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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt: Pilsner, Müncher and Caramel
Hop: Amarillo

13.1° Palto

In September 2009, the beer style was changed from American IPA to English IPA /BFG Sweden.

Due to US rules and regulations, this beer got a purple label and the name "India Pale Ale" when imported (to the US).

(Beer added by: bark on 09-27-2005)
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Reviews by Bananaman:
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Bananaman

Sweden

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nils Oscar's India Ale is a ale that I have tried several times. But this is the first time I'm having to oppurtunity to make a proper review.

The beer pours a light amber color with a large off-white foam that settles to a lid of foam after a while.

Smells nicely with hints of peach and pineapple, some notes of freshly baked bread can be found too.

Tastes really good of some fruits and notes of syrup or some butter scotch candy, you can really tell that it's brewed of Amarillo hops. I think it's a bit malty for an APA but still good.

To round off, a really refreshing little beer from Nils Oscar, good!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 16:43:49 | More by Bananaman
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a light tan head leaving plenty spotty lace. Aroma okay with some citrus and malt sweetness, though it seems somewhat stale smelling. Taste has little bitterness, mostly sweet bread malts and caramel. Somewhat nutty too. Somewhat of a creamy, slick mouthfeel, medium in body, lower carbonation.

Overall, kinda sux. A new arrival to my store, but it just comes off as stale. Last minute toss into the basket and I regret it.

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01-15-2013 21:53:56 | More by EgadBananas
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Washington

2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle purchased at a Systembolaget in Stockholm. Sweden's "India Ale" (orange and green label) courtesy of Nils Oscar Company. For what I expect is an IPA, the beer pours surprisingly amber, with very little head. Great clarity for the dark color, though. Back label reports this beer is best before Jan '13, and, also in Swedish, what appears to be the standard story about 19th Century Englishmen making IPA for the "long transport to India".

Aroma is unusually sweet and caramely. Flavor is...slightly more hoppy than the next under-hopped Euro macro lager, but along with the familiar thin, lagery mouthfeel and low carbonation (beer is cool but not cold), this beer is only marginally better than the above.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the lack of a substantial, lasting head, it has a nice amber color. There is a decent aroma of light malts and somewhat spicy and floral hops. Taste comes across fairly well-balanced between the grains and hops. Fairly light and clean mouthfeel.

Nothing extraordinary about this beer, but that's not to say it's not worth having a few. Nicely balanced across the board and flavorful enough to repeatedly enjoy.

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stjaernstoft

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nils Oscar India Ale, ABV: 5.3%.
330 ml bottle, 18.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The beer is amber in colour, with a slightly creamy, off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Fruity, hoppy, but balanced aroma of mostly apricots, oranges, and lemon zests, with hints of toffee and raisins.

T: Rich, zesty, hoppy, and dry taste, with notes of rye bread, toffee, and various citrus fruits. A relatively balanced IPA - no bomb compared to American-styled ones.

M: Medium to high in both bitterness and body. Rather sturdy.

O: A stable beer, with fruity hoppiness and grainy maltiness, great along with heavier dishes - such as smoked delicacies, or rich stews. It's no session beer, though, for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:00:38 | More by stjaernstoft
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sfprint

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber orange with a creamy head. Low to moderate rising carbonation.
S: Classic IPA fruitiness/citrus. Very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in smell, but perhaps slightly sweeter. lots of hops.
T: Moderate IPA level bitterness. Tinge of honey. Graham cracker aftertaste. A fairly mild IPA and slightly sweet, though nice.
M: Subtle carbonation, almost medium body, relatively smooth.
O: Nice, mild for an IPA, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:19:47 | More by sfprint
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a caramel/toffee/copper color with minimal head and lacing, and moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Earthy, grassy, roasted toffee, caramel, bread crust and light hints of lemon. Aroma reminds me of an English style IPA.

T - Definitely an English IPA. Lots of earthy, grassy bread crust, caramel, roasted toffee (just like the nose suggests). The malt stays strong throughout the entire sip and towards the middle lemon comes through and towards the end, there's a very mild shot of citrus pine.

M - Light body for an IPA and almost borderline a little too watery. Smooth texture on the tongue and a crisp finish.

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alex667gbg

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange, clear with a thick foam that leaves a nice trace.

S - Grass and a small amount of the hops, however limited nose to this I(P)A. Leaves a lot to wish for us hops-lovers.

T - I do enjoy the pine and hoppy first bite of the taste, almost a bit citra over the pine, however this is an amarillo based beer but it do not taste enough IPA for me. More like a british style, malty, hopped up ale. No, the taste leaves me with malt, and i wanted a hoppy beer. Disappointing.

D - Not bad, but it should really be redefined to suit its true genre.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 16:00:05 | More by alex667gbg
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StJamesGate

New York

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours ruby gold with stiff white froth that rings. Nose is like the floor of a zoo, making me wonder if this is bad. Caramel and mulch up front, some citronella bitterness, then white grapefruit pith hops and syrupy hop oil. Round, chewy and medium to full.

Awful nose opened up into something skunky and over-malted. If you're going to make something this clingy, step up the ABV and turn it into a DIPA. And heavy-handed for a nice citrusy hop like Amarillo.

Misguided.

Thanks to Chris for bringing this back from Stockholm.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 09:30:31 | More by StJamesGate
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in pint glass

Pours a cloudy copper brown with modest off white sudsy head. Decent retention.

This Swedish brew uses American Amarillo hops but certainly is not like any American IPA I've had. There's a substantial roasted malt component in taste together with fruity hops and a bit of yeast. Terrible example of an Amer. Style IPA, but once I got past this I was able to enjoy the rich, earthy and unusual flavor combo., and smooth, fairly full body.

A malt-lovers IPA?

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 13:50:47 | More by chinchill
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Hints of toffee and pine

Taste: Up front, the malts lay down an earthy, toffee-influenced backbone that has a mineral aspect to it; by mid-palate, the piney hop element adds a bit of bitterness but, after the swallow, the hop character recedes and allows the malts to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough but not particularly exciting; hard to know whether this is fresh given the origin and lack of dating, but my guess is that the hops have really faded

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:03:15 | More by brentk56
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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.