Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,295
Ranked #23,505
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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BerkshireGuerrilla from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid effort by OB; just had a can again and honestly very impressive. Hop forward, no real malt to be had which is how I like it. Great session IPA.

Feb 18, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

do we really need another average session beer? i think not, also, an interestingly timed release for something designed for summer crushing, but yet here we have it. at least oskar blues put a new beer out finally, i have to take it. the beer is blonde and pale, short lived three quarters of an inch of white fizz on top. my girlfriend thought it smelled like a bud light, and while i do get a little corn chip action on the nose, i dont all the way agree. i think the hops selected, mosaic i think, are nice and forward and clean, which is what the style likes. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but i wanted this to be hoppier. its not all that flavorful. my other critique is that the body isnt all that light either, like, i might get full drinking a sixer of these, which i think is something to be avoided in the style. carbonation is fine, and i suppose the beer is fine on the whole too, but i would never choose this out of the growling catalog of session beers that are out there for sale in this market or any other.

Dec 19, 2014
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Trombone69 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid. Drinkable. I'm no hop head, but I find this enjoyable. I could easily have another 2 of these. I haven't been a huge fan of the Oskar Blues beers, so maybe they are getting on the right track.

May 19, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

Light, Piney, Grapefruity, Crackery

Start with the cheeky text of on the can: "Can I Be Blunt? Pack it in. Pack it out. Sip, Sip, Give." Get it? Pours a bright, pale yellow with a clingy white foam head. Soft pine, grapefruit and grass in the nose. The body is firm, crisp, and creamy. Crackery malts. Muted grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness up front, fading into grassy and floral with an oily and resiny back end and lightly sour finish. Very more-ish and poundable. This is one pinner that we wouldn't share.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 4.9% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues "Pinner Throwback IPA"
12 oz. can, "CANNED ON 03/06/[email protected]:18 XRAY SHUFFLE"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I haven't really liked a "session" IPA until now... Right now, just at this very moment, as I sit here writing this review, I can now say I really like a session IPA. Oh, I've had one's that I've liked, that have been OK... but I've only had about 2 ounces of this - I still have at least 10 oz. of Oskar Blues "Pinner" left in my glass - and I can immediately say that I love it! It hits you in the nose and then in the mouth with pineapple, mango, apricot, papaya, lime, and just a hint of grapefruit - all refreshing bright fruits. At first I thought I smelled pine in the nose and that's why it was called "Pinner", but it's not really pine-like in the flavor at all (there's a very slight bit). Could there be more malt? I really don't think so. There's enough, and any more would start to take it beyond "throwback" or "session" IPA. More importantly it's not that bitter. Hell, it's got less IBUs than many pale ales, and yet it's so 'juicy hoppy'. It's a tropical delight! The delicate but firm, bready malt and some unusual character round it out and ground it (I don't know, Zach136 pointed it out as "onion" and I totally get that but I don't know what to call it otherwise and I have no idea where it came from), but other than that it's just a stiff spine of bitterness that flies the bright green and orange flag of some unknown tropical-fruit hop nation. I've said in the past that there's a time and place for every beer, and that when my deep sea fishing vessel catches fire and burns down to just a fiberglass hull separating me from the big fish with teeth I'd go for a mass-produced light beer - no longer... I want one of these!

Apr 14, 2015
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The can says Throwback IPA. After drinking about half a pint, I can feel that a little. The beer pours a copper color with high levels of carbonation. He bubbles are really rolling on this sucker, and there is a nice rocky head that forms on pour. The aroma takes me back to the IPAs of ten years ago - Piney, Rainey, with hints of grapefruit in the background. It’s a mild aroma, but spot on classic American IPA. Taste is combination of piney and grapefruit resin hops, with an assertive yet appropriate level of bitter. Malt is a nice biscuit backbone. This beer reminds me of a paler, less intense Sierra Nevada Celebration. This is a nice drinkable IPA.

Mar 30, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I went into the U.S. Navy back in 1983 on a drug waiver and I am glad that I did because it means that I CAN openly cop to a lot of stuff and profess knowledge that I might not otherwise be allowed to without fear of repercussion(s). This is one such instance. A "pinner" is a thin, tightly rolled joint that is more paper than marijuana and looked at lenghthwise, it has the thickness of a pin. It is the opposite of a "fatty". There was a guy in our neighborhood named Dave Pickel who was famous for his "Pickel Pins", forget a Heinz Pickle Pin. Welcome to The CANQuest (tm), where all CANs are equal and anything is fair game!

From the CAN: "CAN I be blunt?"; "Sip, sip, give"; "Pack it in, pack it out"; "CANs infinitely recyclable"; "Throwback IPA".

If it were truly a "throwback", it would come with instructions, ala the first Kroger CANs or Hardywood Cream Ale. Instructions on what? How to turn the empty CAN into a one-hit bowl by punching two additional holes - one for a wire screen and one for a carb! The Feds would probably s**t themselves if such was ever submitted as a label design, but man, that would be righteous. Let me know the next time I see you and I CAN show you how it is done.

This was a classic Crack! & Glug and produced a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity and instantly, I was joined by the Gelt Brothers - Midas, Mammon and Croesus. Nose had a dank grassiness that made me wonder if I hadn't spilled my dime bag somewhere nearby. Nope, safe and sound! Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style. Once again, the taste did not match the nose, which is my big hangup with the session Pale Ales. It was weak, more tea-like than hops or ganja. I took a deep breath and exhalled, hoping to get a good rush on the finish, but to no avail. Sad face. 8=( All is not lost, however, as I am loading the bhong, er, water pipe even as I toke, I mean, type and I will wash down my next hit with some Pinner. I hope everything is cool and mellow for yinz, also.

