Nils Oscar India Pale Ale | Nils Oscar

Nils Oscar India Pale AleNils Oscar India Pale Ale
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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 albern
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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 aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Label India Pale Ale.

A: Fairly translucent copper color. Not much lacing.

S: Very nice tea like hop aroma. Very malty. Sweet in the end. Very nice take on the style.

T: Very nice hop taste is up front. Then it goes into a nice sweet malty taste. Really nice and complex especially for an basic IPA. Probably the most complex regular IPA I have ever had.

M: Very might. Carbonation is good. Not much doing either way.

D: Super drinkable. Would love to try this on tap. The damn price keeps me from probably ever having this again but it was really good.

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Photo of Avryle
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A recent appearance at Westmere Beverage in Albany.

A- Clear golden-orange in color. Initially pours with a one-finger white head that disipates rather quickly leaving a stringy conglomorate of bubbles at the surface.

S- Weird... Not sure what's going on in the nose. Smells like papayas???, kiwis??? and yeast.

T- Odd, very bitter hops and spicy yeast. Can't say I think much of this. Lacking the charactaristics of and IPA except for the bitter hops at the finish.

M- Dry and bitter like an aged crone.

D- Yeahhhh, not so much. I had some high expectations from this brewer and this dashed them.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Med
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Note: this bottle has a purple label and says "India Pale Ale".

A - Color is a perfect amber gold, which helps make up for the very disappointing head. What little head there was showed a near total white but barely lasted long enough to catch a glimpse. Lacing is also on the minimal side, but better than the head.

S - Hops are here but not overwhelming. A bit of sweet orange with some pine and flowers. Very pleasant.

T - Starts of slightly sweet and then the bitternesss develops slowly into grapefuit and finally some orange rind. I'm not sure exaclty what I'm tasting here. It's hoppy, but there's a nice backbone of caramel malt. The balance is very good.

M - A little soft on the carbonation but with a decent if not great finish.

D - The alcohol on this is low enough to almost be a session beer, and the balance makes me happy for that because it goes down quickly and effortlessly.

All in all a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle copped for $5.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Never heard of this Swedish brewery before, so I decided to give this one a shot... "This one uses American Amarillo hops" on the back logo sticker...
I was pretty unimpressed by the overall appearance - especially for a single 11.2 oz bottle that I dished out nearly six bucks for... Pours a clean, clear, lucid, dark-copper, apple-juice appearance with no head at all and very minimal lacing...
The Amarillo hops were certainly noticeable in the aroma however, as there was a nice suggestion of them to be found, but nothing overwhelming or above-and-beyond...
Crisp, clean, satisfying taste, with only a slight hint of hops, and not totally too big on flavor... Slight florals and earthiness detectable along with a hint of citrus and vanilla...
Decent, clean, medium-bodied mouthfeel led to a pretty good level of drinkability, especially due to the modest ABV...
Overall, not bad, but certainly not worth six bucks a bottle...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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 ATPete
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz capped bottle purchased at the Somerville Supersaver.

*My bottle has a purple label in the same format as the above picture but reads INDIA PALE ALE when that one reads solely INDIA ALE...vintage change?

A- Pours a translucent amber/orange color, small white head that disappeared from the kitchen to the couch. No visible carbonation.

S- Semi-sweet fruity nose of citrus and other tropical fruit, fresh hops, pine needles and some pepper and spice.

T- Acidic, Plantlike, bitter, aged hops and rustic fruit. Some orange notes and a nice lemon twang upon its finish.

M- Assertive, Punchy, very bright tannins. The carbonation plays a very nice role in the beers mouthfeel. By just looking at this beer you'd think you've gotten a dud bottle but it really comes alive to your tongue. A bit too much acid.

D- Although very interesting and rather complex for a IPA i would only want 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

R- A nice foreign take on the over-saturated A-IPA market, just wish it was a bit cheaper maybe a 12$ 4-pack, but not 5.99 a single bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Ch1mpy
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour. Nice lasting cappuicinoesque head. Intensive, hoppy smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent, treats my poor winter-damaged mouth and lips with sweet love. Hoppy intense for a Swedish IPA. Bitter aftertaste that actually makes me think of gin & tonic.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours very much like a dark lager. Slightly more bubbly than I expected but the color is a nice dark golden color that reminded me of the IPAs I am used to here in the States. The smell was grassy, not overly hoppy and rather sweet. Its brewed with Amarillo hops from the US so Nils Oscar is going for the American version of an IPA and not an English one.

Taste is decent. Its hard not to judge this against my favorite American IPAs. Its got a nice citrus taste and a nice balance between malt and hops. It is however rather light in taste and falls more into the pale ale category in my opinion. BUT, that being said, this is a good IPA from a very good Swedish brewery.

Beer culture is growing in Sweden and Nils Oscar will likely help lead the way as Swedish beers become better and hopefully more available and affordable. The days of crappy continental lager being the staple beer of Scandinavia are slowly coming to an end.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 tmitch75
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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 akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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 mjryan
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently I have seen a rash of Scandinavian craft beers in my market. Considering the strong Scandinavian roots many people in Minnesota have I am not suprised. I have tried many of these beers and overall I have been impressed. It seems that Scandinavia is one place in the world where American craft brewing has had an enormous impact on their beer culture. I think that is pretty cool.

Nils Oscar IPA pours a deep gold colour with a nice head that leaves a decent, sticky lace on the glass. There is a moderate herbal hop aroma, that when fresh is probably much stronger than in the well traveled bottle I bought. The taste is bitter and herbal, accompanied by a good portion of light crystal malt with a mild touch of biscuity base malt to boot. That is to say it's bitter, herbal caramelly and biscuity. The bottle indicates that this brewery grows and malts their own barley. Now that is self sufficency. I like the body and mouthfeel of this beer. It is right in the middle. Not to syrupy or watery if that makes sense. It has a nice smooth carbonation as well, which helps this beers' drinkability immensely. I would suggest letting this beer warm up a bit, it seems to really shine at around 50F. Overall a good beer and an uplifting indicator that the American beer revolution is spreading to people and cultures around the world.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Jonte
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/deep red color with a tiny off-white head and ok lacing.

The aroma has bitter hops, tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and some malt notes.

The taste is hopy grape/citrus, some sweet/sour caramel malts, and hints of leather and flowers. Bitter dry grape aftertaste.

Body is a bit over medium and the carbonation is moderate.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with a offwhite head that stays.
S: Leather, malt, red berries, pear.
T: Leather, malt, hoppy bitterness, wool, fresh bread. Like stepping in to an oldfashion cottage or stables. Aftertaste of (you guessed it) leather and pear.
M: Very moderate carboration (thumbs up), medium body, but the leathery qualities makes it seem like more than so.
D: Oh yes. This is a very special tasting beer, almost peculiar in style, but very good. Full of character. Challenging, yes. Rewarding, definately. The distinct and characteristic taste may be a reason not to finish off a night of heavy drinking with this one. The taste will stay forever and a hungover may not enjoy it as much.

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Photo of gnoff
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 bark
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Beer rating: 40% out of 100 with 100 ratings
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