India Pale Ale
Nils Oscar

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #253
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,116
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 11.55%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
104
From:
Nils Oscar
 
Sweden
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  6
SCORE
81
Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: Malt: Pilsner, Müncher and Caramel
Hop: Amarillo

13.1° Palto

In September 2009, the beer style was changed from American IPA to English IPA /BFG Sweden.

Due to US rules and regulations, this beer got a purple label and the name "India Pale Ale" when imported (to the US).
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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy rich orange amber with a small head that rises, then falls quickly.

Smell. Has a nice sweet and floral aroma to it. The sweetness is a little caramel-like, or like candy sugar. the bottle says it uses amarillo hops, and they are present in the aroma, but certainly not a dominant factor, with it is citrus tartness to it.

Taste. Lots of flavors going on here; floral, sweet, tart, bitter, yeasty, and malty.Initially i got a light sweet flavor that had a floral flavor to it, but after a second, a tart flavor with some yeasty chalkiness came through. As it warms in my mouth a pronounced maltiness comes out that reminds me a little of a german style beer, such as a vienna lager. Aftertaste dries up with the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium as it fills up my mouth nicely with a creamy body that is a touch chewy. Has a nice balance to it as well.

Overall, an interesting and nice beer. The more i drink it, the more of a yeast flavor jumps out at me. Regardless, this is a nicely balance ipa that carries a lot of flavors, but keeps them all in check and balanced. there are many others i would rather have in its place, but I dont think you could go wrong here, especially if you prefer the milder ipa's or english ipa's.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Visby Systembolaget in Sweden. Orange on the label.

Pours a bright orange copper--matching the orange on the label--that's almost the colour of orange soda. 1 cm of cream-coloured foam that leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma is hop-heavy, as it should be, with citrus, flowers, a bit of mango, and copper pipe.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but slightly watery.

The taste is quite hoppy and bitter (it's not really powerful, but it's as it should be). A slight sweetness suggesting a red winegum is present. The aftertaste is like sucking on a couple pennies.

A great IPA. Oscar Nils is clearly a pretty good brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing IPA. Grapefruit-like colour with bit of white head, and modest dot lacing. Hop like fuggles aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel.Very decent maltiness. Easy drinking. Nice moderate bitterness, grapefruit in taste, other fruity.A tad of metal in aftertaste.

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Photo of bark
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep copper red, the fizzing beige foam sinks down to an airy finger thick head.

The smell is hoppy with notes of grapefruit, bitter oranges and pineapples. There are also some flavours of tea and mild, sweet malt.

The hops also dominate the taste; exotic fruits, some sweetness and a balanced bitterness with some sourness. The aftertaste is complex with all those hops; the bitterness and a balancing sweetness and a long finish with grapefruits and some dough.

The carbonation is fresh with lots of small bubbles at an OK strength.

An interesting and very American ale from Nils Oscars.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle. Two-finger off-white head that dies to double layer of bubbles. Leaves some spotty lace on the glass. The liquor is clear and dark gold in color.

I like the balance of the smell. The hop nose is floral and fresh. The malt is soft with light crystal (slightly biscuity).

Quite the traditional American style IPA--lots of aggressive hops that dominate the flavor profile from sip to aftertaste (which lingers a long time). No significant malt flavor here. Good body and carbonation.

Excellent offering as an IPA. No flaws, not extreme. Great for hop lovers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Hints of toffee and pine

Taste: Up front, the malts lay down an earthy, toffee-influenced backbone that has a mineral aspect to it; by mid-palate, the piney hop element adds a bit of bitterness but, after the swallow, the hop character recedes and allows the malts to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough but not particularly exciting; hard to know whether this is fresh given the origin and lack of dating, but my guess is that the hops have really faded

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Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Swedish offering from Nils Oscar pours a dark orange leaving a clear body with a thick tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is somewhat metallic with a floural, honey nose.

The taste is sweet upfront, hops are suttle, earthy, citric, and soft on the palate. Followed by a smooth sweet caramel bready mouthfeel that finishes soft and smooth very sessionable IPA. Not the best I've had but very solid.

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Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clarity of this beer was impressive and helped produce a brilliant orange colour. The off-white foam formed a short cap initially, leaving some lacing that was alternately streaky and glass-coating. The remaining thin skim of bubbles continued to cling to the glass until the end. Hoppy aroma, some grassiness present along with tropical fruit (mild pineapple and papaya). Perhaps some citrus in the background as well, but little malt presence. Hop bitterness was solid right through to the finish, but wasn't overbearing. Again, lots of hop fruitiness, including the grapefruit and tropical sorts. Grapefruit pith and resin lingered. Just enough sweetness to give some backbone and keep it from drying out completely, but not enough to get in the way. Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Quite a tasty brew. I'm really enjoying the current access we have in PA to Scandinavian beers.

