HGH Part Duh - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
Canned November 2011.
Pours a clear, medium amber color with a rather large off-white creamy head that recedes to leave patchy, streaky, long-lasting lacing.
Aromas begin with resiny, medicinal, piney and citrusy fruit-forward hops. There is a light toasted malt backbone but only serves a vessel for the big hops.
The tastes follow the nose with a slightly sweet candy maltiness but then the grapefruit, pine and blood orange hop flavors take over and dominate with bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly abrassive and bitter and this is a year old...
Overall this reminds me a great deal of Lukcy 13 from Stone. It's like a big Imperial Red Ale but the hops were a bit too resinous and bitter for my liking, would like to have had more flavor and late hopping but that is just my personal preference for all hop forward beers.
11-26-2012 20:14:55 | More by claspada
4.98/5 rDev +15.5%
Had on tap at Mahaffeys for Oskar Blues Beer and Cheese Pairing on 1/26/12 (this one was paired with an aged Manchego if anyone cares).
A: poured a slightly hazy deep orange-brown, one finger of a cream colored head.
S: fresh hops at the forefront, with a bit of malty booziness in the background. consistent orangey-citrus popping with the carbonation.
T: resinous hops that are quickly balanced by a fruity maltiness. absurdly fresh tasting. notes of grapefruit, mango, orange.
M: velvet. low-moderate carbonation, but sticky-sweet from the hops.
O: one of the best beers I've ever had. The rep from Oskar Blues called it a double IPA, but I think the "strong ale" classification is probably more appropraite, as it blends the delicious fresh-hops of a quality IPA with a generous serving of malt. Was also told by the rep that it was the last remaining keg he was aware of in the US so I made sure to go back to mahaffeys for 4 more before it kicked. Can't wait to see what Part 3 turns in to.
07-19-2012 20:21:49 | More by bmmortale
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
A - pours a deep orange color, farily hazy. head formation is light, carbonation seems low.
S - Fairly fruity, lots of esters. Little bit of american hops, piney and earthy.
T - Easy drinking - very smooth and sweet. Carbonation is relatively light. Lots of esters, but you wouldn't much feel like its hoppy.
M - Smooth and creamy. Light amount of carbonation, goes off smoothly.
O/D - A good beer, a really great offering with their home grown hops..
04-20-2012 23:03:04 | More by katan
4.9/5 rDev +13.7%
Pours a healthy toasted orange color, with a distinctive gold tint to it. It is translucent and cloudy, however no individual particles of sediment are visible. A pillowy, cream colored head of foam tops the brew and it seems to be retaining itself quite nicely. Later when I drank a significant portion there was thick lacing present on the glass. When I inhale the aroma I instantly get that nice resinous hop character, but this is probably the most sweetness I have noticed accompanying it. This sort of juicy fruit aroma really jumps out - I am imagining apricot, clementines, grapefruit, kiwi, mango, and strawberry. This is going to be tangy! Must have some decent malt flavor in there. Now for the taste! Wow - this is certainly different. It has a smooth, somewhat light mouth feel that caught me off guard, considering the fact that this is a strong ale, and starts off with a big, sweet, malty fruit flavor - almost like an APA. The finish consists entirely of that pleasant hop bitterness, similar to what you would get with a DIPA. It warms and tingles on the way down. Very satisfying. No hint of the strong ABV as one sips... perfect! This beer, to me is a combination of some of my favorite beer characteristics. It really exudes freshness and was a unique treat, especially since I got hooked up with this out of state!
03-14-2012 00:49:31 | More by Neorebel
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
APPEARANCE: Burnt orange and very cloudy with a thick, off-white head of about three quarters of an inch. The head has pretty solid retention and settles into a quarter-inch cap while leaving a frothy ring of lace around the top of the glass. That lacing continues throughout the rest of the glass and leaves a very, very solid and thick layer of foam all the way down the back of the glass.
SMELL: The smell is gorgeous – a lot of bitter grapefruit and citrus with a little banana and resinous pine in the background.
TASTE: After the smell, this is not at all what I expected, but the surprise was not bad. This is a ton maltier than I anticipated with caramel and sweeter tropical fruits (mango, a touch more banana) lead the way. This does not, however, mean that the hops are in hiding. They are present in full force throughout the sip providing a nice bitter balance to the sweet malts.
MOUTHFEEL: If a beer was ever a beer smoothie, I think this would be it. It is creamy up front with a lot of fruit, but the hops are resinous and sticky, very reminiscent of Gordon (G’Knight). The light carbonation tickles the palate a bit, but never overpowers the sweet, sticky creaminess of this one. Really spot on feel for the flavor.
OVERALL: Oskar Blues nails it again, but as usual, not in the way I expected. I thought that all of the hops would make this a big, bitter and delicious IPA-like beer. Instead, it is more like a big, imperial and sweet red with a ton of hoppy backbone.
