Two Captains | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of KBaum09
4.96/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of SPman
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one for dissection, leave that to others - this is a great IIPA! Bitterness, smoothness, great mouthfeel - a good beer to sup on in the European tradition. Others will say it has piney overtones, etc, - yep - it does. Goes with the style and the hops used. Big ups to the b
rewer - you did well!

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. Some floaties. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good, though not great, lacing.

S: A big aroma of citrus, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of them), citrus (grapefruit, possibly a bit of orange), malt, and a touch of caramel. A very focused, sharp, and well made flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This has to be first DIPA from a European brewery that's actually gotten the style completely right. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A hazy and pale orangish yellow body with a head of frothy eggshell with very nice stamina.

S - Citrus and orange aroma in the form of hops.

T - Great citrusy hops flavor with a fantastic bitter bite.

M - This beer offers very little stickiness on my lips but leaves a huge stick in the back of my mouth. It keeps me wanting to drink it. It has a subtle coarse feel throughout each pull.

~ Complex and well thought out. This is an excellent drinker. Not for the faint-hearted pale ale drinker, this is a beer that should be enjoyed by folks who know how to drink a great DIPA.

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Photo of BeerGod27
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle poured into a globe glass.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for this. Most unexpected and generous

A-- Poured a dark, cloudy, dirty, brownish honey orange color. Two finger dirty off white head the quickly faded to just under a finger in height. Left nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass when receding. Good head retention on swirling and a little better put together on swirling. Much more compact.

S-- Fresh orange, orange peel, cotton candy, grapefruit and Carmel. Almost like Caramelized oranges in a way. A couple of flashes of pine but this much more about fruit and Carmel.

T-- Big dose of pine and fresh grapefruit and grapefruit peel in the first few sips. Doses of bitter orange peel as well.

M-- Smooths out a lot in the mouth. Started getting peach along with orange and grapefruit peel again. Gets a touch syrupy here and there but quite nice. Finishes quite clean with pine and bitter grapefruit peel. More low carbonated in the mouth and medium feel.

O-- Really a total stunner. Did not expect this to be that great but really caught me off guard. Excellent hidden ABV. Not as in your face as the brewdog DIPA is but in a way smoother and easier to drink. As good as most US DIPA's are. Can see though that this old will fade very fast. Drink fresh.

Note: ABV is at 8.5%

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop hazed dark gold colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Resinous, dank, piney aroma with clear tropical fruit notes over the top. Some passiontfruit and grapefruit notes. One of the more complex hop bills I've had the pleasure of consuming.

Smooth malt with lots of creamy, fruity hop notes. Dank and piney. Lots of resin. Good, moderately-strong bitterness. A very good all round DIPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A very nice DIPA with a nice hop focus but with enough malt character to support everything.

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Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this the night before Nøgne Ø's "Save Two Captains" campaign failed to meet its target.

Pours a murky amber colour with slight red tinge. Head is cream-coloured, nice and dense with decent retention and some really lovely sticky lace left behind. Very pleasant-looking.

Lots of nice hops on the nose, Americain in character with masses of citrus and a really enjoyable tartaric twang. Very sherbety, tangy with some acidity to it, a touch of rosewater and a slight pine resin towards the back. Mostly hops with not much malt but it's lovely and complex and exciting.

Taste is pleasant and IPA-esque, very citrus-forward with more of that nice sherbety tartaric twang at the front. Develops into a rich, earthy mid-palate with a nice toffee malt character underlying, then finish is full of nice, strong IPA hoppiness, citric rind, floral notes with rose and lavender, pine resin and yeah, just rich hop oil that's really nicely flavoursome.

Nice, full body. Gentle carbonation texture but wonderfully padded by the malt. Ideal texture for an IPA. I actually feel good drinking that.

