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.

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

A new offering in the Lexington area. Very English in it's malt profile, using Marris Otter malts which give a hearty malt flavor and texture. Well attenuated with a hint of caramel and toasted malts. The hop profile takes on American character with a crisp citrus / pine combination that is evident in the nose and flavor. Firm yet crisp texture with a firm malt sweetness and substance, but soon allowing the hops to bring spice, bitterness, and a mild alcohol thinning. The esters are moderate and help to decorate the spicy hops. Yet there seems to be a disconnect with the malt and hop balance -- they don't fuse well (a typical problem with Marris Otter malts). Could use a heavier hopping rate, particularly with the "C" flavoring hops. Solid and bold-- much like most English Pale Ales. I would have liked to see this beer hopped with Fuggles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with an nice foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of floral hops is well balance with some bitterness. Taste is mix between some floral hops and a subtle citrus bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some decent carbonation. I thought this was a bit low in the malt profile department but apart from that it was a good APA.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of light brown head on a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Mild pine hops with a hint of nondescript citrus. Light toasted malt and a hint of caramel.

T - Some pine hop flavor along with moderate bitterness. Toasted malt shows up in the middle and melds with increasingly sharp bitterness towards the finish. Some char and grapefruit notes linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a quaffable and well put together pale ale. The foam in particular deserves a shout out for being unusually cohesive and long lived, especially for this style. There is a definite emphasis on hops, especially bittering hops, but there is enough dry malt to keep it on track. The only real problem with this beer is the style. It is not so much that the beer itself doesn't fit the style as that the brewery doesn't. Nogne O makes great beer, but there is something about a $8 Pale Ale, imported from Norway that just doesn't make sense. This might be a great session beer, but I'll never know because I can't afford to session it.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a dry bitterness of pale hops, but it's quickly balanced out by mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

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

Appearance: Pours a bright, lovely orange-copper body with full, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Delicate aroma of toasted malts, lime juice, melted butter, and even some fresh cracked pepper.

Taste: Juicy and fruity from the start, with flavors of lime and even a bit of sweet grapefruit. Toasted malts and some caramel sweetness begins to emerge, as does a peppery spiciness. Finishes dry and wooden, with a slight bitterness to it. All in all, there's alot going on here for just a pale ale!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd say I thought the Nøgne Ø Pale Ale was great, but I'd hate for anyone to think that implies I dislike their other brews.

I'd never want to disrespect Nøgne Ø like that, friends.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood?"

--The Beatles

Sunny tangerine with apricot trim and a fine particulate haze. The pale ecru cap looks great. It's immensely bubbly, has loads of character and is depositing an impressive amount of thick lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Subsequent pours murk up the beer and add even more lace. Fantastic!

The nose could be more aromatic. The white grapefruit citrusiness of the Centennial hops is duly noted, as is an earthiness that must be coming from the Northern Brewer. I would have picked something else to compliment the Centennial, but that's just me. It smells like the beer will be lightly caramel malty sweet as well.

Is this what a Norwegian American pale ale is supposed to taste like? While I wasn't bowled over by my first mouthful, I'm beginning to think more highly of this somewhat odd ale as the ounces pass. The flavor is along the lines of a lemon and orange zesty APA, but one that has been filtered through an offbeat prism.

The caramel malt sweetness (coupled with a bruised apple fruitiness) that I noted in the nose is present and accounted for. It still has a little trouble keeping up with all the hop bitterness. First contact isn't a tongue stunner, but the bitterness maintains its heading throughout the mouthful and lingers long after the swallow.

I'm still not thrilled with the fact that the Centennial have been sullied by a lesser variety of hop, but I must admit, the flavor profile is different and interesting. I think it's because there's such a spicy, herbal, woody vibe. Cedar? Balsam? Sandalwood? Why am I suddenly hearing sitars and John Lennon in my head?

It didn't enter my consciousness until I turned my attention to it, but the mouthfeel is pretty good. It's mouthfillingly creamy and has a perfect amount of carbonation. I'm going to nudge the drinkability score a half point since this beer is so interesting and is so damn fun to drink. It doesn't hurt that my hophead itch is getting scratched in a big way.

I love the elegant simplicity of this brewery's bottles and labels. I also love the fact that they've 'been inspired by the boldness of American brewing' without losing sight of their Norwegian roots. These guys bear watching. I only hope the rest of their lineup is this impressive. Skal!

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

Another gem I picked up on sale at Bruisin, this one I had never had a chance to try and figuring what the heck I picked it up. Served cold right out of my fridge and poured into my pilsner glass. Consumed on 11/17/2008.

The pour on this one was very nice. A rich amber color with a nice sized head of white foam that reached up to a height of around two inches before settling down into a light layer of lace and foam across the top of the glass. Nice clarity here through which I was able to see a good deal of side glass lacing.

The aroma was a nicely hopped pale ale. Nice hints of pine, and grass coming through quite clearly and a nice all around bready malt laying underneath to balance it out. Rich flavor here as well. Started with a nice rush of bready and biscuit like notes that quickly turned bitter, lashing out with a pine tar like flavor that did wonders to the depth in the profile. Nice medium bodied ale was very nicely carbonated, and thick enough to thoroughly coat the tongue with flavor. Smooth drinking and light on ABV were nice additions to a very session able ale.

Overall I really thought this was quite excellent. A rich, bold flavored pale that was hoppy enough to keep me interested,. I would have no issues going back to this one again anytime, as solid as they come.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to the darker golden color. Moderate head that leaves spotty lace.

Stronger malt aromas than bitter hops.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter. Good malt base. Very dry and long bitter aftertaste. Good body that mellows the bitterness slightly; high carbonation.