May 03, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can to glass. Nose is tropical: citrus, pineapple, mango. Taste is Biscuity, with more sour fruit late, like grapefruit. Appearanxe: Bright golden color. Half inch white head. Fades pretty quick. Feel is just right for a session beer like this. Above average carbonation. Fairly thin, but not without some body....easy drinking. Another winner from oskar blues who has helped me cure my discrimination against canned beer.

Feb 22, 2016
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a tallboy over in Plattsburgh, NY the other day. You can get it in sixers but not in a tallboy here.

Pours a bright golden color with a frothy head that fades to lacing. Looks lively as far as carbonation is concerned.

Tropical citrus with a touch of biscuit malt in the nose. Spot on as far as the description is concerned.

Juicy with grapefruit peel and mango, followed by that wonderful biscuit malt at the back. Flavorful for something that's only 4.9%.

Finishes clean at the back of the throat with some lingering citrus.

Amazingly flavorful session IPA. I highly recommend that you pick up a can (or six) today!

Aug 09, 2015
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Justinbshelton from Alabama

4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loads of citrus fruit, a little tropical, and dank. Tangerines, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, a bit peppery. One of my favorite hop profiles. Malts are cracker like. Solid session.

Aug 15, 2015
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Ben7773 from Texas

3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tasted like a watered down ipa, would have been better as a pale ale.

Mar 28, 2015
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bobv from Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour yields a one inch white head over a bright, light yellow body with some lacing. Nose of light pine, slight citrus, and even slighter tropical fruit. Very nice and light, and very refreshing on the palate, Good feel and overall a great session beer. Cheers!

Jul 14, 2017
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is low alcohol. I am now done with the attributes. A very metallic type of willowy beer that makes me sad to be alive. I am going to finish it and forget this

Jun 03, 2017
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer to down right after getting home from work or while mowing the lawn, and just about anytime you want a refreshing beer to drink quickly. It has a solid enough cracker-like malt base and some spicy, citric and lightly bittering hops to make for a tasty offering. I can see myself drinking this again and again.

Aug 30, 2015
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HopintheSouth from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I just can't do the Session IPA's. This is a decent beer...but I just feel like I'm drinking a hopped- up Bud Light

Jun 15, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/7/15

Pours honey colored with a thumb of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pine & Pineapple

T: Follows the nose, a little breadyness as well, plus some dryness. More of the same as this warms pineyness & citrus dominate. Finishes crisp, a little bready sweet & with much pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, great balance

Drinks so easy, one of the better takes in this style; would happily buy again

Feb 20, 2015
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

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

Dec 28, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 03/20/15:

Pours golden with a lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, citrus - full of aromatic hop goodness.

The taste is of bitter citrus and pine. A bready/grainy malt backing is subtle, but enough to keep it smooth and to add balance.

Smooth despite bitter bite. A bit on the watery side, but less watery than other "session" IPA's. At 4.9 abv it barely qualifies - ringing in just under 5%...

Anyway, for a "session" IPA it is great. Plenty of aromatic hops.

Mar 28, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

can picked up locally, dated 2/27/15 (just over a month), enjoyed from an oskar blues rocks glass.

a - pours transparent yellow orange thin fizzy head that didn't hang. streaky lace.

s - nose is light citric hop on the tropical side of the spectrum. really nice.

t/m/o - many folks have commented that this is a watered down ipa, and I think that is just a symptom of the style...but this is one of the better low abv ipas I have tried. light and soft, real nice flavor, but yes a session ipa and the body leaves something to be desired but nice hop flavoring if you are looking to throw back many in a sunny day.

Mar 29, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/24/15

A: Clear, medium gold, with some straw around the edges - medium-sized, bright white head that fades rather quickly - a few wisps of a cap, not much lacing

S: Fairly interesting blend of hops and nonexistent malts - lightly dank undertones and citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh - some tropical notes and stone fruit - lightly resinous with some herbal, musty, dank, and lightly spicy notes - malts are absent other than a light sweetness in the background

T: Fleshy citrus soda - ripe, freshy orange and some grapefruit - a touch of underripe peach and some light tropical notes - herbal and spicy notes,with a lingering earthy, black pepper flavor - a bit odd mix, but at the very least, it's interesting - very light pale malts, with a hint of crackers

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation, crisp, finishes with an earthy, peppery flavor

O: The official beer of Pinterest?

In past reviews, I have repeatedly admitted that I like session IPAs. That being said, this is not the best representation of this pseudo-style. The hops are weird, with an odd blend of citrus and herbal spiciness. Once my taste buds decided this tasted like black pepper, I can't stop thinking about its peppery qualities. It's great with food, but alone, it's a mostly average session IPA. It's definitely not much of an IPA, but I can forgive that.

Jul 25, 2015
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mrebeka from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 01, 2015
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Caskaway from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

May 03, 2016
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

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

May 03, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

COD 3/10/15. Pours a clear copper gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Wonderful outstanding nose of grapefruit, mango, passion fruit and a hint of herbal hops with a very light touch of peppercorn over biscuit. Not quite intense enough to warrant world class, but the complexity and balance are there for same.

Light medium body with a smooth texture and a touch oiliness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The very good flavor profile doesn't produce the promise of the nose. Hop flavors lead in a blended fashion but only separate into grapefruit rind and an herbal blend...missing are the rich tropicals of the nose. The middle is mildly bitter with a pith quality. A strong biscuit background also emerges in the middle and lends a balance but never achieves sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of rind bitterness.

Jun 25, 2015
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 18, 2016
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