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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this purple labeled bottle titled "India Pale Ale" at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Not entirely sure it's this same beer here. Anyway, poured with a nice ight tan head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy deep medium amber. Aroma is an earthy hop with some citrus. Flavor's about the same. Seems like a cross betweem a British and an American IPA. Not bad, nothing special. Body is good as is carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Could be a session beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a frothy white head.

Smell: Solid malt aroma of rich caramel paired with a pungent hop scent combination of flowers, citrus, and herbs.

Taste: Subdued maltiness with only a light taste of caramel and sweetness. Flavors of citrus and flowers are there, sure, but the very green-tasting herbaceousness comes through the strongest. Light acidity. Medium bitterness. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing IPA. I could consider drinking this on a regular basis if it weren't for the cost and issue of availability.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a caramel/toffee/copper color with minimal head and lacing, and moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Earthy, grassy, roasted toffee, caramel, bread crust and light hints of lemon. Aroma reminds me of an English style IPA.

T - Definitely an English IPA. Lots of earthy, grassy bread crust, caramel, roasted toffee (just like the nose suggests). The malt stays strong throughout the entire sip and towards the middle lemon comes through and towards the end, there's a very mild shot of citrus pine.

M - Light body for an IPA and almost borderline a little too watery. Smooth texture on the tongue and a crisp finish.

O - Glad I had an opportunity to try this one since I've never seen it before but I can't say I'm enjoying it a whole lot.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz, 33cl, bottle. Label is purple and says "India Pale Ale" with no ABV% listed. The depicted bottle is the Swedish domestic version.

Not sure this is the freshest bottle, having been imported from Sweden to Massachusetts and then schlepped across the country to wind up on some dusty shelves in Toluca Lake, California.

It looks nice enough, mild carbonation and lacing in a light amber ale. This is one malty scented IPA - since I've been fortunate enough to drink plenty of Nils Oscar in Sweden, I'm now sure this could be fresher. No hops - certainly not the Amarillo mentioned on the label.

The taste is more of the same, i.e. no hops, but Nils Oscar's home-grown malted grains (pilsner, caramel, Munich) make this more than palatable.

The first time I've bought a Nils Oscar beer outside of Sweden...Against my better judgment I went for the IPA when their similarly priced and more durable, killer Barleywine and Imperial Stout were sitting right next to it. Oh well, Nils Oscar remains a giant in my eyes. A modest giant not prone to the laudable experimentation of fellow Scandinavian Craft Brewers Guild members Mikkeller, Ølfabrikken, Nøgne-Ø and Nørrebro Brygghus.

To try an analogy: Nils Oscar is a Swedish Anchor Brewing or Deschutes to their Stone, Russian River or Dogfish Head. We should be grateful for all of their existences.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label on this bottle is a dull purple/mauve with silver foil edges. Same design, same "India Pale Ale" on the label.

It pours a crystalline amber jewel tone, reflecting alot of light. One finger of foam caps the goblet, then diminishes to a bare skim. Some webs of lacing are evident.

Aroma is of light honey and Amarillo hops, fruity, sticky, a touch sweet. It seems to lose it's fragrance in a short time. Hops are definitely present throughout, even though a little understated.

Flavors of barley, earthy hops with mild bitterness, honey, and more cerealish grain. Hop bitterness is about a 2.5/5 compared to American versions of the IPA. Long and dry herbal finish. It's well rounded without any off flavors. A big sip yields more palate-scrubbing bitterness, but not much more. Even though the hop variety is American, this leans more toward a milder English IPA.

It has enough carbonation, but feels somewhat average. The dry finish is to be expected here but the rest doesn't do a whole lot for me. I'm glad I tried a Swedish IPA from my family's country of origin, but I won't be rushing back for more. Worth a try...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm confused on this one. The label mentions American IPAs and Amarillo hops, but on here it's English IPA. In the end, though, it doesn't fit either. Perhaps a blend...
Pours nicely. copper, light and clear body topped with a wonderful head; rocky and chunky, good lacing.
Aroma is malt strong and earthy. Hops are a bit fruity, but not much. Quite disappointed as the balance just isn't.
Average flavor. Yeah, it tastes good, and it drinks well, just not hoppy enough. The bite is weak, and the sweet malt becomes and earthy mess and reminds me of twigs. Hmm..
But it drank well.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, and citrus. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, really far from an American IPA even at 5.3% ABV.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with an average white head. Light hop aroma, very grassy and grainy, not what I expected. Taste is more of the same, with more lemon/pine and butter flavors. Whoever made the scone call is right on the money. This is not a West Coast IPA, but not an English version either. I don't know if I like it.

