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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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 vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Moderately opaque caramel. White head with ok lace and ok retention.

S - Soft pine. Touch of mint.

T - Brioche, orange, white grapefruit, pine. Touch of honey. The malt is more prominent than an classic AIPA, but the hops are still the primary feature.

M - Medium-light body with a pleasant and soft lingering pine bitterness. Semi-sweet backend.

O - Not a hop-bomb, but nice flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour with mild haze and light slow bead. Head is too generous, with off-white bubbling, sinking slowly with nice crater patterns on top and leaving thin trails of lacing behind. Head is a bit much, but otherwise a great-looking IPA.

Lovely hoppy nose; very floral and fruity with big citrus- lemon and grapefruit, plenty of sherbet, pineapple, passionfruit. Just a gorgeous tang to it, grounded by a nice underlying citric bitterness. Gorgeous.

Taste is also good IPA stylings. Plenty of floral tang upfront with nectar and sherbet notes. Slight fizz on the mouthfeel midway, which disguises the malty flavours as more tang. Hops start early, big citrus-forward bitterness with grapefruit rind that develops a bit of a mediciney twang at the end which takes the bitterness a touch too far.

Creamy feel overall, with carbonation there to add texture. Great.

Seems like the whole beer is beautifully flavoured and well constructed. But it's such a pleasant flavour mix that I feel like it's been leant on too heavily at the end and as a result the finish seems overcooked. Overall still lovely though.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light orange with massive chunks of sediment the size of my pinkie nail floating around. They almost look like little hop pellets, and there is a lot of it, like a lot. The head was about an inch thick with lost of flecks of sediment in it.

S: Very floral hops, faint tinge of bitterness and lightly toasted malts.

T: Tons of hop flavor ranging through citrus and pine notes with a good skunkiness. There is good malt back bone to hold it up with a good Munich malt like lightly toasted kinda flavor. The bitterness is not to overpowering tell the end when the massive amount of sediment comes into play, but is still at an enjoyable level.

M: Medium body light carbonation and a very dry and heavy finish.

D: Loved this beer and loved the intense amount of sediment. Nøgne Ø can't brew a beer I don't like.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought 12/2010 Prague-Bad Times, pivotéka
Faced with such a strong beer, but I did not seem strong. Pleasant bitterness Drinkability excellent and unusual beer from Norway, the Czech Republic, unfortunately, quite expensive, the beer is average and the beer 25Kč can find the cheapest 129KČ, damage

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright floral and light citrus hops backed by smooth pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of pine that fade as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Mildly dry pale malt flavors and what seem like Maris Otter malt kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are light citrus and lighter pine hop flavors. The hop flavors gain more backbone midway through the sip with the addition of earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very clean IPA with hints of mineral flavors that I've come to expect in Scandanavian IPA's. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only understand the phrase "contains barley malt" on this bottle, so I'm not to sure of the claims made.

Cloudy orange with a very vigorous head that slowly settles. Mild hop character, sweet-and-sour malts. Alcohol is well hidden in this. Hints of lemon and bread, even a bit of mandarin in there.

A bit more bitter than I had expected. Hoppy, but not overly so. Smooth, slightly caramal malt and a good sourdough taste too. Lingering malty aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Not a bad beer, but could stand to be a bit sweeter and more floral.

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Photo of mudbug
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Norwegian IPA? Why not?
Poured into a standard pint glass resulted in a hazy orange with a decent fluffy head that dissipated pretty quick, small amount of lacing present.
Aroma is a muted cascade hop kick and bread, nothing really stands out but it's OK
Taste is slightly hop forward with a nice malt balance but has an overwhelming bitter component, I suspect that the hops are somewhat faded and the profile is not what the brewer intended, still it's quite enjoyable.
Glad to have tried it, but with all the great American IPAs available here I don't think I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of dgilks
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head that leaves a ton of lace behind in both the pint glass and the bottle

Smell: A bit of pith, pine and cracker malt

Taste: Cracker malt flavors set the stage for the emergence of the pithy, piney hop elements that have a bit of an aspirin character that develops after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Would love to try this fresh one day, but I think I would likely need to head to the source; as it is, the beer is just OK, though it is nicely balanced

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Photo of rarbring
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is clouded amber read in the color, with an off-white head leaving some lacing.

Smelling of toffee, grape-fruit juice and peel, pine and resin.

Sweet caramel and toast, and lots of grape-fruit in the taste.

Small carbonation, soft and having a bit sweet sticky feeling, a dry finish.

