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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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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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?

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

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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

11-06-2010 01:03:15 | More by brentk56
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

08-27-2010 02:13:52 | More by biboergosum
Photo of jrallen34


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a darkish orange with a nice three finger head but falls quickly, not much retention...The aroma is super malty with tons of caramel on the front with a touch of alcohol, and little grassy hops...The taste is super boring just keeps about half the caramel and not hops at all, flavor is almost dead. Feel is ok, boring to drink.

Nothing to see here, no taste, not worth drinking.

07-07-2010 15:04:47 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

I'm confused on this one. The label mentions American IPAs and Amarillo hops, but on here it's English IPA. In the end, though, it doesn't fit either. Perhaps a blend...
Pours nicely. copper, light and clear body topped with a wonderful head; rocky and chunky, good lacing.
Aroma is malt strong and earthy. Hops are a bit fruity, but not much. Quite disappointed as the balance just isn't.
Average flavor. Yeah, it tastes good, and it drinks well, just not hoppy enough. The bite is weak, and the sweet malt becomes and earthy mess and reminds me of twigs. Hmm..
But it drank well.

07-07-2010 06:08:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of niklas0770


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

03-01-2010 20:40:37 | More by niklas0770
Photo of rarbring


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

02-13-2010 18:44:46 | More by rarbring
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with virtually no head and some bubbles lingering on the sides of the glass. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt bill of pale and Carapils malts; even some light crystal/bisquit as well. The hop nose is good. It's bitter, but nothing over the top. The taste is average. It's weak and watery with some lackluster hop character. There is little body also. It does have some crystal malt and bisquit flavors. but they too seem watered down. THe mouthfeel is terrible. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. I think it's possible I may have gotten a bad bottle, but I'm not interested enough to go back for seconds.

12-01-2009 02:01:51 | More by WesWes
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

11-07-2009 02:50:27 | More by zeff80
Photo of erz316


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

11.2 floz bottle into old speck pint glass

A - a fairly vigorous pour makes about one fingers of lightly cream-orange coloured head. the body is a bright amber/ dark orange colour. slightly turbid and completely diaphanous. what little foam there is lats about 3-4 minutes and leaves some dotted lacing.

S - an IPA? Really? where are all of the amarillo hops? I smell a slight trace, a miniscule vestige of what an IPA should be. more hops are desperately needed

T - this is odd, the malts play a bigger role than the hops! the initial taste a light bitterness, something one would expect from a non-hop dominated amber ale or some sort of brew besides an ipa. the initial taste is slight bitterness, a bit of grapefruit, and a big malt body holding the whole shindig up. the finish is no more bitter but slightly more malty, having a bit of a musty or really grainy taste. the aftertaste is slightly sweet but mostly a mild bitterness.

MF&D - everything needs to be pumped up: carbonation, body, hops, just put this boy on some steroids and we might have a decent brew.

10-19-2009 22:34:24 | More by erz316
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Got this purple labeled bottle titled "India Pale Ale" at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Not entirely sure it's this same beer here. Anyway, poured with a nice ight tan head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy deep medium amber. Aroma is an earthy hop with some citrus. Flavor's about the same. Seems like a cross betweem a British and an American IPA. Not bad, nothing special. Body is good as is carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Could be a session beer.

09-27-2009 00:11:58 | More by drpimento
Photo of Wasatch


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, and citrus. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, really far from an American IPA even at 5.3% ABV.

08-13-2009 00:57:31 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

A: This beer pours amber (a little darker than expected) with a small off-white head that looks creamy. Some lacings to this hazy beer.

S: The scent is very light, but you can find floral hops along with some fruityness.

T: Nice mix of both bitter and floral hops in this dry beer with nice maltyness. There is also some fruit.

M: Dry, bitter and with some carbonic acids, this mediumbodied beer is rather nice.

D: Overall a very nice beer from the boys at "Nils Oscar". Not their best, but still a nice beer that I will buy again.

08-02-2009 21:29:08 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Gmann

New York

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.

05-09-2009 04:57:02 | More by Gmann
Photo of colts9016


2.63/5  rDev -26.3%

Got this beer from Thank you for this bottle.

Pour into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A medium amber color with hues of orange. There is a one finger head that is ivory and creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a light malt phenols, floral, and fruity esters. There is a hint of caramel and some bread.

Taste: A malty sweetness that is light. There is none to little hop flavor. There is a funky phenol/solvent flavor.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and dry. The body of the beer is medium light and finish is nil. This is one weird tasting IPA. The flavors are all over the palate. it is hard to pin point the IPA main flavors. Didn't care for it.

