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

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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

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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164
Reviews:
115
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
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Photo of Seanibus
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the large bottle (whatever the metric equivalent of 22 oz, i guess). It had a good color - a slightly hazy amber, a slight but pleasant aroma, and a solid pale ale character. It was was a good, serviceable pale ale. Unfortunately, it wasn't more than that: there are worse pale ales out there, but there are better ones too. The label lists the ingredients in some detail, including Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and English ale yeast. Which is all great - this tastes like a beer produced by any competent American or English brewer, using exactly the ingredients they would use. So I am left longing to know what Norwegian beer taste like. This beer, although it was made in Norway, does nothing to answer that question.

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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 MaltyGoodness
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16.9oz bottle

Pours a very murky orange amber with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely citrusy hops, with some caramel malt present.

Citrusy hops upfront with a caramel malt background. Metallic taste at the finish.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Looking at past reviews, I suspect that the bottle I got is either old or was mis-handled. Whatever that cause, the metallic taste ruins any redeeming qualities of this beer.

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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 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 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 Floydster
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle split with a friend last night, originally purchased from Liquid Solutions for seven dollars

Poured into a pint glass with a golden color that was a little darker than most, a little bit of orange in it and seemed even darker at the bottom, the head was 3/4 inch thick and soapy, stuck around for about twenty minutes, left a good amount of lacing for a pale ale

Smell was complex but impressive at the same time, it had bananas, oranges, honey, lemons, and different kinds of sweet malt, smell was more like a saison than a pale, but it was good nevertheless

Taste was different than any other beer I have had in this style before, it had a lot of sweetness from the various fruits and malt, but was also hoppy at the same time with a nice crisp tart finish, malt outdid the hoppy characters but this was not necessarily a bad thing, lack the straw-like taste characteristic to most pales, sweet and averagely hopped beer

Could not drink much of this, maybe a couple bottles which are pretty much equilavent to a pint, sweetness could fill you even though it is not too heavy and alcohol content is only around six percent, if it was more dry and bitter, it would be easier to drink

Recommended if you can find this brew from Norway, Liquid Solutions still has some available if you would like to order from them online

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was pleasantly surprised by this one. it poured a cloudy amber-orange with a nice creamy white head and lacing. i left quite a bit of darkish sediment behind in the bottle. bouqet was nice, with bananas and bubblegum dominating along with citrus, honeyed sweet malt, and a pronounced floral character. great shit for a pale ale. taste was a nice, frothy interplay of the fresh sweet malt flavors and hop bitterness. this was almost medium in body with a lingering, drying bitter finish. nicely carbonated with a creamy yet spritzy mouthfeel. way to go norway.

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Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, murky amber with a nicely creamy off-white head. Caramel malts and earthy, citrusy hops give the aroma an overall "dark" feeling. Hoppy flavor, leaning towards floral and wood, with a English-like, toffee maltiness. There's a central apple fruitiness and a wave of citric bitterness. Strong taste, I could guess this beer was stronger than it actually is. I don't say this very often, but this is kind of over the top for a pale ale, despite its relatively low ABV. Slick, medium mouthfeel, drying in the finish. Its not doing a whole lot for me, unfortunately.

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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 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 Bighuge
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with scarlet hihglights. Slight, creamy dirty white head. Lacing is sporadic. Nose doesn't do much for me. Artificial smelling, like a pine scented air freshner haning from the rear view mirror. Kind of a bland flavor. The label says it's hoppy, but it's really not. I can't believe Centennial was used in this. Hint: Use a little more next time. The malts are nice enough. English, toffee like backbone. Medium bodied to medium-full. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry. Average....very average.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Thanx Phyl21ca!

Copper, amber, orange and hazy in appearance. Thin beige head recedes to a thin ring.

Hoppy (floral & herbal) with a light malt background. Slightly sweet, slightly herbal and a touch floral.

Interesting and complex. Slightly oxidized as the last few sips really showed leather and cardboard. Malt with mineral water and hops. Hops starts to dominate after a few sips showing largely floral with some citrus and herbs. Tangy, metallic finish.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly acidic bite at the finish.

