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Nils Oscar India Pale AleNils Oscar India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
the Nils Oscar Company

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by bark on 09-27-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle I have has an entirely different purple label than the one depicted here, and is called 'India Pale Ale', but, whatever...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber colour, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of sweet toffee malt, fruity citrus, and leafy hops. The taste is fruity, biscuity malt, and mild floral, citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite subdued, the body light, crisp, and lean. It finishes a bit off-dry, the bready sweetness countered somewhat by the earthy, leafy hops.

Despite the ode to American influence on the label, what we got here is much more of an old world, British rendition of the style, if only a bit more pungent than the normal UK noble effort.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with an average size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry and astringent English hops with an average caramel malt base. Taste is also dominated by some English dry hops with a quite dry caramel malt base. Average body with good carbonation. I guess this is somewhat average overall but still too dry for my taste.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 oberon
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try of this breweries wares,poured into a standard pint glass a clear copeer with a tight white head that settled slowly into a soapy-like top leaving a broken sheet of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hop aromas are a little mudtled but are pleasant a caramel sweetness shows thru as well,piney hop wich didnt show so much in the nose is the major flavor component of this beer its quite nice like an evergreen really,a hefty caramel base hold up well to the hops but takes second stage.A nice take on an American IPA maybe the most piney profiled flavored IPA I have had,very nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in pint glass

Pours a cloudy copper brown with modest off white sudsy head. Decent retention.

This Swedish brew uses American Amarillo hops but certainly is not like any American IPA I've had. There's a substantial roasted malt component in taste together with fruity hops and a bit of yeast. Terrible example of an Amer. Style IPA, but once I got past this I was able to enjoy the rich, earthy and unusual flavor combo., and smooth, fairly full body.

A malt-lovers IPA?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant tangerine with lemony borders. I prefer my IPAs to be unfiltered, but the pristine clarity of this one is beautiful as well. The sandstone colored crown is an impressive mass of sticky bubbles that is absolutely slathering the glass with... more sticky bubbles. It's a close call, but the next highest score isn't warranted.

My expectations were pretty high for a Swedish-brewed, American-style IPA that uses Amarillo hops. That's why the nose is doubly disappointing. Exhibit 'A', 'B' and 'C' is that there's almost no hoppiness, which is inexcusable in a beer of this style. A few more degrees of warming pulls the aroma, kicking and screaming, up to average.

The fact that this is the new purple and gold-labeled India Pale Ale would suggest that it's somewhat fresh. It doesn't taste old, it just doesn't taste very hoppy. The malt backbone is barely sturdy enough. It tastes like mostly pale with a hint of something slightly toasted. The relative lack of hops means that the 5.3% ABV, which is already low for the style, is appreciated on the taste buds. Not much, but too much.

Nils Oscar brags about how many hops they use (don't they all?). Unfortunately, it isn't borne out by the beer itself. Bitterness, which is nowhere near abusive, outpaces good hop flavor by a country mile. Hey Nils, how about doubling the hop load? And how about adding them later in the boil, as long as I'm throwing out suggestions. The flavor profile consists of orange rind and crushed aspirin soaked in sugar syrup and a small splash of Absolut Citron.

The mouthfeel is lighter than it should be... but take a look at the ABV again. It eventually wins me over, more or less, by having a perfect amount of carbonation (subdued) and by being as smooth as glass.

IPAs are one of my favorite styles and Oktoberfests aren't. I find it strange, then, that Nils Oscar Kalasol was enjoyable and Nils Oscar India Pale Ale isn't. If you're looking for another great beer from Scandanavia, keep looking, because you won't find it here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably should not have drank this one in the same week as a hopslam, but never the less, a classic IPA I enjoyed as I type this review up. Served cold and poured into my disneyworld glass, this one was consumed on 02/10/2009.

The pour was decent enough with an amber color that was about right for the style. Nice head of white came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin layer of white across that stayed for most of the session.

The aroma was a bit light for what I would have like. Smooth hops were undercut by a large amount of biscuit like malt tones. Lots of balance here but not strong enough in the hops to define the style. The flavor was more of the same without much in the way of direction to really push it one way or the other. Smooth though with a decent amount of pine hops in the finish and a rich biscuit malt flavor that provided a nice bit of sweetness to it. Really nice full body here with nice carbonation that did not let it fall flat. Nice and sessionable with much in the way of alcohol to really hold it back.

Overall not bad, though no where near a favorite. Just seemed to be lacking that bit of punch to really push it over the top. Still not a bad little session ale though.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper. Flavor is a bit citric and bitter, earthy, with a touch of alcohol as well it seems. It's nice, but a bit tight. I feel if it weren't so wound up, some nice character would be shining through. Feel is okay. Overall it's nice, but like I said, a little tight.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Tone
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, earthy malt, some slight pine aromas, and very slight spice characteristic. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, some earthy malt, slight biscuit flavors, and a general dryness is present. This is an interesting IPA; strong hop flavor like an American IPA, but that earthy/spicy background like an English IPA. It is almost a blend of the two styles of IPA and a very good one at that. Overall, this is an okay American IPA, but a fantastic English IPA, so take your pick. This was my first beer from Sweden and it is worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a big 2" fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: grapefruit, fruit sweetness, and bitterness are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: bready malt, caramel, grapefruit, golden apples, and a nice bitterness make up a flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Aftertaste is full of grapefruit and bitterness.

