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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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 Monkeyknife
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of Bananaman
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of jjazz
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a nice amber color with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Kind of disappointing for an IPA in that, while there was the expected citrusy, hops in the nose and mouth, and a bitter palate, all were much more muted than in most IPAs. Not bad, just needed to accentuate all the above for me to rate any higher as an IPA.

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In bottle at Oliver Twist in Stockholm, Sweden.

Pours a clear almost blush color with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma is bland with subtle hint of hops and alcohol. Lots of earthy hop flavors with a crisp golden alcohol presence. Bitter but not very dry hops throughout to the finish.

Photo of simonjohansson
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral, peach and grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit, orange, floral and a nice caramel backbone. Light to medium body, sticky texture. I really liked this one, a tasty IPA that doesn't have to be "over the top" to be good.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this rarity at Vendome in Fullerton. I get excited when I see a new craft import on the shelf. On to the beer:

The head is thick and fluffy on top this copper colroed beer. This beer is eye candy. Wet cardboard, some grain, and a whisper of hops in the aroma. Fortunately, the taste isn't oxidized much. In comes some astringent hop with a mild burst of diacetyl. The hops gain control of the beer, but not in overkill. Herbal flavors start to emerge. Bits of caramel and cardboard. Astringent finish with flowers and herbs.

The good news is another solid craft beer from Scandinvia is available on the US market. But the price is a killer...$5.49 for a tiny 11.2 ounce bottle. Worth a try, but I likely won't revisit this beer because of the price.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head. A tiny bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, some mustiness, lemony citrus and slightly perfumy.

The taste is of malt sweetness with lemony citrus. More of a hoppier pale ale than an IPA. Some doughy yeast mixes in, especially as it progresses. A touch of bitter in the dryish finish.

A bit thin - well-carbonated. Smooth.

A fine stab at the style. Nice, but nothing special, IMO. More like a mild/ more balanced English IPA that uses American (Amarillo) hops). Mild abv for style and nothing particularly "off" make it very drinkable. Nothing I would get again for five bucks plus for an 11.2 oz. bottle.

Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a lasting creamy sticky whitish head. Smell is old malt, sticky sweetness and not very hoppy. Doesn't smell inviting. Tastes is moderately hoppy and fiarly malty and yeasty and doughy. Not particularly refreshing, but decent.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Visby Systembolaget in Sweden. Orange on the label.

Pours a bright orange copper--matching the orange on the label--that's almost the colour of orange soda. 1 cm of cream-coloured foam that leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma is hop-heavy, as it should be, with citrus, flowers, a bit of mango, and copper pipe.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but slightly watery.

The taste is quite hoppy and bitter (it's not really powerful, but it's as it should be). A slight sweetness suggesting a red winegum is present. The aftertaste is like sucking on a couple pennies.

A great IPA. Oscar Nils is clearly a pretty good brewery.

Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a purple label as an India Pale Ale. I'm assuming it's the same beer. The most noticeable characteristic with the appearance was the incredible fizz and effervesence coming out of the bottle. There is plenty of carbonation stored away. The beer pours a copper fairly clear color with minimal head or retention. The aroma is a bit musty. One reviewer called in papaya. I don't know if I would go that far, but there is a slightly rusty copper aroma, a bit of yeastiness, mustiness, maybe a bit of cardboard too. The aroma is the low point. Perhaps the beer has been on the boat too long from Sweden. Things improved as the beer settled. The taste is biscuity, slightly caramel, almost a coppery red taste, tea like hops, a touch of grapefruit tanginess, some pepperishness in the finish. This is a pretty mild IPA, and it gets milder as it settles. It is refreshing, light on the tongue, with no real aftertaste. It's a nice beer, nothing exotic, just a respectable IPA from a brewer that seems to have lots of offerings, none of which I've tried. L'Chaim.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of Avryle
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A recent appearance at Westmere Beverage in Albany.

A- Clear golden-orange in color. Initially pours with a one-finger white head that disipates rather quickly leaving a stringy conglomorate of bubbles at the surface.

S- Weird... Not sure what's going on in the nose. Smells like papayas???, kiwis??? and yeast.

T- Odd, very bitter hops and spicy yeast. Can't say I think much of this. Lacking the charactaristics of and IPA except for the bitter hops at the finish.

M- Dry and bitter like an aged crone.

D- Yeahhhh, not so much. I had some high expectations from this brewer and this dashed them.

Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.