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One Hit Wonder - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fruity esters and generous dry-hopping give this 9% ABV ale the aroma of tropical fruit while a touch of English crystal malt provides the perfect backdrop for tangy hop flavors of tangerine and mango. We brewed 200 cases of this small-batch one hit wonder.

(Beer added by: JMBSH on 02-20-2011)
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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%

12oz can, canned 2/17/11. Pours a light reddish amber with a big pillowy creamy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit different - fruity, minty hops, and a bit of wort and some popcorn.

The flavor is some unfermented sugars and sweet caramel malts with some minty hops that give a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it was a bit odd. I kept thinking of wort while drinking it.

Beaver13, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Always a treat to try a new Colorado DIPA (sadly just a one timer apparently)from Oskar Blues. This one was on draft at my local, The Birdsall House, in Peekskill, NY.

Pours orange hued amber, minor medium tan head, leaving just a smidge of lace here and there.

Citric nose with flourishes of lemons and oranges.

Complex and well balanced DIPA, loaded with flavor and intrigue. More notes of oranges, lemons, solid crunching hop presence. I also got some mintyness. Healthy malt undercoating. No surprise that is a very enjoyable, bold, thoroughly hoped and flavorful brew. Jump on it if you see it in your neighborhood

Billolick, May 15, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

12oz can poured into a Mikkeller tulip. Thanks to mulder1010 for shipping this one back from his vacation!

Pours a ruby orange with a large two finger head of fluffy, slightly off-white, foam that laces well and sits just above film. Not the colour i expected but the foam and lacing more than made up for it.

Fruity, sweet aroma, was told to drink this quick due to hop fade and agree that it has faded a bit on the nose. Slight booziness coming through late on the smell of this.

Taste is sweet, backed with some caramel and i'm getting a beer that isn't really a double IPA anymore and something halfway towards Bigfoot as a US barleywine. Not a bad thing, but probably not as the brewer intended. Get a touch of pine and citrus as well, but by no means a heap. The ABV is very well hidden in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is sticky, sweet and syrupy. Not a lot of bitterness to counteract.

Overall, one of the problems of reviewing to style is that this gets hit a bit hard for not really being a Double IPA anymore. Still, i quite like it, inoffensive, well hidden ABV and enjoyed drinking it.

MrKennedy, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +27.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a nice clean amber with with a light tan head.

The smell had a nice herbal hop nose with a bit of malty sweetness.

The flavor is nicely balanced for a big IPA, a big sweet malty caramel backbone with big thick and herbal hops. Light Honey notes very prominant as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with some hop resin.

I like this, I'm more partial to the big malty balanced style of IIPA vs. the one dimensional hop bombs.

bashiba, May 31, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Thanks, Craig.

Clear copper with a thin, fleeting head. The nose has a big grapefruit character backed by sweet caramel malt and ripe pineapple.

Sweet on the tongue with grapefruit and pineapple hop flavors. The malt backbone is substantial and very caramelized. It becomes more grainy toward the finish, ending with a mildly bitter hop bite. Herbal hop flavors linger on the tongue along with crystal malt breadiness.

A decent effort, but nothing special - I'd take a pint of Gordon over this.

largadeer, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrus hops with some malt, nice but not a lot going on here.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt with bitter citrus peel hops. Picking up some pineapple. I'm also noticing a somewhat weird flavor in there as well, almost salty. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a nice IPA, but there is an off flavor in there. It doesn't ruin the beer, just distracts. Decent balance.

oline73, May 20, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a clearish medium to dark amber orange color with an average, frothy off-white head that recedes to leave some solid lasting, lacing.

Aromas begin moderate to heavy fruity and hoppy, highlighted by orange, mango and tangerine. Then comes in some solidly distinctive English malt character. It's hard for me to explain the difference between English and American crystal malts but as a homebrewer you can tell the difference. It is slightly more caramel and toffee forward then traditional Ameican malt.

The tastes follow the nose but in reverse with the sweet bready pale toasted malts and some equally present caramel maltiness. Then comes in the orange and tropical fruit hop flavors. For being a 9% strong ale there isn't a drop of alcohol flavor at all and I am drinking this right out of the box in my cellar (was given as an extra).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a nice blend of sweetish malt and big tropical drying hops.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The extra malt backbone makes this surprisingly drinkable and balanced the the hop assault. Some light to be beaten to death with hops, I prefer a balanced and this is that which is a testiment for such a big beer.

claspada, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

Big thanks to Rake for this one. Much appreciated.

Can poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy, copper orange color. Looks ait sweet and syrupy in the glass. Half finger off white head that quickly went to film. Not much more when swirling. Low visual carbonation.

S-- Lots of sweet Carmel in the nose. followed by tangerine and lime jello. Hops have reaally faded in the nose. Barley wine quality nose now.

T-- Sweet Carmel, tangerine, faded grapefruit and lime cordial. Really the taste is closer to a barley wine now as well.

M-- Get Pine and grapefruit in the back of the mouth. Faded but get the idea of what it was fresh. Tangerine and lime stand out in the front. Slightly sweet and syrupy. Low feel and low carbonation.

O-- Not bad, but not great. Just get flashes of what it was. Kind of like a lesser hopslam crossed with the Laguintias barley wine. Solid tick though.

mulder1010, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of beer4colin
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Bukowski Boston with BA brothers.

A - crystal clear nut brown pour into 12 oz tulip. Minimal head with wispy clingy lace.

S - Monimal. Hint if pine with some lemony notes.

