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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 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 thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled July 3 2012. As a hophead that rarely has access to true DIPAs, I have been looking forward to cracking this one open - moreso than the other Nøgne Ø brews I picked up last month, at least. Hopefully I've saved the best for last. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a muddy orange-amber colour, topped at first with one finger of soapy, frothy white head that seeps away over a period of minutes. A thin film at the surface and narrow collar remain, with modest lacing generated. Visible sediment 'floaties' in the top-off pour. The aroma is appealing and intense, with pink grapefruit and pine being the most prominent features, with underlying brown sugar maltiness somewhat lost behind these hoppy notes. As much as I like the aroma, it's not complex and nothing special for the style.

The flavour is similarly straightforward, but in such a finely-tuned, delicious manner that I am not terribly inclined to judge it harshly for that reason. Mild caramel malt sweetness and a slight biscuity nuttiness quickly give way to notes of grapefruit pulp, peaches and pineapple. The hops remain dominant into the finish, which is piney and pithy, with an enjoyable bitter aftertaste that lingers. The subsequent top-off, which included the sediment, softened the pine/grapefruit notes and leaned more toward the peach/tropical fruit side, so if you have a preference between the two you should pour accordingly. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with very mild carbonation that gives it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden well and doesn't really enter into the flavour profile. Better suited to sipping than sessioning, but I certainly can understand why someone might want seconds.

Final Grade: 4.08, a memorable A-. Nøgne Ø's Two Captains is a reliable, no-nonsense imperial IPA that might actually be one of my new favourites within the style. Obviously it's not very well balanced, with the hoppy tropical/citrus fruit notes overpowering the comparatively meek malt profile - but there are plenty of people who want exactly that from their DIPAs. I happen to be one of them, and frankly it's nice to have a DIPA that doesn't remind me of barleywine. All hopheads should consider this one well worth a try, and while I wouldn't exactly call it a mindblowing experience, it's still a fine example of the style that I'd happily seek out again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy but almost luminescent orange colour, with the floating sediment giving the glass an almost gelatinous look. Silky mouthfeel is decent and low carbonation level does not feel flat.

Malt-forward aroma has a copper tang that I typically associate with age. Although recently purchased, it's batch 831 from 03.07.12? Assume that means early July rather than March, but not certain. Either way, aroma does not hint much at the hops found in the flavour.

The taste is more robust and offers “American west-coast” style tropical fruits, with some grapefruit and tangerine citrus elements. DIPA ends with a pleasantly bracing bitter finish, and a far more subtle alcohol warmth than 8.5% ABV typically produces.

As most Norwegian offerings I’ve enjoyed have been a form of “Euro lager”, this beer is a very pleasant surprise and one I would recommend that any hop lover try.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: unfiltered and very hazy, full of yeast, and combined with the pale brown colour it has the look of plum sauce; pours good head and leaves a thin layer with sticky lace

Aroma: fresh, grassy hops dominate; floral and citrus, lemon peel; hard candy sweetness and some other fruit - orange

Taste & Mouthfeel: big fruity flavours and a fresh pine bitterness compete; very dry finish; oranges; hops really start to build up and there's a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but a flurry of other elements make it interesting - grass, pine, pollen, orange, spice (coriander), and maybe even some pineapple; but to be clear, it's predominantly cutting pine/resin throughout; medium body and appropriate carbonation

Overall: after reading the label all those crazy flavours are making sense - it mentions "it's not double anything, it's just got more of everything"; love the variety, but would like it even more if it wasn't at the end of the day dominated by one

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Photo of BeastLU
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in to nonic glass.

A - Awesome hazy orange color, must be held up to light to even start to be able to see through it. Large white foamy head with good retention. Tons of foam sticking to the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S - Strong. Very complex with piney hop and sweet malty tones. Smell is really great, thanks to the dog I spilled some on my counter while I was pouring and my whole kitchen smelled like great beer.

T - Very Balanced for a DIPA. Good hop flavor with a bitterness that is not hidden but well accompanied with the malts. Not a huge boozy taste but you can defiantly tell its a double. My only complaint is that instead of supplying a strong backbone to balance the hops, the malts seem to add a caramelly sweetness to the beer. This isn't bad in its own right and does add positively to the beers flavor, but seems to lead to an almost sticky finish.

