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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
14º P, 40 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2004

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 117
Reviews by DaveFL1976:
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of a big bottle -- this beer pours a dirty dark color of burnt toast. Lots of yeast and a nice thich head.
The smell is nice, fruity and light. A bit citrus and floral hop aroma going on here. Not a lot of malt bit a touch of alcohol is evident.
Taste is smooth with a tangy hop bite at the end. Yeast is noticable as well. Good malty backbone and a full, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first of what will likely become alot of the Nogne line of beers from Norway,poured into an impy pint glass a dull hazed peach with one finger of froth atop.Classic aromas of an old school American left coast pale caramel malt base staying intune with a big citrusy,piney hop profile just very inviting.The flavors dont quite match up with the nose but its tasty nonetheless an assertive firm lightly caramel sweet malt base shows itself well the fruity,piney hop doesnt give enough push in thefinish for me but its there with a real tangerine flavor showing thru.Others have said its refreshing and I would say yeah thats a good term,its lighter in body to make it refreshing and drinkable with some nice citrus fruit tinge to make you want more,pretty solid offering here,I could see it in my fridge alot this summer for sure.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew, mixes of care me and honey and some fruit, likely centennial, has an almost sugary fruityness. The hops also have a grassy taste, that lead to a distinct earthy finish. This is a mix of English ipa and pale ale, not an APA for sure but judged as an EIPA or PA this is nice a tad sweet for me but we'll within the style. The use of Marris Otter make a nice cracker sweet malt where where the hops bring a fruity earthyness. A little muddled for me but others I'm with love the almost honey and fruit taste.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours clear golden with medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - light tropical fruit notes - passion fruit, peach. Taste - sweet tropical fruit - passion fruit/peach, malty notes in the middle, crisp bitter finish. Well rounded APA.

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Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2018 (brewed March 2016; batch 1601). Acquired a while back from M&S. BB date notwithstanding, this is probably a bit old.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy deep amber colour with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of subtle fruity hops with hints of mild citrus, grass/hay, faint herbs, earthy yeast, vague pale malt and a touch of barley sugar. Decent but unexpressive.

T: Tastes of light, fruity hops with notes of mild citrus, herbs, grass/hay, leafiness, earthy yeast, subtle pale malt and a hint of grain. Very dry, followed by a crisp bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, subtle aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and vague pale malt.

O: OK though not outstanding. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are an uninspired mix of light aromatic hops, earthiness and pale malt. Body is nice enough. Given the brew date, the hop character has probaby faded somewhat. Drinkable but probably deserves to be sampled with less age on it.

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Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass.

Pours a cloudy brown with several fingers of thick, durable tan head. Honestly, it looks a bit foreboding.

S - very inviting herbal hop/malt blend with some other unidentified aromas, probably some yeast.

T - very malty, rich and complex for style. Hop and bitterness level (IBU = 40) are about as expected, or even higher, but there's also a separate malty sweetness and even a bit of fruitiness. Wonderful mix of flavors!

M - rather smooth with a medium-full body.

O - doesn't look, smell or taste like a typical pale ale, but I can't hold that against a beer this exceptional. So not really an APA, but if it were, it would be one of my favorite APAs. Unique and highly recommended!

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Photo of ggaughan
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night while watching a Phillies win with my cousin, krkearney as part of a Nogne tasting we were doing. The beer poured an orange/amber color with a slight tan head. The nose had some pleasant piney citrus notes swirling around. The taste was more of the same, nice citrus grapefruit notes with a piney hoppy bite running through. There is also a good malt backbone supporting this beer.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite pale ale. It's got 40 IBU and 6% ABV. This is a great beer to pair with entrees or desserts, provided it's a lighter dessert. The bitterness in this beer is present in the aftertaste and is due to a pretty good amount of hoppy flavor. If you're not looking for anything that tastes malty at all (which is why you'd be drinking a pale ale in the first place) then this is your beer!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most unique thing about this beer for me was the nose. it pours a light amber color with a head that quickly reduces to a thin ring, but does cling to the glass. it reeks of grapefruit and apple cider. very smooth at first with creamy centennial hop flavors, but less hoppy than many american pales, gets more bitter and hoppy with the finish. wait just long enough for the same citrusy flavors from the nose to come out in the aftertaste ( nose more apple cider, aftertaste more grapefruit) good beer, but less hoppy than a standard pale.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good pale that went great with fish, as advertised. Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centennial hops; English ale yeast Smooth grapefruiit aroma, good bitterness not overdone, satifying by itself. Understated IPA. Found in New Jersey.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought 12/2010 Prague-Bad Times, pivotéka
From the very first sip, unpleasant taste that immediately rises strongly in the head. Beer tasteless elder žádýho surprise. I'm sure will taste the different beers from this brewery, but I do not recommend this beer, you will choose better

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel-amber, with a huge white head of foam. Heavy, but uneven lace.

Nose is fruity hops. Appealing enough.

Taste impression shows sour grapefruit. Definitely a citrus hops profile, with some pine accents. This is a bitter and chewy brew -- tasty, but not as balanced as I'd like.

