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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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Photo of Hammarby
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a big 2" fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: grapefruit, fruit sweetness, and bitterness are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, grapefruit, golden apples, and a nice bitterness make up a flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Aftertaste is full of grapefruit and bitterness.

Drinkability: this is a well balanced and easy to drink beer. Definitely worth a try.

Gavage, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Label India Pale Ale.

A: Fairly translucent copper color. Not much lacing.

S: Very nice tea like hop aroma. Very malty. Sweet in the end. Very nice take on the style.

T: Very nice hop taste is up front. Then it goes into a nice sweet malty taste. Really nice and complex especially for an basic IPA. Probably the most complex regular IPA I have ever had.

M: Very might. Carbonation is good. Not much doing either way.

D: Super drinkable. Would love to try this on tap. The damn price keeps me from probably ever having this again but it was really good.

aerozeppl, May 09, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with a decent head of big bubbles that fades quick and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells maltier and sweeter than most IPAs. A little hint of fruitiness.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with a solid hop punch. Oily and piney. Very well-balanced.

Medium-bodied and oily. Excellent mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable IPA. The balance is wonderful. I hate to let geography help shape my expectations, but I was excited to try this because it is from Sweden and I have been very impressed with all the Scandinavian beers I have tried lately. This definitely did not disappoint.

Tasted on 1/26/08

tmitch75, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep copper red, the fizzing beige foam sinks down to an airy finger thick head.

The smell is hoppy with notes of grapefruit, bitter oranges and pineapples. There are also some flavours of tea and mild, sweet malt.

The hops also dominate the taste; exotic fruits, some sweetness and a balanced bitterness with some sourness. The aftertaste is complex with all those hops; the bitterness and a balancing sweetness and a long finish with grapefruits and some dough.

The carbonation is fresh with lots of small bubbles at an OK strength.

An interesting and very American ale from Nils Oscars.

bark, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange amber beer with a thick off-white head leaving lots of lacing.

The smell has nice citric aromas - bitter orange, but also pine and wet grass, some bread notes and a hint of syrup.

The taste is a bit more on the sweet site, caramel and raisins, but well balanced with acid, lemon and oranges, and bitterness.

Medium carbonated, a refreshing feel, possibly a bit oily.

In all a very good well balanced EIPA.

rarbring, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of simonjohansson
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better beers from Nils Oscar, along with Imperial stout and Kalasöl probably the best.

It starts out with nice hoppy smell, flowery, fruity in an american way (but not the typical, and pretty boring, cascade perfume, as in some other swedish micros), and some sweet malt. The taste is a nice balance between malt and hops, with caramell and biscuit (some almonds?) on the one side, tropical fruits, like pineapple, grape and kiwi (?) on the other, plus a nice hoppy bitter touch.

One fine ipa. Well done, Nils Oscar!

simonjohansson, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left a little streaky, trails of white lace.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy. It also had a sweet malty nose.

T - Nice piney hops with a grassy flavor. It has a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice "English" IPA. The pine flavor is more of an American style, but overall it works and is quite good.

zeff80, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Med
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Note: this bottle has a purple label and says "India Pale Ale".

A - Color is a perfect amber gold, which helps make up for the very disappointing head. What little head there was showed a near total white but barely lasted long enough to catch a glimpse. Lacing is also on the minimal side, but better than the head.

S - Hops are here but not overwhelming. A bit of sweet orange with some pine and flowers. Very pleasant.

T - Starts of slightly sweet and then the bitternesss develops slowly into grapefuit and finally some orange rind. I'm not sure exaclty what I'm tasting here. It's hoppy, but there's a nice backbone of caramel malt. The balance is very good.

M - A little soft on the carbonation but with a decent if not great finish.

D - The alcohol on this is low enough to almost be a session beer, and the balance makes me happy for that because it goes down quickly and effortlessly.

All in all a finely crafted beer.

Med, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Imaster
4/5  rDev +12%

Imaster, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of sebastian577
4/5  rDev +12%

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

BuddhaBrowett, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Bananaman
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!

Bananaman, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clarity of this beer was impressive and helped produce a brilliant orange colour. The off-white foam formed a short cap initially, leaving some lacing that was alternately streaky and glass-coating. The remaining thin skim of bubbles continued to cling to the glass until the end. Hoppy aroma, some grassiness present along with tropical fruit (mild pineapple and papaya). Perhaps some citrus in the background as well, but little malt presence. Hop bitterness was solid right through to the finish, but wasn't overbearing. Again, lots of hop fruitiness, including the grapefruit and tropical sorts. Grapefruit pith and resin lingered. Just enough sweetness to give some backbone and keep it from drying out completely, but not enough to get in the way. Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Quite a tasty brew. I'm really enjoying the current access we have in PA to Scandinavian beers.