M - Heavier mouth feel than most beers in the style with the sticky finish I mentioned earlier. Carbonation can only be detected as the beer first his your tongue then vanishes.

O - Overall a very solid beer, didn't mean for it to sound like I was ripping it in the review because I really did like it. Defiantly give it a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Brew Date: July 3, 2012. Seems a bit old...

A - Beautiful hazy orange colour, completely opaque. Thin layer of white head with good retention.

S - Slight bitterness and a fairly big sweet caramel aroma. Some citrus and pine notes are present.

T - Sharp bitterness with pine, grapefruit, peach and tangerine flavours. A hefty sweet caramel backbone provides good balance but the bitterness is still very much at the forefront of the palate. A very well made balanced DIPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with plenty of suspended (yeast?) particles in the haze. The frothy ivory head lasts a long time, coating the glass with foam. The aroma is of tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. Big huge bitterness follows in the taste. with some caramel malt and some faint rubbing alcohol. Its not overpowering, but makes the alcohol well known throughout, The mouthfeel is very textured and smooth, light carbonation. The finish is bitter and a bit hot from the booze.

This is a very hoppy but somewhat harsh DIPA. The ABV can be more well hidden like countless other examples. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4.5) A: This is what I call beautiful. Cloudy and particle laden with a rich grapefruit colour and beautiful creamy and very bubbly foam head. Appears rustic and near cask-like. Commendable retention and healthy lacing.

(4.0) S: Grapefruit, sweet mango, damp and earthy pine, lemon zest, nutty qualities, caramel, and light spices. There are some real enticing mossy and earthy qualities in this but they are a little hidden. Overall good stuff.

(4.0) T: Buttered biscuits, non-tart grapefruit, bitter pine, spices including nutmeg and cloves, and toffee. This is quite smooth and creamy with not necessarily a lot of bite or harshness which translates to quite an easy-drinking double IPA. Similar to aroma with a solid earthy character that’s reminiscent of wood cask IPA’s.

(4.5) M: Full bodied with a lower carbonation. Definitely viscous with a real chewy and particle laden texture. Well done.

(4.0) D: Overall a very good double IPA that lends towards the malty side of things with an earthy emphasis. A double IPA I could easily drink and not tire of.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Nogne O December feature at the LCBO. Not sure why I started with this one, but it just felt like a strong IPA kind of evening.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Like others before me have said, appearance is not this brew's strong suit. Murky peach-caramel in colour, decent half inch of foam that collapses after a little while into a thin ring, and some not altogether appealing sediment at the bottom. Ah well.

Nose is quite nice - very fruity, good pine, mango, orange peel, caramel. Not too shabby.

Again, nice fleshy fruit (peach, mango, orange) flavours here, with a good pine resin hop finish. Booze is there, but minimal. Enjoying this quite a bit. Not too heavy, decent carbonation, slightly creamy.

Solid brew. Of course, amping up the hops would have helped make this brew stand out, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Good start to the Nogne release.

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is what the kids call “ugg” - murky clarity, dull tone and floating bits of sediment are indeed far from attractive features. The egg yolk colour doesn't exactly do it for me either; it looks like something Rocky might throw back after rolling out of bed. Also, the thin, tattered head looks pathetic.

The aroma steers us back on track, touting notes of pine serum, rotting citrus, and caramel-laced malts. There's also a concerning presence of alcohol. It smells overtly earthy, herbal and bitter. It'd be enough to turn the average Joe away, but isn't quite juicy enough to hook-in the die-hard hop fiends.

Two Captains drinks like fruit nectar: it is thick, pulpy, and has a super-concentrated fruit flavour. More specifically, it tastes like mango, peach and pear nectar, or more accurately a combination of, and has a light, sugary finish. The aroma made rumours about pine resin but the flavour offers only a negligible amount.

The fruity hops are a one man gang that bullies the other flavours, but that's not to say that malts don't factor in. The mouthfeel is not completely immune to impressions of alcohol but handles it well; a bready malt base helps to soak it up. It can stumble a bit but recovers easily with notes of green grass and pineapple.