A good and well done american IPA. Bottle sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne O India Pale Ale

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, hops, and subtle spice.

Taste: Hops, slight malt, and subtle grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is a nice and smooth IPA, but it seems subdued.

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Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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 markhobbs1
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this from a clever little international beer shop in Perth Australia.

A = Appearance is cloudy amber because of the sediment. Nice lacing around the pint glass throughout the entire drink.

S = Smell was a bit weak in comparison to my many favorite west coast IPA's.

T = Taste is much better than I thought based on the initial smell. Oddly smoky, yeasty and you can taste the Cascade and Chinook hops. Rather weak on the backend though. Overall very solid yet simpler than I prefer.

M = Mouthfeel is average. Not great nor bad just ok.

D = Very drinkable even though it is not all that complex. Better than a one and done beer but if I had options, I would reach for an IPA with a little more depth. Going to try the Imperial version tomorrow.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber color with a nice tan head with nice lacing..smell is nalty and floral with citrus smells ..taste is the same it a nice citrus hop hit that reminds me of an english ipa it bitter but smoothed out by the malts..mouth feel is high/medium you know you are drinking an ipa..its bitter,clean.and crisp with lots of hops again this reminds me of an english version..not an APA or west coast ,,this one was good

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hoppy beer that starts fruity and yeasty before finishing citrusy and bitter. Kind of a hybrid of what's best about American and English IPA's.

A very murky pour delivers a rusty color underneath a timid off-white foam. Moderate on retention and lacing. Though regressing, the head never completely fades, rather reduces to an intermitten sheet on the beer.

Malty rich and fruity the beer has a strong English start. Citrus, spice, and sweet breads add to the notion of part-American, part- English mix.

Bready and caramelly, the flavors start out heafty enough, but then the hop flavor takes moderate intensities into a fleeting malt and yeast flavor and into an increasing citrus bitterness. Still, the beer has classic fruity esters reminescent of English Pale Ales.

And, like many English Pales, the beer has a malty rich texture early that is only amplified by low carbonation and a moderately attenuated character, leaving the beer sweeter and heavier than most American IPA's.

This beer is an English IPA throughout, except for the obvious citrus hops (cascade). This makes me expect American IPA flavor in malt character as well as higher attenuation (cleaner), and less fruity esters. The dichotomy seems more conflicting than harmonious.

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured vigorously in a pint glass. A thick head fades into a one inch layer. It just looks hoppy, a half inch of lacing sits above the carbonation. Underneath the hood is a dark golden hue that has a chill haze.

S: Rather bready first impression. A floral and fruit aroma wrapped around a subtle sweet malty backbone.

T: A different approach to an American IPA to me. That's not a bad thing either. This has some qualities that remind me of 90 minute. At first sip there is this dark earthy dirty bitter. The finish is a toffee like sweetness that screams bitterness shortly but is muffled out nicely. The residual sweetness is a little too much for me, just like how it is in 90 minute.

M: Surprisingly has a thickness that is caked on. Very smooth with a dry edge. Very clean.

D: This is a good beer but the perfume sweetness it has can be a bit much.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has the following details: Batch Number 501, brewed on 05.05.10, best before 05.05.13.

Pours a hazy, cloudy copper with a huge amount of sediment and or yeast floating around in the glass. The head is at least 3 fingers wide with great retention and excellent lacing. I have never seen so much sediment particles floating in a beer before, so it is definitely a curiosity. As this beer is consumed, the head never completely disappears.

This beer smells of pine, citrus, floral hops...a hops lover's dream. Hints of lemons, grapefruits, mmm.

And the taste definitely does not disappoint. Lip smacking goodness. A hop delight with citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon...just like the smell suggested. And this is not even a double IPA. Leaves a lingering bitterness that serves as a reminder of this great tasting IPA. An excellent rendition of the American IPA style.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Ideal level of carbonation for this style. With this IPA, I simply want to hold it in my mouth and let the hop flavors linger so I can identify all of them.

Drinkability is fantastic. Put me outside on a warm sunny day with a few of these and I'm golden. I would like to see how this measures up to some of the legendary American IPAs. For a 7.5% ABV, you hardly notice it. Pardon me while I search my fridge for another.

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Photo of johnwarne
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Norwegian beer? Yes!
A great IPA option,
Seek out and find one!"

My first Norwegian [that's what she said]. Nice citrus overtones, not too 'hoppish', and very drinkable. A rare find, but well worth the money to have another option. Try one and smile!


