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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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Photo of TeachChefs
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dispensed from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, grapefruit skin colored beer with a lightly toasted bread colored head of great size. About three fingers in size and pretty stiff. Creamy and rocky with plenty of lacing.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Pretty disappointing. Metallic malt with a hint of earthy hops. Slightly fruity. Not much else.

Taste was a let down as well. Bitter hops on the tongue but not much flavor wise. Slightly alcoholic, caramel malt.

I was hoping for a good beer here but everything was a let down. Bitter finish bordering on astgigency. Not very balanced. Carbonation seemed a little low; more along the ESB side or cask ale. Not impressed with this one. I wont revisit.

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Photo of dgilks
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big, powerful dark amber colour with a massive, fluffy light tan head. Good head retention. It's just a bit hazy.

Sweet, tropical fruit nose with plenty of hop action. It could be brighter.

The flavour is just weird. I get biscuity malt, some caramel and light resinous hops but I also get a big hit of acrid bitterness. To me this could be chlorophenol which is disappointing. Underlying that is a nice citrussy hop character but the chlorophenol is disappointing.

The medium mouthfeel works nicely with moderate carbonation.

A decent beer but a chlorophenol taint lets it down. It is a pity that breweries can't get some of these things right all the time but I suspect this is an aberration from Nogne O and will try another batch of the IPA in the future.

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Photo of Goliath
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color with a large three finger light tan head. Good retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is ok. Some floral earthy hops up front with a malty caramel finish.

The taste is disappointing. It's pretty malty, with a slight hop bitterness. Pretty boozy too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Consider this a huge disappointment for me. Does not have the hop profile of an IPA. I don't think it would even pass for an English IPA. Sad sad sad.

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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 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 JDV
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this generous bonus!
Pours a rich dark amber with a smallish white head. Smell is earthy, creamy and hoppy, but mildly so relative to American IPAs. Taste is nicely hopped, but not too strong, and has an appropriate malt level. Quality IPA, but not much better IPAs can be found for the price. Could have a touch richer mouthfeel, and there is a touch of chalkiness as it warms.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a slightly above average IPA. It had a red-orange color with nice and durable head formation. The beer was translucent with some haziness. Flavor was very balanced - the beer had nice quantities of both hop and maltiness. Hop quality was evident, but I didn't find it to be extremely assertive. To my taste the hoppiness that was present was not overly fruity. This beer struck me as not being extremely memorable. It's not "extreme" in flavor, nor was it really superlative in terms of balance, etc.

Recommended, but don't rush to the liquor store.

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Photo of Telix
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: An opaque apricot, almost cloudy, with a moderate but lasting head. Not necessarily visually appealing.

Smell: A slightly sour and funky aroma, not very floral or piney in the least. It was moderate in intensity and not super enticing.

Taste: I got notes of sweet fruit, pear, and low-AA hops, with some lingering bitterness on the tongue. Definitely a euro IPA with more of a funky fruity bitterness as opposed to the citrus of American hops.

Mouthfeel: It was pretty good, a creamy effervescent beer without reaching sparkling.

Drinkability: It's definitely tasty and chuggable, and not a taste bud overloader. I'm not a huge fan of euro IPAs, though, and this isn't an exception to that rule. I definitely prefer their Sunturnbrew barleywine over this.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Popp24
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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 biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's make a disclaimer right away: this was bottled May 2008 and I am drinking it, almost two and half years later, in September 2010. I have a strict rule of never reviewing beers that are past their prime but according to the brewery, I've still got two and a half years (May 2013) before I have to worry about that. So then, if the brewery has OK'ed the sale of their beer to this point (and beyond) let us go ahead and assess it..

An almost poke-a-dot pattern of suspended yeast muck up might otherwise have been an inspiring, sunset-like appearance. The overall colour bears a lighter, more yellowish tone despite the fact that its core is densely shaded in orange-amber. Clarity is muffled but not entirely stamped out. Its head is an impressive specimen of soapy suds, a thick lather that wholly smothers the glass. (Note: the second pour obliterates the glass with gunk.)

The caramel-like sweetness of the malts still seems to have a long way to go before triumphing in this aroma; the budding greenness of the hops, its spice and its zest, appears slowly fading but assures us, quite convincingly, that it will be forever here to stay. And, pleasant though they are, malts be dammed! My nose has eyes for only one, and it's the hops (I probably could have picked a better expression there, right?)

But those hops won't keep the flavour score afloat... that ship obviously sank a long time ago. And with it, we can presume, was all the biscuity, toffee-laced maltiness and the flare of zestful, fruity American hops. Now alcohol walks the streets unabashedly. This tastes like a beer not deflated, not depleted but flat out defeated. Sorry Nogne, your concept of a 'best before' date is, shall we say, "ambitious"...

If not greedy. I understand it doesn't help that your beers can be several months old by the time they reach these here shores but, especially asking what's on the price tag, don't try to rectify that by printing an outlandish shelf life - just because you say it will last that long doesn't mean it will. Your Imperial Stout or Barleywine I can see, but not an IPA. And this clearly is not how their IPA should taste - that's the point!!!

If this site serves any purpose it's beer advocacy - not just for consumers, but for producers too - then Nogne (and others) if you're skilled enough to brew the beers in your portfolio then surely you have the brains to know that no IPA - let alone one shipped half way around the world - will survive in good standing for five years. I find it insulting that you'd deceive the people paying to try your beer with such selfish and undermining claims.

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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.

HV

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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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Photo of Momon
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of livewire78
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the nastiest color of diarrhea and rotten garbage. Absolutely the worst looking beer I've ever seen. Looks like dysentary and vomit in a glass. On the plus side the head and lacing were excellent.

Smelled of strong caramel malt with a tinge of grassy hops in the background.

Tasted pretty good. Followed the nose to the letter. Initial wave of caramel malt followed by the floral grassy taste. No alcohol burn which I like.

Mouthfeel was a little thick and syrupy for my tastes.

The taste is pretty good however, I couldn't get past the appearance of this to want another. It'd be pretty good if it didn't look like baby calf scours. Maybe if you had it in an opaque glass things would improve. But for me, Yuck!!

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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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Owithey
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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