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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Added by Slatetank on 10-11-2010

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not better than a Hardcore IPA.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Craft this summer. Pours out an orange color, nice mild off white head on top of it. Aroma wasn't really hoppy, just bitter.

Taste wasn't really hoppy, just bitter as hell. Really, that's all there is to this beer. Yeah maybe some crystal malt, a substantial amount of alcohol in the mouthfeel, but really this is just a bitter bomb, and it isn't from it being old, as the hopping hasn't turned into sweetness, its just bitterness that blows all other flavors pretty much out of the water. This beer drinks like you could strip paint with it.

It was my first beer of the day, was challenging to finish, but I did. At no point did I taste anything resembling a citrus or pine presence related to hops (or anything else).

Great for a bitter, acidic alcohol fix, but I don't understand the love for this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy, dirty yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some pine and resin notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get a hint of pine and some resin, similar to what I got in the aroma, but I also get some leather and tobacco notes. There is also a hint of orange citrus and some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the cooler. 500ml bottle.

It pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing.

The smell is very leafey and green. There is also some muddled malt presence.

The flavor is a bit better. It has a nice hoppy bitterness and a matching smooth maltiness. Though it didn't smell that great it tastes like a pretty good DIPA.

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3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nøgne ø always intimidates me as a brewery. First, they are foreign; I mean, beyond foreign, as in Norwegian. Does anything even grow up there, or is all snow and ice? And, if nothing grows up there, how do they make beer?

More intimidating for me, though, is hazarding whether or not the beer in my hand is fresh, or has sat in some cargo hold of a sea vessel for months, sloshing around the Atlantic wending its way slowly to our shore.

But I suppose what I find most intimidating is, I can't even say their name. "Nawgnu Oh"? "None-o"? What is it?

For this review, though, I set aside all those xenophobic fears, and pours out some of this ale from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter. The label states ingredients which appear to comply with the German purity law; Grimstad water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

The beer itself pours a cloudy amber/pumpkin color, with a two-finger ivory head that oh-so-slowly reduces.

The aroma is pungent, to say the least. I can smell the yeasty barley even when the glass is sitting on the table. Quite alcohol-forward, the aroma is strong, even harsh and does nothing to quell my trepidations about this beer. Buttery and biscuity, this has a "gee" like smell that is not terribly pleasing. Cutting through some of the malt and yeast, however, is a contingent of hops to remind you that 100 IBU's of bitter is waiting for when you start sipping.

And a a sipper is what this is! As malty and yeasty as the aroma was, it is not nearly so is taste. Rather, an astringent mix of alcohol, grapes and leafy, almost herbal flavors start out, giving way to an all out bitter hop assault. Whew, I love bitter, but this is definitely one you wean yourself into.

Mouthfeel is harsh, dry, and abrasive. You feel this as it spreads down the throat and into the gut.

Well, I'm glad to have tried it, though at $10 a pop, plus the Pepto I'm going to need later on, this is a monster of a DIPA that is more work than it is fun to drink. There are so many better examples of the style that I find it hard to recommend seeking this one out.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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