CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to sk8viking, sampled in June 2006: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh, green earthy piny hops and a hint of drier caramel malt. Body starts lightly sweet with good fresh bittering hoppy balance and a crisp, lightly grapefruity bitter finish. Very drinkable, especially given its high IBUs.
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I guess I’ll put in the second rating for the American import of this fine Pale Ale. This beer pours a cloudy amber orange color (much like the logo on the label) with a nice big goldenish white head. The aroma is very much filled with citrusy hops and a background of sweet malt. The flavor is unexpectedly bitter and crisp with the Centennial hops really making their presence known. The flavor was somewhat out of balance, but still hoppily delicious. Overall a very nice "American" Pale Ale from a quality brewery.
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This may be the first rating for this brew for a bottle sold on American soil. Excellent, complex, fruity aroma. Sweet, caramelly; smells like a candy shop. Very inviting. Beautiful, murky, dark reddish amber brew that features a large, creamy off-white head that shows no signs of diminishing. Leaves a sheet lace perfect a point I thought was only possible in an artists rendition. The contrast between the pale off-white head and the beautiful reddish amber body is striking. This was the first brew I tasted of the Nøgne Ø line at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago last night, and probably the one I enjoyed the most in a lineup that also included their Winter (God Jul), Brown, and Porter. I like this brew, but it is a little dry for my tastes and as such it doesn’t reach it’s full potential. Aesthetically, this is the perfect APA. It features a solid hop profile and a bit of a harsh malt finish. A nice mouthfeel overall, and some dough in the finish. Just needs a touch more balance to truly excel.
Theis (13896) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Batch #233) at home. Clear golden - white head. Aroma: Hoppy, soap-foam, dry-flowers, straw, grape, fruity. Taste: High hoppy, grape, citrus, straw, light soap, light malty. Dry high hop-bitter lasting finish. Very nice.
Marsiblursi (3042) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours amber. Hoppy and fruity aroma with grapefruit and young broken wood. Undertones of caramel, malt and cherries. Bitter and dry flavour with grapefruit and some wood. A light floral thouch in the middle. Lingering, bitter citrus peel aftertaste. Medium body. Nice.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Great aroma, floral & resiny. Also a smell of grape fruits. Lots of grape fruits in the flavour. High bitterness, perhaps a little too much.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden coloreud cloudy ale. Incredibly hoppy and citrus aroma. So very fresh and bitter at the same time. A world class IPA!!!
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, hazy with a nice head. The aroma has nice spicy aroma hops and the flavour has malt, hops and fruit. The bitterness is nice and becoming, and stronger in the finish. It’s a nice pale ale with a lot of flavour and a very long finish, that pleases me several minutes...
Dedollewaitor (14157) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unclear orange golden with little white foamy head. Aroma of sweet malts & powerfull hops. Grapefruit, pine & flowers. Smooth mouthfeel. Very bitter finish - which I personally love. Perhaps not large variosity, could need some sweeter malts to keep it well balanced and dull the power biting hops. Anyway, another great experience from Norway & Nøgne ø!
JonMoore (1922) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a thick white head. Nice aroma of grapefruit hops. Lovely grapefruit hoppy flavour with good balancing malts. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Lingering lovely ’n’ light long bitter finish. I’ve had many IPAs that were less IPA-ish than this. Excellent, whether it’s a pale ale or IPA.