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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 162
Photo of Kakaraht
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a good batch of haziness. There is a fair amount of sediment floating around. The head is a good two thumbs thick and fluffy white with great retention.

S: Nice light malts with a slight hoppiness to it. There is also an almost sour yeast smell faintly in the background.

T: Munich malt flavor up front with a nice light floral hoppiness. Very simple in its flavor, but very drinkable.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink, never had a Nøgne Ø beer I didn't like, even there simple beers are done with class.

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

I picked up this beer at the Binny's in Lakeview. I was curious about a Pale Ale from Norway made with the American style in mind.

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Very cloudy, brown with a hint of red. Decently retained creamy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: The most dominant smell here reminds me of a dessert bread - either banana bread or blueberry muffins. In general bready, with sugar and fruit.

Taste: Again with blueberry, and a fair amount of unfermented, sugary, creamy malt. Spicy hops and a finish of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, even carbonation. Medium, slight syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a great pale ale, I'd pick this up again and recommend it to others to give it a try!

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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 shambeano
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown, about an inch of head, subsides slowly.

S- malty smell, little bit of hop, touch of bitterness.

T- upfront pretty hoppy, piney, citrus, a little pinapple maybe a touch of of grassyness.

M- biggish malt, with a pretty big hop prescence, little bit of grass.

D- very good. the alcohol is well hidden, and i could have a couple.

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

Poured from Bomber.

Poured unfiltered light orange, with large amount of head. After a few minutes of letting the head subside there was a lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is sweetness and a lot of hops.

Taste however resembles a different story being a American style Pale ale, the taste resembles Belgium yeast's with Hops. Throughout the tasting more and more were the hops present.

Excellent offering with a great Nord taste, influenced by American Pale ales.

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

500 mL bottle tried 30 Dec 2007.

Large tight yellowish head. Cloudy, color of candied mangos. Aroma of fresh orange rolls. Taste is also sweet and bready with some light orangey citrus. Fairly roasty through the middle. Finishes with a bit of astringency. A little more citrus at the very end and aftertaste. Medium body.

As others have mentioned the (what you spend)/(what you get) ratio makes a second purchase difficult to justify .

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into RR tulip glass. Appearance is a cloudy orange with medium white frothy head. I pick up bread and sweet malts from the nose, along with subtle citrus fruits. I taste grapefruit, caramel, and light pine. Not very much of a hoppy presence. Not very bitter. Although it lacks in the hops, it still seems like more of an IPA than a pale ale to me. It is pretty well balanced with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Lots of floating sediment in this as well. All around decent beer!

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C. Cloudy
H. Orangish brown
N. Malt, caramel

Well I have been meaning to try this line of beer for quite sometime. Cerveza Chica decided it was time to venture to import Pale Ales since we have had a majority of the Americans. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It really focuses on the malt, but has a nice subtle hop to it. It is smooth and easy to drink, sort-a sweeter than I like, but has a great aftertaste to it. I almost prefer the aftertaste more than the attack...odd I know. I think I will have to grab some more of the Nogne line for future reviews. This is worth a try if you like sweeter pale ales. Even as a gateway into hoppier pale ales. Very good beer!

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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 KickbacksSteve
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. brown bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Very pillowy white lingering head with a nice quaffable hoppy/malty aroma. Not sure about the "American" style of this pale ale. I don't smell or taste the typical piney/citrus hops common in a American pale ales. Trying not to review based on price but really not sure why this beer is so expensive as it certainly doesn't strike me as anything more than an average pale ale.

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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 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 fightingirishcmk
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color into a pint glass, with a 2 finger head and decent retention. Quite cloudy. Little lacing was left on the glass.
S: Caramel malt, slightly floral, with a hint of raspberry on the nose
T: A very good balance of malt and hops, with a slight bready flavor, followed by an earthy bitterness from the hops.
M: Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Feels pretty good in the mouth.
D: While it is quite drinkable, but I don't think I'll have any more considering the price. For the same price, a domestic 6 pack APA can be had.

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Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the 500ml bottle a hazy oranged hued light copper colour with 2 centimetres of thick slight off white head that sits for a fair while.
S - Smell is floral , herbal and citrus fruit hops initially . Some light caramel malt hints.
T - A nice floral and fruity hoppiness at the front back up with some slighty sweet caramel and bready maltiness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry finish.
D - If the ABV was maybe just 5 instead of 6 then I'd consider this a great session beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter longneck bottle, conditioned, brewed to 14 plato with Maris Otter, wheat and crystal malts, and hopped to 40 IBUs with Northern Brewer and Centennial; fermented with English ale yeast. It pours a hazy reddish copper, with an inch of khaki head that settles to a thick cover, and imparts sporadic lacing. Kinda looks more like a barleywine than a pale ale. Smells hoppy and phenolic, with medicinal and perfumy notes - almost reminiscent of Orval. Malts are light on the palate, and the same phenolic perfumy/spicy character is present. The Northern Brewer gives an earthiness while the Centennial contributes its trademark citric note, both of which combine to impart a raw bitterness. It has a medium, crisp and dry body that leaves a long-lingering hoppiness. Overall a nice brew, but when judged as an American pale ale, the phenolic edge and the earthy hops don't work that well. However, if not compared with American pales, it's a beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of katan
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml undated bottle

A - Pours a lighter golden brown color. Head formation is quick and settles in at about 2mm. Dissipation is just as quick. A fairly opaque beer, but it doesn't appear ot be due to hazing or yeast.

