Norwegian beer – Nogne Pale Ale

A light, yet quite assertive ale. Refreshing and hoppy with a good backbone of malts. Finishes with a citrusy aroma. Goes well with seafood and white meats.Ingredients: Maris Otter-, wheat- and caramel-malt; Northern Brewer – and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

You have read the above ingredients correctly – A European brewer using hops that are typically used to brew American style Pale Ale and India Pale Ales (IPA). Nøgne Ø brewing company has done a good job in my opinion.

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I had the chance to purchase one bottle (1PT .9 FL OZ) of their Pale Ale a few weeks ago. After arriving home from a trip to Chicago, I popped open the bottle. I have to say I was a bit surprised. What I was enjoying was essentially an American Style Pale Ale. Information from the label on the bottle tells a bit more about the brewers mission:

The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits. The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission: to make ales of personality and individuality. Brewing in traditional styles but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing, these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.

Alcohol Content: 7%

IBU’s: 40

Company Website: http://www.nogne-o.no

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