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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 3
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 hreb:
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2.6/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

hreb, Jul 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

My first try of this breweries wares,poured into a standard pint glass a clear copeer with a tight white head that settled slowly into a soapy-like top leaving a broken sheet of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hop aromas are a little mudtled but are pleasant a caramel sweetness shows thru as well,piney hop wich didnt show so much in the nose is the major flavor component of this beer its quite nice like an evergreen really,a hefty caramel base hold up well to the hops but takes second stage.A nice take on an American IPA maybe the most piney profiled flavored IPA I have had,very nice.

oberon, Mar 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev +12%

Imaster, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

Pours clear gold with an average white head. Light hop aroma, very grassy and grainy, not what I expected. Taste is more of the same, with more lemon/pine and butter flavors. Whoever made the scone call is right on the money. This is not a West Coast IPA, but not an English version either. I don't know if I like it.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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?

chinchill, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Hammarby
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%

A: Amber with a offwhite head that stays.
S: Leather, malt, red berries, pear.
T: Leather, malt, hoppy bitterness, wool, fresh bread. Like stepping in to an oldfashion cottage or stables. Aftertaste of (you guessed it) leather and pear.
M: Very moderate carboration (thumbs up), medium body, but the leathery qualities makes it seem like more than so.
D: Oh yes. This is a very special tasting beer, almost peculiar in style, but very good. Full of character. Challenging, yes. Rewarding, definately. The distinct and characteristic taste may be a reason not to finish off a night of heavy drinking with this one. The taste will stay forever and a hungover may not enjoy it as much.

Hammarby, Jan 20, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

alex667gbg, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

The bottle I have has an entirely different purple label than the one depicted here, and is called 'India Pale Ale', but, whatever...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber colour, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of sweet toffee malt, fruity citrus, and leafy hops. The taste is fruity, biscuity malt, and mild floral, citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite subdued, the body light, crisp, and lean. It finishes a bit off-dry, the bready sweetness countered somewhat by the earthy, leafy hops.

Despite the ode to American influence on the label, what we got here is much more of an old world, British rendition of the style, if only a bit more pungent than the normal UK noble effort.

biboergosum, Aug 27, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Refreshing IPA. Grapefruit-like colour with bit of white head, and modest dot lacing. Hop like fuggles aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel.Very decent maltiness. Easy drinking. Nice moderate bitterness, grapefruit in taste, other fruity.A tad of metal in aftertaste.

Sammy, May 23, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +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.

sfprint, May 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Bottle reads "India Pale Ale" I assume this is the same brew. Pours a clear bright copper color with a wispy off-white head that left some webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a nice honey malt, light caramel, bready, with a fresh grassy hop. The taste is of a bready malt, light honey, with a lightly bitter grassy hop. A typical APA or perhaps an EIPA, nothing fantastic. Moderate body, semi soft carbonation, finishes malty sweet and a tad hoppy bitter. A very average APA/EIPA, not an IPA like the label suggests. A nice buttery malt with spicy European hops.

Gmann, May 09, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

Bought 2 bottles at Systembolaget in Norrköping, Sweden. Orange label as shown above. Pours a bright, clear copper copper color with 2 fingers of off-white foam that quickly settles leaving slight lacing. Unfortunately, aroma and flavor both have hints of oxidation (cardboard) and lightstruck (skunky). Really a shame and not altogether unexpected as each shelf at the store has a fluorescent light running down the length directly on the beers. Besides those problems, I was also able to discern a bit of citrus aroma and flavor from the amarillo hops, as well as caramel and breadiness from the malt. Slightly malty finish, closer to the British IPA than the American version. The mouthfeel is crisp, but somewhat thin. Drinkability suffers from the above mentioned problems. I'd like to try a fresh bottle another time.

TheBCrew, Jul 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +12%

sebastian577, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

BuddhaBrowett, Jan 12, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

This Swedish offering from Nils Oscar pours a dark orange leaving a clear body with a thick tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is somewhat metallic with a floural, honey nose.

The taste is sweet upfront, hops are suttle, earthy, citric, and soft on the palate. Followed by a smooth sweet caramel bready mouthfeel that finishes soft and smooth very sessionable IPA. Not the best I've had but very solid.

Franchise, Jun 16, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

A 33 cL bottle purchased at State Line last week. The label calls it an India Pale Ale rather than India Ale, but I think that they are the same.

A: The IPA is a crystal clear pool of brilliant copper-amber, closer to the color of a penny than the bottle it came in. A 2 finger head atop the beer has nicely laced around the mouth of the glass thus far.

S: The nose has a strong malt backbone, so strong that it almost completely dominates the nose. Some medicinal hops sneak out, reminding you that amarillo hops are at play here.