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Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a purple label as an India Pale Ale. I'm assuming it's the same beer. The most noticeable characteristic with the appearance was the incredible fizz and effervesence coming out of the bottle. There is plenty of carbonation stored away. The beer pours a copper fairly clear color with minimal head or retention. The aroma is a bit musty. One reviewer called in papaya. I don't know if I would go that far, but there is a slightly rusty copper aroma, a bit of yeastiness, mustiness, maybe a bit of cardboard too. The aroma is the low point. Perhaps the beer has been on the boat too long from Sweden. Things improved as the beer settled. The taste is biscuity, slightly caramel, almost a coppery red taste, tea like hops, a touch of grapefruit tanginess, some pepperishness in the finish. This is a pretty mild IPA, and it gets milder as it settles. It is refreshing, light on the tongue, with no real aftertaste. It's a nice beer, nothing exotic, just a respectable IPA from a brewer that seems to have lots of offerings, none of which I've tried. L'Chaim.

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Photo of gnoff
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg, Sweden. First time I try it from the tap, even though I've had it on bottle several times.
I find it very similar to the bottled version.

Deep amber color.
Light beige creamy lasting head.
Lots of fresh hoppy scent of citrus.
Big bitterness initally, fruity aftertaste and faint lingering bitterness.
Larger than medium mouthfeel.
Nice refreshing citrus hops in the taste, no distinct malt taste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head. A tiny bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, some mustiness, lemony citrus and slightly perfumy.

The taste is of malt sweetness with lemony citrus. More of a hoppier pale ale than an IPA. Some doughy yeast mixes in, especially as it progresses. A touch of bitter in the dryish finish.

A bit thin - well-carbonated. Smooth.

A fine stab at the style. Nice, but nothing special, IMO. More like a mild/ more balanced English IPA that uses American (Amarillo) hops). Mild abv for style and nothing particularly "off" make it very drinkable. Nothing I would get again for five bucks plus for an 11.2 oz. bottle.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a nice amber color with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Kind of disappointing for an IPA in that, while there was the expected citrusy, hops in the nose and mouth, and a bitter palate, all were much more muted than in most IPAs. Not bad, just needed to accentuate all the above for me to rate any higher as an IPA.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

Purple and silver label, not as shown.

A: Pours a crystal clear, bright-orange color with a 1/2 finger dallop of bright white foam. The head features excellent retention and leaves a sticky coating of lace webs down the inside of the glass.

S: Subdued yet sort of pungeant aroma of piney hops with a slightly sweet fruit aroma and a pinch of caramel. Interesting dirt/earthen aroma as well. Is that yeast?

T: See above. Starts piney and becomes fruity. Undercurrent of pineapple. Dirty & earthy hop flavor mixes with some spice/white pepper and finishes with a touch of toasted malt and caramel.

M: Quite oily and sticky. Resinous hop oils coat everything and the finish develops into a dry, spicy, and fruity experience.

D: Pretty darn good. Hopefully I'm reviewing the correct beer, given that the label is different. Heather tried their Barley Wine and liked it and I enjoyed this. Looking forward to trying others.

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Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left a little streaky, trails of white lace.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy. It also had a sweet malty nose.

T - Nice piney hops with a grassy flavor. It has a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice "English" IPA. The pine flavor is more of an American style, but overall it works and is quite good.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with a decent head of big bubbles that fades quick and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells maltier and sweeter than most IPAs. A little hint of fruitiness.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with a solid hop punch. Oily and piney. Very well-balanced.

Medium-bodied and oily. Excellent mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable IPA. The balance is wonderful. I hate to let geography help shape my expectations, but I was excited to try this because it is from Sweden and I have been very impressed with all the Scandinavian beers I have tried lately. This definitely did not disappoint.

Tasted on 1/26/08

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Photo of Nipitato
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Crystal clear copper hue. Pours with a light off white head that is about ¼ inch high and drops down to a thin topping. Sticky lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Restrained hop aroma. Fruity - some tropical fruit like character. Caramel malt balances well. Somewhat grainy.

T: Grapefruit and grassy - oily. Hop flavor is good with a solid bittering effect that is not overly strong. Biscuit malt flavor provides balance.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Medium high carbonation. Not dry.

D, notes: Go Sweden! I'm of the opinion that the vast majority of beer brewed outside of the US, UK, Belgium, Germany (and maybe Canada) is not worth bothering with. This beer is helping me change my opinion in that regard.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads "India Pale Ale" I assume this is the same brew. Pours a clear bright copper color with a wispy off-white head that left some webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a nice honey malt, light caramel, bready, with a fresh grassy hop. The taste is of a bready malt, light honey, with a lightly bitter grassy hop. A typical APA or perhaps an EIPA, nothing fantastic. Moderate body, semi soft carbonation, finishes malty sweet and a tad hoppy bitter. A very average APA/EIPA, not an IPA like the label suggests. A nice buttery malt with spicy European hops.

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India Pale Ale from Nils Oscar
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 104 ratings