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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,267
ABV:
6.43%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,030
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.59%
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,385
From:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  36
Gots
  431
SCORE
89
Very Good
IPAIPA
Notes: Also known as Blue Dreams
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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 1,385
Reviews by rob99er:
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tropical fruit, mild bitterness, and very easy to drink. If you like Dale's Pale Ale you will like this one. This is very close to being a session IPA. Will definetly buy this one again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Emkehr
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must agree with a couple other reviews... Do not know why this is getting such harsh ratings. I think this pays homage to OB's new(ish) North Carolina facilities by incorporating the east coast style and going beyond their traditional malt-forward and pretty heavy ales. Tropical aromatics, with a wonderful light mouthfeel and playful carbonation. I think this may be one of my favorite IPAs produced on this big of a scale. It's definitely something worth trying and it's definitely going to become a staple for me if they choose to keep this consistent. Definitely believe this is an absolute success.

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great IPA. I'm confused by all the low ratings. OB is always putting out great stuff. I had a 2 Hearted Ale before this, and I can say, I actually like this better. Have we become too inundated with IPA's to respect a great brewery putting out a DISTINCT IPA? I should say no. This thing beats the pants off anything Deshutes, Founders, Boulder, or any of the big boys are putting out. My .02

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with a freshness date, sample purchased as local store.

Crystal clear yellowish golden hue, active carbonation leaves a good trail of white lacing behind. Slightly dank, citrusy, and piney hop nose. Nice crispness within the medium slightly chewy body, there is a good malt base that stands up to waves of juicy hop flavor, hop bitterness, and a clean warming and fruity alcohol. Orange zest, white tea, wild herbs, and mild rind in the middle. Good balance, very drinkable and just unique enough with the hopping to keep me interested in coming back.

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Photo of SamN
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Billowy, nearly-two-finger head of slightly taupe-white color. Very thick. Hazy golden honey color. Good IPA looks. Smell is ripe with sticky hop cones and pine sap. Hints of pineapple. Bitter smelling. Very hoppy, yet not overwhelming. Hop aromas and bitterness come through well in the nose, great hopping work. Taste is classic IPA; lots of fresh, wet hops in here. A good malt base lies hidden in here, letting the explosive taste of the hops come through. Very fresh tasting. Not overly bitter, maybe ~70 IBUs? Really well-made IPA. Will satisfy hop lovers but won't alienate the less masochistic among us.

This gives Odell IPA a real run for it's money as the flagship IPA for Colorado. Full of hops flavors, but not a bitter beast. Fresh, tasty and local. Thumbs up.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright golden glass supports a finger of slightly soapy looking foam that lasts and laces.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, pineapple and mango hop driven citric notes with a sweet malty base promising to soak up all the bitter that comes with those smells.

Taste: Much like the smell, clean with a doughy yeast note. There is a sharp bitter finish that dries and burns a bit, but it's bearable. There is a slight soapy note as well that drags the score a bit, but doesn't ruin the party. A small bubblegum flavor came on later in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, medium body is a bit oily.

Overall: Dale's Pale Ale's older brother. Heavier but built from the same stuff., but more of a testament to how great Dale's is. Here it ends up being a good IPA and I don't regret the 6 pack, but more isn't always better.

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Photo of EMV
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, freshness date on bottom (always appreciated), into a tulip

L: Mostly clear medium to light golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly with great lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus... floral notes. Hops!

T/F: Medium bodied... bready and malty up front. Nice bitter tropical fruit dominant hop profile. Mango and pineapple mixed with grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied... well carbonated. Finish is tropical fruits and faux sweetness.

O: A pretty damned good IPA. Nothing fancy, but well crafted and certainly above average. A great any-time kinda beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwhancher
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold color with nice carbonation. Smells hoppy with pine and a weird but likeable garlic & onion. Hops are a bit resinous. Taste is similar to nose with a nice clean, firm bitterness. Easy drinking, light & refreshing. A very solid IPA all around. The hops are just plain weird, though.

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Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ahommell
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppy_lyfe
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of minterro
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nhirsch04
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short white, soapy foam with medium retention. Medium high herbal and spicy hop aromas with medium light malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Medium high herbal and earthy, spicy hop flavors up front with a medium maltiness beneath. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle that taper to the end. Finishes semi-dryly with a light herbal hop flavor at and light lingering hop bitterness. Well balanced with the scales typically toward the hoppy side. Refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of horsehockey
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter (odd choice of glass perhaps for an IPA, but it works well). Pours a yellow-gold, with a 1.5 finger head that quickly recedes to leave some stray lacing. Smell is citrus and light hops. On the palate, citrus and tropical fruit lead, but this beer doesn't have the sweetness, or wetness of a beer like Lagunitas Sucks. This IPA is relatively dry, which lets the resinous hops better complement the notes of fruit. Overall a solid offering from OB. Definitely avoids the maltier, sweeter notes of Dale's Pale Ale, and rides the hop train is a distinctly different direction.

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Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid, compact head. Good lace.

Hoppy aroma with notes of grass, mint and maybe banana?

Well-balanced taste profile, but fades fairly quickly.

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