While Nogne Two Captains has nowhere near the “wow” factor as some other DIPAs, it is a delightfully fruity and bitter beer in its own right. That said, I put off trying it until now simply because the price-point didn't match-up to more local, affordable offerings and now, having had it, I know there was no harm in waiting.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed July 3, 2012. Not exactly fresh, but apparently it has a two-year out BB date!

Beer pours a cloudy caramel-orange colour, with a small to medium sized white head.

Smell is very nice, and pungent. Bright fruits, a mixture of tropical and citrus, with some caramel malt and a biscuit scent. Also a notable pine scent.

Taste is not as nice as the nose. Malt is strong, a bunch of caramel and biscuit. Pine and some difficult to differentiate fruit flavours- again a mix of tropical and citrus. Relatively bitter.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, pretty good. Very nice nose, flavour is nice but not great. Probably would not get it again but happy to have it this time.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour into a tulip poured a huge, off white 5-finger head that billowed and frothed like it was alive for a few minutes, then receded really quickly leaving spotty lacing. The beer looks a dark amber and burnt orange.

Lots of malt complexities in the nose, sort of woody, earthy and roasty quality. The smell is definitely sharp with some hops, but not particularly floral or citrusy.

Sharp citrus and boozy hop spice at first then the maltiness takes over which is actually not as thick as I thought it was going to be. THe malt bill is definitely more geared towards a roasty quality, sort of reminds me of Hop Rod Rye by Bear Republic. The hops are super earthy and have a lot of terroir. Booziness persists throughout the palate. Mouthfeel is really nice and clean, slick and oily.

It's definitely a different take on a double IPA, I was happy to come across a bottle of this. It's not the IPAs we get on the West Coast but I really enjoyed to nutty, grainy and woody characteristics of the different hop strains.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, herbal, floral, mango, grass, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange rind, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, herbal, and light earthy spiciness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, bread, grass, pineapple, herbal, floral, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this was an excellent DIPA, despite however old it may have been. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip during their IPA DAY.

The Two Captains looks quite lovely in the glass, the head is billowy, dense and has some legs and sticks to the glass. The liquid is a burnt bronze color almost as an old penny. Some bubbles seen rising, a nice look off the tap. The smell is a but subdued at first just showcasing the malt and biscuit like scents. Some warming brang out some tropics with orange and some floral aspect. I get a bit of pine and a bit of metallic scent rising up as well. The taste is malty for a DIPA, but understanding this is from across the pond, I get it, it's not supposed to be a west coast hop bomb. Warming brings out the hops more combining floral and slight citrus. Maybe it's just me, but I did pick up some metallic taste as well, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me. Feel is medium bodied and rich. Not entirely a gulper in the sense. One is good for me, I would suggest letting this one come up to room temp.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows pine and aggressive hops along with a fair bit of rich caramel.
Flavours are very similar, more pine, grapefruit and resinous hops before a big hit of sweet, syrupy caramel enters. Finishes with an aggressive but well-balanced piny bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher to alleviate the thick, syrupy feel to the body.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-orange pour with a two finger off-white head with minimal retention and nice lacing. Big tropical, perfumy, nose with hints of mango and pineapple along with biscuits, caramel, and pine. The hops dominate the taste with lots of grapefruit and pine up front, with a solid bready, caramel malt base to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and just a touch oily with a tangy, bitter, dry finish. Overall a bold and flavorful Double IPA.

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Photo of srv33
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy honey pour, honey head, nice fine lacing. Smells of grapreftuit, cherry, brown sugar. Taste is wonderfully balanced, though bitter start and finish. Notes of honey, grapefruit, sourdough, and pineapple. Unique, quality brew, I'll be on the lookout for more from this brewery.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice hazy orange with a short, fluffy white head. Little fluffier than I was expecting. Decent lacing. Pretty typical IPA look.

S: Sharp citrus, pine, and a little maltiness poking in toward the end.

T: The nose matches the taste for the most part. There is a faint earthy undertone though that is especially evident after swallowing. Tastes really good, but nothing special.

M: Medium bodied, but more than I was expecting. Light to medium carbonation. Very dry finish. Nothing exceptional.

O: A decent beer. Too expensive for me to buy regularly, but I would certainly purchase it again. If you like imperial IPAs, this is a safe choice. No risks here other than price.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mix of pine and citrus hops. In the taste, a small citrus rind and some small pine notes of hops. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice malt presence, with some nice mellow hops all the way through.

