Two Captains
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Two CaptainsTwo Captains
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,324
Ranked #6,481
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Two CaptainsTwo Captains
View: Beers | Events
Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 299 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. I had this on draft.

Clear golden hue.

Off-white head; nice lace.

Pine & citrus nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pine-y bitterness but very crisp & clean; not my idea of a great IPA but well done.

 227 characters

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 0,33l brown bottle of Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA: 8.5% vol.

Interesting brown bottle with a logo that looks a bit hisptery, an “avant garde” style. 

On pour looks great, a lovely amber colour and a small but decent white head. Doesn't look too bad at all, very inviting.

The white head although small does maintain very well, small but steady, Some good lacing apparent.

It really is a good looking beer, lovely to watch it swirl about in the glass, has a deep look, that captivates. Very good so far!

The smell was also lovely, had the "wow factor", gorgeous in fact.

Deep smelling, IPA style, like a good ale, floral and hop notes, but the citrus and lemon stand out a lot here. Also got a nice whiff of caramel. 

The aroma is a nice combination of lemonade and fermented fruit drenched in alcohol. Amazing on the nose, a very seductive smell and one so powerful they could sell as a perfume. 

So to the taste, and! It is very strong in the taste, all that double hopping has produced one hell of a strong tasting beer. Hopped to hell, and very, very bitter, very strong in the taste.

All a bit "urgh" to me, finding those hops are just impossible to enjoy, going down very slowly and with great difficulty. Too strong and bitter to truly appreciate or enjoy. One for the hardcore IPA heads to like, but not for me. And to be fair to them they do warn on their website that this isn't for the faint hearted..

The extreme bitterness (100 IPU) is very overwhelming, killing everything in its reach. Got the hops for sure, but also found the caramel, the fruits and the sweet malts. 

Very strong in the alcohol too, they are using English ale yeast so therein lies the strength of this brew, can feel it for sure, and don't mind admitting I was a bit pissed after the two bottles. The 8.5% is definitely alive and well here, all clean though. I can imagine downing a few of these bad boys you would be on your head in no time! But I wonder if it is possible to drink more than two with how bitter and disgusting they are? Best avoided.........

 2,093 characters

Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold with a smaller head that leaves a ring. Nose has some orange and a bit of pineapple. Taste carries over the orange fanta...but then turns to bitter orange peel. Certainly a bitter finish on this one. Overall, a solid IPA.

 259 characters

Photo of Giantspace
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap ....served in a tulip at cellar temp.......Big Malty sweet smell mixed with grapefruit...very earthy spicy taste to this beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Smell stays with the beer but the initial tastes fade. Not a huge DIPA fan but this was nice.

 252 characters

Photo of kitch
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle from batch #1328 with a best before date of 15th December 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark amber orange colour with a one finger off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Heavy citrus orange and grapefruit with a hint of floralness and caramel.

Taste: Sweet-ish pineapple and grapefruit hop bitterness with some light caramel malt. The grapefruit bitterness sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty decent Double IPA with good lasting bitterness. It’s still well within its best before date, but I have to wonder if a fresher bottle would be even more impressive.

 699 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium orange, small white head, 1/7". I measured. Aroma was bitter and boozy.

Taste was one of the most bitter dipas out there. Just massive. Mild caramel and copper flavors, metallic notes all over the mouthfeel, mineral water. Pretty hot too.

 251 characters

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber under a 2” clingy white rocky foam collar.
S: Traces of Brett aromas with caramel and fruit.
T: Big malt and yeast flavors balance the rich hops. There are more hops in the foam than in the fluid producing a layered effect.
F: Very creamy smooth, medium full body, medium soft carbonation.
O: Well composed and balanced with interesting layers of flavor.

 380 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma has a strong, sharp, slightly dusty fruity overtone. Pours a dark, hazy, coppery amber with a fairly thick and fluffy buff head. Flavor is quite hoppy and fruity, nothing special but still enjoyable. Texture has average body and good fizz. If not the best Imperial IPA I’ve had, still a decent one.

 312 characters

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Teku glass. Bottle. Burnt orange, cloudy, minimal head, nice lacing. Quite intense malty (caramel) aroma, alos some citrus (mandarin) aroma. Medium sweet, medium hop bitterness. More malty than hoppy. Full bodied, sticky texture, medium carbonation. Finish is light bitter. No alcohol warming.

 293 characters

Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Golden, amber-yellow, with a decent, small head.

My whole room smells like mango, peach and grapefruit, creating summer feelings, fantastic and intense aroma of fruity hops, spiced up with hints of honey.

