norway, I'd be more pleased. It's contradictory, I know. If I could fix that I would. Or, …would I?

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass. The beer turns rather cloudy once the yeast is poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops that are followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the malts and hops. It's also quite drinkable because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange color, with a huge white head. Fairly opaque.

S - Strong hop nose, lots of resin and pine. Very american hop like.

T - Starts off smooth and somewhat sweet, but that turns into the citrus flavors from all the hopping. More hops of the resin type nature, brings balance. Very smooth finish, a little bit nutty.

M - A creamy body - a little sticky and sweet at times. No alcohol warmth, quite a bit of hot oils.

O/D - A very good and easy drinking DIPA. This level fo ABV compared to the general market takes it to almost a single+ style. Not at all filling, just a great hop whammy.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and resinous hops with pretty dominant with some dry caramel malt notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with nice floral touch and some resinous and slightly earthy hops with some dry caramel malt wand light residuals sugar notes. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and a beer I would seek again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.50$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 1-2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit, plastic?

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges and a bit of pine. It ends with a pretty hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – A little bit odd in the smell department, but the flavours are nice and there is a good dose of hops. It's a little west coast taste wise but with a different spin on it. Well worth trying once for fans of the style.

Photo of mintjellie
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange body. Turbid with haze and little floaties. Finger-thick eggshell coloured head, fair retention and patchy lace. Grapefruit and tangerine aromatics with complementary pine, cannabis flower, and light brown sugar notes. And a hint of it's 8.5% ABV as well. Big citrus flavour to match the aroma, gently sweet malts are run roughshod by grapefruit pith, turning woody in the long bitter finish. Simple flavour profile, but big enough to be brutishly effective. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and a little bit resinous in the mouth. Very good.

Photo of andrenaline
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to peensteen for passing on the last bottle in the store my way! Super stoked to have an opportunity to try this brew.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a copper hue, finger of soapy hea with decent retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet citrus hop notes, slight resin notes, sugar maple, bitter rinds and buttery caramel.

T - A bitter hop profile dominates, citrus notes and cane sugar, hints of cotton candy and a sour citrus rind bitterness lingers. The bitterness is strong on the finish, but is complemented by the slightest ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - A solid DIPA that boasted an intense hop profile with a sour bitterness that would be appreciated by any hop head. Well worth a try and super glad I was able to snag the last bottle in the shop!

Photo of peensteen
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep orange, about a finger of white head, good amount of lace as well. Smell is full on citrusy and piney hops, subtle malt sweetness, lots of orange and grapefruit as well as a faint bit of alcohol. Taste is all bitter hops up front, lots of dry citrus and orange flavours, bit of pine, lightly sweet malt at points with a long dry hoppy finish. Medium carbonation, oily texture, medium full body. Solid DIPA, rather tasty and quite drinkable.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled July 3 2012. As a hophead that rarely has access to true DIPAs, I have been looking forward to cracking this one open - moreso than the other Nøgne Ø brews I picked up last month, at least. Hopefully I've saved the best for last. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a muddy orange-amber colour, topped at first with one finger of soapy, frothy white head that seeps away over a period of minutes. A thin film at the surface and narrow collar remain, with modest lacing generated. Visible sediment 'floaties' in the top-off pour. The aroma is appealing and intense, with pink grapefruit and pine being the most prominent features, with underlying brown sugar maltiness somewhat lost behind these hoppy notes. As much as I like the aroma, it's not complex and nothing special for the style.

The flavour is similarly straightforward, but in such a finely-tuned, delicious manner that I am not terribly inclined to judge it harshly for that reason. Mild caramel malt sweetness and a slight biscuity nuttiness quickly give way to notes of grapefruit pulp, peaches and pineapple. The hops remain dominant into the finish, which is piney and pithy, with an enjoyable bitter aftertaste that lingers. The subsequent top-off, which included the sediment, softened the pine/grapefruit notes and leaned more toward the peach/tropical fruit side, so if you have a preference between the two you should pour accordingly. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with very mild carbonation that gives it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden well and doesn't really enter into the flavour profile. Better suited to sipping than sessioning, but I certainly can understand why someone might want seconds.

Final Grade: 4.08, a memorable A-. Nøgne Ø's Two Captains is a reliable, no-nonsense imperial IPA that might actually be one of my new favourites within the style. Obviously it's not very well balanced, with the hoppy tropical/citrus fruit notes overpowering the comparatively meek malt profile - but there are plenty of people who want exactly that from their DIPAs. I happen to be one of them, and frankly it's nice to have a DIPA that doesn't remind me of barleywine. All hopheads should consider this one well worth a try, and while I wouldn't exactly call it a mindblowing experience, it's still a fine example of the style that I'd happily seek out again.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy but almost luminescent orange colour, with the floating sediment giving the glass an almost gelatinous look. Silky mouthfeel is decent and low carbonation level does not feel flat.

Malt-forward aroma has a copper tang that I typically associate with age. Although recently purchased, it's batch 831 from 03.07.12? Assume that means early July rather than March, but not certain. Either way, aroma does not hint much at the hops found in the flavour.

The taste is more robust and offers “American west-coast” style tropical fruits, with some grapefruit and tangerine citrus elements. DIPA ends with a pleasantly bracing bitter finish, and a far more subtle alcohol warmth than 8.5% ABV typically produces.

As most Norwegian offerings I’ve enjoyed have been a form of “Euro lager”, this beer is a very pleasant surprise and one I would recommend that any hop lover try.

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Two Captains from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.