Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria.
Poured a light orange copper with a white head. Nose brings a bit of citrus zest along with some mild grainy notes. Taste offers some hops, but.not what I would expect from the IPL "style." Some citrus and a bit of an herbal taste. Mouhfeel is light and slightly bitter. Drinks fairly well but is not what it could be given the hoppy portfolios of the breweries individually.
10-07-2010 00:14:36 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-05-2012 04:35:15 | More by kylehay2004
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
This beer poured out as a clear golden yellow color, the head was big and white. The lacing was pretty good looking too. The smell of the beer was a little grassy but had a good amount of hops to help cover it up a bit. The taste of the beer was a little bit like a pilsner but it was kind of sweet and had a good hop quality to it as well. I found it to be a little interesting. The mouthfeel was pretty light, medium bodied at most. Overall I found it to be pretty good but wouldn't have to try it again.
07-03-2011 05:00:32 | More by Knapp85
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured at the Mellow Mushroom from a bomber into a stadard pint glass a slight chill hazed copper with a thinner but well sustained white head.Vienna lager-like aromas in my opinion,caramel malt with a bit of spicy/herbal hop,the alcohol sweetness shows thru a little as the beer warms.A little thinner than expected in the mouthfeel department,not quite watery but nowhere near it should be.Sweet caramel doughiness is the main flavor component that I picked up,light herbal hops in the finish,again the alcohol sweetness does creep a little.Not a real bad beer, and its a bit different but not worth the hefty price tag it commands.
01-25-2011 12:59:13 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
Nice jewel-tone orange, deep saturated color. Fluffy cap of foam that stays around for a bit. Sticky crest of lacing arcs around the glass, retaining some dimension. A thick ring of foam remains around the edge of the liquid, while a wispy skim floats on the surface.
Sweet malty nose, initially a little skunky from noble hops. Later a swirl brings out dry floral aromatics, a little bit perfumey.
Medium bodied with some bitter citrus peel, and dry weedy notes. Fleeting malt sweetness in the form of crispbread or crackers. Bitter citrus tea. Dry bitterness lingers in the back of the throat, like after eating a raw dandelion. Carbonation is ok, but the jarring dandelion bitterness building in the finish doesn't really jive with the beer as a whole. Something I can finish, but not hoping for a repeat brewing of this one.
Time may have faded this some, unfortunately the stamped date was smudged on all the bottles at the store. "~ 18 10" (can't make out the 1st digit, probably an 8 or 9, judging from the earliest reviews here...making this brew 2-3 months old).
11-30-2010 00:50:32 | More by emerge077
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, a good amount of hops and some citrus.
T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus along with some herbal tea notes in the background. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are some better beers in the style but this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.
07-19-2011 04:11:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper-orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves patchy lace.
S - Bready malt with significant toasted notes. Some dry caramel and toffee in the background with just a hint of herbal hops.
T - Moderately sweet, toasty malt up front. Some hop flavor and moderate bitterness creeps up in the middle. Finishes with intense, burnt toast notes and strong bitterness. Lingering burnt bread flavors coat the palate along with musty hop flavors and a light note of grapefruit.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - This is a well named and truly odd beer. It comes across more or less as a strong Octoberfest beer, but then it hits hard with harsh bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for something floral and strongly aromatic like Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner but this is really just bitterness without hop flavor and aroma to match. An interesting experiment, but the results are kind of mediocre.
09-29-2010 05:02:57 | More by nickfl
3.68/5 rDev +4%
22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.
Pours a crystal clear copper, with a rich frothy finger of off-white head. This retains well, with a robust foamy flare-up that leaves a good bit of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is grassy and citric, with a fair it of spiciness happening, as a peppery push of flavor sits in front of some tight malty notes of caramel and bread. I'm digging it for the most part.
The taste is bitter with leafy green citrus flavors that are backed by a smooth malt backbone of grains and some slightly caramelized sweetness. A bit of a grassy feel sits on the edges of the profile. The spiciness of the hops definitely carries over from the nose and sticks in the finish along with some dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and generally easy feeling, with a silky crispness that glides along in the mouth. That 7% ABV is very nicely hid as well. I would have never guessed it was that high.
This was certainly interesting; with both IPA and Lager characteristics pulling this in both directions. I guess ultimately I enjoyed the smooth Lager body on this but I wish that the IPA flavors had been maybe a bit more forceful (since this is the way that the flavor profile seemed to be mostly directed). Maybe this was a bit underwhelming considering that I really enjoyed the last two collaborations between these breweries. I guess you can't knock them all out of the park but this was still decent.
01-26-2011 19:48:11 | More by Kegatron
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
Beer is orange / amber with mild haze and white head that leaves lacing on the glass.
Hop bomb citrus ale, I had this pegged as an IPA but this is another one of the IPL, India Pale Lagers, not as good as humulus but still quite good.
Beer is light to medium in body and quite bitter. The hop flavors are a little lacking the mid palate and the connectivity of the palate is off. Since this is a lager, I would aim for more a keller creaminess with the strong hop presence. That would be an awesome way to do it IMO. This beer is OK.