T - very nicely balanced up front. Light toast leads into an hoppy finish, almost effervescencent. Alcohol very understated.

MF - good medium body. No alcohol burn.

O - I like OBs a lot. This is a good addition and will be featured in my cooler soon.

beer4colin, May 03, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a clear golden orange color with a fluffy white head. At this point, the beer is definitely sweet and has lost a fair amount of hop character. But, there is a really nice fruitiness, particularly pineapple and sweet citrus fruits. Mild pine and a fairly strong toffee aroma. The fruit character is strong on the palate as well and there is a really good pine flavor, but only a mild bitterness. Might even be a little floral/honey quality to it.

womencantsail, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of 10shb
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Got this from the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, CO. Apparently it is only available at the taproom and is a one-time-only special (hence the name), but I hope they bring it back! I like it a whole lot better than Gordon, in any case.

Nice thumb of head on the beer, slightly sweet smell. VERY interesting aftertaste with a hint of mango. A nice approach to the double IPA: adds flavor and alcohol in ways other than bombing the palate with hops (not that I am opposed to that). Deceptively lacking in bitterness for a 9% beer. Delicious, and would buy again if Oskar Blues changes its mind!

10shb, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.
Thanks to bashiba for this one that apparently never made it to California.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. moderate, scattered, lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and dark citrus combine in the nose to suggest gooey, fruity candy. It is decadent, yet balanced. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with a big early burst of earthy citrus hop aromatics that transition to more tea-like flavors by the middle. Caramel malt is less assertive than was suggested by the smell, resulting in a slightly hoppy imbalance on the front-end. Acidity is moderate, favorably contrasting the other, darker, flavors. Tea gives way to pineapple and other mixed tropical fruit in the middle, as esters become more apparent. Robust toasted malt also emerges late, staying through the bitter and estery finish that features a dusting of pine character. Boozy fumes appear late, tending to build up over time, as does some additional malty umami.

M: Medium viscosity; abundantly resinous and sticky on the palate with only restrained acidity felt; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a DIPA for the fans of Oskar Blues that did not appreciate the Gubna. Instead, this comes across as a close relative of Gordon, where the slight leaning toward malt in that red ale is replaced with a slight hoppy edge here. It looks and smells very much like Gordon, but the flavor is somewhat less similar, with conspicuously fruity hops dominating. It wears a bit on the palate, tapering into a slow-sipping test of endurance through the latter half.

beagle75, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of joshuaseresse
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Got this as an extra from Stoneish. Thanks Davey! Poured into a pint glass:

A - A rich, golden, amber brown color that had an initial foam head, but died really quickly to an almost non-existent foam ring. Murky, cloudy bubbles in the middle. Lacing is pretty good.

S - A bready pineapple smell, with other aromas of slight mango, orange peel and malts. Pretty good.

T - Thick bready malts with bits of pineapple. Kind of metallic flavoring and pretty boozy and the heat from it is kind of over-powering.

M - Pretty thick and syrupy. The carbonation is light. Hops leave a bittering dryness in the mouth but damn its thick and a bit hot. I've really never had this happen with an Imperial IPA.

D - At first I though this had a pretty good drinkability but as I get further into this its heat and thickness makes it kind of hard to drink. I could only drink one of these in a night. An interesting brew, but I think I've had better offerings from OB. I'm glad I got to try it but its a bit much for me and that's saying a lot.

joshuaseresse, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

rootbeerman, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of tbrown4
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Had this at Max's in Baltimore last night. This and some other rare-to-the-area OB offerings were left over from an event the night before.

A - Light orange copper, not much head, webbed lacing

S - Very light but convincing citrus, some hop bitterness

T - Immediately tastes of sticky resinous hops. As it settles in a mild malt backbone emerges. The middle feels very well rounded out. The finish is very easy bitter

M - Medium in body

O - Seems above average for the style. Fairly well balanced. The aroma was not as complex as I had hoped. It's very easy to drink. The alcohol content is not at all noticeable, this is amazing at 9%. Depending on pricing, I may seek this out again.

tbrown4, May 18, 2011
Photo of BDeibs
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

BDeibs, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Sonofalime
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Sonofalime, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of guezarka
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at American Craft. Deep orange color and nice lacing as you go along. Pine on the nose but more citrus on the tongue. Delicious hops. Sweet malty backbone that's gives a thicker mouthfeel than Gordon but balances well with the high ABV. Enjoyed it.

guezarka, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%

Chilled can into a glass. Generously shared by the late chswimmer (RIP).

A: Pours a copper body with good clarity. Short-lived off-white head.

S: Mild aromas of tropical citrus. Lots of malt in the nose on this one: caramel, something vaguely nutty.

T: It has a nutty flavor like stale almond marzipan. Caramel. Grapefruit, pineapple, and herbal hops.

M: It has some body to it along with an appropriately medium-high carbonation level. But the flavors simply don't warrant this heft.

O: Jeez, I'm beginning to think Oskar Blues doesn't know what they're doing with hops. Any chance they can brew something as good as G'Knight in DIPA form? This falls totally flat.

Arbitrator, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of JMBSH
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Hard pour gives me a thick white head. Light amber, orangish color. The citrusy scent is great. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front followed up by light hoppy aftertaste. Not as hoppy as most IIPAs but still very nice. Carbonation is very light almost feels there is none but not getting that "flat" taste. Holding my glass to direct light shows very little bubbles rising. Not much lacing left on glass walls.

JMBSH, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mfield14
5/5  rDev +27.9%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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