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

Two CaptainsTwo Captains

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%


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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 10-11-2010)
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dcmchew

Romania

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:47:25 | More by dcmchew
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:08:35 | More by biboergosum
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:29:13 | More by BeerGod27
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AgentMunky

California

3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:47:34 | More by AgentMunky
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babaracas

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:22:31 | More by babaracas
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:22:29 | More by mick303
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:24:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:56:08 | More by metter98
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katan

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:34:57 | More by katan
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 18:31:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:31:35 | More by spinrsx
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:55:48 | More by mintjellie
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:18:47 | More by andrenaline
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 12:48:51 | More by peensteen
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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: 4.1, 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:26:32 | More by thehyperduck
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 20:26:12 | More by hopsolutely
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: unfiltered and very hazy, full of yeast, and combined with the pale brown colour it has the look of plum sauce; pours good head and leaves a thin layer with sticky lace

Aroma: fresh, grassy hops dominate; floral and citrus, lemon peel; hard candy sweetness and some other fruit - orange

Taste & Mouthfeel: big fruity flavours and a fresh pine bitterness compete; very dry finish; oranges; hops really start to build up and there's a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but a flurry of other elements make it interesting - grass, pine, pollen, orange, spice (coriander), and maybe even some pineapple; but to be clear, it's predominantly cutting pine/resin throughout; medium body and appropriate carbonation

Overall: after reading the label all those crazy flavours are making sense - it mentions "it's not double anything, it's just got more of everything"; love the variety, but would like it even more if it wasn't at the end of the day dominated by one

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:36:11 | More by BGDrock
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BeastLU

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in to nonic glass.

A - Awesome hazy orange color, must be held up to light to even start to be able to see through it. Large white foamy head with good retention. Tons of foam sticking to the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S - Strong. Very complex with piney hop and sweet malty tones. Smell is really great, thanks to the dog I spilled some on my counter while I was pouring and my whole kitchen smelled like great beer.

T - Very Balanced for a DIPA. Good hop flavor with a bitterness that is not hidden but well accompanied with the malts. Not a huge boozy taste but you can defiantly tell its a double. My only complaint is that instead of supplying a strong backbone to balance the hops, the malts seem to add a caramelly sweetness to the beer. This isn't bad in its own right and does add positively to the beers flavor, but seems to lead to an almost sticky finish.

M - Heavier mouth feel than most beers in the style with the sticky finish I mentioned earlier. Carbonation can only be detected as the beer first his your tongue then vanishes.

O - Overall a very solid beer, didn't mean for it to sound like I was ripping it in the review because I really did like it. Defiantly give it a try if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:53:35 | More by BeastLU
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Brew Date: July 3, 2012. Seems a bit old...

A - Beautiful hazy orange colour, completely opaque. Thin layer of white head with good retention.

S - Slight bitterness and a fairly big sweet caramel aroma. Some citrus and pine notes are present.

T - Sharp bitterness with pine, grapefruit, peach and tangerine flavours. A hefty sweet caramel backbone provides good balance but the bitterness is still very much at the forefront of the palate. A very well made balanced DIPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:34:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with plenty of suspended (yeast?) particles in the haze. The frothy ivory head lasts a long time, coating the glass with foam. The aroma is of tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. Big huge bitterness follows in the taste. with some caramel malt and some faint rubbing alcohol. Its not overpowering, but makes the alcohol well known throughout, The mouthfeel is very textured and smooth, light carbonation. The finish is bitter and a bit hot from the booze.

This is a very hoppy but somewhat harsh DIPA. The ABV can be more well hidden like countless other examples. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:46:01 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.5) A: This is what I call beautiful. Cloudy and particle laden with a rich grapefruit colour and beautiful creamy and very bubbly foam head. Appears rustic and near cask-like. Commendable retention and healthy lacing.

(4.0) S: Grapefruit, sweet mango, damp and earthy pine, lemon zest, nutty qualities, caramel, and light spices. There are some real enticing mossy and earthy qualities in this but they are a little hidden. Overall good stuff.

(4.0) T: Buttered biscuits, non-tart grapefruit, bitter pine, spices including nutmeg and cloves, and toffee. This is quite smooth and creamy with not necessarily a lot of bite or harshness which translates to quite an easy-drinking double IPA. Similar to aroma with a solid earthy character that’s reminiscent of wood cask IPA’s.

