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

Two CaptainsTwo Captains
BA SCORE
84.7%
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4.01 w/ 294 ratings
Two CaptainsTwo Captains
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Slatetank on 10-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,000
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
294
Liked:
249
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
9.73%
Alströms:
-
 
 
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17
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32
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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of yeaprolly
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of deereless
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of innominat
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two Captains is a darker copper color. It’s a little hazy. Looks almost like dark caramel when held to light. A tan head tops it and stands almost two fingers tall. It’s slow to recede and leaves a sticky, thick coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It kicks off with a rather strong, sweet caramel scent. Not my favorite thing, but it’s not bad. There are some light, hoppy notes that emerge. They’re citric and smell mostly like orange and light grapefruit. A bit of pine and floral notes are also there. The hops are definitely secondary though. Tough to get through the wealth of malt. Alcohol is there and is rather prominent. Boozy? Eh, maybe a little.

The flavor is above average. It’s alright. It does have a sweet, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little too much caramel for me. The hops do their best to fight for space. They have a piney, citric flavor. Orange and grapefruit are noted. It is a little bitter, but the malts provide a lot of balance. I’d prefer things to be skewed much more in the hop direction. Alcohol is there, but isn’t as strong as the nose suggested. It’s not warm or boozy. It finishes sweet and a little piney.

Two Captains has a medium body. Carbonation feels light. It does have a smooth feel. That’s no big surprise given the strong caramel malt presence. I guess it goes down relatively easy for a beer of its size.

It’s my understanding that Two Captains is the winning recipe of a Scandinavian homebrewing contest. It’s not bad, but I’m somewhat surprised that no one came up with something better. For a DIPA, it’s above average. It’s a little too heavy on the caramel malt and too light on hops. Having said that, it’s definitely far from bad. Definitely worth picking up, especially if you’re into maltier DIPAs.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

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Photo of der_meister
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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 MammothTarantula
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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 dmatsui
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -DF-
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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.

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Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two Captains from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 294 ratings
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