Nils Oscar India Pale Ale - the Nils Oscar Company
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3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-30-2008 14:37:05 | More by ATPete
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-22-2008 23:53:44 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-20-2008 23:12:22 | More by Ch1mpy
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
It pours very much like a dark lager. Slightly more bubbly than I expected but the color is a nice dark golden color that reminded me of the IPAs I am used to here in the States. The smell was grassy, not overly hoppy and rather sweet. Its brewed with Amarillo hops from the US so Nils Oscar is going for the American version of an IPA and not an English one.
Taste is decent. Its hard not to judge this against my favorite American IPAs. Its got a nice citrus taste and a nice balance between malt and hops. It is however rather light in taste and falls more into the pale ale category in my opinion. BUT, that being said, this is a good IPA from a very good Swedish brewery.
Beer culture is growing in Sweden and Nils Oscar will likely help lead the way as Swedish beers become better and hopefully more available and affordable. The days of crappy continental lager being the staple beer of Scandinavia are slowly coming to an end.
03-16-2008 19:21:14 | More by indiapaleale
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours with a frothy, initially almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer pours from the bottle without a trace of sediment and is a clear, concentrated copper hue as it sits on my desk, when held up to the light the copper becomes much more characteristic with an almost metallic sheen to it. The aroma is quite malt focused, when compared to a typical American IPA, but certainly is hop focused. Aromas of lychee, herbal pine and sweet citrus zest are most noticed. The malt, while secondary contributes aromas of soft caramelized bread crust, biscuit malt and just an overall, really nice malt character. The hop aromatics are surprisingly almost more focused on the herbal / pine notes than the typical Amarillo notes of super fruit.
Nicely bitter from the get go, though not aggressively so. The bitterness seems to soften a bit through towards the finish, but then picks up a bit of green-hop astringency that accentuates a biting bitterness that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Sweet caramelized malt notes don't nearly bring out the hop fruit character that I was expecting, though there are some soft flavors of grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee and some apricot notes towards the finish. A deep, rich grain / malt character provides a backdrop to the hop notes; it has quite a biscuit character and just a chewy maltiness. This is quite drinkable, almost has the heft of a Pale Ale more than that of an IPA.
Not nearly the Amarillo character I was expecting; while I was not expecting an over the top hopped IPA, I was expecting a much more fruit character that is the signature of Amarillo hops. It makes me wonder if the brewer exercised a very soft hand when it came to the flavor and aroma hop additions, especially since the bitterness is here fairly well. Still this is a tasty brew, though with this great malt character it could have use an excessive addition of Amarillo dry-hopped in the conditioning tank. For all my complaining, it is actually an enjoyable brew that I would be happy to have again.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
03-16-2008 04:34:23 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle. Two-finger off-white head that dies to double layer of bubbles. Leaves some spotty lace on the glass. The liquor is clear and dark gold in color.
I like the balance of the smell. The hop nose is floral and fresh. The malt is soft with light crystal (slightly biscuity).
Quite the traditional American style IPA--lots of aggressive hops that dominate the flavor profile from sip to aftertaste (which lingers a long time). No significant malt flavor here. Good body and carbonation.
Excellent offering as an IPA. No flaws, not extreme. Great for hop lovers.
02-28-2008 20:44:31 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
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
02-14-2008 22:15:02 | More by tmitch75
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
01-01-2008 03:09:10 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-31-2007 20:48:41 | More by DrJay
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Recently I have seen a rash of Scandinavian craft beers in my market. Considering the strong Scandinavian roots many people in Minnesota have I am not suprised. I have tried many of these beers and overall I have been impressed. It seems that Scandinavia is one place in the world where American craft brewing has had an enormous impact on their beer culture. I think that is pretty cool.
Nils Oscar IPA pours a deep gold colour with a nice head that leaves a decent, sticky lace on the glass. There is a moderate herbal hop aroma, that when fresh is probably much stronger than in the well traveled bottle I bought. The taste is bitter and herbal, accompanied by a good portion of light crystal malt with a mild touch of biscuity base malt to boot. That is to say it's bitter, herbal caramelly and biscuity. The bottle indicates that this brewery grows and malts their own barley. Now that is self sufficency. I like the body and mouthfeel of this beer. It is right in the middle. Not to syrupy or watery if that makes sense. It has a nice smooth carbonation as well, which helps this beers' drinkability immensely. I would suggest letting this beer warm up a bit, it seems to really shine at around 50F. Overall a good beer and an uplifting indicator that the American beer revolution is spreading to people and cultures around the world.
12-28-2007 19:32:31 | More by mjryan
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a frothy white head.
Smell: Solid malt aroma of rich caramel paired with a pungent hop scent combination of flowers, citrus, and herbs.
Taste: Subdued maltiness with only a light taste of caramel and sweetness. Flavors of citrus and flowers are there, sure, but the very green-tasting herbaceousness comes through the strongest. Light acidity. Medium bitterness. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A fine, refreshing IPA. I could consider drinking this on a regular basis if it weren't for the cost and issue of availability.
12-23-2007 22:35:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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...
11-15-2007 01:14:49 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
09-08-2007 22:56:19 | More by Jonte
4.3/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
01-20-2007 22:20:54 | More by Hammarby
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
05-09-2006 20:28:56 | More by gnoff
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
10-29-2005 19:18:21 | More by bark
Nils Oscar India Pale Ale from the Nils Oscar Company
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.