(4.5) M: Full bodied with a lower carbonation. Definitely viscous with a real chewy and particle laden texture. Well done.

(4.0) D: Overall a very good double IPA that lends towards the malty side of things with an earthy emphasis. A double IPA I could easily drink and not tire of.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:12:44 | More by Digimaika2
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Nogne O December feature at the LCBO. Not sure why I started with this one, but it just felt like a strong IPA kind of evening.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Like others before me have said, appearance is not this brew's strong suit. Murky peach-caramel in colour, decent half inch of foam that collapses after a little while into a thin ring, and some not altogether appealing sediment at the bottom. Ah well.

Nose is quite nice - very fruity, good pine, mango, orange peel, caramel. Not too shabby.

Again, nice fleshy fruit (peach, mango, orange) flavours here, with a good pine resin hop finish. Booze is there, but minimal. Enjoying this quite a bit. Not too heavy, decent carbonation, slightly creamy.

Solid brew. Of course, amping up the hops would have helped make this brew stand out, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Good start to the Nogne release.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:50:07 | More by JohnnyBarman
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is what the kids call “ugg” - murky clarity, dull tone and floating bits of sediment are indeed far from attractive features. The egg yolk colour doesn't exactly do it for me either; it looks like something Rocky might throw back after rolling out of bed. Also, the thin, tattered head looks pathetic.

The aroma steers us back on track, touting notes of pine serum, rotting citrus, and caramel-laced malts. There's also a concerning presence of alcohol. It smells overtly earthy, herbal and bitter. It'd be enough to turn the average Joe away, but isn't quite juicy enough to hook-in the die-hard hop fiends.

Two Captains drinks like fruit nectar: it is thick, pulpy, and has a super-concentrated fruit flavour. More specifically, it tastes like mango, peach and pear nectar, or more accurately a combination of, and has a light, sugary finish. The aroma made rumours about pine resin but the flavour offers only a negligible amount.

The fruity hops are a one man gang that bullies the other flavours, but that's not to say that malts don't factor in. The mouthfeel is not completely immune to impressions of alcohol but handles it well; a bready malt base helps to soak it up. It can stumble a bit but recovers easily with notes of green grass and pineapple.

While Nogne Two Captains has nowhere near the “wow” factor as some other DIPAs, it is a delightfully fruity and bitter beer in its own right. That said, I put off trying it until now simply because the price-point didn't match-up to more local, affordable offerings and now, having had it, I know there was no harm in waiting.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 17:54:49 | More by biegaman
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed July 3, 2012. Not exactly fresh, but apparently it has a two-year out BB date!

Beer pours a cloudy caramel-orange colour, with a small to medium sized white head.

Smell is very nice, and pungent. Bright fruits, a mixture of tropical and citrus, with some caramel malt and a biscuit scent. Also a notable pine scent.

Taste is not as nice as the nose. Malt is strong, a bunch of caramel and biscuit. Pine and some difficult to differentiate fruit flavours- again a mix of tropical and citrus. Relatively bitter.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, pretty good. Very nice nose, flavour is nice but not great. Probably would not get it again but happy to have it this time.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:31:58 | More by jrenihan
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dmatsui

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour into a tulip poured a huge, off white 5-finger head that billowed and frothed like it was alive for a few minutes, then receded really quickly leaving spotty lacing. The beer looks a dark amber and burnt orange.

Lots of malt complexities in the nose, sort of woody, earthy and roasty quality. The smell is definitely sharp with some hops, but not particularly floral or citrusy.

Sharp citrus and boozy hop spice at first then the maltiness takes over which is actually not as thick as I thought it was going to be. THe malt bill is definitely more geared towards a roasty quality, sort of reminds me of Hop Rod Rye by Bear Republic. The hops are super earthy and have a lot of terroir. Booziness persists throughout the palate. Mouthfeel is really nice and clean, slick and oily.

It's definitely a different take on a double IPA, I was happy to come across a bottle of this. It's not the IPAs we get on the West Coast but I really enjoyed to nutty, grainy and woody characteristics of the different hop strains.

Serving type: bottle

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