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

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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
Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chill-hazed copper amber with a thick off-white head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine over caramel. Very robust.

The taste is of citrus and pine with some caramel and biscuit. Finishes bittersweet. Very well-balanced.

Very creamy in a medium-to-full body.

This is a wonderful APA - hoppy with an English-style maltiness. Very well-done! Very enjoyable!

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never been so impressed with a pale ale before. This is probably the most refreshing beer I've ever had, yet it's still so complex. If it weren't for the cost, these would be in my fridge 24/7.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy, golden-brown color with a fluffy cap of foam that leaves pretty decent lacing down my pint glass.

S- The first thing that hit my nose was an intense floral aroma. Partly from the hops, but more than that. The floral hops come through, but there's something reminiscent of a rose garden coming through as well. Also, lots of citrus and a little caramel-like malt comes through.

T- I feel like I may never be thirsty again. This beer is so refreshing and so well-balanced. A floral hoppy flavor comes through, balanced by sweet citrus, namely tangerine and lemon. The maltiness provides a little more sweetness, a nice toasty flavor, and a really solid backbone to the beer.

M- Crisp, smooth, refreshing, and effervescent.

D- It goes down so easy. This would certainly make for an excellent session beer if it wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of gnikola
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice very cloudy darkish yellow color, awesome carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some very thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly malty, hoppy, with some slight citrus notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice hoppyness, and some citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty APA, highly recommended.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours the color of honey. Tight one finger head that melts into a faint skim. Minor lacing. Bottle conditioning = suspended sediment.

S: Grapefruit and citrus with a touch of sweet, bready malt. Floral hoppiness, too.

T: Bitter grapefruit hops balanced by flavors of baked bread and caramel malt. Centennial hops bust out of this and smack your tongue around. The bitter and hoppy finish lasts forever. The finish starts off peppery and becomes tangy. Delicious.

M: Dry and quite bitter, yet full and coating. Perfect for the style.

D: Very refreshing. Hoppy and bitter with a strong dose of citrus that's kissed by that wonderful lightly sweet and bready malt backbone. A fantastic APA!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear orange amber color with a thick, pillowy off-white head.

Aroma of spicy piney hops and fresh-baked bread.

The taste is full with a citrusy hoppy bite followed by roasted malts, fresh bread and toasted caramel at the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

This is a terriffic American Pale Ale from Nogne. Full of flavor and almost too easy to drink. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of aidanskinner
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - slightly clouder, dark golden, thick, slightly fluffy head that sticks around

s - vaugely doughy, slightly sweet smell

t - yum! nice biscuity malty base, cut through with a surprisingly sharp set of hoppy citrusy delicious

m - nicely carbonated, moderately thick but easy to drink

Really good beer, doesn't taste overly alcoholic but the 6% isn't a surprise either. One of the best in the style I've had. Lovely stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 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 walshclimb
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium honey color and pretty clear if you pour carefully and leave the yeast in the bottle. ~1" head with small bubbles and nice lace.

S - Honey with caramel notes. Very mild.

T - Crisp with a dry finish, slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Hint of citrus fruits. Nothing overpowering - nice balance.

M - Light and refreshing

D - Could definitely down many if they weren't $5.00 for 500 ml

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Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Clouded, light auburn with a burnt copper coloration. Thick, frothy white head that plasters the pint's sides as it recedes. Condensed lacing with good strength around most of the tumbler.

Citrus aromas; rather light, like pear, kiwi, green apple. Semi-sweet toasted malts with a touch of rum. Notes of farmhouse must.

Bright citrus initially that is overtaken by a caramel-flavored toasted malt. The malt is more than a base, and acts more as the primary flavor component. Notes of dry oak with subtle spices. The yeast used could be mistaken for a Belgian.

Medium in body; light yet smooth with the alcohol presence and malty character.

A flavorful, Imported American Pale Ale. Subtle flavors similar to that of a Saison. Distinct and an offering that I will definitely return to.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, smooth APA (or maybe an Export Pale Ale?) with a bit of a hop kick to it.

Lightly clouded orange with a nice white head and a creamy malt smell. Hints of sugar, very low hops and the alcohol is almost non-existant.

Where the hops are subtle in scent they really dominate the flavour. Still very malty, but there is a definite citrus-y flavour.

The alcohol presence is very low, and even with a more-IPA like character this is a decent session beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange, tan hue, big 2 finger head, wonderful lacing.