Drinkability: this is a well balanced and easy to drink beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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 WesWes
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with virtually no head and some bubbles lingering on the sides of the glass. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt bill of pale and Carapils malts; even some light crystal/bisquit as well. The hop nose is good. It's bitter, but nothing over the top. The taste is average. It's weak and watery with some lackluster hop character. There is little body also. It does have some crystal malt and bisquit flavors. but they too seem watered down. THe mouthfeel is terrible. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. I think it's possible I may have gotten a bad bottle, but I'm not interested enough to go back for seconds.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this rarity at Vendome in Fullerton. I get excited when I see a new craft import on the shelf. On to the beer:

The head is thick and fluffy on top this copper colroed beer. This beer is eye candy. Wet cardboard, some grain, and a whisper of hops in the aroma. Fortunately, the taste isn't oxidized much. In comes some astringent hop with a mild burst of diacetyl. The hops gain control of the beer, but not in overkill. Herbal flavors start to emerge. Bits of caramel and cardboard. Astringent finish with flowers and herbs.

The good news is another solid craft beer from Scandinvia is available on the US market. But the price is a killer...$5.49 for a tiny 11.2 ounce bottle. Worth a try, but I likely won't revisit this beer because of the price.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer pours from the bottle without a trace of sediment and is a clear, concentrated copper hue as it sits on my desk, when held up to the light the copper becomes much more characteristic with an almost metallic sheen to it. The aroma is quite malt focused, when compared to a typical American IPA, but certainly is hop focused. Aromas of lychee, herbal pine and sweet citrus zest are most noticed. The malt, while secondary contributes aromas of soft caramelized bread crust, biscuit malt and just an overall, really nice malt character. The hop aromatics are surprisingly almost more focused on the herbal / pine notes than the typical Amarillo notes of super fruit.

Nicely bitter from the get go, though not aggressively so. The bitterness seems to soften a bit through towards the finish, but then picks up a bit of green-hop astringency that accentuates a biting bitterness that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Sweet caramelized malt notes don't nearly bring out the hop fruit character that I was expecting, though there are some soft flavors of grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee and some apricot notes towards the finish. A deep, rich grain / malt character provides a backdrop to the hop notes; it has quite a biscuit character and just a chewy maltiness. This is quite drinkable, almost has the heft of a Pale Ale more than that of an IPA.

Not nearly the Amarillo character I was expecting; while I was not expecting an over the top hopped IPA, I was expecting a much more fruit character that is the signature of Amarillo hops. It makes me wonder if the brewer exercised a very soft hand when it came to the flavor and aroma hop additions, especially since the bitterness is here fairly well. Still this is a tasty brew, though with this great malt character it could have use an excessive addition of Amarillo dry-hopped in the conditioning tank. For all my complaining, it is actually an enjoyable brew that I would be happy to have again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours amber (a little darker than expected) with a small off-white head that looks creamy. Some lacings to this hazy beer.

S: The scent is very light, but you can find floral hops along with some fruityness.

T: Nice mix of both bitter and floral hops in this dry beer with nice maltyness. There is also some fruit.

M: Dry, bitter and with some carbonic acids, this mediumbodied beer is rather nice.

D: Overall a very nice beer from the boys at "Nils Oscar". Not their best, but still a nice beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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 corby112
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In bottle at Oliver Twist in Stockholm, Sweden.

Pours a clear almost blush color with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma is bland with subtle hint of hops and alcohol. Lots of earthy hop flavors with a crisp golden alcohol presence. Bitter but not very dry hops throughout to the finish.

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Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 33 cL bottle purchased at State Line last week. The label calls it an India Pale Ale rather than India Ale, but I think that they are the same.

A: The IPA is a crystal clear pool of brilliant copper-amber, closer to the color of a penny than the bottle it came in. A 2 finger head atop the beer has nicely laced around the mouth of the glass thus far.

S: The nose has a strong malt backbone, so strong that it almost completely dominates the nose. Some medicinal hops sneak out, reminding you that amarillo hops are at play here.

T: The amarillo stands out from the first sip. The medicinal flavor is followed by citrusy tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is unique, tough to swallow at first but it does grow on you. The citrus flavors are quite intense and nicely stand up to the malts. The malts are quite bready, firm in their strength and they nicely accentuate the hops. The finish is delicious amarillo and grains.

M: The mouthfeel really showcases the hops. They leave a very zesty, tangy taste on the palate.

D: Low alcohol and intriguing hop profile make this a winner. I am becoming enamored with IPAs coming out of Scandinavia.

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