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

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a big 3" merangue like head that lasts a long time. Nice lace shows up on the glass.

Smell: grapefruits, soft pine, and an earthy tone is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with grapefruit, orange, some honey, a mild amount of pine, and a nice biting hop bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste with this beer.

Overall: a very well done DIPA that has bold flavors and is very well balanced. This one is worthy of a try.

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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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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange that is completely opaque with faint tangerine edges and a frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves rings and large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Dank, earthy hop aroma with some resinous oils and citrus notes along with a pale malt presence. Floral with lots of soil/pine character balanced by hints of tropical and citrus fruits. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel balance by subtle biscuity malt.

Chewy full body with a prominent spicy, earthy hop presence up front with a good balance of earthy and sweet notes. This lingers over the pale malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The hop profile is complex, being floral, earthy, bitter, dry and sweet with no characteristic overpowering the others. Lots of dry pine needle countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Malt presence has notes of biscuit and Graham but doesn't get in the way of the hops. Subtle heat toward the end of the palate but the high ABV is nicely masked.

Overall, this beer is complex, well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with two finger head that died real slow but left a lace ring around glass. Smell is intensely citric with touches of piney and soapy hops and minor caramel malts. The beer is real hoppy, dry, citric/piney hops, dry cracker/bread base with hint of biscuit and some sweet caramel. Beer has great balance and smoothness making it real easy to drink (more yeasty than other IPAs). Even a touch of grape sweetness and finishes crisp thanks to lively carbonation.

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

A: Deep orange hazy color with a thick, frothy just off-white head. Lots of carbonation and lacing

S: Nice combination of hops up front, sweet then earthy, some caramel and citrus

T: Sweet bitterness that blends into a nicely balanced maltiness, nice flavor, not quite as dry as I was expecting, but that's fine with me

M: Smooth, resiny, medium-bodied, decent carbonation, a touch of sourness/tartness in the aftertaste

O: Good American Double IPA from Norway, will drink again

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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 bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, $7.99. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky burnt orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit) hops, along with some pine hops and caramel malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the citrusy and pine hops flavors are pretty even with each other in their strength. Some caramel and bready malt is also noticable, and there's a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Another solid overall brew from Nøgne Ø, I liked it.

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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 metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass. The beer turns rather cloudy once the yeast is poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops that are followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the malts and hops. It's also quite drinkable because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw gold with a hop haze and a solid inch of white foam that lasts through the whole glass. Pine and herb dominated with a pleasant resinous hop oil that lifts up the mouthfeel. Citrus and grass come out more as it warms. A clean grain backbone does exactly what it needs to - support some of the hop bitters without overwhelming the hop flavor. Two Captains is a better DIPA than this breweries regular DIPA. More hops and less malt is a winner.

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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 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 stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A respectable dirty-white head pops and crackles slowly into oblivion. Color is a pale orange surrounding a reddish center. Smells of bright citrusy hops (lemon, grapefruit), orange candy and a hint of solvent in the background. Sweet and a creamy up front with a light hop bitterness quickly mingling in. Some spice and big lights fruits are soon noticed along with some grain and yeast. Medium mouth-feel and goes down smooth for a DIPA. Good balance and not as hop forward as many would like, but I find it a unique and well-crafted brew.

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

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange color, with a huge white head. Fairly opaque.

S - Strong hop nose, lots of resin and pine. Very american hop like.

T - Starts off smooth and somewhat sweet, but that turns into the citrus flavors from all the hopping. More hops of the resin type nature, brings balance. Very smooth finish, a little bit nutty.

M - A creamy body - a little sticky and sweet at times. No alcohol warmth, quite a bit of hot oils.

O/D - A very good and easy drinking DIPA. This level fo ABV compared to the general market takes it to almost a single+ style. Not at all filling, just a great hop whammy.

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