Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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American IPA
Ranked #3,969
Ranked #20,496
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too? That’s the challenge we answered with PINNER Throwback IPA. At 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs, this drinkable IPA uses several varieties of hops to target the ever-evolving flavor. With tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spice berry up front in the aroma and flavor, the biscuit & toasted bread at the back balance out all the hops and make a great finish to go on to your next can of PINNER. It’s the perfect beer for a little sip, sip, give.
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my fridge for a while, and I finally decided to crack it. Had VERY low expectations due to the low abv, but this had great flavor. Just enough pine going for it to keep me interested. With such a low abv, I thought this would be like drinking a bud light, but this was damn good!

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Sewercap from New York, May 17, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the Beer Pump at Jacksons. Beautiful pout, huge fluffy head, medium golden body with columns of fine carbonation. Light piney, hoppy aroma, taste is more crisp hops, light bready malts, halfway between a pils and an IPA. Great when working on handyman projects.

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stevoj from Idaho, May 09, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold appearance with a small white head and good lacing. Subtle aroma of citrus and pine. Tinny taste minimizes the contributions of the tropical fruit and toasted malts. Aftertaste is crisp and dry. Light bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel. Short lived finish.

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Photo of Reef
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/16/19

Clear gold with light haze, two fingers of white head, full lacing curtains, long lasting cap.
Lemons, pineapple, pale malt, light pine as well as grassy,herbal scents.
Sour pineapple, pine, grapefruit pith, white pepper, cracker malty flavors
Light body, soft mouthfeel with bitterness emerging when swallowed. Dry crisp finish. Strong carbonation. Plenty of flavor for the ABV. Been a few years since I tried this and this version was less bitter with better flavor.

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Reef from South Carolina, Mar 05, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - 12 oz can. golden color, clear, foamy head with ~one finger lacing.
Smell - surprisingly complex. strong notes of tropical and citrus fruits, and some pine as well.
Taste - as advertised, extremely easy drinking. even though it has 35 IBUs, I taste virtually no bitterness, while it still maintains the hop aroma and flavors that were detected in the smell. It's not as juice as a NE IPA, but packs the same punch in flavor.
Feel - light to medium bodied, average carbonation, and lowish ABV at 4.9%.
Overall - a beer that is light in booze content but not light in flavor. a pretty average looking beer that packs both good complexity in smell and taste. sometimes, looks can be deceiving.

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Profundobaso from New York, Feb 04, 2020
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2.21/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Three of these little tumors are included in the 15 variety pack I got, let's make this quick.

Look: Golden light amber, decent head retention, good carbonation.

Smell: Citrus fruits, mild tropical hues, light pine. Very mild cracker malt aroma as well.

Taste/Feel: Taste follows nose, with grapefruit and pine alongside delicate flashes of mango. Mild bitterness balanced by malty sweetness. Dry finish, slightly watery body. Tastes cheap and unpleasant.

Overall: I really don't like Session IPAs, they are an abomination. They don't make sense, and they defy the style (IPA) in a way that makes me want them all to disappear. Whoever came up with the concept of "Session IPAs" must not like or understand beer very much. Any brewer that is willing to compromise their integrity to brew such swill should be seriously considered for a boycott. Luckily, Oskar Blues is no longer brewing this but it was only after being forced to stop with their equally stupid and diluted references to cannabis, something else they don't understand at all. People are ignorant. I need to rinse my mouth out with some Russian River Valley Damnation now, pardon me.

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hophead723 from California, Jan 16, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into pub glass.

Pours nearly clear medium-gold with a limited foamy head but decent lacing.

The brew is light and refreshing on the nose, with moderate citrus aromas (grapefruit and orange zest) and hints of cracker/biscuit/grainy malt.

The brew's light character shines through on the palate as well. Honey-kissed malt sweetness quickly gives way to citrus oils and zest, and hints of floral and earthy hop bitterness--but all with a restrained touch. The brew finishes with some tropical sweetness married with just a touch of resin bitterness.

The brew is very well carbonated, medium-light, and nearly crisp.

A decent, but unremarkable session ale.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Dec 15, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average pour from a 12-oz. can produced a finger of off-white soapy foam with a creamy cap, long retention and blotches of lace. Hazy translucent golden-straw color,

Citrus and piney hops greet the nose, bread dough and cracker in the rear with dank hops.

Neutral on sweetness with moderate bitterness, the citrus is orange, lemon zest and grapefruit. Pale and lightly toasted malts rise along with pine and resin. The finish is fast and clean, semi-dry with above average bitterness. Pine and resin linger for a while.

Medium-light malty rich body with above average carbonation. Some Juice, soft and smooth. Alcohol is cleverly disguised. Straight forward and true to style.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Nov 18, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you are a fan of IPA's and enjoy the Dale's American Pale Ale variation then you will enjoy this beer. Smooth and crisp not too hoppy but neither ventures into the realm of the bland either. Enjoyed it. If presented the opportunity I would recommend that you give it a run.

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Photo of RC_Saunders
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not so hazy gold in color. Smells super hoppy, starts off somewhat bitter but finishes relatively smooth. Hard to explain......overall it’s a session so it’s low ABV. I would drink it again....good pool or picnic beer

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RC_Saunders from North Carolina, Jul 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2/13/15; drank 3/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance.