This is an easy beer to drink, although I don't know if it is quite worth the $6+ price for a half liter.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fogged amber with a light tan head. Nose is more of a gentle hop influence with citrus and pine mixed in. Flavor is smoothly hopped with a slight salty edge to it. Slight metallic tone to it also. Feel is standard. Slightly thicker on the liquid feel, but typical carbonation. Drinkable, sure. It is a decent Pale Ale, but for the price? No way.

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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 Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1 finger head that falls quickly. No significant lacing develops.

Smell: bread, caramel, and orange citrus are detectable and pleasant.

Taste: caramel, oranges, honey, and a mild bitterness are wrapped in a bready tone.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and lightly dry throughout. Aftertaste is short as the flavors feel like they stick to the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: solid pale ale, kind of a blend of European and American styles. Worth giving this on a shot.

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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 DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass, on to the beer:

Jolly Rancher orange in color, cloudy body, and the thick billowy head is impressive to look at. Aroma is made up of fresh cut grass, hops, and diactetyl. Moving on to the taste, this beer clearly has both British and American pale ale influences to it, and it's melded together nicely. Estery upfront with some diacteyl, a moderate kick of the hops jump in and parts citrus and pine flavors. Buttery feeling in the mouth, but none of the buttered popcorn oddness. The hop flavor and diacetyl linger softly in the aftertaste. Count this as another good beer from Nøgne Ø.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a hazy, reddish amber color and is topped by a substantial, initially three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The aroma is fairly malt focused with dusty malt notes, a touch of biscuit character and something like caramel dusted soda crackers. There is some hop aroma here, but it seems a touch off; something like cheesy citrus and a bit of dusty astringency.

Quite dry, with a definite phenolic edge to it; notes of plastic are quite prominent in the finish where they meld into an astringent, bitter finish. Malt is noticeable up front and it is quite dry with a solid bread-like / biscuit-like malt character. Pine-like hop notes are also noticeable, but they mix and become confused with the plastic phenolics.

Not at all what I was expecting, this beer was purchased freshly off the shelf and has been stored in the refridgerator since then, I hope my other beers of theirs have faired better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz., half liter bottle, bought at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars for $4.99,

A: Pours a burnt cloudy orange, with a full puffy white head with good retention and limited lacing.

S: A nice flowery hop profile, citrus fruit - orange predominately, tangerine, and grapefruit.

T: Slight biscuity, bready malts open up the beer, with a bitterness, that is too astringent for my taste - bitter orange peel, citrus fruit zest and earth, unappealing. The Maris Otter notes are nice, and the hop profile isn't horrible, but it just wasn't my style, and it was a bit metallic.

M: Crisp and smooth, with some good carbonation notes, but not great for a Pale Ale.

D: Didn't hate the beer, but it just didn't have the hop character I like in American Pales, won't buy again, even though I really wanted to like this beer since I am Norweigan, but there are better priced Pales out there and tastier ones.

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

Didn't mean to order this (it's a mobhouse at Max's today), but seeing as how I did...

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all prototypical pale ale (albeit a good one), showing apple , light cherry, celery and light tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this well balanced, nice preportioned pale ale. There is at most some moderate malty sweetness, which balanced perfectly by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly soft, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Drinkabilty is quite good, with the alcohol barely an after thought.

A good, solid pale ale from Nogne, that I would mind ordering from time to time.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper, off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Floral & soapy, orange-zest, candied fruit, slight wheat & caramel.

T: Biscuity malt, light caramel, good bitterness, appricot, orange-zest, slight alcohol warmth. The yeast sediment tasted healthy & had a slight fruityness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, dry finish.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange color with a one finger fizzy orange/tan head that quickly fizzles away into a very thin ring. No lacing.

Citrus bready/yeast aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as some grapefruit. Subtle malt presence.

Very hoppy for a pale ale. This actually drinks more like an IPA with nice citrus hops, lemon peel and grapefruit with a subtle caramel malt backbone and a slight sweet alcohol warmth in the finish.

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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 ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" ecru head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on admirably, preserving most of what was present to start, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly of fruity hops. Taste is moderately sweet malt upfront, followed by a tipping of the scales toward fruity hops, with a pleasingly bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. A nice brew, but possibly not enough of a standout to be selling singly in large bottles, maybe better placed in a smaller size 4-pack. Wouldn't mind revisiting though.

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Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is amber with a tint of orange; the liquid is somewhat cloudy (the beer is bottle conditioned, and some yeast is clearly visible at the bottom). The head is impressive; off white, semi-compact and very firm – it reached over one centimetre above the rim of the glass, then it sank down to a softer finger thick lid with a great crater and massive lacing. Really, really good!

The smell is powerful with a dominating note of sweet grapefruits, bitter oranges and mandarins. Somewhere in the background there are also notes of musk and some sweet malt.

The taste is bitter. No, the taste is fruity and very bitter. There are lots of bitter/sour citric notes, mostly grape fruit and bitter oranges. The malt stays in the background and the body is rather weak compared to all those hops making the taste just a little unbalanced. The long aftertaste goes in the same style with grapefruits, some white bread and a slowly growing sour note of lemon and a gentle sweetness.

The mouth feel is fresh with a subdued carbonation. Small bubbles.

This ale is very much like the beers I had from American micros a few years ago: “Let’s see, can we squeeze some more hops into this brew?”. At times, it felt more like drinking carbonated grape fruit juice than a beer. Don’t get me wrong: I really like hoppy and bitter beers, but this one was just… monotonous.

I hope their IPA is more in the British style.

After all, their catchphrase “The uncompromising brewery” isn’t just empty words.

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