As it stands, a solid, but not wholly a standout, pale ale.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, tawny-amber in hue with some golden highlights; the liquid is bright and pleasant to look at. White foam, at the apex the head was almost two fingers tall. Active bubbles but they held together fairly well, I’d call the head retention above average. The head qualities bodes well, there might be some hops in here! Minimal subsequent lacing but there was enough to make note of it. Overall, the appearance is charming.

The nose is nice… it isn’t big and American but it is not weak either. IMO, it smells like a mix between Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale and Burton India Empire Pale Ale. Sweet maltiness, honey, candied fruit, wild berries, leather, earth, grapefruit, oranges, and bread. Complex but not assertive… seems to be a tame Pale Ale. The alcohol is hidden. In sum, I do expect a tasty beer based on the nose and the malt profile does seem promising. Let’s see how the hops deliver. Inviting.

Hello hops! Bitterness is ideal for a Pale Ale; I love the upfront dryness. Citrus notes, grapefruit and oranges, are lovely and play nicely with the caramel, bready malts. The alcohol arrives in the middle, giving some warmth (which I like). Tangy at the end, kind of sweet and candy-like… orange fruit, honey, weed resin, and just a bit of earth. I find this to be a complex Pale Ale. It doesn’t assault the palate with hops and it doesn’t have a pussy malt profile either. Balanced but plenty bitter; it leaves me wanting more!

A tad fuller than medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation; the mouthfeel is lovely. It fits perfectly. Long, hoppy aftertaste… wow, I love the tongue-coating hop residue!

This beer is very enjoyable and it was a treat to drink. I didn’t know what to expect of it. I was actually thinking it might be more Americanized. It wasn’t and I am grateful. I really was surprised at the craftsmanship. I can’t wait to try some other beers from this brewery. IMO, fans of Meantime IPA will dig this beer. Purchased at Beertopia in Omaha; recommended.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI. Looks great in the glass - dense head with a slightly hazy orange/brown color. Big bubbly foam. Smell is very interesting - almost more floral than hoppy. Toasty malts and floral hops in front, with the heavy alphas and a slight dose of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is affected a bit by the sharpness of the bubble and the alcohol.

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Photo of dgallina
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating.

Pours clear copper with an inch of rich off-white head. Recedes at a moderate pace, leaving behind light lace and a thick film. Not very assertive in aroma. Some light caramel malts plus green leaf and pink grapefruit hop notes over a bit of dusty earth. The flavor is much bolder; perhaps overly so. Initial biscuit and caramel malts give way to a strong bitter pine finish. Quite out of balance; the mouth is left puckering and dry. Good medium-weight body that's creamy and easy-drinking. Not bad, but not much to recommend it over others.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Darker orange, cloudy, 1 finger off white head

Smell - Sweet citrus, malts, floral pine notes.

Taste - Bittersweet citrus, some grapefruit, orange, lemon, continues on bringing forth some roasted qualities in the beer, slight bread, pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp

Overall - Good beer. Recommendation from a good friend to try Nogne as he just recently visited the brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever.

S: Yeasty malt aroma with a slight pine hop aroma.

T: Strong malt flavor that comes across dry with a yeasty bready aftertaste.

D: Pretty decent beer overall. Not as hoppy as some other pale ales but it holds it own.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and very cloudy copper with a thick, slightly off-white head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smells of a nice blend of malt and hops, along with citrus and other light fruit esters. Very sweet and floral with a kind of straw smell in the background.

The taste is even more impressive. The hops become more apparent than before, but are perfectly balanced by the malt (which definitely comes through as being more roasted than the average pale ale). The fruit esters come through again, giving bananas and a bit of citrus. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, perfectly carbonated, and with an ideal, creamy head. All of this makes for a very drinkable beer. Maybe it's because I didn't have any expectations going in, but this is a fantastic pale ale; quite possibly the best I've had.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. There are some floaties in this beer. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is different, hops are present, a somewhat medicinal flavor, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Forb
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle...

Appearance: Deep hazy orange rising into a reddish orange with a 2 finger fluff head that dissipates leaving blotchy lacing.

Smell: Nose is a tricky one with hop notes peaking through a citrus fruit aura.

Taste: Comes through rather plainly with the malt making a forefront appearance and the hops subtly attempting to push through but weakly so. Finishes with a bitter tastelessness.

Mouthfeel: An almost watered down medium body with plenty of carbonation. Really weird.

Overall: This beer is nothing like any pale ale I have tried before. With it's look of an almost double imperial IPA to it's oddly rich malt off-taste.. I will say I wont be having this one again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a magnificent thick head white head that clings to the glass.
Nose shows loads of light fruit (pear, apples, white grapes) along with lots of floral, spicy and grassy notes. Very light and refreshing. Underneath is some doughy yeast and spicy phenols along with a little bready malt.
Similar flavours, first showing more floral, fruity and grassy hops followed by soft sweet clean malt and finishing with a somewhat sharp bitterness.
Carbonation could be a little higher.
That sharp bitterness is a little over the top but otherwise good.

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