Huge off-white head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus & mild lemon notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Lemon & mango flavors up front; tangy grapefruit & sweet honey on the finish.

Assertively fruity but extremely drinkable; a session home run. I hope to enjoy a few this summer...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 20, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Certainly better than expected. That initial taste of hops is powerful but not overbearing. Has a citrus, fruity smell, giving way to great anticipation of the taste. It is a hazy IPA with a pale wheat-like coloring. There was minimum head but gentle lacing. The feel was crisp and the after-taste was pleasant, lingering for awhile. It may not be the best IPA out there but it is a really good contender. For some it may be a bit more flavorful than they may like compared to others that are rated higher; but a very good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 5-20-19 (opened 6-29-19).
1" white head, decent retention and sticks as a full cap with some decent lacing, pale yellow IPA with a bit of chill haze.
Pineapple, orange, some pine and a definite doughy malt undertone. Appealing aroma on this smaller IPA (4.9%).
Orange-pineapple juice with a thinner body. Pine flavors come through late, along with the doughy malt base.
Light body, medium carbonation, well balanced and full of flavor at this ABV.
Really enjoyable and definitely a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color. Frothy white head when poured from the tap. Lots of lacing and it just clings to the glass like crazy.
The nose has a nice mellow pine aroma. Not too strong, but pleasing.
Taste there is a nice pine flavor, but like the nose, not too strong, but pleasing.
The body is decent. The hops do linger a bit in my throat.
Decent all around beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned 04/18/19, code ANOTHER FORTUNE?
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden (approaching amber) color with one to two finger, white head nearly a finger of long lasting retention, and limited, soap sudsy lacing.
S: Fruity with aromas of lemon, pineapple, melon, and nectarine. There is a bit of graininess.
T: Dry. Flavors largely lemon, grapefruit, caramel, and white pepper. Fairly strong, peppery bitterness that seems characteristic of Oskar Blues brews. Lingers as a tingling on the tongue.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
O: Nice aroma and flavor for a fairly low ABV AIPA. Would certainly have it again or recommend it.

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VoxRationis from New York, May 29, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dumb name, okay beer. Purchased as part of the OB variety pack. Biscuit malt and grapefruit, pine. A bit of berry flavor on the finish, with a bit of herbalness. Well made but eh.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Semi-clear gold with rich white head and sticky lacing.
N: Pine, citrus, floral and bread notes.
T: Very rich in flavor, lots of citrus and tropical notes with a floral sweetness and chewy bread feel.
M: Light to medium, clean and zero bite.
O: A really enjoyable IPA, loads of flavor.

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Photo of rlauer
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very average session IPA. Citrusy, acidic, yet syrupy, and ewwww a funky finish. Not really a fan of this beer. Seems a bit watered down. It's the Miller LIte of session IPAs for sure. But better than a Bud.

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rlauer from Pennsylvania, Mar 25, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap. Crystal clear gold with one finger head. Moderate amounts of berry, citrus, tropical fruit. Very easy drinking with just a hint of malt. Lighter on the bitterness. Medium finish.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Low carbonation, light in color. Aroma is light, fruity hops, with a touch of honey. Nice hoppy flavor, not too bitter, which is expected for a session IPA. Slightly viscous mouthfeel with a dry finish.

I enjoy this beer. It may be every bit as good as All Day IPA, but I’ll have to try them side by side to picke a winner.

This beer should be way more popular. Has Founders done better marketing with All Day or is it that I’m in the Midwest and it’s just a local choice thing. Maybe it’s different in the West and this is more popular

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ssimpson89 from Illinois, Dec 28, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits. Taste is citrus, light pine, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it ain't bad, but it just doesn't feel like I drank an AIPA.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Dec 11, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: When pouring a beer, if I call smell the fruitiness as I pour, that is a good thing. Up close,smells a bit more tropical side. Tangerine?
L: Tiny carb bubbles, no head and slight lace. Light orange to yellow.
F:: Dry. Little cream. Little burn. Tangerine aftertaste more like a candy.
T: Here's the thing with session beers for me. They can be light with less alcohol, but they need to hit at least one note of the style in flavor. This is sweet but dry. Hoppy but cut off at the knees. Yes, the tangerine is there but cut off with no follow through. Hollow.
O: It smelled great, but tastes like hops water to me.

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Photo of tjstrat
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking pale golden color. It smells very fresh with mild hop and roasted malt, and tastes similarly with great hop flavor. However, large bubbles look just like they taste with crisp carbonation that leaves me wanting more character and body. Due to the lack of body, it acts like a lighter beer.

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tjstrat from Wisconsin, Aug 24, 2018
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, I get it, it’s a “sessionable” IPA. it looks nice and smells nice but the taste is rather watery. It has the American hops you expect but lacks enough malt character to back it up. I guess that’s the trade off and I’ve had much worse. But I’ve also had much better. I don’t think you can make a truly sessionable ale that tastes worth a damn, stick to a good Pilsner for that. It’s ok.

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Photo of Texb4
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The dominant flavor for me was canned pineapple juice, which while it was mixed with the holy hoppy IPAs I love, was not really what I was looking for... won’t drink again - much better stuff out there

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Texb4 from New York, Aug 02, 2018
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