Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: American Pale Ale
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A refreshing light and hoppy ale. Probably our best allrounder. Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Ideal with barbequed or smoked meat dishes.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Bottle 500 cl, batch # 233. Amber color. Big, long lasting off-white head. Hoppy, sweet malt, yeast. Half-dry finish with moderate pluss bitterness. Very good, but I will always prefer NØs Amber or IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2007
Bottle drunk on 4/20/07
Very fluffy, white head is quite large and retained very well, leaving plentiful lacing. Despite the careful pour, there is still a soft haziness in this warm-toned peach-apricot colored beer. Lots of sediment on the bottom.
Very peachy fruits are found in the nose. Nectarines, apricots and peaches, with citrus coming on late and adding a dry tangerine note. Rather juicy to start with, but some yeast blandness is noted. Malts are dry, crackery and highly attenuated, adding light vanilla and honey sweetness after warming/breathing. Acidity is quite moderate, and some hop oils give the nose a rather sticky feel. No alcohol noted.
Citrus grabs the palate at first sip, depositing dry hop oils and moderate acidity. It’s well dispersed by the malts, however, which are dry and grainy, giving notes of toasted white bread and very minimal vanilla. It sort of leaves a void in the middle of the palate, not being very soft or overly "malty". The engaging, natural carbonation helps ameliorate this, to some degree, concentrating what little malt sweetness/softness there is, but the hop flavors never fully return and only a bit of juicy, green hop fruitiness (resin, melons, sweet oranges) sits on the finish with a very large amount of yeastiness as well. Alcohol is not perceived, and there aren’t any flaws, but the malt/mashing needs a little adjustment it seems and some of this yeastiness has to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
Bottle. Amber, with a thin off-white head. Fresh hop aroma balanced with malty sweetness. Moderately hoppy flavor with good malt support. Hops linger on the palate. There’s a slight metallic taste in the finish. Otherwise, a solid pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a bubbly dark orange-amber with a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Nice lacing. Looks great! Nice citrus hops aroma along with sweet malt, some toastyness, grain and a hint of alcohol. Flavour starts subtle with a nice balance of hops and malt but ends with a big bitter finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish as well. Very tasty. Medium to full bodied. This sure goes down easy, it’s a little stronger then I’m used to in a Pale Ale but this is damn good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
500 ml bottle from John’s Marketplace in Portland. Pours dark orangish copper color with a large, creamy off-white head. Nice rich malty aroma, toasty with some fruit notes, balanced by fresh floral and citrus hoppiness. Nice APA flavors, full toasty malt backbone, with brash hoppiness, lemon peel, herbal notes, a bit of pine and a spicy, grapefruit rind bite in the finish. Medium body and creamy carbonation. Overall a nice pale ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
njklebs (9) - USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
As of this writing this is the only Norwegian beer I ever had. This beer tells me they are on to something. Cloudy appearance, light amber in color. But then WHAM, the flavor of light malt and hops hits your nose, then your tounge, then your throat. Ahhhh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2007
Pours a sediment-hazed amber with small plaster chunks falling to the bottom under a four-finger fluffy, off-white head. Pleasant floral hops dominate light yeast while a dishrag note deters. Fluffy & thick. Despite their American heraldry, dry hops provide a German bitterness to the taste of florals, while pepper presents in the finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
These guys know how to make a beer look very pleasing to the eye. Wonderful head and lace. It tastes like a spicier Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The palate is lightish and dry which makes this an easy drinker. The finish is hoppy and bitter. Well made delicious beer here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
Pours an amber glow with a small white head.Aroma is fruits and hops.Flavor is medium body with full on hops and slightly fruity.Finish was hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
Cloudy soft orange colored body, very opaque. Sweaty and smelly sour grapefruit, candy sugar and melon hop nose. Sweet grapefruit up front, turning quickly sour and tart, it’s pretty remarkable actually, very well-made. Maybe a little too much of a yogurt sourness, but otherwise it’s good.

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