Fruity hoppiness onwards from the beginning, defined by orange, papaya and kiwi, then fruits turn more sour, to a lime impression, as dry hop bitterness hits the palate. Malt plays a minor role in this, adding a gentle sweet note, with hints of grass and oak to the dominating zestful fruit impression, which soon disappears, as the hops turn bitter. As lovely and calm as this beer starts, it soon turns bitter, in an exciting, crisp, refreshing way, without loosing its enjoyable balance. Throughout, it remains very smooth, especially during the finish, in which bready malts shine through. Fantastic variety of tastes, every one of them very convincing. This certainly got a fuller body than their usual IPA, without turning too heavy and sweet. Very sour, slightly metallic aftertaste, due to lively carbonartion, which stays long on the palate.

 1,059 characters

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -3%

Hazy brownish copper. Some citrus and hop notes in the nose. Flavor profile is malty with a touch of sweetness from the malt accompanied by a decent (but not over-impressive) array of hop flavors on the finish. The finish is also a touch warming as this offering does not hide the alcohol as well as many other top-shelf DIPAs.

 330 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with two finger head that died real slow but left a lace ring around glass. Smell is intensely citric with touches of piney and soapy hops and minor caramel malts. The beer is real hoppy, dry, citric/piney hops, dry cracker/bread base with hint of biscuit and some sweet caramel. Beer has great balance and smoothness making it real easy to drink (more yeasty than other IPAs). Even a touch of grape sweetness and finishes crisp thanks to lively carbonation.

 479 characters

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Nice and classic Nogne bottle art. Pours a clear light orange color forming a huge and bubbled white head. Good retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Strong fruity and citrus notes. Grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Sweet pale grains. Flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very citrus notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine. In overall, a slightly sweet taste followed by a strong and pleasant hops bitterness. Well hidden 8.5% ABV

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fruity, citrus and piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Another Nogne classic

 632 characters

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 13.01.2014.
Pours hazy orange, half finger white head. Sticky froth on the glass.
Nice pine and citrusy hops in the smell, with a hint of sweet tropical fruit too and some peach. Mango, pink grapefruit, blood oranges. Faint caramel.
Taste starts rather rough, with crisp tasty (nice sour-sweet balance) citrus (tangerines, grapefruit), getting sweeter with mango and lychee afterwards. Pine resin and hop oils are pretty dank and spicy, but caramel malts smooth things out in the middle. Green bitter finish, with a dry leafy aftertaste (not a lot of fruitiness lingering).
Low carbonation, smooth, chewy. Nicely hidden alcohol.
A decent DIPA, but doesn't really blow away. The hops are a bit muddled. Didn't really like the aftertaste, gets tobacco-like and ruins the otherwise great taste.

 802 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. This is apparently the commercial implementation of a Norwegian homebrewing champion's recipe - always a cool thing to see!

This beer pours a rather hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with slowly swirling black speck sediment, and two fingers of weakly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy inkblot lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent orange and grapefruit oil extract, resinous pine needles, rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, further demarara and maple sugary notes, a bit of diacetyl, and more weakly leafy perfumed hops. The taste is bready, somewhat nutty caramel malt, buttery toffee, muted citrus cream, wet forest floor pine, a mild orchard fruitiness, and leafy, earthy, and slightly soused hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, and barely perceptible at times, the body a decent medium-full weight, and generally smooth, with a plain, airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, bready caramel malt starting to unravel, the hops having already done so.

A sort of uneven, and in the end, underwhelming DIPA. It's drinkable, sure, and the ABV is well integrated, but I'm getting little punchiness beyond the initial aroma - this thing's over 8 months old now, it may be on the edge of wilting. Anyways, the roots are indeed showing here, I'm afraid, but I'm not about to blame either of the two captains (master or apprentice), or even the distributor - it's just unfortunately going to have to sit as is - a so-so example of the style.

 1,523 characters

Photo of KBaum09
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle.

Pours into a tulip glass a nice light orange color with about 2 fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention and picture perfect lacing throughout the glass.

Classic IPA flavor with strong citrusy hop balanced beautiful with subtle fruity notes (So many IPA's these days just pile in the Cascade and Centennial hops for an overwhelming grapefruit flavor with no balance at all). Grapefruit on the nose followed by a sweet pineapple and a dash of pine.

Sweetness fades into a perfect hop bitterness; not overwhelming, perfectly balanced, and lingers just long enough into the citrusy and piney aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Great mouthfeel. Very hearty, flavorful, perfectly-balanced beer. Highly drinkable (though you will want to savor every single sip)

This is easily one of the top IPA's on the market today. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find in the U.S., so stock up anytime you find it on the shelf.

 932 characters

Photo of BeerGod27
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber/copper color with the perfect head.
Hops will punch you in the nose but that's what I want from my DIPAs.
The taste was complex. A good amount of malts lessens the hops so even non-hop-heads will enjoy this beer. Hop-heads don't worry, you will still get you hop fix. Some orange and caramel flavors are present.
I enjoyed this DIPA a lot! Be warned though, it's almost $10 for 16.9 oz.