10-08-2010 18:14:50 | More by drabmuh
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA
A collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin.
Poured a copper color with a small white head. Fairly balanced aroma with caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Taste-wise, it started off ok, very earthy, bready, and amber ale-ish. But it didn't have much flavor and the aftertaste was kind of stale. Medium body, and not overly drinkable. Good, but overall, not very memorable.
05-21-2011 23:57:08 | More by Rifugium
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: pours a lighter amber color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.
Smell: light caramel sweetness and a bit of floral hop bitterness are pleasant on the nose.
Taste: decent malt profile here as caramel, red apples, a bit of earthiness, and a moderate bitterness create a nice flavored lager.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.
Drinkability: this beer went down smoothly and can be consumed pretty quickly. Somewhat refreshing too.
10-30-2010 13:33:14 | More by Gavage
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light herbs, cut wood, and mild bits of corn and butter.
Taste is buttered popcorn, light herbs, fresh bread and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, doughy, and smooth
Reminded me of a lagered Whitbread.
09-12-2010 21:14:11 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev +12.4%
Collaboration with Terrapin. This is not an IPA, I'd call it an Imperial Pilsner maybe- lager yeast, german malts and hops. Very interesting, and the closest beer I'd say it's like is Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Pours a dark amber with a fairly light head, constant streaming bubbles and some spotty lacing. Smells of very bitter earthy hops and a good bit of tangy lager yeast. The taste is more of the same with lots of bitter hops and some buttered popcorn and lager tanginess. Smooth in the mouth with a bitter finish. This took a little getting used to, but I enjoyed it.
09-13-2010 00:36:52 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body that is crystal clear with a sea of microbubbles racing to a thick creamy antique white head that last a good bit.
S- The sweet aroma of dry caramel, honey malt and raw grain has some biscuit malt notes that come through as it warms. This beer was fragrant even during the pour and has a nice complexity
T- The dry Munich and caramel malt flavor have an orange flavor that finishes with a pungent Noble hop finish that lingers for a moment in the dry finish. As the beer opens there is a light lemon herbal flavor to the hops in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and a tight little fizz.
D- The bright crisp flavors of layers of malt are complimented by some good hops with some nice depth as well. This drinks like a session beer and hides the alcohol well.
04-27-2011 21:48:53 | More by rhoadsrage
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a very clear, light golden. head shows promise, but dies down to a white collar. Could use more fluff or lacing or both.
Dry tree, grass and green lemon aroma. Is it piny? Not sure. Can't quite place it. Light malt, biscuit comes and goes.
Flavors play off the aromas. Kind of grassy, a bit of citrus. Crisp at first, but it doesn't keep it up. Almost like a Czech pilsener, but just shy of everything.
Fairly easy drinking, but not always enjoyable. I don't normally pair beer with food, but wouldn't mind having this one with some chicken quesadillas or something close.
09-25-2010 22:07:27 | More by Mebuzzard
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottled 6-18-10. Consumed 12-03-10.
A: A flat weathered orange has a frothy 1 finger head that displayed very good retention. Inside a small steady stream of tightly knitted micro-bubbles make their way upward. The lacing is thick and bready with a 90% glass coverage. A lager with a rustic color and well retaining head should garnish some extra merit here.
S: The nose is a mixture of its 6 different kinds of hops. Unfortunately the combination is more of a hodge-podge rather then individual merit. A mixture of wet grass, moist orange-peels and chives are present. Fresh wet pine needles can be detected underneath. Definitely a decent amount of hoppage for a lager style, though muddled for the most part. Half the hops would of made more of an individual distinction.
T: Kinda strange first impression. Spicy citrus with a flowery edge comes through with a good amount of bitterness on the finish. Pine and floral notes with some alcohol warmth and stale grains are also about. The hops are bitter on the swallow but again the hodge-podge contraption and overuse of different varieties moot each other out with a light stale malt support.
M: Light bodied, some stale citrus and alcohol can be had on the tongue. Turns creamy and washy on longer holds with a soft carbonation (aka lacks the lager crispness).
D: When I think of lager, I think cool, refreshing with a distinct crispness, easy on the take. When I think India pale ale I think bitter but also crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. This beer seems to have captured the assertive bitterness of the ipa but the crisp lager likeness gets lost in the combination making it hardly distinguishable. Aptly named though not aptly suited for repeatability.
12-11-2010 00:56:26 | More by beerthulhu
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a bright and clear copper color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer. It actually looks a lot like an Oktoberfest style beer. The head settled out after a few minutes but left some decent lacing as I drank it.
The aroma shows a crisp, malty, graininess to it with a bit of caramel. Some earthy, almost peppery hoppiness comes through as well.
The taste also shows a lot of the crisp, grainy, flavors up front. They start to turn into a sweeter, caramel, maltiness towards the finish. A good amount of the earthy, German hop flavors come through and leave a moderate bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being slightly above average. Drinkability is decent, it showed off some nice flavors of the German ingredients. It almost felt like a hopped up Oktoberfest beer. It was interesting but it seemed a bit over the top at times. It went down pretty easy though and was pretty good tasting overall.
10-10-2010 21:33:26 | More by billab914
Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.