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Photo of meeekyh
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing pale about this IPA, except maybe the competition, and we'll see about that. I like the look of this 500ml brown bottle poured into a tulip. Deep amber ale with a tan head that stands tall and lingers. The beer is not quite clear and the carbonation is evident.

The smells are strong even at a distance. Up close pineapple predominates with strong malt presence and a hop punch. Alcohol wafting, later warming, carries the smells. In time smells round out to present more malt in the form of banana bread.

The taste is caramel and a tart/bitter hop bite. I can see this as an attempt to brew a bitter that travels, not so much a pale though. There is quite an alcohol presence, bigger than the 7.5% ABV on the sticker. A bitterness lingers, like yellow grapefruit in the AM. As the warmth works the beer releases sweetness like poncillo sugar and toffee but the bitterness is not tamed.

Mouthfeel is big and full with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry finish to accompany the aftertaste.

Drinkability is good for a high ABV IPA but not great.

This is a good IPA and a great homage to the American style from a Norwegian brewery.

Slainte and Skol.

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Photo of livewire78
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in belgian chalice, crimson-copper body, light beige foam

smell: definite american IPA - pure cascade hops leave a grapefruit/tropical aroma, caramel malt

taste: creamy caramel malt hits first, followed by the tropical fruit hints of the cascade hops, juicy ruby red grapefruit, a little spicy, but in the end just a nice malt-drive IPA

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of MikeGill
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Draught poured into a 12oz. snifter.

Dark orange with traces of crimson. One inch head which was fluffy and off-white. Some spotty lacing. Citrus fruit nose with floral honey aromas. I also detected a prickly branch and leaf like quality. Defiantly some minerality.

Does not taste like a typical American IPA. There are the flavors of citrus, pine and yeast. But it also has a dusty stone quality along with sweet fruit and intense bitterness. There is also a very distinct soapy taste but don't get me wrong I'm not talking about Irish Spring. Nor do I mean that the glass was not properly rinsed. In this case when I say "soapy" I mean the botique soap that you can't stop smelling and would love to taste if no one was looking. I was very happy with this beer.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "1 pint .9 oz" (500ml) bomber into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 11, 2010). No 'bottled on' date here, which is a bit concerning for an IPA, since this was clearly shipped across the Atlantic and might have been shelved for a while.

Eyes: Pours a hazy, dark orange color, with an exuberant fluffy head. There is some muddy redish paste paste inside the cap and around the inner portion of the bottle opening. Not a serious problem per se, just a notable item. The beer looks great in the glass.

Nose: An earthy, dry fruit aroma: apricot, grapefruit, There are some malts, but only very subtle. Not a great aroma, as it's a bit too muted for me.

Tongue: A bit more malty and earthy than most IPA's, which isn't bad, but I think the hops fall a bit short to match this. The citrus/pine hops are there, and the flavor profile is decent, but it's just not enough to match the complex earthy profile here.

Mouth: Very palatable and thick. All goodness here.

Libation: I really like the complex and subtle earthy malt profile, and it would have supported a solid hop punch, but the punch just isn't strong enough to carry the day. Nøgne makes some truly great beers, and while this is very good, it's not comparable to the others in their stable. I've got to think a lot more hop character would only improve this beer. I wonder what this would taste like when very fresh from the brewery?

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Photo of jbowers56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange colour, with a good off white head. Totally hazy.

Fruity, but in a kind of belgian way... which is odd. Some definite citrus and pine, but also a kind of overripe pear character. Really cool. I'll be fair, I was thrown off, but once I tasted it, the aroma sort of explained itself. Some sweet malts too.

Im a fan of the flavour of this beer. Grapefruits, pine and malts dominate the flavour. Very different to most IPA's I have had in aroma and flavour.

The body is lightened nicely by a dry finish which I like. Smooth, but quite highly carbonated.

Very drinkable to me.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top, nice label

Appearance: Deep burnt orange beer, ever so slightly hazy; huge dark ivory cap with great retention and nice lace

Smell: Incredibly yeasty. Some fairly hefty metallic notes as well, supported by big resinous, woodsy hops.

Taste: Again, this is quite yeasty. I like that in my Pales and IPA's, though. The odd metallic notes present in the aroma are nowhere to be found (which is a plus). This has a pretty solid, firm bitterness to it, but it's not overpowering, and it's balanced pretty well by lightly toasted malt and some fruity, warming alcohol. Not a lot of depth of flavor, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit boozy

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Good IPA; an interesting cross (from Sweden) of American and British styles

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India Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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