India Pale Ale | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
17.5º P, 60 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, wheat and caramel malt; Chinook and Cascade hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

Added by Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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Photo of JamFuel
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with plenty of floaties and a thick head.

The smell is bitter and resiny, with a bit of pine and citrus.

Quite resiny on the tongue as well, but balanced by a nice breadiness. Nice bitterness, and a slightly soapy aftertaste.

Nice and soft, medium bodied. Just the right level of carbonation.

Overall, a good, solid west Coast IPA, that is drawn down a little because of it's look.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice complex IPA. Great cloudy color, smooth easy to drink flavor. Couldn't find a "brewed on" date on the bomber, but mine was a bit chunky with yeast/hops floating and settling within. I liked it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange pour, mild, thin head over half an inch. Aroma was deficient in hops. Some bitterness.

Taste, really just a one trick bitter pony. Lots of caramel and chrystal malt. C hops, british yeast flavors.

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Photo of aleigator
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, orange yellow color, with a decent white head. Citraic, grassy hops, defined by lime and orange - floral nose, refreshing. Citrus, lime and grapefruit. Refreshing, dry bitterness, supported by subtle hints of bready malts. High carbonation fits well to the straight and honest character of the beer. Dry bitterness is present from the beginning till the end. Hops are defined by citrus, working well with the present bitterness. Easy drinkable with a decent, gritty complexity, while being very refreshing.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a orange to yellow color with a one finger creamy white head. Lacing was few and far between.
The smell started off with sweet fruit, light florally sweet notes.
The taste was sweet again through the previously mentioned flavors. Light caramel and bready tones enter in decently.
The mouthfeel, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it.
Carbonation feels right for an IPA but the bitterness seems pretty tame.
Overall, not bad for the most part, but I'm wondering where the bitterness is. Did I get an old bottle? I'll try again if I can find fresh, but I have a feeling, this one was old.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with a bit of cloudiness. Small head but decent blanketing lace on the glass.

Crystal malt aroma with a floral hop touch. I think I smell some alcohol as well.

The flavor is more bitter than the smell suggests. Chewy body with the alcohol providing some thinning. Moderate to below average carbonation. True to the American version with enough bittering hop in the finish. It provides a moderate length aftertaste.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappistenlokaal ’t Klooster. Hazy orange with a white head. Orange zest, pine resin, flowery hops, honey. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Creamy white head and a clear orangey yellow body.

Sweet citrus fruit and some floral notes. Nice bright inviting aroma.

Sweet orange but gets a little more grapefruit and pine than the aroma let on. There is some caramel and bready malt in there.

Smooth medium body. Feels like the hops are scraping my tongue as it goes down.


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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color forming s solid, creamy and persistent yellow head. Forms dome creamy and soapy lacings in the glass

S: Intense caramel followed by flowery hops. American style as expected. Malts are a mix of caramel and maris otter and hops are flowery, herby and quite piny with a touch of citrus. Fruity, with notes of orange, grapefruit and a little bit of mango

T: Slightly sweet caramel malts in upfront followed by a dry and intense hops bitterness. Notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown sugar, orange, mango and pine. In overall, a slightly sweet taste followed by a good hops bitterness kick. However, quite smooth and well balanced

M: Medium body and carbonation. Caramel and piny hops in the aftertaste. A great texture. Pleasantly smooth mouth feel

O: Great drinkability. My second Nøgne. No regret so far. Great brew

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Photo of JohnW
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale gold/orange and cloudy from the yeast sediment, dense white head which settled fairly quickly. Resinous aroma typical of a strong IPA in common with many US IPA's - reflecting the anticipated taste. Strong forward hoppy flavours typical of the style, rich texture reflecting the 7.5% alc, very tasty and satisfying. Hardly a session beer at this level of alc, but a very good and enjoyable beer. Though a bit expensive being imported from Norway.

JohnW Bham
Sept 2013

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellow brown with ample head. Good head retention and spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and grassy aroma - great hop presence.

