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Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

India Pale Lager

(Beer added by: Mavajo on 08-25-2010)
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Sometime around midnight in a city nobody can agree on, the idea for Left Hand and Terrapin to brew a collaboration beer was born. Oxymoron is the third in a series of one-time releases between our two breweries. A combination of contradictions embodied in liquid form, Oxymoron is an American-style IPA brewed with three German malts, six German hop varieties, and a lager yeast strain. Obnoxious yet reserved, elevated yet modest, it's the embodiment of blending two brewing philosophies together in order to achieve singularity. Consider it an expression of cruel kindness." Brewed in the style of an Imperial Pilsner.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pilsner glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head that recedes at an average rate. Body color is a hazy copper amber with sediment in suspension. Carbonation is busy and excited. Overall it's a decent appearance although not reminiscent of a pilsner in terms of coloration or substance. The chunks of matter in the beer may not be appealing either. 3.5

(Smell) Creamy caramel malts, a touch of rye malt, some honey malt. Yeast presence is bready and robust. Hop character is faint, but earthy and pine trace remains. Still not like a pilsner, and not like an India Pale Lager either. Smells much like a rye lager, very forward on malt and less on hops. A very full flavor, pretty heavy in aroma but pleasing. 3.5

(Taste) Toasted caramel grain and some peppery rye malt. The murky hop flavors are far past their prime and have rapidly faded. A remaining buttery rye character is most dominant, plus a touch of caramel and a wet cardboard funk (oxidation). I wish I'd have found this a long time ago, because a full bouquet of hop character would certainly balance this beer out. It's still surprisingly decent but has faded significantly in the fragile hop character. 3

(Mouthfeel) Creamy textures, some mild slickness and resin. Heavy bodied amongst Pilseners and India Pale Lagers, and medium+ bodied overall. The texture is quite decent for a bready, malt heavy beer. Alcohol presence is mild. 3.75

(Overall) The malt character remained mostly intact and dominant in this beer but the six types of hops were all but faded with time, leaving this malt-heavy beer out-of-balance in flavor and bitterness. Still enjoyable even at this time, I would still recommend approaching with caution and the potential of being disappointed in the lack of remaining flavor this beer has to offer. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Midnight Project #3: Oxymoron: A Teutonic India Pale Lager

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of orangeish/yellow with a one finger offwhite head...the head is very thick. That looks nice at least

S- stale citrus hops....ugh

T- mild bit of citrus hops....they not very strong or juicy. Mild bite in the end. Bleh

M- thin body. Not too bad, actually

O- I'm sure this would be a lot better fresher, but it is what it is.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very unique, once-in-a-lifetime brew. Terrapin and Left Hand have come together to create this "Teutonic India Pale Ale."

The aroma is like an IPA, fresh with a hint of citrus, but the taste is very different. As it first hits the tongue there is the light hop flavor which quickly changes to a sweet malt taste. Unfortunately, all that's left after a few moments is a strong, bitter aftertaste. Not a great beer, but not bad.

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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my own opinion, when breweries form friendships and collaborate it makes me proud to be involved in the craft beer culture. It’s what make this business better than any other. Lefthand Brewing Company and Terrapin Brewing Company have collaborated on a few different beers over the years. Oxymoron is their third beer in the limited “Midnight Project” series of beers. Oxymoron is an India Pale Lager that was brewed in the summer of 2010. Oxymoron has a 7.2% alcohol by volume and is brewed with German malts, six German hops, and with a cold fermenting lager yeast.

This beer pours a beautiful deep orange color with a mild haze. The head pours a creamy white color with a slight yellow tint. This beer smells complex and takes a second to decipher the malts, hops, and yeast profiles. I pick out notes of pine, wet-grass, berries, orange peel, and a mild iron-ish undertone. Definitely a hoppy beer, but smells less organized and more complex like an unfinished puzzle.

At first sips I recognize the similarities between the the lagered German malts in this and in traditional German lagers. Oxymoron has a light mouth feel with a slight alcohol burn but does not have the expected lager crispness. The complexity is nice but I feel like the lager yeast mutes the potential IPA intensity. I feel that less hops but with specific characteristics would have been better for a lagered IPA. The beer has a nice finish that has a dry citrus quality.

Overall this beer isn’t bad but also isn’t too special ether. It’s nice to taste this beer and start to understand the qualities of lager yeasts. It makes me want to know what other ales would taste like if you lagered the brew process. It also makes me understand why you see hoppy beers brewed with a warmer, ale, brew process. If you like tasting beer I suggest buying a bottle but if you can’t find it anymore, don’t sweat it.

My Beer Rating: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent copper color with a nice 1/5 finger of fluffy dark white head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S - Interesting blend of earthy/grassy/citrus hop character along with some malty sweetness and a bit of peppery spice.

T - The beer starts with a mild bitterness as well as the malty sweetness. The beer opens up to a grassy/earthy hop character with mild citric qualities. The peppery flavor on the nose is prevalent as well. The beer finishes somewhat dry with mild bitterness on the tongue and a decent blend of malt sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.

D - Fairly easy to put down.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-01-2011 15:12:11

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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured amber with a huge head. Lacing and retention were modest.

S: Mild grain with a hint of lemon and grass.

T: Is this an IPA? It comes on very strong with grain and bread flavors. There are some notes of grassy hops and maybe light citrus flavors. The grain and bread are truly overwhelming and leave a lingering iced tea flavor.

M: Medium in every way with recognizable fizz.

O: This is a big grainy beer. The grain and bread flavors push everything else out of the picture and render it quite difficult to drink. One was enough for me.

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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger white head on a amber with golden hues cloudy body. Nice fruity and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is more bitter than expected. Plum and fig with a piney note. Semi dry finish. Medium
body and moderate carbonation. Overall not a vet special imperial pilsner. Had better.

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Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron from Left Hand Brewing Company
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