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Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 magictrokini


2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:24:21 | More by magictrokini
Photo of kimcgolf


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:25:09 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of corby112


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:31:56 | More by corby112
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 00:01:55 | More by simonjohansson
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 00:42:07 | More by acrawf6
Photo of GbVDave


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 00:23:50 | More by GbVDave
Photo of kmeves


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 17:38:02 | More by kmeves
Photo of DoubleJ


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 05:20:56 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 12:59:30 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 01:43:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of JDV


2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:42:05 | More by JDV
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 15:45:38 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of Franchise


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 15:00:07 | More by Franchise
Photo of albern


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 22:34:47 | More by albern
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:41:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:56:19 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:53:41 | More by Avryle
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 17:23:32 | More by Nipitato
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper. Flavor is a bit citric and bitter, earthy, with a touch of alcohol as well it seems. It's nice, but a bit tight. I feel if it weren't so wound up, some nice character would be shining through. Feel is okay. Overall it's nice, but like I said, a little tight.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 15:19:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:30:23 | More by Med
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 21:42:03 | More by dsa7783
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant tangerine with lemony borders. I prefer my IPAs to be unfiltered, but the pristine clarity of this one is beautiful as well. The sandstone colored crown is an impressive mass of sticky bubbles that is absolutely slathering the glass with... more sticky bubbles. It's a close call, but the next highest score isn't warranted.

My expectations were pretty high for a Swedish-brewed, American-style IPA that uses Amarillo hops. That's why the nose is doubly disappointing. Exhibit 'A', 'B' and 'C' is that there's almost no hoppiness, which is inexcusable in a beer of this style. A few more degrees of warming pulls the aroma, kicking and screaming, up to average.

The fact that this is the new purple and gold-labeled India Pale Ale would suggest that it's somewhat fresh. It doesn't taste old, it just doesn't taste very hoppy. The malt backbone is barely sturdy enough. It tastes like mostly pale with a hint of something slightly toasted. The relative lack of hops means that the 5.3% ABV, which is already low for the style, is appreciated on the taste buds. Not much, but too much.

Nils Oscar brags about how many hops they use (don't they all?). Unfortunately, it isn't borne out by the beer itself. Bitterness, which is nowhere near abusive, outpaces good hop flavor by a country mile. Hey Nils, how about doubling the hop load? And how about adding them later in the boil, as long as I'm throwing out suggestions. The flavor profile consists of orange rind and crushed aspirin soaked in sugar syrup and a small splash of Absolut Citron.

The mouthfeel is lighter than it should be... but take a look at the ABV again. It eventually wins me over, more or less, by having a perfect amount of carbonation (subdued) and by being as smooth as glass.

IPAs are one of my favorite styles and Oktoberfests aren't. I find it strange, then, that Nils Oscar Kalasol was enjoyable and Nils Oscar India Pale Ale isn't. If you're looking for another great beer from Scandanavia, keep looking, because you won't find it here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 14:15:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz capped bottle purchased at the Somerville Supersaver.

*My bottle has a purple label in the same format as the above picture but reads INDIA PALE ALE when that one reads solely INDIA ALE...vintage change?

A- Pours a translucent amber/orange color, small white head that disappeared from the kitchen to the couch. No visible carbonation.

S- Semi-sweet fruity nose of citrus and other tropical fruit, fresh hops, pine needles and some pepper and spice.

T- Acidic, Plantlike, bitter, aged hops and rustic fruit. Some orange notes and a nice lemon twang upon its finish.

M- Assertive, Punchy, very bright tannins. The carbonation plays a very nice role in the beers mouthfeel. By just looking at this beer you'd think you've gotten a dud bottle but it really comes alive to your tongue. A bit too much acid.

D- Although very interesting and rather complex for a IPA i would only want 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

R- A nice foreign take on the over-saturated A-IPA market, just wish it was a bit cheaper maybe a 12$ 4-pack, but not 5.99 a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 14:37:05 | More by ATPete
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 23:53:44 | More by oberon
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 23:12:22 | More by Ch1mpy
Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.