OSKAr The G'Rauch - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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OSKAr The G'Rauch
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90
outstanding

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration between Oscar Blues and Ska Brewing.

(Beer added by: znichols on 11-22-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark yellow body with lasting foam. Very smooth, though residual tongue tingling. A mild smoke aroma. The hops are here, they support the smoke beer to make the latter something more complex. The hops lend taste, but are not the main show.
Can from Jason Bach, thanks buddy!

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight smoke flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoke aspect only comes through in the flavor and is pretty subdued in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The clear amber liquid arrives with a decent cap that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Piney and citrusy with a distinct peat character

Taste: Up front, the smoky/peaty flavors build a malty base with the hops adding a nice bitter angle; the smoked flavors continue to balance, after the swallow, and I think I detected a bit of heat in the finish though that may have come from the food I was eating

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty darn nice rauch from the Oskar Blues folks; very nicely balanced

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very unique as the smoked beers go, as this one only gets that bonfire essence in the finish, and other than that is basically a hoppy strong ale. darker than golden in color, but rather clear, brassy maybe, with a solid inch of off white head with excellent lace. smells smoky, but it also smells quite hoppy, balanced but very odd, totally unique to me. smells like a mix of freshness and dusty antiques, a very odd sensory experience. the flavor is a tale of two beers. the first half of the journey is a dense, fairly bitter fall type strong beer, while the second half is all about the smoke. not cedar smoke, but something different than usual. like when I grill with mesquite, its got the same properties, penetrating and memorable. odd finish though. good mouthfeel, thick and sudsy, and well enough carbonated. overall a very cool collaboration that seems just right in late autumn.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was overjoyed to be able to try this on tap at Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, enjoyed with the turkey sandwich on rye special and bountiful seafood soup.

The IPA was served chilled in a standard pint glass.
the color is bright golden with lots of haze in the clarity aspect with thick fluffly looking white head. The lace sticks in a film and holds well. The smell is great it has a tangy juicy aroma with mild grapefruit and light pine with some lemon zest and hint of malt sweetness in the aroma with slight tropical fruit quality. Tangy and juicy in feel with medium bittterness and subtle sweetness and mild astringency with moderate carbonation and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is again as I have said twice before: tangy. The tropical aspect of the hops comes out more in the taste than either the feel or aroma though as it has a lightly acidic grapefruity taste with grassy element and mild pineapple fruitiness with a warm spice taste and mild malt sweetness mid palate with a light alcohol flavor buried under all the hop oils in the residual taste. Overall a Delicious beer w/ lots of Hop Flavor and extremely drinkable considering the abv, unsure why it is listed as an American IPA, it seems worthy of a Double category but the bitterness is very smooth on the other hand.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You ever have one of those moments where based on looks alone, you think you were served the wrong brew? This was listed as a smoked beer on the menu and having never had it before, I was not aware it was a smoked DIPA.

The brew appears a hazy golden color with a firm white head. Some spotty strings of lace stick to the glass and it holds with very impressive retention.

The aroma is strikingly reminescent of orange marmalde with citrus and rinds. The hoppiness to this coupled with fruity alcohol notes leads the way for a pleasant smelling DIPA. Very faintly across the back does the smoked quality start to emerge and it actually integrated quite well with the fruit character.

The flavor is rindy like hops. It comes across like the nose suggests: orange marmalade. Some bitter herbal pith and faint smoke flavoring. A minor sort of candied orange appeal is present. The restraint shown in the smoked aspect is probably the most impressive aspect. Where this could have been a real train wreck of clashing character, it instead blends together quite nicely.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest inclusion of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking. Overall, much better than I was expecting and if the opportunity presented itself, id probably order it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottle Revolution

A - orange with a thin, white head

S - citrusy, the smoke is very faint

T - bread, pine, smoke, citrus, wood

M - medium bodied, smooth, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This was a nice twist on an IPA. I was hesitant about the smoke, but it was subtle and played well with the hop character. I thought this beer had nice drinkability and to me it was a bit unique. It's definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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OSKAr The G'Rauch from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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