DrJay, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of gnoff
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg, Sweden. First time I try it from the tap, even though I've had it on bottle several times.
I find it very similar to the bottled version.

Deep amber color.
Light beige creamy lasting head.
Lots of fresh hoppy scent of citrus.
Big bitterness initally, fruity aftertaste and faint lingering bitterness.
Larger than medium mouthfeel.
Nice refreshing citrus hops in the taste, no distinct malt taste.

gnoff, May 09, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of niklas0770
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber/redish color with a small head makes this beer look inviting and desirable to me. Calmness is a word that strikes me.

The smell is very nice with lots of hops, a flower-like sweetness and hints of crispbread.

The taste goes in the same theme as the smell. Lots of hops (not like in american IPA's, but still a significant presence). The sweetness is not as apparent as in the smell, but it still plays it's role, and does so quite well. The crispbread is much clearer than I remembered it to be and contributes with a dry aftertaste. I also get hints of lemon peel.

The mouthfeel is not extrem in any way, qutie low carbonated, a bit dry as mentioned earlier but all in all it's a very balanced beer wich gives it a 4 in drinkability.

niklas0770, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of jjazz
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"India Pale Ale" Label (purple)

Persistent head with many larger bubbles; not exactly tightly knit, but persists very well leaving substantial lace on the glass.

Muted aroma with nothing much to speak of.

Some nice citrus peel notes on the palate, but not much else. The bitter citrus note is the only thing that says IPA. Besides that, there's little hop aroma. The flavor is enjoyable, but quite one dimensional. Hop bitterness persists long into the finish.

A good beer, but more like something I'd pick up in a six pack for ten bucks than a five dollar bottle. A bit disappointing.

jjazz, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Jonte
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/deep red color with a tiny off-white head and ok lacing.

The aroma has bitter hops, tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and some malt notes.

The taste is hopy grape/citrus, some sweet/sour caramel malts, and hints of leather and flowers. Bitter dry grape aftertaste.

Body is a bit over medium and the carbonation is moderate.

Jonte, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Ch1mpy
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour. Nice lasting cappuicinoesque head. Intensive, hoppy smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent, treats my poor winter-damaged mouth and lips with sweet love. Hoppy intense for a Swedish IPA. Bitter aftertaste that actually makes me think of gin & tonic.

Ch1mpy, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Crystal clear copper hue. Pours with a light off white head that is about ¼ inch high and drops down to a thin topping. Sticky lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Restrained hop aroma. Fruity - some tropical fruit like character. Caramel malt balances well. Somewhat grainy.

T: Grapefruit and grassy - oily. Hop flavor is good with a solid bittering effect that is not overly strong. Biscuit malt flavor provides balance.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Medium high carbonation. Not dry.

D, notes: Go Sweden! I'm of the opinion that the vast majority of beer brewed outside of the US, UK, Belgium, Germany (and maybe Canada) is not worth bothering with. This beer is helping me change my opinion in that regard.

Nipitato, May 07, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy rich orange amber with a small head that rises, then falls quickly.

Smell. Has a nice sweet and floral aroma to it. The sweetness is a little caramel-like, or like candy sugar. the bottle says it uses amarillo hops, and they are present in the aroma, but certainly not a dominant factor, with it is citrus tartness to it.

Taste. Lots of flavors going on here; floral, sweet, tart, bitter, yeasty, and malty.Initially i got a light sweet flavor that had a floral flavor to it, but after a second, a tart flavor with some yeasty chalkiness came through. As it warms in my mouth a pronounced maltiness comes out that reminds me a little of a german style beer, such as a vienna lager. Aftertaste dries up with the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium as it fills up my mouth nicely with a creamy body that is a touch chewy. Has a nice balance to it as well.

Overall, an interesting and nice beer. The more i drink it, the more of a yeast flavor jumps out at me. Regardless, this is a nicely balance ipa that carries a lot of flavors, but keeps them all in check and balanced. there are many others i would rather have in its place, but I dont think you could go wrong here, especially if you prefer the milder ipa's or english ipa's.

acrawf6, Sep 23, 2008
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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.