GregClow (3078) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a good sized white head some sludgy yeast chunks. Aroma is quite citric, a bit yeasty/funky, some sweet malt lurking in there as well. Flavour is big and warming, great hop character, strong malt backbone, nice yeast notes. Reminds me a bit of Burton Empire Ale, which is a good thing. Very nice - makes me look forward to the other 4 Nogne O beers that I have in the stash.
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an amber-like color, very generous initial head, excellent retention, solid lacing too. The aroma as caramel, fruity esters, and light grassy hops. The flavor was caramel, fruity, bread, and earthy bitter hops to finish. The hops didn’t seem very American to me at all, pretty balanced beer overall.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled. Pours hazy deep orange with a large off-white head. Aroma of herbal hops, fruit, citrus, and caramel. The flavor is citrusy, caramel, bready, fruit, and finishes with some bitterness.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Cloudy orange pour, huge fluffy-fizzy off-white lasting head. Solid aroma, equal parts citrus/UK-funky hops, wheat-cereal grain, and mildly fruity malt - aroma leans more toward the malt. Tastes like a very strong and malty UK IPA - thick vaguely citrus malt body, some yeast, then increasingly bitter hops - funky/resiny, eventually it’s all about long-lasting, very bitter grapefruit pith. Very thick body, lord that’s malty, mildly acidic and just adequate carbonation, long, long bitter finish. I really liked this - like an ESA or UK IPA on hop-steroids.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of two Nøgne Ø beers I was shocked to find in Cali, served in my Oggi’s pint glass: Unfiltered hazy bronze hue with a fading head and little lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, a bit fruity with apple and orange zest, caramel and bready malts and surprisingly very yeasty. The taste starts with a moderate level of fruity bitterness supported by a base of wheat bread flavor. There is also a noted touch of sour acidity and some pepper bite to the finish. The mouth feel is soft and a tad dry. Overall, a good brew but seems more an English Pale than an APA.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours a slightly hazy orange with some light brown highlights and a 1 1/2 finger eggshell head with good retention. Aroma of citrus, pine, caramel and a tinge of hairspray. Flavor is grapefruit and pine almost to the extent of astringency which brings the alcohol out, which is kinda surprising since it’s only 6%. There is also a fair amount of caramel sweetness. Overall bitterness peaked at a 6 (on a 1-10 scale) and a semidry finish. Light body that is too thin with moderate carbonation.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a very light white head. Nose is quite subtle, floral hops, light malts, some citrus. The taste is pretty mellow as well. Taste is moderately hoppy, a little grapefruit, finish is slightly bitter. Very easy drinking, get a little bit of cinnamon towards the end as well. Very nice brew.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Courtesy mgumby10. Hazy dark orange and 1cm of frothy white top. Nose is all hops- fresh, floral, perfumey, spicy. Flavor adds just a bit of malt for balance. Medium/light body, too light, balanced carbonation. Very drinkable. Great spring or summer brew.
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 mL bottle. Poured a hazy deeper golden with a short cap of white head.. left some lacing as it went down. The aroma picked up grapefruit and pine with soft caramel sweetness behind. The flavor had solid components, but the presentation was brash and hard to handle... pine, some floral, and grapefruit bitterness scalded the palate while the sweet caramel and grapefruit meat backing doesn’t provide much support. Very bitter.. and not in a good way. Didn’t like this one so much.
Zeswaft (1597) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ugh. cloudy copper color with a short white head. smells like piney plastic brittish hops. i’d classify this more as an english pale ale. hops are more bitter than flavorful or aromatic. this is my fourth nogne and they are all mediocre at best. totally overpriced. I’d say they are overrated but the last two are aren’t rated that high. everyone wanted these to come across the pond so bad. thus, their hype is not legitimized.