Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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IPA - New England
Ranked #3,136
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3.63 | pDev: 9.64%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Notes: 100-calorie hazy IPA. One-y is dry-hopped with El Dorado, Comet and Citra hops. Mosaic and French Aramis appear in the whirlpool.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: very slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: grapefruit with pineapple and orange in the background;

T: citrus flavored cardboard; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, fizzy, carbonation; dry finish;

O: not worth it;

Sep 07, 2021
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Beejay from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Molly and Jamo for this Father's Day gift!

A: hazy orange with a light tan head.

S: fresh hops, like the hip aroma you smell at a brewery, or while wort is boiling. Peach, stone fruit, and mango.

T: his house are a little harsh, grassy, with a small touch of citrus. Bitterness is definitely there.

M: Thin with a lot of bubbles. Long butter cling.

O: overall, this brew misses the mark for me. Either give us a little more malty to balance out, or a bit more hop flavor and a little less bitterness. For a "session IPA" I think this over missed the mark.

Jul 29, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So, sure it's hazy, but it's not really a NE IPA, it's a lo-cal or session IPA. And it suffers from everything that style has inherent to it. But given the baseline is a bit low, this beer does an okay job. The nose shows a little bit of herbal hops coming through the grain water, though the taste doesn't keep up that pace. The feel is watery (the most non-NE part) with above average carbonation. I actually enjoyed this well enough if I thought of it more as a pseudo-German Pilsner than an IPA (especially a NE IPA).

Jul 24, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a light beer. It does an ok job at not looking like a light beer. On a hot day, and chilled, it provides refreshment and a decent mouthfeel. I'd say it does what it is supposed to do as a 100 calorie session hazy. Too many rivals in this genre don't deliver this level of beerness.

Jul 22, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA, your search sucks.

Canned 3/30/21, into Ghost In The Machine Teku.
100 calories, 4% ABV, 5g carbs.

Pours a hazy juicy yellow-gold with a creamy finger of head that recedes slowly to a thick ring. Lots of lace left on the sides of the glass. Looking pretty damn fabulous so far.

Aroma of clean water and hella zesty grapefruit, with some kviek-like yeast action. Orange zest and pineapple, slight papaya. I'm on board.

Flavor brings kviek yeast dregs and dried grapefruit peel chips with some hints of lemon water. It is a total hazy IPA without the sweetness that usually accompanies such beers. A "scooped out" juice bomb, if you will. More yeast and grapefruit peel on the finish, but it's not very loud, so there's not much of a finish really.

Feel is crisp and airy, with enough resins to play with and some juicy yeast character. No alcohol, as expected. Drying finish.

Overall, a top contender in the low-calorie IPA game for me. As it warms it loses some edge and becomes even more enjoyable. This was really good. I'll have to have One-y, Wowza!, and Light Hearted all side by side to see what I like best. People will complain at will, but IMO this is more flavorful and exciting than the run of the mill average IPAs from even 4-5 years ago. Actually damn impressive for 100 calories. Quit your complaining and go drink a triple IPA or instead compare this to a Sharp's. Ya damn dirty scoundrels!

Bottom line, it'll scratch the itch if you're watching your waistline.

$1.89 @ Taylor's Pantry

Jun 29, 2021
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Spike from England

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz can. There’s nothing ‘New England’ about this that I can make out. It’s an easy-drinking, super-light, hazy IPA. It’s been dry-hopped to within an inch of its life to make up for the lack of malt so it has that hop burn dryness but the body is predictably thin. It’s not quite watery but it’s not good either. Only 100 calories though, so... Better than a Bud Light but not as good as Firestone’s ‘Fly Jack’.

Jun 10, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can, from Det Gode Brygg, Sandnes. ABV is 4.0%. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Small white head. Nice aroma of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and pine and spruce. Citric and fizzy mouthfeel, light bodied. Citrus flavour, refreshing, moderate bitterness.

May 14, 2021
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2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very boring, a little citrusy, and hot profile was okay, but what is the point of diet beer? This had very little flavor, quite disappointing in a variety pack. I will try to mix it with something so it isn't so lifeless. I really am disappointed they included diet beer in a variety pack when very few IPA drinkers are wanting diet versions in their variety pack.

Apr 30, 2021
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MNJR from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really good for what it is, totally delivers on the promise of a 100 calorie hazy IPA. What I expected or even a bit better. Very refreshing, great tropical and traditional hop flavor, surprisingly not a light bodied beer, it has some chewiness and the carbonation is perfect. Yes, it's "light," but as far as that goes it is incredible to compare this with macro light beers. This is worlds apart from macro lights. Not "full flavor" but what is there is very tasty. I will buy again for afternoon summertime session time. An ice cold sixer of this and a beach on a warm day would be hard to beat.

