The taste was a little more complex than a typical pale ale. It was hoppy, certainly, but there was also a bit of sweetness and malt flavor. I'd definitely prefer it over the Summit pale ale, though I think the 500ml-bottle was a bit pricey.
Nøgne Ø advertises itself as "The Uncompromising Brewery" and says it is American-inspired. The name translates as "naked island."
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