 402 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Just over a finger of off-white, impressive head tops a tawny, unfiltered, opaque beer.

S: Rich caramel malts and hints of fruit are complemented by classically piney Americanesque hops. Smells more or less like a DIPA.

T: Aww, disappointing. It's pretty good, but faint-hearted and unimpressive. The hops are more much muted and herbal than anticipated (older bottle?). Still, I suppose there is something to be said for balance. A nutty, bready sweetness (think [good] fruitcake) is predominant before the bitterness rears up and intermingles through the aftertaste.

M: Firm and robust. Full-bodied and thick. Very nice.

O: I liked this beer, but I wouldn't recommend it or have another (unless it was guaranteed fresh). A bit of a disappointment from a great brewery.

 833 characters

Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear amber with two fingers thick offwhite colored head, sticks around. Smell: orange, apricot, pine, mild earthiness, alcohol. Taste: pine, candied grapefruit peel, mild breadiness, alcohol hit. Medium-plus bodied, with a syrupy-cut-by-carbonation feel. Boozy for 8.5%, flavors muddied. It's okay, but not great.

 321 characters

Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle. Poured a ruby chestnut brown colour with a solid cap of off-white head that leaves a great amount of sticky lacing and film.

Smell is intoxicatingly rich. Thick hop bitterness with earthy lychee nuts, pine needles, resin, dried apples. Some grapefruit and blood orange citrus, apricot, some slight medicinal overtones but all very well balanced.

Taste is very interesting, more pepper and earthy bitterness, roasty coffee, dried pine, earthy woodiness, apricot, dried lemon. This tends to be more of an earthy and nutty DIPA than some that I find to be citrus fruit bombs. The change is certainly welcome as this is delicious and works very nicely.

Mouthfeel is moderate, dry, hop slickness on the finish with a big presence and pleasing oiliness with enough roasty malts to balance out very nicely.Drinks very nicely, and with a warming satisfying feel but no noticeable alcohol heat.

A very excellent DIPA that I'm glad I picked up, certainly worth it. An array of earthy, pine, nutiness, and dry fruity notes with a balanced hoppy profile. Excellent beer.

 1,076 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nogne-O Two Captains Double IPA. Ale 8.5% Alc/vol.
"Jan Halvorfjeld, winner of Norwegian homebrewing championship 2010 brewed his champion double IPAat Nogne-O. We at Nogne O are of course proud to be with him making this happen. Ingredients: Grimstad water, malted barley, hops and yeast. 100 IBU, brewed and bottle by Nogne O, Grimstad, Norway."

Completely opaque, thoroughly hazy peach and apricot appearance, creamy white heady froth atop.

Aroma: pungent and powerful, a massive mix of the usual piney/citrus notes, but a bit of a muddle, rather indistinct. Not quite what I'm looking for in an IPA. I'd like some clearly struck tones. This nose is more cacophonous.

Taste: In the mouth, it's a brash splash of hops, with malt firmly included in the mix. Booze rises up quickly, invades the braincase with alarming ease. It's a murky mess that's high on hops and alcohol, but has very little in the way of delicacy or finesse. It's what I'd expect from a homebrew double IPA, but not from a professional brewing concern. Oh, well, there's room for all kinds of beer. This is fine, it's just not refined. I do like yeasty, cloudy, unfiltered beers, and rustic ones, as well, but this one just seems, in light of what really succeeds as a double IPA, unsophisticated.

Although I do have a sneaking suspicion that if this came from Belgium rather than Norway, I'd be more pleased. It's contradictory, I know. If I could fix that I would. Or, …would I?

 1,458 characters

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass. The beer turns rather cloudy once the yeast is poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops that are followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the malts and hops. It's also quite drinkable because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

 881 characters

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange color, with a huge white head. Fairly opaque.

S - Strong hop nose, lots of resin and pine. Very american hop like.

T - Starts off smooth and somewhat sweet, but that turns into the citrus flavors from all the hopping. More hops of the resin type nature, brings balance. Very smooth finish, a little bit nutty.

M - A creamy body - a little sticky and sweet at times. No alcohol warmth, quite a bit of hot oils.

O/D - A very good and easy drinking DIPA. This level fo ABV compared to the general market takes it to almost a single+ style. Not at all filling, just a great hop whammy.

 630 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and resinous hops with pretty dominant with some dry caramel malt notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with nice floral touch and some resinous and slightly earthy hops with some dry caramel malt wand light residuals sugar notes. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and a beer I would seek again.

 524 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.50$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 1-2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit, plastic?

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges and a bit of pine. It ends with a pretty hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – A little bit odd in the smell department, but the flavours are nice and there is a good dose of hops. It's a little west coast taste wise but with a different spin on it. Well worth trying once for fans of the style.

 741 characters

Two Captains from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 299 ratings