Apr 19, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours very pale and lightly hazed. Shimmery. Nice foamy head that retains well.

Fresh summery fruit aromas--white stone fruit, pineapple, and general citrus. Not super complex and maybe a bit muddled, but decent, especially for a low-cal NEIPA.

The flavors are similar, and are more "in balance" than most of this ilk. There is plenty of "fruit" here (albeit, again, a bit vague in some ways), but there is some welcome grassy/resiny hopping that balances this very well--better than many NEIPAs. No juice bucket here.
Medium light in body, and well carbonated, this is very drinkable.

If there was a separate "lo-cal NEIPA" category, I'd probably rate this one higher, from a stats standpoint.

Apr 11, 2021
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Dustin015 from Maryland

2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

L- Typical hazy IPA color milky straw.

S-Hoppy, Grassy, Green Onion , Herbal notes

T- Not bitter enough to be called an IPA. pronounced hop flavors with no real direction.

F Seltzer water thin.

O- Too thin of a mouth feel and not a great direction with hop flavor. I will not buy this again.

Mar 28, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i missed this when it first came out, had it recently from the mixed pack, first new one i have had from these guys in what feels like forever. its different than expected, i didnt know it was a low calorie offering, and might not know after drinking it if the can didnt say so, which is definitely a compliment, most of these cant hide it. i enjoy both the hop profile and the texture of this one, especially early on and especially right out of the fridge when its nice and frosty cold. its got a lushness to it, very fresh, tropical notes of pineapple, melon, and white peach, herbal lemon verbena, bright tangerine, and some wintery pine too. the flavor and the nose are the same on this, and there is an ever so slight sweetness from the malt that balances it all, a hint of honey and vanilla oddly too for me, mostly right up front, gives it a candied hop vibe, but this gets almost harsh later on and as it warms, bitter and green and oversaturated, pellet taste on my tongue on the swallow, disrupts what was until this point a very drinkable beer, now its too assertive and a little forced, and that delicate balance is a memory. its still cleaner and lighter feeling than a lot of hazy types though, and the carbonation is excellent. i think the finish is off, but the rest of this is really good, the hops stand out as unique in a samey style, and that its low calorie is not obvious and i like that too. in the end this is better than the rest of the field for the most part and is just a tweak or two away from being really exceptional.

Mar 23, 2021
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a pale yellow with a loose 1/8th inch, white head that sizzles and pops as it quickly dissipates. Clarity is hazy, but not NEIPA hazy. Nose is subdued - hints of lemon rind and biscuit malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, malt is more forward in the flavor profile and there an earthy/herbal bitterness at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive, prickly carbonation. Overall, not really my jam.

Mar 09, 2021
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seems to be a trend towards breweries making low calorie beers lately, with several IPAs on the list. The first I tried was from DFH, and the latest is this one. I like them, especially the IPAs.

This beer smells and tastes great. Lots of hops, a few of which I have not used in homebrews before, so it's hard to pick out exactly what flavors come from which hops. Citra does shine thru a little tho, always a good deal there.

I don't know if I could pick this out as low cal if given a blind taste test against other hazy New England style IPAs.

The feel is real nice. Thick and chewy from what I presume is a lot of hops material making up the haze, and complimenting the residual long chain sugars.

Keep em coming with these low cal IPAs. They're a great way to keep crafty on your beer when one person in your household is dieting and one isn't. Especially if one is an IPA fan.

Mar 01, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice hazy yellow with a thin white head with lots of retention.
S: Smells piney, resiny hops, good amount of malty aroma, actually smells like an IPA.
T: Taste follows the nose, it does seem to have that hop flavored water quality about it though. But, for what it is, a light IPA, it is very good.
F: Light-bodied, somewhat thin, but certainly not undesirable.
O: For what it is, it's very good & crushable.

Jan 01, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, mildly cloudy pale yellow body; nice carbonation; coarse, soapy head, white and sticky. Herbal and grassy scent; a suggestion of dull citrus. The taste mimics the smell with an additional element of mild hop bitterness; lemon cookie. Light body; crisp and gently tart with a soft bite on the palate; a balanced effect of dryness and juicy tartness.

For a lightweight hazy IPA, this beer is okay.

Dec 27, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow. It kind of looks like lemonade. Whipped egg white head.
Smell: Tropical fruit juice. Fresh ass weed. Fucking A+ right there.
Taste: Bitter. Lemony, malt is really thin almost to the point of being non existent. Bitter herbal aftertaste.
Feel: Carbonated heavy water.
Overall: Good for a light beer.