S: sweet malt, mild spice, earthy pine/citrus, dates/figs in background.

T: nice earthy front with firm malt, mild spices in the finish with hint of bitter

M: medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Another fine Scandinavian brew. Worth trying. I could have a few of these and really be happy. Fun to rediscover APA's through Norway.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, citrus, and hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, caramel malt, hops, and a slight graininess. Surprisingly, the malt component dominated the flavor much more than you see in other APAs. Still, a well-rounded flavor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a well made, easy to enjoy, drinkable beer.

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Photo of beckje01
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as part of a Nøgne tasting.

Wow just a wonderful nose, nice and floral every thing you could want from it. It really invites you into the beer, which has a good flavor with nice hops. Just very tasty I don't like hops for hops sake but when done right lots of hops can be good and this one is done right. I also find it very drinkable just extremely well done overall. One of Nøgne's top offerings.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $5.99...
Excellent appearance - one of the best I've ever seen for an American Pale Ale - massive carbonation with a tawny, dark-orange hue along with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that nearly obliterated the serving glass...
Thick bread and butter, nutty aroma replete with a nice balance of malts and hops in the nose...
Taste was rendolent of bread and butter, and a profound nutty flavor... Medium-bodied and assertive flavor along with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel and a teriffic level of drinkability...
Great stuff...
Outstanding depiction of the style...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of saboliver
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange with a medium head that remains for a while. Appears quite carbonated. Some fruit in the nose, plus something else not immediately apparent, a slight farmyard aroma that I like. Absoulutely delicious first taste. Not sure how to describe the flavour – definitely malty, possibly caramel, but there is also an earthiness to it, one I like a lot. Although the fruit is there, it certainly isn't the dominant taste for me. A reasonable amount of bitterness but well balanced. Not too much carbonation in the mouth, though a little frothy.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle conditioned, 500 ml.) ABV is now 6.0%. Hazy deep golden to amber colour, thick creamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Lovely citrussy hops aroma on a background of oak, hay, tobacco and spices. Flavour is grapefruity bitter on a well rounded malty background, hints of spices. Plenty of Cascade hops in the long aftertaste. This is very good! Amazing what the Nøgne Ø enthusiasts of small town Grimstad have achieved in almost no time in the business of brewing quality beers!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a hazy orange with light-medium carbonation. The head eventually fell to about 1/2-finger and left some great sticky rings on the glass. After drinking about half the glass, I decided to swirl the last few ounces from the bottle to top off. This added a real cloudiness to the body, changing the color to nearly brown.

S- I was met with a wonderful dose of grapefruity hops. A second whiff gave off some grainy malt aroma. With a little warmth, some caramel comes through. After the sediment swirl, there was a bit of a metallic aroma.

T- It was a really next mix. Initially there was a rush of grainy malts followed by the grapefruit-like hops described in the aroma. There's also a grassy quality to the hop flavor. The solid hopping really cleaned/dried up the finish.

M- It's pretty smooth. The head retention means you end up sipping through a creamy, frothy head right to the end of the glass. The carbonation is very moderate. Solid hop flavor gives a bit of a tingle and a drying effect.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker. At 6% ABV, it packs a bit more punch than most APAs. The higher alcohol content (and price) are the only things that would keep me from drinking a bunch.

Overall- I was really hesitant to give this beer a try at nearly $6 for a 500ml. I really wasn't disappointed. It's a solid APA and it only makes me want to pop for their more expensive IPA and Porter. If I give it another go, I think I'll keep with the careful pour. I preferred the cleaner flavor, before adding the yeast on this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.49 from Holiday Liquor in Escondido, CA. Label info: 14 degrees, 40 IBU, 6% ABV. Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt, Northern Brewer and Centennial hops, English Ale yeast and Grimstad water.

Pours with a gorgeous judicious frothy densely packed spumescent beige cratered head cap over a hazy peach hue leaving decent spider web lacing in the glass.

Bright scents of fresh squeezed oranges with the bitter peel, lemon zest and a zip of Pez candy.

First swigs: Peppy Pez candy and spot on focus of Tangerine wedge notes. Citrus aspect is focused on Tangerine and a tad orange peel bitterness. Malt backing is nearly non-existant which leads to a near American style IPA. Refreshing and clean.

Last swigs: Thank goodness that this is a (seemingly) fresh bottle. After import from Norway, who knows what to expect. This as good as it gets as far as pale ales go. Damn near an IPA but pale ale will do. If you can find this one, go for it!

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