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

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 16
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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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 TheHoppiest
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 seeswo
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangy-red-brown with a big fluffy white head. It was suggested that this was a Pliny clone. It is not, but that is fine. The smell is very low key - malt and just a touch of citrus hops. Maybe a hint of soap. The taste is a limited amount of citrus hops with a big caramel malt back. Pretty clean and easy drinking (which may have been where the Pliny comparison came from), but really big malt sweetness for an 8% DIPA. Mouthfeel is very sugary, good carbonation and a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good, malt forward DIPA. It really isn't the way I prefer them (I like the hops to pop, shine and the malts only to present a balance), but seems to do what it wants to do well. Giving a bump to overall for the drinkability.

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dmatsui
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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 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 russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Biergartenok, cheers Freddie!

Pours a fairly hazed apricot with 3 fingers of sand colored head. This never quite clears up, insane head retention & good lacing

S: Breadyness, floral notes, all fairly subtle

T: Woody & grassy bitterness up front, apricots, pears & grapefruit up front, along with peppery spiceyness & some pineapple. Breadyness, honey malt, apricot, grapefruit, woody hops & pineapple as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, pineyness, woody dryness some nectarine & pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation that becomes creamy as this warms, good balance

A good DIPA, but I've had better from these guys. The hop mix wasn't completely to my liking, plus a little too fruitty for me, but is fairly quaffable none the less

Photo of Hopswagger
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Two toned, cloudy, golden apricot that starts dark and fades to light on the way down.  Crowned by a huge off white foamy head that is decadent and long lasting. 

S:  Abundant fruity hop aroma, spices, pineapple, toasted grains, timid sweet malts, apricots. Potpourri hops and honey are also present. 

T/M:  Floral hops and pine resin are more confident in the taste. Fruit seems to fade out and is mostly apparent in the nose. Nice playful body with a good dose of tongue tingling carbonation that meshes well. Slight hints of citrus rind and grapefruit.   Finishes very dry with grilled pineapple and a touch of smoke on the throat. 

O:  Complex and well integrated flavors deliver a really great IPA. The malt to hop ratio is well done and the juicy fruit aroma is excellent. The taste is not as grand as the smell but still good. I enjoyed this and would recommend it. 

Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip during their IPA DAY.

The Two Captains looks quite lovely in the glass, the head is billowy, dense and has some legs and sticks to the glass. The liquid is a burnt bronze color almost as an old penny. Some bubbles seen rising, a nice look off the tap. The smell is a but subdued at first just showcasing the malt and biscuit like scents. Some warming brang out some tropics with orange and some floral aspect. I get a bit of pine and a bit of metallic scent rising up as well. The taste is malty for a DIPA, but understanding this is from across the pond, I get it, it's not supposed to be a west coast hop bomb. Warming brings out the hops more combining floral and slight citrus. Maybe it's just me, but I did pick up some metallic taste as well, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me. Feel is medium bodied and rich. Not entirely a gulper in the sense. One is good for me, I would suggest letting this one come up to room temp.

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 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 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.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a turbid glowing orange with active carbonation. Nice rocky head that creates a moundy foam ceiling. This head does not fade below 1/4 of an inch. Think circles of lacing. Very beautiful looking beer.

S - Heavy bready yeast, soapy hops.

T - Assertive hops hit first. Bitter grapefruit oil and floral flavors mostly. Earthy pine starts showing up along with a bready chalky yeast. The hops create a dry bitterness that sticks to the tongue long after the finish. Some tropical and stone fruit mixes with tea tannins in the background. Sweet crackery malt gets wicked away with a very dry and bitter finish.

M - Medium to moderate carbonation, light side of medium body.

Bitterness seems to be the focus and it does a great job of delivering it. The aroma, however, is very lackluster. It seems to be one dimensional but it's nice to see a hop forward DIPA. I would buy this again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversize wine glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger fizzy cream colored head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and nuttiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and slight skunk. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overallthis brew wasn't that bad. The flavors going on in this were pretty nicely balanced. For the ABV this one was quite drinkable without a doubt. I really wish the skunk aspect I detected in this one was not present as it would have made this a stellar brew, but you can't win them all I suppose. Definitely worth trying however.

Photo of orangesol
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at O'reilly's during IPA day.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a nice pillow of one and a half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dulled citric hops, lightly toasted caramel malt, pine resin, and some light citric fruit; mostly oranges. This one smelled a little stale but it was still pretty decent.

T - Starts off with a big dose of caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, pine resin, oranges, grapefruit, and some light chewiness. The finish is a mix of light citric hop bite and dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy with a nice, dry, hop bite at the very end.

O - Not too bad. I think this one may be on the verge of going off a cliff. I am glad I got to try it but I won't be running back over here for more.

Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded burnt orange, tuft of white head, nice retention, splotchy lacing.

Some roasted malts and caramel, pine hop bitterness, hints of resin and stickiness, barely any alcohol, although a soft nose overall.

Punch of almost abrasive pine hops, sticky and resin soaked. Hints of grapefruit and citrus, but definitely on the aggressive side. Thick malted backbone with caramel and breadcrust, slightly rich. Lingering bitterness, faint alcohol in the finish.

Medium body, high carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Aggressive profile but still manages a decent malt balance, one of the better Nogne beers I've tried.

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Two Captains from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
90 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.