05-07-2009 00:43:12 | More by colts9016
Photo of BarrytheBear


2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

Purple bottled 11.2 oz bottle reads "India Pale Ale"

Pours cloudy orange with no head, looks nice

Smell is extremely faint. Hops are hardly discernible, rather heavy bready biscuit quality, along with licorice

Tastes like the smell, but a watery hop presence flirts with the malt. Uneven and not overly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is also watery. Carbonation is minimal and borders on flat.

One and done on Mr. Nils Oscar

05-03-2009 00:34:54 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of Tone


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a cloudy, dark golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, earthy malt, some slight pine aromas, and very slight spice characteristic. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, some earthy malt, slight biscuit flavors, and a general dryness is present. This is an interesting IPA; strong hop flavor like an American IPA, but that earthy/spicy background like an English IPA. It is almost a blend of the two styles of IPA and a very good one at that. Overall, this is an okay American IPA, but a fantastic English IPA, so take your pick. This was my first beer from Sweden and it is worth a try.

04-07-2009 02:40:30 | More by Tone
Photo of johnnieoz


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

04-06-2009 19:30:04 | More by johnnieoz
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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%

11.2 oz bottle

A - Pours a darker golden orange color. Head formation is light, with a small but somewhat vigorous 1mm head. Dissipates to a film rather quickly. Little carbonation is apparent. Quite hazy.

S - Very light scent - almost nonexistent. I do find just a hair of grapefruit hops - but it is almost impossible to dig out of there. Gives the impression of sweetness.

T - Early to mid-stream is very light. The flavors are as hard to discern as the nose. A small amount of bitter bite begins to firm up. Finishes with a hair stronger bitter bite that is accompanied by the real first hop taste I could find. Aftertaste is very astringent, edgy, and earthy. Hangs onto the palette big time.

M - Moderate mouth feel - perhaps a hair to the thin and watery side. Carbonation bite on the tongue is higher than I would have expected, in line for a AIPA. Oily after film is very clinging.

D - A moderately drinkable beer as well. The ABV is manageable for the style, but I would say the consistently harsh bitter aftertaste is wearing.

02-27-2009 04:58:20 | More by katan
Photo of WillieMoe


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a nice honey orange amber color, with a thin little head, that sticks around.

Very subtle fruity hop scents, mixed with some bready malt.

Sweet upfront, than the hops kick in, but they are not overpowering and are balanced well with some caramel malt. Has a nice body with a smooth finish.

Overall a nice drinkable brew, but not one that's gonna blow your hair back, as this is not a hop heavy brew.

02-26-2009 03:42:02 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

02-16-2009 01:21:40 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

My first beer from Sweden.

Poured from the bottle a bright reddish-gold with a thin but rich white foamy head.

Aroma is malty with honey, caramel, citrus hops, butter, and bread.

Bitter and citrusy grapefruit hops upfront followed by caramel malts, pineapple, butter, and rye bread.

Light-to-medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

An easy drinking IPA from Nils Oscar. More like an English IPA versus an American style.

02-12-2009 21:06:49 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Nose is softly malty with mild pungent hoppiness. Chocolate and nut notes. Smoky wood notes. Smells like a stiff English Ale. Smells pretty good.

Pours a medium-light golden straw color, pretty good clarity, moderate head with quick dissipation. Looks pretty good.

Fairly light bodied with metallic tinge at first. Some hoppy bitterness and savory maltiness in the finish. Quite dry as the bitterness moves into the midpalate. Minor orange/lemon notes. Some general leafiness and earthy nature. Notes of chocolate. Tastes pretty good. Feels quite good.

Fairly light flavor with lots of mouthfeel. Has the spirit of a raunchy or stiff English Ale rather than the hop arsenal of an American (Indian) Pale Ale. Good drinkability. I definitely want to try some of their other brews.

02-12-2009 04:08:04 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of gford217


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle purchased at Port Royal in Baton Rouge.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small pillowy white head that recedes to a ring leaving a little lacing.

Citrus hops are the first thing I notice in the nose with lemons and oranges. There are some bready malts mixed in as well as a bit of caramel malts.

The hops is the taste have some citrus character but also add a good bit of earthiness with some bitterness that lasts through the finish. The caramel malts form a solid backbone that balances everything out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and sticky with hops and malt sweetness.

This is nice IPA that falls somewhere between and American and and English IPA in my opinion. Very drinkable.

02-04-2009 04:18:55 | More by gford217
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

02-04-2009 02:52:17 | More by Phyl21ca
Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
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