03-09-2012 05:33:30 | More by StoneTSR
4.7/5 rDev +9%
On-tap at Old Chicago's served in a standard pint glass. The beer arrives a murky muddy brown color with minimal head. Some retention and lacing. The aroma yields a malty base from which the citrus hop character builds. Hints of tangerine, grapefruit, and passion fruits. The flavor starts with a strong malty caramel flavor, so much so it's almost coffee rich. The hops quickly burst through and provide the citrus flavors described in the nose. Incredibly well balanced and seems to evolve as it warms. Medium bitterness. No hint of a higher abv. I am not sure how this could taste any better. Full bodied with good carbonation. Finishes creamy smooth. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I will be drinking this beer again, hopefully, soon. Highly recommended.
02-11-2012 15:27:50 | More by hopfacebrew
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
On draught at the local Old Chicago, I had a few over a couple of days to get a proper grasp of the beer.
It poured a rusty colour with a small head of foam and very little lacing. Caveat, OC uses a nitro co2 mix.
It smelled bitter from the get go, grapefruity, tropical fruity, with a solid malt backbone.
The taste had some very "juicy" hop flavours of grapefruit and tropical fruit but as the beer warmed up, the malt got stronger and stronger. Caramel malt ended up sharing top billing with the hops and made it more American Strong Ale like and I enjoyed it even more.
This is quite the unique take on the style for me and I ended up giving it a firm 2 thumbs up. I'll be drinking more.
01-29-2012 16:56:46 | More by Bitterbill
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
Had this on tap at Old Chicago. Served in a standard pint glass. Hazy, burnt cooper color. Creamy, tan colored head. Good lacing
Aroma had some strong maltiness backed with a tropical hop aroma. Some caramel and toffee. Nice fresh hop aroma without overpowering the malt
Taste had some nice caramel sweetness upfront with a Orange, tropical and slightly piney grapefruit finish. Bitter, but not overly bitter. Mild roast and chocolate notes. Abv is subtle
Mouthfeel was medium/heavy body, medium carbed and lightly sticky finish
Overall really enjoyable. Loved the hop forwardness of it. Abv doesn't overpower it although I could see aging it being very good also. Really tasty hop profile.its of citrus and tropical flavors
01-26-2012 00:12:55 | More by riored4v
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
I had this on tap in North Carolina, served with some other rarish Oskar Blues offerings. The menu notes: "American strong ale made with hops from the Oskar Blues Hops & Heifers farm. 8% ABV, double dry hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Summit, and whole Cascades. Served in NC, strange...
It's a dark burnt orange color, close to brown, with some slight haze and a creamy foam. nice nose, strong citrus and resin character which is matched somewhat by a strong malt base. Caramel competes with the hops, giving an overall impression of a massive beer (more than just balanced).
On tasting the first thing I notice is the sticky and creamy body, this stuff is pretty thick. And sticky, like the oils were plundered from the while hops. It tastes as massive as it smells, with lots of sweetness from the malts and less hops bitterness than maybe you'd expect. While I'd prefer less malts and more hops, this isn't an IPA. Pretty much they hit the mark with these homegrown hops.
01-25-2012 00:40:14 | More by TurdFurgison
3.6/5 rDev -16.5%
Oskar Blues HGH, 32-oz growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery for $7.99. A "Strong Ale juice brewed with hops locally grown at Oskar Blues". Interesting...
Appearance: Served in a Founders pint, HGH comes looking like a solid-but-average DIPA, very similar to G'Knight. Transparent amber color, good visible carbonation, solid frothy head that lasts. Some thick lacing after sipping.
Smell: Strange. I get freshly-grated Parmesan right away, plus some stinky raw-milk cheese and wild flowers. Honey, spice on the back and dry hops.
Taste: Lotta hops right away, then clover honey and spicy sweetness. Herbal, tea-like flavors. Some grapefruit, maybe, but barely a hint of that crazy-citrus flavor you find in a West Coast IPA. The malt backbone is very much like Double Bastard's.
Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Spicy-hoppy finish, too dry for me. Water, please! That double-dry hopping is definitely present.
Overall: This thing is very drinkable and good alright, but not mind-blowing. It feels to me like drinking a Double Bastard with honey and sugar added. The sweetness is not so pleasant. Would like to try again from a can.
01-20-2012 00:23:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Pour - coming out of the can HGH is slightly viscous and fills the glass a bright orange and ruby-eqsue red color. Great looking, foamy off-white head that leaves some wonderful lacing. Who doesn't like lacing?
Aroma - first whiff and out comes cotton candy, burnt sugar, mango, passion fruit, mandarin oranges, sweet tea and hints of lemons and lime. Lots of aroma packed into this little can.
Taste - wow. Grapefruit and mango all over the place! This has some very strong tropical fruit notes with a nice malty sweet backbone that doesn't smother those delicate flavors. Certainly not an overly bitter brew, this has so much going on that I didn't expect. I'm loving all the tropical notes in this very unique brew!
Overall - awesome job creating something altogether delicious and flavorful and not just high in ABV and IBUs. This may pack a punch but you don't notice it and its cerainly not going to leave you're tongue all dried out. Well balanced, unique in character and just plain enjoyable. I wish I had a lot more of these!
12-01-2011 01:13:24 | More by indiapaleale
HGH Part Duh from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.