T: Good hop bitterness present up front - strong floral presence. Gets sweet on the back from a nice dose of malts. Nicely balanced.

M: Good pop on the tongue.

O: Great brew and a nice use of hop on the flavor balance and layers.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : unclear orange amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty, dry and bitter finish with a long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style India Pale Ale.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint, two finger fast reducing head.

Burnt orange color, reminiscent of a hefe, carbonation is moderate.

Smells: I was slightly congested, but I could smell grapefruit and citrus fruits, I could also smell the hop bill in its glory.

Taste: very malty at first, a little weak for me. The cascade and Chinook hops came in fine, and the "English Ale Yeast" gave the beer a forthright crispness.

Mouthfeel; nourishingly thick

Overall, this is a fantastic beer well worth pursuing and worth anyone's time who is a fan of big, hearty IPAs!

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice orange yellow color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of earthy and piney hops, very inviting. Tastes of syrup and piney hops, quite unique. Beer is light-medium bodied and carbonated quite heavily. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Yzerman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very descent DIPA from one of my absolute favourite breweries but still, it cannot compete with the Titan IPA. So what is missing? I would say complexity and possibly also the finish, which is overrun by too-much cascade hops (?). Nevertheless a very descent beer from a brewery that never ever leaves you disappointed.

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Photo of sholland119
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just got this one yesterday. No freshness or brewing info on the bottle (hate that with an IPA).

A-Pour is a hazy amber with a huge frothy off white head with huge retention.

S-Very malty on the nose, perhaps a whiff of hops but not much there.

T-Very malty with a strong crystal malt presence, with a solid bitterness and a bit of orange zest in the finish. Solid but unspectacular.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness.

O-Pretty much just ok for me. Solid flavor, low on the aromatics.


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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that only died down a bit and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. THe beer becomes very hazy and dark as you start pouring towards the end of the bottle.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-balanced IPA that has a good mix between the malts and hops. The overall taste seems to remind of some of the better beers in the Mikkeller single hop series of IPAs.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Cloudy amber with a nice, thick cream head. Wasn't expecting sediment but there it is, the Heady Topper kind that looks like little white blobs. Great head, ugly body.

S - 3.75 - A pleasant if not particularly original mix of biscuity malt and hop and citrus.

T - 4.0 - First impression is of bright citrus. Fades to a sweet malty, rich honey. It's more like a DIPA in that way. There's just a tinge or flash of bitter there upon swallowing and then for a bit after at a lower volume. Ends a bit dry.

M - 4.0 - Thicker than expected. Approaching medium. Some carbonation sting. Nice.

O - 4.0 - I read that the head guy at Nogne O didn't understand bold American IPAs at first, same as me, couldn't understand how people could like that effect. And so he played around with them, determined to understand them, same as me. Difference is he was brewing and I was tasting. Both of us finally embraced that side of The Force. He came up with an IPA that I would recommend to people who say they don't like IPAs. I say that about Two Hearted, but I'd say it even more so about this one. This is a quality, well-done beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice mild orange appearance, thin, .56" head on top of it, mostly white, but not pristine white, lacing was half assed, but nonetheless not a detraction, especially for an ipa. Aroma, uh, where's the hops? Another one of those just bitter aroma beers.

Taste, eh, decent, except there's not really anything discernable regarding hops beyond the bitterness, which is substantial. Above average malt bill, sticky at times. Caramel is probably there, but the high bitterness ratio to anything else obscures this a little bit. Mild sweetness. Over and over it bears repeating, where is the hop vegetal taste? All I get is copper pennies from this one.

It was neat they brought a few kegs to the Old Bridge Pub in Reno, but overall, the less hoppy stuff (stout) is where its at, the ipa's, I dunno, at best, they are average for this part of the country. I think its hard to ship an ipa halfway around the world and have it taste like its meant to in the 21st century.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy orange-amber pour with a two finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Big, bold nose with lots of orange, peach, mango, and pine with a solid caramel maltiness. The taste follows suit with hints of orange zest, tangerine, mango, sticky pine, caramel, grapefruit, with a touch of pineapple and biscuit as well. Extremely well balanced with enough sweet caramel malt to offset the bitter, resiny hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with moderate carbonation and a really nice tongue tingling, tangy, bitter finish. Great drink ability. An awesome example of the style, with a uniqueness all its own.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of bread, biscuit, caramel, brown sugar, pine, lemon, and grapefruit are present on the nose.

