India Pale Ale tasting notes
Nøgne Ø India Pale Ale is the brewery best seller, a rich and malty IPA. Pours hazy golden with a small, sticky lacing white head on top. Aroma of tropical fruits,caramel, biscuit, herbal and citrus hops, hints of cheese and malts. Taste is quite bitter up front, well balanced, with some citrussy and herbal notes over a tangy background. Finish is quite long and bitter. Full bodied and quite bitter overall, but not at expense of drinkability. A great Imperial Pale Ale.
Modern IPA's are decidedly hoppy and bitter, with strong hoppy and floral aromas, specially from American hops such as Citrus and Mosaic. Some versions are dry-hopped to get an even more intense aroma. Its color ranges from medium-gold to amber and even to dark brown and black in the case of Black IPA's. The body is medium-light and the ABV is not very high, in the range of 5 to 7,5% ABV. The English styles have a more sweet character derived of the malts used (giving them a caramel, bread, and toast touch).