Dec 21, 2020
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flaskman from New York

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively poured from a 12ounce can into a 16 ounce glass. 1/4 inch head with minimal but some lacing. It is hazy golden yellow. Decent mouthfeel and not too bad on the nose. It tastes pretty darn good for a low carb low cal beer. It has a nice hop flavor with a slight bitterness to the finish. Not too sweet but for a "diet" beer it is up with the best I have tried and after losing 80 pounds I have tried anything I can get my hands on. An exceptional version of New England IPA that has been toned down for those conscious of ABV, calories or carbs.

Dec 14, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'CANNED : 08/10/20'. From a variety pack.
Partly cloudy, pale gold colored body. One finger of white head. Leaves behind some oily lacing.
Aroma is floral and piney hops. There is some depth here.
Taste is more thin, with a vague mix of citrus and piney hops. Has some bite but no lingering bitterness.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Brewed as a lower calorie IPA, with a thinner range of flavors, but better than any competitive AAL. Definitely not a NEIPA.

Oct 30, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz van with a date, came from the variety pack

Looks great, like an ACTUAL ipa. Smells good, drinks better. Avoids the "hop water" characteristic that dominates a lot of these lo-cal hoppy beers. This actually has some body and makes it more of an IPA than a weak pale

Better than most in it's category

Oct 08, 2020
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JayQue from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A low cal NE IPA!!!! The sacrifice here was mouthfeel. I thought the rest of the beer held up pretty well as a session beer. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a good sized foamy white head and thin bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention was good. Mild, dank, hoppy aroma - with some tropical fruit presence. Taste is less mild, the fruitiness and mild bitterness make this interesting enough to be a session beer. I had it with dinner and it held up fairly well with a chicken paprikash dish, heavy on the cayenne pepper!!! Mouthfeel is very light - without the bit of bitterness it could be called watery. On the whole, better than I expected. This is no flavorful hop bomb but it is not Michelob Ultra Light either!!! Enough flavor to serve as a session beer or summertime thirst quencher.

Sep 20, 2020
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CHickman from New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice session IPA for daytime drinking, but it’s so light and devoid of true hoppy flavors that it makes All Day IPA seem like a DIPA. Average aroma and a good feel, this was a part of the Oscar Blues variety pack.

Sep 16, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, canned 7/20/20. Pours slightly hazy dark yellow with a medium bubbly white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt with some lemony fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malt and fruit with a big resiny, piney, and slightly tarry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice session IPA with big, slightly harsh, hops.

Sep 04, 2020
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LunchMoney from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love Oskar Blues brewery. They make some great beers. A diet version of an IPA is not one of them.
I picked this up in a variety pack, so I don’t feel like I made an error in selection judgment. The rest of the beers were good. This one is exactly what you might expect for a low cal ipa. The best parts of beer were removed with those other 80-90 calories.

Aug 09, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a globe.

A: Dull golden color with a haze that is just barely opaque and not the usual pea soup one gets from self-described hazy beers. Bubly white head retains well at one finger. Spotty lacing.

S: Honeydew melon, star fruit, pineapple, orange peel, fruit cup, gummy fruits. Dry, crackery malt base.

T: Orange peel, star fruit, pineapple, honeydew melon. Dank and piney aspect to it as well. Flash of orange peel. Lemon drop candy. Hemp seed. Extremely dry, crackery malt base. Bitterness is firm. Finish is all hops, and more in the piney/oily/grassy range.

M: Very light in body. Slight sense of creaminess. Hop astringency grips with some tightness. Spritely carbonation.

O: Kudos to Oskar Blues for managing to keep a stable haze in this beer. It's harder than one might think. The concept is a good one in theory too. Hazy IPAs are very much en vouge. Low calorie beverages have gained a lot of traction too. But do the demographics that consume these types of beer overlap? Will it draw people from each? I don't really think so, but that's just my gut talking. We'll have to see how it sells. Personally I think it's going to alienate those who have certain expectations of what a hazy IPA should be. If you closed your eyes and tasted it, there isn't much to separate it from a lot of the session IPAs on the market. Just a bit more fluffiness in the body, perhaps. The astringency to dryness ratio means that sandpaper-y, raking hop feel plays up a little more than I like. This is a common problem I experience in low ABV, highly hopped beers. All in all, it feels more like an attempt to spin a session IPA with gratuitous haze and slick marketing than it does a scaled down hazy IPA. What was wrong with Pinner?

Jul 27, 2020
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 154 ratings