S - Starts off with a yeasty note that gets backed up with the acidity I would associate with oxidation. Did this one sit on the shelf too long? Almost seems belgian in that regard. Some malt astringency exists in the tail end.

T - Starts off very flat, dry. A hair of sweetness in the background. Some of the caramel malts make its way to the palette. Develops that mid-stream that I would tie to that oxidation flavor. Finishes with a nice hop flourish - the only to be found. Some of the after taste has more alpha acid retention.

M - A little thin on the tongue - but the carbonation bite makes up for it. An odd combination alpha acids and watery consistency.

D - Not particularly drinkable in my mind - I find the flat flavor profile tiresome. The hop flair, while what I would want in an APA, appears in an odd place in the taste. ABV is solid but manageable.

Seems like a lesser cousin to the often imitated Alpha King.

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Photo of unionturf
1.82/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

After reading the review in BA I was excited to find one, finally got to try it and....

Popped the top and it pours a cloudy/fizzy amber color with a very active head, cool I think. On smell it smells weird, very bland and metallic. Taste is right with the nose, an AWFUL metallic taste at just does not fit this style...or any style really. I tried again and I taste a little hops and all metal, it's like this was brewed is a rusty kettle.

Mouthfeel...keeping in mind it was brief was ok but drinkability was awful, I could not finish the bottle and poured the rest down the drain, I think my taste buds are ruined for the day.

I hope this was a bad bottle considering the reviews it's got here....

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/24/2008 (bottle):

Pours a big foamy, fizzy, very white head. Fizzy, somewhat cloudy pale orange color body. Hoppy, sweet citrusy aroma, but not too bitter or harsh. Hoppy dry, bitter taste. Pine & grapefruit. A little dry. Not overpowering a flavor, could make a good session beer. A nice fruity taste. Okay palate.

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Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First saw the bottle, then read the Nogne issue of BA, then bought the beer. 'Nuff said.

Gold and not at all yellow, the body of this beer looks like a decent pale ale to me. Head just slightly off-white and full. However, is cloudy, not that I personally care, but for the style just slightly out of the ordinary. I see the yeast on the bottom of the bottle and it looks like a big, gluey gob of yeasty pleasure to me. Careful pouring this one. YEAST BOMB ON BOTTOM (good/bad?) ((I say good))

Whoah. Pretty Belgium-like, at least as far as aroma is concerned. I'm talking about some of the paler malt, specificaly Belgium Pale and maybe a nint of aromatic. Of course, this is all speculation. Buttery, though not diacetyl butter thank goodness. Alcohol tinge.

First is the hop bitterness, followed by the flavor hops. Then comes a tie between malt sweetness and alcohol sourness. Trust me, this gets a lot better as it warms; alcohol all but disappears and the malts become oh so sweet becoming delicately balanced with the hop bitterness/spicy hop flavor. Actually more refreshing when it is warm.

I apreciate the bottle yeast (yum), and though a bit high in alcohol for the style for my personal taste, this is a good brew to drink when you want lots of hops and it is cold outside. Definetly taste a Euro/Belgium/Norwegian twist on an old classic. PLUS IT'S, LIKE, FOUR DOLLARS CHEAPER THAN ALL THEIR OTHER BREWS so if you have been meening to try one...

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Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/29/08.

Pours into a standard pint glass a hazy golden. Plenty of active bubbles feed the one-finger frothy white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma of peppery grapefruit.

Slightly sweet with a bready malt backbone. A bit yeasty, with a hint of white pepper. Hoppiness comes through near the end with notable bitterness and citrus flavors. After I wrote this, I looked at the bottle and they described it almost the same way. Good to know my taste buds aren't out of whack!

Mouthfeel is slightly prickly but otherwise unremarkable. Feels bigger in the mouth than the 6% ABV would suggest.

Good interpretation of an American pale ale, though Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Firestone Union Jack shouldn't get too worried.

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

1pint.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - Slightly cloudy honey colored with off white head that falls to thick skim coat.
S - Citrus, pine some toasty malt fairly complex - some smells that I can't place.
T - Taste was a bit different that expected based on smell. A bit more malt sweetness and the hops fell back a bit. Still pretty tasty.
M/F - Medium in body, lively carbonation a little prickly.
D - Decent Ale. Wouldn't go out of my way but wouldn't turn down if offered.

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