This is overall a pretty standard double IPA but it exemplifies exactly what I love about Nøgne Ø; this isn't a beer that pops and explodes with exciting new vistas that beer can reach, it's just a perfect example of a double IPA, but in being so it highlights everything that is good about the style and makes you want more. Great job.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass to hold in the maximum amount of hop smell. This beer had a lot of carbonation. It was about half carbonation on the initial pour, and follow-up pours led to lots more carbonation.

The coloring is that nice, coppery color with a decent amount of haziness. The lacing was nice, but it went away over time.

The smell and flavor screams: hops! I get lots of grapefruit. The bitterness is not present, even after warming. This was really well balanced.

It was nice to try a difference DIPA. The only downside is that these over-seas beers are pretty expensive.

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Photo of Troegman
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An american DIPA from Norway!

Nice amber color with a strong off white head. I got a nice orange, citrus smell with some malt sweetness if your sniffed hard.

Tasted like a great balanced DIPA should, strong grapefruit and citrusy hops, a little pine and some great malt balance. Smooth is the rule here.

Carbonation and mouthfeel were both in the mid-range. Bottom line is this Norwegian take on the DIPA goes down smooth and fast, really nice beer!

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Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is 8.5% ABV and pours a hazy orange/guava hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and some clingy lacing,the smell is very nice with aromas of sweet piney,resinous hops being dominant on the forefront followed by some boiled candy and citrus zest,it has a nice light-medium bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated to allow the flavours of sweet honeysuckle,passionfruit,candied oranges and marmalade to make themself known and finishes with a sticky grapefruit bitterness and overall its definately a pleasant brew to drink which makes this competition that this brewery promotes well worthwhile and i will buy this again without doubt.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange body. Turbid with haze and little floaties. Finger-thick eggshell coloured head, fair retention and patchy lace. Grapefruit and tangerine aromatics with complementary pine, cannabis flower, and light brown sugar notes. And a hint of it's 8.5% ABV as well. Big citrus flavour to match the aroma, gently sweet malts are run roughshod by grapefruit pith, turning woody in the long bitter finish. Simple flavour profile, but big enough to be brutishly effective. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and a little bit resinous in the mouth. Very good.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the BeerKitchen in westport, kansas city MO. 22oz. bottle with no dating available.
Poured a nice and beautiful light amber orange in color. Amazing light frothy head that had tight bubbles and released much of the aroma. This had a nice fruity and bitter smell right up front. Descent amount of carbonation, but not over the top. Taste is of citrus fruits! Ive almost never had a good Imperial that packed so much flavor into one glass. Amazing

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Photo of meerkat2
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

approx 60 degrees F
No date that I can find on the bottle - has likely been sitting on the shelf for a while. A must purchase after threats of discontinuing this beer.

Appearance - Very billowy crater-filled, four-finger head that fills up half the glass with variously sized bubbles. Color is golden-orange, very clear.

Smell - Citrus rind, citrus fruit, a little bit of cleaning solution (like windex or pine-sol or detergent)

Taste - A little sweeter than I remember, but not in a bad way. Moderate but noticeable bitterness, just the way I like it. Taste lasts a while.

Mouthfeel - Feels like it came out of a cask. I’m in love with it, plain and simple.

Overall - The mouthfeel drives this beer for me - very balanced and easy to drink (though at 8.5% one bottle might be enough)

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Orange hazzy tan/brown, monster foamy 3+ inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops, sweet carmal malts, orange, pine, maybe some alcohol and added sugars.

Taste - Strong floral hops mixed with some sweet malts is the main flavor. Hops are piney, orange and grapefruity. Has a unique flavor that ive come to expect from nogne. Alcohol is very present and adds some burn. Yeast is masked under everything.

Mouthfeel - Mouth is bittered and hit pretty hard with hops and booze. Palette is crushed with hops, numbed with booze and left bittered, tingly. Aftertaste is dry and soured.

Overall - Pretty good, strong and hop heavy. Its right on for the style. Wish the alcohol was a little less present, but theres plenty of flavor from the hops and malts. Another winner from nogne.

