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

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

mmcnaughton, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -25.9%

The beer pours a hazy, dirty yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some pine and resin notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get a hint of pine and some resin, similar to what I got in the aroma, but I also get some leather and tobacco notes. There is also a hint of orange citrus and some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

IPAchris, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

jenray, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

rderedin, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%

Had on tap at Craft this summer. Pours out an orange color, nice mild off white head on top of it. Aroma wasn't really hoppy, just bitter.

Taste wasn't really hoppy, just bitter as hell. Really, that's all there is to this beer. Yeah maybe some crystal malt, a substantial amount of alcohol in the mouthfeel, but really this is just a bitter bomb, and it isn't from it being old, as the hopping hasn't turned into sweetness, its just bitterness that blows all other flavors pretty much out of the water. This beer drinks like you could strip paint with it.

It was my first beer of the day, was challenging to finish, but I did. At no point did I taste anything resembling a citrus or pine presence related to hops (or anything else).

Great for a bitter, acidic alcohol fix, but I don't understand the love for this beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

cbnz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%

Purchased from the cooler. 500ml bottle.

It pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing.

The smell is very leafey and green. There is also some muddled malt presence.

The flavor is a bit better. It has a nice hoppy bitterness and a matching smooth maltiness. Though it didn't smell that great it tastes like a pretty good DIPA.

crossovert, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

Nøgne ø always intimidates me as a brewery. First, they are foreign; I mean, beyond foreign, as in Norwegian. Does anything even grow up there, or is all snow and ice? And, if nothing grows up there, how do they make beer?

More intimidating for me, though, is hazarding whether or not the beer in my hand is fresh, or has sat in some cargo hold of a sea vessel for months, sloshing around the Atlantic wending its way slowly to our shore.

But I suppose what I find most intimidating is, I can't even say their name. "Nawgnu Oh"? "None-o"? What is it?

For this review, though, I set aside all those xenophobic fears, and pours out some of this ale from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter. The label states ingredients which appear to comply with the German purity law; Grimstad water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

The beer itself pours a cloudy amber/pumpkin color, with a two-finger ivory head that oh-so-slowly reduces.

The aroma is pungent, to say the least. I can smell the yeasty barley even when the glass is sitting on the table. Quite alcohol-forward, the aroma is strong, even harsh and does nothing to quell my trepidations about this beer. Buttery and biscuity, this has a "gee" like smell that is not terribly pleasing. Cutting through some of the malt and yeast, however, is a contingent of hops to remind you that 100 IBU's of bitter is waiting for when you start sipping.

And a a sipper is what this is! As malty and yeasty as the aroma was, it is not nearly so is taste. Rather, an astringent mix of alcohol, grapes and leafy, almost herbal flavors start out, giving way to an all out bitter hop assault. Whew, I love bitter, but this is definitely one you wean yourself into.

Mouthfeel is harsh, dry, and abrasive. You feel this as it spreads down the throat and into the gut.

Well, I'm glad to have tried it, though at $10 a pop, plus the Pepto I'm going to need later on, this is a monster of a DIPA that is more work than it is fun to drink. There are so many better examples of the style that I find it hard to recommend seeking this one out.

TheHoppiest, Sep 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

whatname, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Spike-likes-beer, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

MonkeyBread, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

olliegaff, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jklecko2, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jdevastator, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

yeaprolly, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

deereless, May 18, 2014
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Two Captains is a darker copper color. It’s a little hazy. Looks almost like dark caramel when held to light. A tan head tops it and stands almost two fingers tall. It’s slow to recede and leaves a sticky, thick coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It kicks off with a rather strong, sweet caramel scent. Not my favorite thing, but it’s not bad. There are some light, hoppy notes that emerge. They’re citric and smell mostly like orange and light grapefruit. A bit of pine and floral notes are also there. The hops are definitely secondary though. Tough to get through the wealth of malt. Alcohol is there and is rather prominent. Boozy? Eh, maybe a little.

The flavor is above average. It’s alright. It does have a sweet, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little too much caramel for me. The hops do their best to fight for space. They have a piney, citric flavor. Orange and grapefruit are noted. It is a little bitter, but the malts provide a lot of balance. I’d prefer things to be skewed much more in the hop direction. Alcohol is there, but isn’t as strong as the nose suggested. It’s not warm or boozy. It finishes sweet and a little piney.

Two Captains has a medium body. Carbonation feels light. It does have a smooth feel. That’s no big surprise given the strong caramel malt presence. I guess it goes down relatively easy for a beer of its size.

It’s my understanding that Two Captains is the winning recipe of a Scandinavian homebrewing contest. It’s not bad, but I’m somewhat surprised that no one came up with something better. For a DIPA, it’s above average. It’s a little too heavy on the caramel malt and too light on hops. Having said that, it’s definitely far from bad. Definitely worth picking up, especially if you’re into maltier DIPAs.

prototypic, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%

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?

feloniousmonk, May 13, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of MammothTarantula
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Nice hazy orange with a short, fluffy white head. Little fluffier than I was expecting. Decent lacing. Pretty typical IPA look.

S: Sharp citrus, pine, and a little maltiness poking in toward the end.

T: The nose matches the taste for the most part. There is a faint earthy undertone though that is especially evident after swallowing. Tastes really good, but nothing special.

M: Medium bodied, but more than I was expecting. Light to medium carbonation. Very dry finish. Nothing exceptional.

O: A decent beer. Too expensive for me to buy regularly, but I would certainly purchase it again. If you like imperial IPAs, this is a safe choice. No risks here other than price.

MammothTarantula, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

AgentMunky, Jun 27, 2013
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