Beer review: Nøgne Ø Two Captains

Nøgne Ø have for a couple of years brewed the winner of Norway’s national home brewing championships at their brewery. Jan Halvor Fjeld won in 2010 with the beer I’m reviewing today. Jan Halvor is currently(?) a captain at Scandinavian Airlines, an occupation that Kjetil Jikiun from Nøgne Ø also had before starting Nøgne Ø. The name of the beer, Two Captains, derives from this.

Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPALooks

I poured this beer a tad bit hard and included some sediment from the bottle into the glass. Because of this the beer has quite the muddy look to it [1].

The head is dense and has medium retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma

Bitter grassy aroma with some fruity notes. There is a nice hint of orange zest as well.

I’m not getting too much malty aromas from the beer.

Flavor

I’m getting mostly the same in the flavor as I got from the aroma. There is also a good malty backbone that is more present in the flavor. The malts help balance out the aggressive bitterness.

The mouth feel of this beer is quite creamy and it has a medium/low carbonation level which makes it really pleasant.

Finish

The finish is bitter up front with some fruity citrusy notes appearing after some seconds.

Rating

This beer is one of my favorite double IPAs. It has a huge hoppy punch which is balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. Score: 4.8/5.

Two Captains is available from Vinmonopolet, and the bottle I’m reviewing today is batch #708 and was brewed in October 2011.

Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA

Notes

  1. I usually tend to include some of the sediments found at the bottom of the bottles in the glass. I guess it’s a personal preference thing, and there is no right or wrong with this. The sediments usually include quite a bit of flavor so just try it out a couple of times and see if you can spot the difference. There is usually a huge difference in the looks as you can see from the picture above.
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