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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Photo of GnomeKing
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

So there's an American IPA, which is assertively hoppy; and there's a British IPA, which is a bit more delicate and has a different malt character; but a Norwegian IPA? I didn't know what to expect, but what I found was a treat: a beer with a lush, velvetly mouthfeel, biscuity and fruity aroma, and alcohol burn (who'd a-thunk-it?), ...a sensous beer, in short.

I think there are some imbalances in this beer that diminish its drinkability, but its excentricities make it an interesting one to try.

A wonderful find at Capone's in Norristown, PA!

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne O Pale Ale pours a hazy copper with a thick off white head that persists from a 16.9 ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy, and has a bit of caramel malt too. The malt caramel flavor is stronger than I would have liked, but the hops are pretty strong too. Interesting take, I'd like to tinker with the balance a little though.

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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 DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange colour with a giant, fluffy off-white head from a hard pour. Good head retention and plenty of lacing, in fact there were long lasting rings around the glass indicating the size of my first few sips. It smelled strongly of various citrus fruits - orange, tangerine, grapefruit - with a little bit of pine, but the combination kind of gave it a dish-soap vibe. Still, this wasn't overly distracting. The same kind of hops came through in the flavour, but really needed more malt sweetness. There was also some earthiness running through the middle. Although the bitterness wasn't over the top, there just wasn't enough malt to provide a nice balance, and it left the flavour a bit thin. Short, hoppy finish with just a bit of sweetness to keep it from drying out too much. A little hop spice hung around a little longer. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation - not quite crisp, more like subdued. An interesting take on the style and an interesting beer overall. It has its problems, but I still kinda liked it.

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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 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 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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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at about 36F from 22 oz amber bottle.

Poured with thick body and big, rich light tan head, leaving good lacing. Somewhat cloudy orange color.

Aroma is hoppy, attractive, slightly yeasty and malty.

Flavor is refreshing, but with a bite of dark crystal malt. Balanced bitterness and flavor and good hop aroma.

Full and bitter mouthfeel with a touch of astringency, dry finish with a bite.

Drinks well, not as smooth as some, but enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first of five Nogne's that I'll be reviewing courtesy of Himerman. Thanks again dude, great box you sent.

A: Sort of a strawberry toffee color with some haze to it. Head is full on in charge of the situation. Appears to have a good creamy texture and a honey whipped butter color to it.

S: Cedar planks, play-doh, watery grapefruit and a hint of soap.

T: Starts off with malty red apples and cantelope. Has a brisk Liptons tea quality to it. Moves towards a bready profile with herbal tendencies. As the dough tastes fade, the hop bitterness gears up and fades into an earthy and dirty personality. Surprisingly enough, I feel like I can actually taste the alcohol, even at a respectable 5.9%. Finishes slightly metallic and quite bitter.

M: Medium body with a really fluffy carbonation.

D: This beer didn’t really work for me. I think I get irked but pale ales or IPA’s that don’t use west coast hops, they just seem boring to me. There is nothing wrong with this beer and is actually quite enjoyable, but when I get that much bitterness I like to have a hop resume that matches it.

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Photo of Ego
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amply carbonated, soapy white head, craggy, nice burnt orange huegood lacing roll.. a nice looking beer for the style.

carmelized smelling hops, definite sweetness to this one, a slight chemical smell is in there also, not bad.

taste etc...
light to medium body. like in the nose somehow the hops flavor/bittering tastes a bit chemical, decent bitterness and decent malt presence, the carbonation is ok as well, pretty easy drinking but the way this is bittered is bothering me.

so far my least fave from this brewery. not bad, but not particularly good either.

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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 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 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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