Nøgne Ø Two Captains

I’ve been trying to buy some beers that are outside of the U.S. to expand my palate. This is one that I’ve read about for awhile, but haven’t gotten around to trying. Once I saw a bottle at Half Time I decided that it was time to have it.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jan Halvor Fjeld, winner of Norwegian homebrewing championship 2010 brewed his champion double IPA at Nøgne Ø. We at Nøgne Ø are of course proud to be with him in making this happen. This double IPA is inspired by America. It is fairly dry, which allows the hops to dominate. There is bitterness up front, some balanced malts in the middle and complex fruity and resiny hop aromas which simply has no end.”

Random: This also won Bronze at The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) 2011.

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was quite fragrant with citrus notes and tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. The taste had some sweetness up front and quickly transitioned into citrus notes with grapefruit. There was pine present as well and had some healthy bitterness to it. There was malt at that end that provided balance. The booze was almost invisible on this one, making it way too easy to drink. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and bitterness. This was $8 for the bottle, which came to $.50 per ounce, which is a bit pricey. Despite that, I thought this was a quality DIPA and really enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Nøgne Ø Underlig Jul

Today was a crazy day for me at work. I got a lot of stuff done, but I felt like I just didn’t stop. Then when I got home, I started doing things on my to-do list. After a few hours, I was just beat. Add to that, we’re supposed to get more snow. I HATE SNOW! I picked up this brew on the sale shelf at Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, which is not nearly as nice as the one in Woodbridge, but hey, I’m always up for trying new beer stores.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Nøgne Ø was founded late in 2002 by Gunnar Wiig and Kjetil Jikiun. The brewery name, Nøgne Ø, is old Danish for ‘Naked Isle.’ It was selected from a well-known 19th century Norwegian poem called Terje Vigen by Henrik Ibsen, who worked for a time as an apprentice pharmacist in Grimstad.”

Random: I’ve never had a Nøgne Ø brew before. I’ve always been intrigued by their bottles, but had a hard time finding them. It seems like now, they’re popping up everywhere. I wonder if they’ve increased the amount of brews they export to NJ.

This brew poured with a two finger thick tan head that lingers like crazy. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark brown. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any visible carbonation. The nose was interesting. I got a lot of spice like nutmeg, cinnamon, pine and maybe even juniper? This is not like any type of beer that I’m used to. The taste was almost medicinal. My sister said that it tasted like cleaning fluid or Pine Sol. I also got pine, but not really hoppy, like licking a Christmas tree. I also got a lot of spice with moderate carbonation. I can’t really figure out if I like this beer or not. This is definitely an odd brew. I also got a little malt on the end. Although I’m glad I tried it, I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0