OSKAr The G'Rauch - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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2.91/5 rDev -28.1%
Now for something a completely different. Pours a straw colored golden with a light orangy hue. Very fizzy head with limited retention that didn't last through the taste.
The nose is muddled Hops come out at first with more citrus and pines notes. A bit of dank characters comes out when the smoke makes its presence. Some really off yeasty notes comes out. Specifically rose peddles and a jolly rancher tropical fruity note.
The taste is similar, muddled. Hops come out with a more piney and herbal with a touch citrus. The odd fruity note comes out more like in the nose. That jolly rancher almost juicy fruit character. Some bitterness but blends oddly with the smoke character. Very nice smoke with a more meaty character. Lingers into the finish that battles with the piney resinous flavor. The yeast is clean for the most part, much softer vs the nose.
The body is moderate but with some lingering sweetness. Some warming but for the ABV pretty dang smooth. Carbonation is low to none. Overall a fun beer, but I can't seem to find the rhythm on this beer. The more American hops just don't blend with the savory smoke.
03-22-2013 03:04:53 | More by Oxymoron
3.51/5 rDev -13.3%
Cloudy, dirty gold color. Solid head for a bar pour. Leaves a combo of ring and blanketing lace.
An interesting combination of grapefruit hops and apricot and plum to the nose.
Very dry start. A bit of band-aid to the flavor. Leans heavily to the hop. Astringent finish with a short pepper aftertaste. The lighter body is enhanced by the high carbonation level.
05-04-2013 19:24:53 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
Served in a snifter at Firkin.
How could I pass up a smoked IPA? This stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light leek, and light orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, without the leek, and a very light generic black smoke in the background, gaining a mild prominence in the finish and aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer, though I don't really see the point of the smoke. Without it, it's a pretty decent IPA; with it, though, things come across confused, neither facet (IPA-ness and smokiness) able to fully express itself. Still not bad, but not as good as it seemingly could be.
01-30-2013 23:34:27 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
A- Deep golden/light orange color with big, fluffy white head. Head lasts for ages. Looks like a good American IPA.
S- Smells like ripe orange and honey. Citrus hops. Not a whole lot of smoke unless you looks for it. Dripping juicy aroma. Hang with me here, but it almost has like a eggnog aroma in the end...
T- Whew, there's the smoke. The hops really offer a nice orange flavor that grabs you right away, but the smoke comes in the middle like a stampede of bacon. The finish is a battle between citrusy hops and earthy smoke. Somewhat distracting but once you get used to it, not bad. Especially nice since the abv. is hidden.
M- Standard mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of CO2 and crispness. Nothing great but not out of the ordinary.
O- Well, this is an interesting take on an IPA. I would NEVER buy a 4 pack, but i highly recommend it to any beer geek. Big orange, juicy hops and soft smoke notes. Interesting if not enjoyable.
11-22-2012 04:52:21 | More by znichols
OSKAr The G'Rauch from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.