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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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Photo of Yagman3000
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a tap into a goblet.

Appears a brownish orange.

Smells of bitter hops. A tiny bit musty.

Tastes of bitter hops throughout. No real fruit and a touch of maltiness.

Mouthfeel is thin up front and finishes in a strong bitter way.

Overall decent. Possibly my first beer from Norway. Could use a little more complexity.

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

Very tasty DIPA. The malt backbone is strong and washes the palate as the bitterness, certainly 100 IBU, strikes the palate. Mild citrus,mango and pienapple fruity, piney, and caramel. Full mouthfeel.Unfiltered light orange with lots of head.Thanks Michael P.

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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 heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some more notes in my jeans after being at the Taphouse a while back, so I'll type - it was toward the end of the night, so not exactly an essay.

One head in a half-pint glass, deep brown/copper. Laced throughout

Aromas of citrus dominate, also some hops/pine, quite powerful.

Taste is bang in IPA territory, with more citrus, with grapefruit to the fore. A little like Murrays Icon but overall drier.

Good and chewy in the mouth, thanks to the alcohol, which warms nicely.

Nice to see the Taphose getting beers in like this.

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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 OddNotion
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Victory Hopdevil imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger off white head produced by a careful pour. Murky golden/brown body. Very active looking carbonation. Head stays around for a while. Good amount of floaties.

Smell: Bitterness, citrus, orange peel.

Taste: Very well balanced between the malt and the hops. The hops provide a nice citrus front with some bitterness but the malt quickly comes into play. The malt is not overpowering what so ever but it really meshes will with the hops. No alcohol presence, very very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Normal for the DIPA style, heavier than an IPA but nothing that would detract from the overall experience.

Overall: Solid beer. A little expensive for what it is but I am not disappointed at all.

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

Pours orangy-red-brown with a big fluffy white head. It was suggested that this was a Pliny clone. It is not, but that is fine. The smell is very low key - malt and just a touch of citrus hops. Maybe a hint of soap. The taste is a limited amount of citrus hops with a big caramel malt back. Pretty clean and easy drinking (which may have been where the Pliny comparison came from), but really big malt sweetness for an 8% DIPA. Mouthfeel is very sugary, good carbonation and a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good, malt forward DIPA. It really isn't the way I prefer them (I like the hops to pop, shine and the malts only to present a balance), but seems to do what it wants to do well. Giving a bump to overall for the drinkability.

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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 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 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 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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with good amounts of herbal and earthy hop aromas. Also present are lighter amounts of pine.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly spicy and herbal hop flavors. Shortly thereafter the hop flavors turn more toward pine as the flavor profile dries out a bit. Pine hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer represents a lot of Scandanavian IPA's for me, well-balanced malt influence that dries out a bit midway through the sip with earthy and herbal hops. Worth a shot.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showcasing earth, considerable orange citrus and light ice tea. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with a considerable amount of sweet malt, and a bitter, somewhat piney finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, though the sweet malt and noticeable alcohol wear me out after a bit.

This isn't a style of DIPA that I'm a huge fan of, but nevertheless, there's no denying that this is a well crafted beer.

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

I had this on tap at Max's in Fell's Point, Md.

A deep golden hued brew with semi-hazy appearance and thick cap of pale cream. The nose has a lot of piney smelling hops which are pungent and full in the nose. The feel is thick resinous and strong with a strong bitter quality and semi-dry finish with light astringency.

The flavor is focused on the hops which have a very intense bitter quality that gives you sharp pine and slightly grassy notes with an undercurrent of citrus. The flavor of the malt gives a slight sweet accent to the hops, but really just anchors the beer. I found this to fit the style well and even though high abv -9% plus I am sure, it is one you want to have again so get it if it is available. It satisfied the hop-head in me.

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