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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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deeply resiny and chocked full of juicy citrus flavor, Two Captains may be European-brewed but it's heart is in America.

The pour delivers a hazy orange hue with amber and peach highlights showing through. Well headed with a creamy off-white froth, the foam shows fantastic retention and intricate patterns of lace. IPAs just don't look much better.

Juicy aromas of citrus and tropical fruit tantilize the nose and provokes mouthwatering sensations immediately. Light caramel notes give the impressions of honey-soaked fruit that brace against herbal aromas of freshly cut grass and pine.

All that's promised by the nose is delivered in taste. The flavor of caramel remains mild and supply sweet to inform the fruit juices of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mangoes, apricots, and kumquats that carry the beer through mid palate. Afterwards, the malt falls from caramel to a dry starchy taste and the hops fade from fruit to the resiny bitterness of pine and herbal grasses to finish. Such dryness in final impressions, the exposure of mild phenolic spice seems to offer as much intrigue as misplacement.

Medium bodied, but the quick fade from creamy malt to dryness gives the beer a lighter and crisper feel. Alcoholic warmth, dry resin, and fleeting malt textures allow for a snappy crispness and highly refreshing (almost minty) finish and aftertaste.

The magic of this America-inspired ale lies in it's smooth bitterness that massages the palate with a combination of tropical sweetness and citrus acidity. This allows for the beer to crawl into the conversation of beers like Great Lakes Erie Monster, Russian River Pliny the Elder, and Founders Double Trouble.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a solid one finger cream head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is grain and dank hops, fairly subtle, with grapefruit, lemon, and slightly herbal notes.

Flavor is very lemony, with grapefruit and slightly bitter pith carrying into the almost minty herbal finish. A solid bready malt backbone offers support.

Body is moderate, with a fairly high amount of carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, alcohol was a bit overwhelming, hops definitely were at the forefront. Not an American ipa, but definitely a hop showcase.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Two toned, cloudy, golden apricot that starts dark and fades to light on the way down.  Crowned by a huge off white foamy head that is decadent and long lasting. 

S:  Abundant fruity hop aroma, spices, pineapple, toasted grains, timid sweet malts, apricots. Potpourri hops and honey are also present. 

T/M:  Floral hops and pine resin are more confident in the taste. Fruit seems to fade out and is mostly apparent in the nose. Nice playful body with a good dose of tongue tingling carbonation that meshes well. Slight hints of citrus rind and grapefruit.   Finishes very dry with grilled pineapple and a touch of smoke on the throat. 

O:  Complex and well integrated flavors deliver a really great IPA. The malt to hop ratio is well done and the juicy fruit aroma is excellent. The taste is not as grand as the smell but still good. I enjoyed this and would recommend it. 

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a turbid glowing orange with active carbonation. Nice rocky head that creates a moundy foam ceiling. This head does not fade below 1/4 of an inch. Think circles of lacing. Very beautiful looking beer.

S - Heavy bready yeast, soapy hops.

T - Assertive hops hit first. Bitter grapefruit oil and floral flavors mostly. Earthy pine starts showing up along with a bready chalky yeast. The hops create a dry bitterness that sticks to the tongue long after the finish. Some tropical and stone fruit mixes with tea tannins in the background. Sweet crackery malt gets wicked away with a very dry and bitter finish.

M - Medium to moderate carbonation, light side of medium body.

Bitterness seems to be the focus and it does a great job of delivering it. The aroma, however, is very lackluster. It seems to be one dimensional but it's nice to see a hop forward DIPA. I would buy this again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Biergartenok, cheers Freddie!

Pours a fairly hazed apricot with 3 fingers of sand colored head. This never quite clears up, insane head retention & good lacing

S: Breadyness, floral notes, all fairly subtle

T: Woody & grassy bitterness up front, apricots, pears & grapefruit up front, along with peppery spiceyness & some pineapple. Breadyness, honey malt, apricot, grapefruit, woody hops & pineapple as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, pineyness, woody dryness some nectarine & pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation that becomes creamy as this warms, good balance

A good DIPA, but I've had better from these guys. The hop mix wasn't completely to my liking, plus a little too fruitty for me, but is fairly quaffable none the less

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Two Captains from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.97 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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