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 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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mercyfulfate
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MoFro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Light caramel color with a slight orange hue; A good four inches of overflowing off-white billowy and bubbly head; Really nice head retention; Good showing of sticky lacing around the glass; Slightly murky appearance

S - Grapefruit and passionfruit hops dominate the smell, but they're a little different from what I'm use to - some sweetness, but a little tartness as well; Some spicy yeast is also present that almost seems Belgian-like to me

T - Definitely get the grapefruit and passionfruit hop sweetness/tartness just like the nose; Other fruits are noticeable too - apples, pears, and lemons; A little bitterness comes in the finish, but is matched nicely with the sweet/tart flavors; Some spice shows up in the taste as well, along with a touch of fresh baked bread flavor in the background

M - Pretty light carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Noticeably dry finish; Texture is fairly smooth, but a little watery as well

O - Overall, this was a pretty solid IPA, but a little different from ones I've had in the past. Brewed in the American IPA style, it doesn't come up short in big hoppy flavor. However, I definitely noticed a unique European presence with the spicy and tart flavors working with the citrusy hops. This beer doesn't quite fit in the mold of my go-to IPA's, but I did enjoy getting the chance to experience its unique interpretation of this style.

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Photo of CSQ1111
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of flyingpig
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber that touches on brown in colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that shrinks to a thin lacing.

Pine like in smell with tonnes of hops that dominate the nose. There is a hint of citrus & tropical fruits notes blended into the mix.

Lots of pine & hops to this one straight away and the tropical fruits from the nose are here as well. Quite a fruity taste. There is some citrus and a solid, bitter finish.

Medium body & quite bitter with going overboard with it. There is average carbonation and a fruity pine finish that lingers for a few moments.

A very nice IPA that I enjoyed a lot and will probably try again the next time I come across it. It went down very easily despite the 7.5% abv. & the tropical fruits in the taste and smell were a nice touch.

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Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Fenrisulven
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of paulmcm
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy amber orange color with a rich white head. I personally prefer my IPAs to be less opaque and lighter in color but the head was perfect.

Smell: It has a light piney hoppiness to the nose with subtle citrus and a balanced malty aroma. There is some slight heat to the nose as well. There definitely could be more hop aromatics to this IPA but still pretty good.

Taste: This is where this beer goes a little flat and not carbonation wise. The flavor is a bit lack luster. It has a nice piney and citrusy hop character though it is very subdued. There is a sugary malty flavor that hits the pallet mid stream but not enough to balance the beer. There is surprisingly a lot of burning towards the finish for a beer that only has 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The heat dries the beer from your palette soon after the finish.

Overall this IPA is just good. Nothing spectacular and definitely not worth the $11 I spent on it. Nogne should stick to Russian Imperial Stouts like the Dark Horizon. Those are worth the money.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tumbler.

A soupy like head, off tan and light brown and fairly uniform on appearance, sits on a dull orange amber and very cloudy brown body. Nice sticky lacing while drinking, but this body color is not very pleasant to look at.

Nose is citrus orange soft, and hint of strange hop sweetness. Creamy smelling tangerine and big hints of juiciness.

Taste is a creamy smooth texture, but also matching the nose with the citrus orange and tangerine profile. Also a refreshing finish with some good malt density.

Overall in taste smell and feel we are talking about some serious win right here. This is almost morning breakfast orange juice of champions right here!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no idea how old this is. Pours hazy orange amber color with a fairly foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of strong pine, grapefruit, caramel, wheat, breadiness, spices, and a bit of orange. Very unique IPA aromas here, very good strength as well. Taste of big caramel, citrus, pine, and spices. Very piney, bready, and spicy taste; with a decent sized bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with pine, caramel, and spices. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium bodied and fairly high carbonation. Fairly prickly mouthfeel during drinking, but still very drinkable. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall, a very nice IPA, and quite unique as well.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer color is dark copper. Lots of little floating pieces going around... Nice tenacious head. Aroma is citrus, average intensity in the nose. Some pines in the aroma. Get some faint notes of grapefruits in the taste. Delicious. Intense in the taste and the hops are aggressive. The taste lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Nice. The alcohol is well hidden too. Medium body. Easy to drink for a 7.5%ABV beer. As usual, the head sticks well to the glass. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local beer bar served in a tiny snifter. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head some lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is citrus mildly and a little pine.

Beer is medium in body and has a moderately bitter / dry finish. The beer drinks well and has a mild sweetness at the front that carries through to the midpalate flavor of earth and pine. Overall a decent but regrettably average IPA. not a repeat.

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

pours an unfiltered amber with 3 fingers of frothy head.

smell is mostly sweet molasses with mostly earthy hops. undertones of honey and cherries.

taste is very sweet. only a slight hint of bitterness at the end.

mouth is medium-thick with low carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good for a european ipa which i dont usually like very much.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange/cider pour with a single finger cap. Heavy hop nose with sweet malt undernotes. Some spice and grass if I try really hard to concentrate, but otherwise a pretty straight forward IPA. Heavy citrus and not much else. I am defnately ok with this flavor profile. I like my beer to be for breakfast. The body is nice, not thin and not slick, wonderfully smooth and crisp. I can drink this scandanavian IPA (that;s a strange couple of words to put together) all day long! Where's the caviar?!

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Photo of IronMickey
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber, bordering on copper. substantial, bubbly head-- very carbonated (as opposed to foamy, if that makes sense)

S: very hoppy but has a nice malty undertone. big strong piney hops with a hint of some breaded malts underneath

T: not as hoppy as it smells. much more complex-- not at all a "tongue bruiser" IPA. don't get me wrong, it has good hops, but it's a far cry from nugget nectar and the like. much more balanced. has an excellent spice to it.

M: not quite as "crispy" as most IPAs. I don't know if I should hold some of these not-quite-IPA-ish tendencies against it because it's called an IPA when... I like it anyway.

D: very. it's easy to approach. I could enjoy it regularly, though the price point makes it less attractive than some others.

I'm not sure how to categorize this brew. It won't appeal to big hop heads because it's not quite a bruiser, but may lose points with ale enthusiasts as it *is* on the hoppy side. It's good but it doesn't jump out at you-- add to that it's equivocal nature, and it's hard to put it too high.

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Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Hazy red-amber with two fingers of thick and sticky off white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell. Faint smells of fruity hops and pine sap. A little light caramel.

Taste. Nice spicy, hoppy bite with lots of yellow grapefruit. A little light grain in the back with a clean bitter citrus rind finish. No alcohol here.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Medium-strong, but really smooth carbonation.

Overall. This is the good stuff. A contender to the better west coast IPAs.

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.91 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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