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Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Midnight Project #3 OxymoronMidnight Project #3 Oxymoron

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BA SCORE
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90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
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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Reviews by rajendra82:
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The tawny colored body was crystal clear, and formed a one finger thick head, while looking very invitingly bubbly. The smell was very hoppy, with the spicy aroma of noble hops predominating, and was followed by a whiff of caramel from the malt. The taste was a cross between a Maibock and a Festbier, as the caramel flavoring of the malt mingled with a spicy hop dryness. Crisp and toasty like a lager should be. A bit on the watery side compared to a proper IPA, but I suppose that this was a result of the cleanup done by the bottom dwelling yeast. The alcohol content did not feel anywhere near 7.2%, and the beer went down very easy. I liked this beer a lot more than I though I would. Quite different than the other Imperial Pilsners I've tasted, and a lot closer to the original inspiration.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 05:56:29 | More by rajendra82
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"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

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Midnight Project #3: Oxymoron: A Teutonic India Pale Lager
3.3/5.00

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S- stale citrus hops....ugh

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

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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.

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Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.