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Nils Oscar India Pale AleNils Oscar India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nils Oscar

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 Tone
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 johnnieoz
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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 katan
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

A - Pours a darker golden orange color. Head formation is light, with a small but somewhat vigorous 1mm head. Dissipates to a film rather quickly. Little carbonation is apparent. Quite hazy.

S - Very light scent - almost nonexistent. I do find just a hair of grapefruit hops - but it is almost impossible to dig out of there. Gives the impression of sweetness.

T - Early to mid-stream is very light. The flavors are as hard to discern as the nose. A small amount of bitter bite begins to firm up. Finishes with a hair stronger bitter bite that is accompanied by the real first hop taste I could find. Aftertaste is very astringent, edgy, and earthy. Hangs onto the palette big time.

M - Moderate mouth feel - perhaps a hair to the thin and watery side. Carbonation bite on the tongue is higher than I would have expected, in line for a AIPA. Oily after film is very clinging.

D - A moderately drinkable beer as well. The ABV is manageable for the style, but I would say the consistently harsh bitter aftertaste is wearing.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey orange amber color, with a thin little head, that sticks around.

Very subtle fruity hop scents, mixed with some bready malt.

Sweet upfront, than the hops kick in, but they are not overpowering and are balanced well with some caramel malt. Has a nice body with a smooth finish.

Overall a nice drinkable brew, but not one that's gonna blow your hair back, as this is not a hop heavy brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Sweden.

Poured from the bottle a bright reddish-gold with a thin but rich white foamy head.

Aroma is malty with honey, caramel, citrus hops, butter, and bread.

Bitter and citrusy grapefruit hops upfront followed by caramel malts, pineapple, butter, and rye bread.

Light-to-medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

An easy drinking IPA from Nils Oscar. More like an English IPA versus an American style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is softly malty with mild pungent hoppiness. Chocolate and nut notes. Smoky wood notes. Smells like a stiff English Ale. Smells pretty good.

Pours a medium-light golden straw color, pretty good clarity, moderate head with quick dissipation. Looks pretty good.

Fairly light bodied with metallic tinge at first. Some hoppy bitterness and savory maltiness in the finish. Quite dry as the bitterness moves into the midpalate. Minor orange/lemon notes. Some general leafiness and earthy nature. Notes of chocolate. Tastes pretty good. Feels quite good.

Fairly light flavor with lots of mouthfeel. Has the spirit of a raunchy or stiff English Ale rather than the hop arsenal of an American (Indian) Pale Ale. Good drinkability. I definitely want to try some of their other brews.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Port Royal in Baton Rouge.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small pillowy white head that recedes to a ring leaving a little lacing.

Citrus hops are the first thing I notice in the nose with lemons and oranges. There are some bready malts mixed in as well as a bit of caramel malts.

The hops is the taste have some citrus character but also add a good bit of earthiness with some bitterness that lasts through the finish. The caramel malts form a solid backbone that balances everything out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and sticky with hops and malt sweetness.

This is nice IPA that falls somewhere between and American and and English IPA in my opinion. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Bananaman
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nils Oscar's India Ale is a ale that I have tried several times. But this is the first time I'm having to oppurtunity to make a proper review.

The beer pours a light amber color with a large off-white foam that settles to a lid of foam after a while.

Smells nicely with hints of peach and pineapple, some notes of freshly baked bread can be found too.

Tastes really good of some fruits and notes of syrup or some butter scotch candy, you can really tell that it's brewed of Amarillo hops. I think it's a bit malty for an APA but still good.

To round off, a really refreshing little beer from Nils Oscar, good!

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Photo of jjazz
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"India Pale Ale" Label (purple)

Persistent head with many larger bubbles; not exactly tightly knit, but persists very well leaving substantial lace on the glass.

Muted aroma with nothing much to speak of.

Some nice citrus peel notes on the palate, but not much else. The bitter citrus note is the only thing that says IPA. Besides that, there's little hop aroma. The flavor is enjoyable, but quite one dimensional. Hop bitterness persists long into the finish.

A good beer, but more like something I'd pick up in a six pack for ten bucks than a five dollar bottle. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
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 kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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 corby112
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 simonjohansson
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better beers from Nils Oscar, along with Imperial stout and Kalasöl probably the best.

It starts out with nice hoppy smell, flowery, fruity in an american way (but not the typical, and pretty boring, cascade perfume, as in some other swedish micros), and some sweet malt. The taste is a nice balance between malt and hops, with caramell and biscuit (some almonds?) on the one side, tropical fruits, like pineapple, grape and kiwi (?) on the other, plus a nice hoppy bitter touch.

One fine ipa. Well done, Nils Oscar!

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Photo of acrawf6
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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 GbVDave
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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 kmeves
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral, peach and grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit, orange, floral and a nice caramel backbone. Light to medium body, sticky texture. I really liked this one, a tasty IPA that doesn't have to be "over the top" to be good.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 TheBCrew
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought 2 bottles at Systembolaget in Norrköping, Sweden. Orange label as shown above. Pours a bright, clear copper copper color with 2 fingers of off-white foam that quickly settles leaving slight lacing. Unfortunately, aroma and flavor both have hints of oxidation (cardboard) and lightstruck (skunky). Really a shame and not altogether unexpected as each shelf at the store has a fluorescent light running down the length directly on the beers. Besides those problems, I was also able to discern a bit of citrus aroma and flavor from the amarillo hops, as well as caramel and breadiness from the malt. Slightly malty finish, closer to the British IPA than the American version. The mouthfeel is crisp, but somewhat thin. Drinkability suffers from the above mentioned problems. I'd like to try a fresh bottle another time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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 JDV
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a lasting creamy sticky whitish head. Smell is old malt, sticky sweetness and not very hoppy. Doesn't smell inviting. Tastes is moderately hoppy and fiarly malty and yeasty and doughy. Not particularly refreshing, but decent.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Franchise
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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