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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company

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Nils Oscar India Pale AleNils Oscar India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 johnnieoz:
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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz, 33cl, bottle. Label is purple and says "India Pale Ale" with no ABV% listed. The depicted bottle is the Swedish domestic version.

Not sure this is the freshest bottle, having been imported from Sweden to Massachusetts and then schlepped across the country to wind up on some dusty shelves in Toluca Lake, California.

It looks nice enough, mild carbonation and lacing in a light amber ale. This is one malty scented IPA - since I've been fortunate enough to drink plenty of Nils Oscar in Sweden, I'm now sure this could be fresher. No hops - certainly not the Amarillo mentioned on the label.

The taste is more of the same, i.e. no hops, but Nils Oscar's home-grown malted grains (pilsner, caramel, Munich) make this more than palatable.

The first time I've bought a Nils Oscar beer outside of Sweden...Against my better judgment I went for the IPA when their similarly priced and more durable, killer Barleywine and Imperial Stout were sitting right next to it. Oh well, Nils Oscar remains a giant in my eyes. A modest giant not prone to the laudable experimentation of fellow Scandinavian Craft Brewers Guild members Mikkeller, Ølfabrikken, Nøgne-Ø and Nørrebro Brygghus.

To try an analogy: Nils Oscar is a Swedish Anchor Brewing or Deschutes to their Stone, Russian River or Dogfish Head. We should be grateful for all of their existences.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 19:30:04 | More by johnnieoz
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-14-2013 19:44:58 | More by zippy236
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-27-2013 21:44:08 | More by Skeeze
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-03-2013 17:52:25 | More by mizx
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2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 21:53:56 | More by EgadBananas
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4/5  rDev +12%

01-12-2013 23:03:36 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-22-2012 05:49:16 | More by Imaster
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2012 16:52:36 | More by sneaks2210
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-12-2012 20:36:01 | More by Blissmo
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 17:22:25 | More by hreb
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3/5  rDev -16%

07-24-2012 05:18:29 | More by beerdhabelly
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:16:32 | More by beergoot
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-05-2012 13:57:52 | More by aztraz
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3/5  rDev -16%

12-11-2011 22:28:58 | More by jenray
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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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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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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.

O - Glad I had an opportunity to try this one since I've never seen it before but I can't say I'm enjoying it a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 22:49:07 | More by jzeilinger
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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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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.


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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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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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
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