An interesting beer, but I think mine was a bit oxidized. Would love to try this fresh in Norway.

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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 rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The next in the line of Nøgne Ø beers that I picked up at Green's was the Pale Ale. Similar packaging to the other beers except for a change the color of the Ø. The pale Ale poured pretty normal looking, with an pale orange amber body, and a two finger thick foamy head. The aroma was spicy and citric, which suggested that this beer was not short on hops. Tasted a little different than I was expecting, earthy bitter hops were evident, but so was a cane sugar like sweetness. The sips that I drank fast were barely sweet, but the ones I let linger on my tongue were more and more so. The aftertaste was spicy (clove like), and rather long drawn out. A lot more complex than a run of the mill APA, and a couple notches thicker as well. I would call this as existing at a halfway point between an Pale Ale and Strong Ale. Quite a ride on this Norwegian cruise line sailing to the “naked island”.

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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 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 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 neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good Pale. I've been pretty excited to try this beer. It's always great to see how American innovation on European style has in turn inspired European brewers.

The beer pours to a nice clear amber color. Decent carbonation. Huge fluffy head. Good retention and great lacing. Looks great.

The smell is also good. Distinctly English malts and berry esters from English yeast. The hops bouquet is well balanced between American and English. Has a nice grapefruit and pine with some more subtle spice and herb.

The taste reminds me of a good English Pale, even though the hops profile is more dominated by American hops. The English malt and yeast seems to make the distinction more so than the hops. There is a nice toasty, biscuity pale malt flavor accompanied by a huge caramel flavor. This is accentuated by a light berry ester. On the finish, the hops finally start to reveal themselves with a creeping bitterness and a citric, piney, spicy, and herbal hops flavor. Good mix.

The body is light to medium with a moderately dry finish. Carbonation is fairly gentle. Little alcohol flavor. Pretty decent lingering bitterness. I would love to try their IPA. While this one isn't bad by any means, it's not one of the most drinkable pales I've ever had. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't know if I'll want to buy it again. I know I'll probably end up revisiting the Brown Ale after a while, however, even though it's far from accurate for a brown.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thickly opaque yellow ochre color with a slight brightness reaching the edges. Gorgeous topping of lush, thick, huge foam sits atop with stamina and presense. Sporatic lacing is throw about in a few inky strings and cob webby globs.

Low lying aroma of old fruity-like bubble gum and some pale pineyness. A little muddled and quite light; actually its like its just not there. Takes big wiffs to get it to reach any kind of real impression.

Flavors are decent though, a pretty good pale ale with a mild tone and creamy centered balance around enough pine and citrus to make the toasty pale malts come though. Flavors touch but breifly on some tangerine, orange, and lemon. Well-rounded, full finish with just a touch of pith and citric pith bitterness thats quite easy to handle as it ends fluffy and lightly chalky in dryness.

Feel is about medium with a creamy, bold application in balance. Clean, kinda brisk and snappy in the front, holds for a moment, smooths out and gathers a nice finish that has a complex dryness of toasted pretzeled bread, citric pith, pine bitterness and dryness all mixing with a easy to take bite. In a word, pale. Duh...

A pretty decent Pale. The body is what sold me on this one, as well as its solid profile towards a nice balance in flavor and tone. However, the $5.50 for the 1pt .9 fl oz bottle is perhaps a bit much to ask. But perhaps as it grows in distribution and popularity it'll come down in price and make it a bit more worth while.

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

Tall, somewhat thinnish (no, not Finnish) 500 ml bottle with the back and orange label as shown on the avatar. $4.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. in late March 2007.

Pours a pretty orange with a moderately-sized, but nicely creamy off-white head. A bit of sediment from the bottle clouds up the beer a touch.

Aroma is the best feature here- nice citrus and spring flower aromas overlying a solid malt base. Flavor follows through, but it drops a notch, because the hops turn a little too sharp and astringent. Not as enjoyable as the aroma. But still tasty.

Seems to me to be a mix of English Pale Ale and American Pale Ale in style- not sure I could call it one or the other. Pretty tasty, and it goes down easily.

My first Norwegian beer- makes me want to try some more!

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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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Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.76 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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