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 BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +1%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +10.5%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 +9%
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 -5.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of Twitchsey
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with a brew by Nøgne Ø, other than their last collaboration with Stone Brewing. With that said, as a huge fan of IPAs, I was really impressed with beer.

Pours a medium to dark amber, with fairly pronounced and dense head in a standard pint glass. as the head dies down there is some fine but distinct lacing left over.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a strong citrus and pine note adding to the aromas complexity.

Taste like a strong IPA to puit it simply. notes of citrus, and pine with an earthy grassy end before the aftertaste of the bitter hops strike again.

Medium carbonation with a very slight oily feel as it runs over the tongue. quickly dissipates though.

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Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with some lighter golden orange hues when held to a light source with a thick frothy white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Floral citrus hop aroma with a nice caramel malt backbone, dry pine note as well as some sweet citrus peel, mostly orange peel and grapefruit.

Very crisp citrus hop flavor with hints of lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit. Very well balanced with a subtle caramel malt backbone with hints of biscuit and nut. Very quaffable with a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours sort of a copper brown with hints of orange and a thick pillowy of white head. Nose of a big fruity and malty Belgian, not an IPA. Little IPA character to the nose whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with a buttery character. A very quality mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit strange. Light malty pine and a malty pine character and finish. It actually tastes pretty good. Rich, complex and layered with a juxstaposition of malt and hop bitter. An initial negative reaction to flavor gives way to a desire to drink more and more of it. Very tasty; somewhat unique and very drinkable on its own or with food.

This is really two beers in one - a malty Belgian and a resin pine bitter hop. I like it.

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight.

A: a honey copper with excellent lacing.

S: soapy and floral mostly. Not a lot of sweetness comes through but not unpleasant.

T: slight bitterness but more soap floralness that lingers. Caramel sweetness I'd presents as well.

M: no harshness at all but no creaminess either.

D: the beer was gone before I knew it

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like cloudy, amber-like raw honey with a very nice, three-finger khaki head that slowly resolved to a dense ring with decent lacing.

S - Floral aromas along with a decent piney spin and some wet leather. Nice!

T - Delicious. The alcohol is there up front in a rush but vanishes to allow the hops to do their thing. Nice malt to it which makes for a very balanced ale.

M - Damn near perfect for the style and one of its best attributes. There's a nice creamy slickness that's really quite impressive.

D - It's a hot August day here in the DC area, and this is quite refreshing; the ABV isn't clobbering me into submission. Get some!

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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 jbone78
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local beer store and they were screaming, "buy this, it's great!". So, I did. And it is good. And you should find some. And on to the beer.

A-Pours dark for an IPA. It's a light brown, when you hold it to a light. Nice head, fluffy.
S- Lite aroma, not the overhwelming aromatic smell you would expect from an IPA.
T- A nice blend between the caramel and the hops. Like the smell, the hops are not overwhelming, that's what I want. I am too American.
M- There is malt there. Not a problem, it is accompanied by a nice blend of Cascade and Chinook hop aftertaste. What more does a man need?
D- My only problem with this beer is what it cost. My local beer store is not the cheapest place in town, but they have the best selection.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of an split w/ dkachur - thanks! Sample poured into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dull orange, yeast-filled body. The fizzy, foamy, two-fingers of head has decent retention, particularly nearer the finish, where it fades to a persistent, consistent sheen. The collar is thick, bubbly, and uniform, lying under a number of clumps of spongy lace.

Aroma: Dan describes this as "murky," and I agree. It's thick, heavy, with lots of heavier fruit notes - citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit notes - all over a caramelly, bready, sweet backbone.

Taste: Far less sweet than I would have imagined from the nose. Moderate to high bitterness - even for an IPA - along with a lot of sprucey pine, more-subtle-than-anticipated citrus notes, a few minerally qualities, and a dryer, biscuity, heavily roasted - even toasted - foundation.

Mouthfeel: Though the carbonation wasn't visible - given the yeasty hazy - there's apparently plenty of it, resulting in a bigger than expected, fluffy effervescence that cuts through the somewhat thicker than I'd like, syrupy body for a reasonably even, middle-of-the-road feel.

Drinkability: An interesting stab an American IPA. It hits some aspects right on the money, misses a few others inappropriately, and misses a few others in interesting, unique, and enjoyable ways. At 7.5%, it's near the higher end of the scale as far as American IPAs go, but it's both non-detectable and not really too bad. Cautiously recommended, though I don't see myself drinking it too often, especially at its price (though I know that's 'cause it's an import).

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Photo of timtim
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy copper with an egg white head that holds well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is very very perfumy. like a nice natural flowery perfume with hints of citrus and sandalwood. caramel malty goodness in the back, and the taste is an eccentuated well balanced mix of above. nice, soft, medium full body with a long, spicy, slightly bitter finish. like an amped up mix of english, east coast and west coast ipas. very nice.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow on tap at Max's tonight. The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is very perfumy, with considerable bitter citrus, dry tea and beef bullion. Very intriguing. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with a long, bitter, dry finish. Pretty yummy actually. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is very well disguised. This is a very easy to drink and enjoy IPA, especially if you prefer IPA's with a minimal sweet malt presence.

Not that I'm at all surprised, but this is really a pretty good IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with some sediment and below average head for an IPA. The sediment is a bit clumpy and not distributed well. The aroma is balanced well. It has citrus and pine hops with a nice sweetness balanced. The taste is good as well, with the malts coming on a bit stronger. There is average carbonation and a bit thin. The drinkability is good as well. The ABV is average for an IPA and it has a solid taste to back it up.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 50cl bottle. Pours a muddy copper with a large light beige head. Great lacing, lots of sediment. Herbal, bitter, hop notes typical of cascade hops, plus some honey-like malt. Honeyed malt comes back in the taste, along with some slightly roasty caramel flavors. Somewhat light hop-bitterness that comes off as almost grapefruity. Earthy. Full bodied with good carb. About as drinkable as a 7.5% IPA can get.

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed burnished orange with streams of fine bubbles quickly rising to the top. A three inch head of sizzling popping beige foam sits atop and noisily recedes leaving dimples and craters. The crazy foam doesn't allow me to finish pouring the bottle out, definitely takes away from the experience.

Aroma of sweetish honey malt, pine sap, ripe pear and light brown sugar rises up.

Flavor of chewy clover and honey malt with subtle hints of orange rind, flowers, and spruce. Slight warming in the finish. Notes of wheat malt linger on the palate. I'm enjoying the flavor but rating it just a bit lower since it seems more like a hoppy pale ale than an IPA.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, almost feels a little heavy, very rich. Tasty beer and drinkable, but not what I expected.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz into New Belgium Globe Glass

A. Big 3 finger head when poured. Dark Orange/Copper color.

S. Biscuity malt smell balanced with citrus, floral hops.

T. More of the biscuity malt taste that gives it some sweetness. Some hop bitterness at the end. Overall not very bitter or hoppy.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly clean finish. Adequate carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Doesn't fit my idea or expectations of an IPA. Too malt heavy for me.

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