T: The amarillo stands out from the first sip. The medicinal flavor is followed by citrusy tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is unique, tough to swallow at first but it does grow on you. The citrus flavors are quite intense and nicely stand up to the malts. The malts are quite bready, firm in their strength and they nicely accentuate the hops. The finish is delicious amarillo and grains.

M: The mouthfeel really showcases the hops. They leave a very zesty, tangy taste on the palate.

D: Low alcohol and intriguing hop profile make this a winner. I am becoming enamored with IPAs coming out of Scandinavia.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

The label on this bottle is a dull purple/mauve with silver foil edges. Same design, same "India Pale Ale" on the label.

It pours a crystalline amber jewel tone, reflecting alot of light. One finger of foam caps the goblet, then diminishes to a bare skim. Some webs of lacing are evident.

Aroma is of light honey and Amarillo hops, fruity, sticky, a touch sweet. It seems to lose it's fragrance in a short time. Hops are definitely present throughout, even though a little understated.

Flavors of barley, earthy hops with mild bitterness, honey, and more cerealish grain. Hop bitterness is about a 2.5/5 compared to American versions of the IPA. Long and dry herbal finish. It's well rounded without any off flavors. A big sip yields more palate-scrubbing bitterness, but not much more. Even though the hop variety is American, this leans more toward a milder English IPA.

It has enough carbonation, but feels somewhat average. The dry finish is to be expected here but the rest doesn't do a whole lot for me. I'm glad I tried a Swedish IPA from my family's country of origin, but I won't be rushing back for more. Worth a try...

emerge077, Nov 15, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with an average size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry and astringent English hops with an average caramel malt base. Taste is also dominated by some English dry hops with a quite dry caramel malt base. Average body with good carbonation. I guess this is somewhat average overall but still too dry for my taste.

Phyl21ca, Feb 04, 2009
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2.53/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

EgadBananas, Jan 15, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Probably should not have drank this one in the same week as a hopslam, but never the less, a classic IPA I enjoyed as I type this review up. Served cold and poured into my disneyworld glass, this one was consumed on 02/10/2009.

The pour was decent enough with an amber color that was about right for the style. Nice head of white came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin layer of white across that stayed for most of the session.

The aroma was a bit light for what I would have like. Smooth hops were undercut by a large amount of biscuit like malt tones. Lots of balance here but not strong enough in the hops to define the style. The flavor was more of the same without much in the way of direction to really push it one way or the other. Smooth though with a decent amount of pine hops in the finish and a rich biscuit malt flavor that provided a nice bit of sweetness to it. Really nice full body here with nice carbonation that did not let it fall flat. Nice and sessionable with much in the way of alcohol to really hold it back.

Overall not bad, though no where near a favorite. Just seemed to be lacking that bit of punch to really push it over the top. Still not a bad little session ale though.

mikesgroove, Feb 16, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Blissmo, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

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!

Bananaman, Jan 04, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

Purple and silver label, not as shown.

A: Pours a crystal clear, bright-orange color with a 1/2 finger dallop of bright white foam. The head features excellent retention and leaves a sticky coating of lace webs down the inside of the glass.

S: Subdued yet sort of pungeant aroma of piney hops with a slightly sweet fruit aroma and a pinch of caramel. Interesting dirt/earthen aroma as well. Is that yeast?

T: See above. Starts piney and becomes fruity. Undercurrent of pineapple. Dirty & earthy hop flavor mixes with some spice/white pepper and finishes with a touch of toasted malt and caramel.

M: Quite oily and sticky. Resinous hop oils coat everything and the finish develops into a dry, spicy, and fruity experience.

D: Pretty darn good. Hopefully I'm reviewing the correct beer, given that the label is different. Heather tried their Barley Wine and liked it and I enjoyed this. Looking forward to trying others.

GbVDave, Sep 17, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

11.2 oz bottle copped for $5.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Never heard of this Swedish brewery before, so I decided to give this one a shot... "This one uses American Amarillo hops" on the back logo sticker...
I was pretty unimpressed by the overall appearance - especially for a single 11.2 oz bottle that I dished out nearly six bucks for... Pours a clean, clear, lucid, dark-copper, apple-juice appearance with no head at all and very minimal lacing...
The Amarillo hops were certainly noticeable in the aroma however, as there was a nice suggestion of them to be found, but nothing overwhelming or above-and-beyond...
Crisp, clean, satisfying taste, with only a slight hint of hops, and not totally too big on flavor... Slight florals and earthiness detectable along with a hint of citrus and vanilla...
Decent, clean, medium-bodied mouthfeel led to a pretty good level of drinkability, especially due to the modest ABV...
Overall, not bad, but certainly not worth six bucks a bottle...

dsa7783, Apr 07, 2008
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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
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