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Photo of adman08
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear redish amber color with excellent white head that leaves excellent lacing.
S-Strong citrus and pine hop aromas. It reminds me of when I'm brewing at home, the smell is that strong.
T-Good combination of citrus and pine flavor. Slight malt body but the hops dominate of course.
M-Dry with very good carbonation.
Overall, very very good double IPA. Good mix of citrus and pine hop flavor. The aroma is very strong. Could use more malt to balance with the very strong hop presence but as is a very good beer and one I'd be happy to drink again...and again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the USA, home of cheap Nøgne Ø, apparently.

Pours a beautifully cloudy oragne-gold colour, with a frothy, thick head of yellowish off-white, that leaves sticky, sheeting, solid lacing down the inside of the glass. Really looks rather impressive.

Nose is crisp and sharply hoppy, with a Citra or almost Kiwi bite to the aroma, giving fresh rubbed lemon, greenery and spicy resin. Surprisingly, it's not all that robust—it certainly doesn't punch you in the face with its potency, but the characters that are there are lovely.

Taste is smooth, with a clean nuttiness towards the back of the palate, and a fresh hop flavour giving a cleansing lemon note throughout, and down the edges of the palate. Minimal true bitterness—it finishes rather light, with a sprightly herbal character like fresh rosemary. Malt is almost indiscernible, although the hops don't feel unbalanced; they just feel as though they have been given free reign in the spotlight.

Feel is also quite light, which greatly enhances the drinkability but somehow without skewing the balance too far to the hoppy bitterness.

Great brew, this one. Even if it wasn't devised by Nøgne Ø, it was executed with style and skill. As always.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 3+ fingers of white, foamy head, which quickly left strong, spotty globs of bubbly lacing. Beautiful cloudy copper with ample sediment.

S: Strong citrus and some floral notes, with no detectable pine. This seemed muted for a DIPA, but still up front and in your face.

T: All grapefruit up front, reminiscent of beloved Hopslam, albeit tamer. Some floral notes (jasmine?) and a surprising hint of pepper. I also detected a flash of honey just before the bitter hops at the finish. Nice complexity, but short-lived. Blink and you miss it.

M: Has just a bit of heft, which evaporates almost as soon as you detect it. High carbonation like most DIPAs.

Overall: Apparently this was some kind of homebrew award winner in Norway. Kudos for a very fine effort, which is well representative of the style.

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Photo of peensteen
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep orange, about a finger of white head, good amount of lace as well. Smell is full on citrusy and piney hops, subtle malt sweetness, lots of orange and grapefruit as well as a faint bit of alcohol. Taste is all bitter hops up front, lots of dry citrus and orange flavours, bit of pine, lightly sweet malt at points with a long dry hoppy finish. Medium carbonation, oily texture, medium full body. Solid DIPA, rather tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass.

S - A pungent aroma of hops with notes of pineapple, pine, orange and sweaty character. Some caramel malt in the background.

T - Sweet, dense caramel malt up front with some pine hop character. Spicy hops with grapefruit and onion character in the middle. Finishes with more fruity character of pineapple with sweet malt and fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A very intensely hoppy beer and while there is quite a bit of malt there to balance things out, it never comes across as something I could describe as easily drinkable. Still, it has a very enjoyable hop aroma and a flavor that almost comes off as barleywine like and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to peensteen for passing on the last bottle in the store my way! Super stoked to have an opportunity to try this brew.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a copper hue, finger of soapy hea with decent retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet citrus hop notes, slight resin notes, sugar maple, bitter rinds and buttery caramel.

T - A bitter hop profile dominates, citrus notes and cane sugar, hints of cotton candy and a sour citrus rind bitterness lingers. The bitterness is strong on the finish, but is complemented by the slightest ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - A solid DIPA that boasted an intense hop profile with a sour bitterness that would be appreciated by any hop head. Well worth a try and super glad I was able to snag the last bottle in the shop!

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