T: Notes of brown sugar, caramel, bread, biscuit, lemon rind, grapefruit pith, bitter orange, herbs, kumquat, spruce, and pine wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and sticky with plenty of pine, caramel, and citrus notes.

M: Medium in body, resinous, and sticky. Sort of chewy compared to many IPAs. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol is very well integrated.

O: This is a very solid, likable American-style IPA from a brewery that, quite simply, does not make bad products. There is a bit of English character present in this beer, largely due to the use of English ale yeast and Maris Otter malt, so this IPA, while geared more toward American tastes, is very unique. I can't say anything bad about it. Recommended.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - looks like a blend of European malts and American hops - oh, goodie!

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy and cushioned ecru head, which leaves some drooping tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grapefruit rind, musty tropical fruit, mild pine resin, dry bready caramel malt, and some further, sightly peppery hops. The taste delves more deeply into the tropical fruit realm - tart mango, overripe guava, and blood orange - with a more familiar muted grapefruit/pine underpinning a steady caramel malt backbone.

The bubbles are decently integrated into their quotidian duties, the body a sturdy middleweight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, but in that kick-ass Yankee IPA way - caramel/toffee/nougat sweetness, all well tempered by some sassy, zingy, and multi-hued hoppiness.

I find it still rather impressive that it's possible to replicate specific regional styles around the world, with beer. A bang-on, big-ass, West Coast monster of an IPA, here (but from Norway), is the prime example of this axiom. Just sayin'.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 10/7/12

A hazy golden amber with a thumbs width cream colored head that falls to a thin film rather quickly and leaves a few tiny specks of lace

S tropical notes of guava, mango, passion fruit, and lime, slight pine and some sweet bread, smells great

T a little rind and sweet yet spicy hops, what I smells still there but a little toned down, not as tropical but still a pleasure

M somewhat light for the strength but it works well, carbonation is fluffy making it feel even lighter and it has a nice bitter kick with a lingering spicy finish

O great nose, and taste and feel could get bumped up if I was in a better mood, overall this one's awesome

Sip, Sip, slammed.... went down like a sinking ship, this one has a fair bit going for it,

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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Honey yellow color, hazy appearance. Yellowish white crown, good retention. Resinous, piney & floral aromas with tropical hues. Mildy toasted & crystal malt & oily hop flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fruits in the middle. Oily texture & astringent finish. Resins on the aftertaste. Easy drinkable & refreshing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an effervescent and cracklingly large head of off-white, so much so that it feels obscenely overcarbonated. Body is a pleasantly hazed golden amber. The head fizzles out after a while, leaving a sudsy mesh about 2mm deep on the top of the glass. Some patchy lacing remains. That's about it. Looks decent enough, but I expect solid stylistic performance from Nøgne Ø.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a very strong biting sharpness. Some grapefruit characters come through as well, giving almost a bitterness to the nose itself. It's potent, but a little one dimensional, and it doesn't really capture the full range of flavours of a great IPA.

Taste is also something of a blunt instrument. Potent bitterness comes through on the start, with a mild biscuity character and a drying, grassy slightly astringent finish. Sweetness is limited to that biscuity character, and the weight feels rather light, meaning that the hops are just accentuated more. Disappointingly, while the hops are dominant, they're not particularly complex, so there's a disconnect between the truly great IPA flavours and the hop presence.

Overall, I have to admit I'm disappointed with this brew. Nøgne Ø do great things, and the IPA is a classic style for them to tackle. But this is unsubtle in places, and not nearly as full-flavoured as I would have expected, with one dominant character doing the brunt of the work, and doing it acceptably, but not admirably.

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