One Hit Wonder | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fruity esters and generous dry-hopping give this 9% ABV ale the aroma of tropical fruit while a touch of English crystal malt provides the perfect backdrop for tangy hop flavors of tangerine and mango. We brewed 200 cases of this small-batch one hit wonder.

Added by JMBSH on 02-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 38
Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish medium to dark amber orange color with an average, frothy off-white head that recedes to leave some solid lasting, lacing.

Aromas begin moderate to heavy fruity and hoppy, highlighted by orange, mango and tangerine. Then comes in some solidly distinctive English malt character. It's hard for me to explain the difference between English and American crystal malts but as a homebrewer you can tell the difference. It is slightly more caramel and toffee forward then traditional Ameican malt.

The tastes follow the nose but in reverse with the sweet bready pale toasted malts and some equally present caramel maltiness. Then comes in the orange and tropical fruit hop flavors. For being a 9% strong ale there isn't a drop of alcohol flavor at all and I am drinking this right out of the box in my cellar (was given as an extra).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a nice blend of sweetish malt and big tropical drying hops.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The extra malt backbone makes this surprisingly drinkable and balanced the the hop assault. Some light to be beaten to death with hops, I prefer a balanced and this is that which is a testiment for such a big beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a fluffy white head. At this point, the beer is definitely sweet and has lost a fair amount of hop character. But, there is a really nice fruitiness, particularly pineapple and sweet citrus fruits. Mild pine and a fairly strong toffee aroma. The fruit character is strong on the palate as well and there is a really good pine flavor, but only a mild bitterness. Might even be a little floral/honey quality to it.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Mikkeller tulip. Thanks to mulder1010 for shipping this one back from his vacation!

Pours a ruby orange with a large two finger head of fluffy, slightly off-white, foam that laces well and sits just above film. Not the colour i expected but the foam and lacing more than made up for it.

Fruity, sweet aroma, was told to drink this quick due to hop fade and agree that it has faded a bit on the nose. Slight booziness coming through late on the smell of this.

Taste is sweet, backed with some caramel and i'm getting a beer that isn't really a double IPA anymore and something halfway towards Bigfoot as a US barleywine. Not a bad thing, but probably not as the brewer intended. Get a touch of pine and citrus as well, but by no means a heap. The ABV is very well hidden in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is sticky, sweet and syrupy. Not a lot of bitterness to counteract.

Overall, one of the problems of reviewing to style is that this gets hit a bit hard for not really being a Double IPA anymore. Still, i quite like it, inoffensive, well hidden ABV and enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.
Thanks to bashiba for this one that apparently never made it to California.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. moderate, scattered, lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and dark citrus combine in the nose to suggest gooey, fruity candy. It is decadent, yet balanced. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with a big early burst of earthy citrus hop aromatics that transition to more tea-like flavors by the middle. Caramel malt is less assertive than was suggested by the smell, resulting in a slightly hoppy imbalance on the front-end. Acidity is moderate, favorably contrasting the other, darker, flavors. Tea gives way to pineapple and other mixed tropical fruit in the middle, as esters become more apparent. Robust toasted malt also emerges late, staying through the bitter and estery finish that features a dusting of pine character. Boozy fumes appear late, tending to build up over time, as does some additional malty umami.

M: Medium viscosity; abundantly resinous and sticky on the palate with only restrained acidity felt; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a DIPA for the fans of Oskar Blues that did not appreciate the Gubna. Instead, this comes across as a close relative of Gordon, where the slight leaning toward malt in that red ale is replaced with a slight hoppy edge here. It looks and smells very much like Gordon, but the flavor is somewhat less similar, with conspicuously fruity hops dominating. It wears a bit on the palate, tapering into a slow-sipping test of endurance through the latter half.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Rake for this one. Much appreciated.

Can poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy, copper orange color. Looks ait sweet and syrupy in the glass. Half finger off white head that quickly went to film. Not much more when swirling. Low visual carbonation.

S-- Lots of sweet Carmel in the nose. followed by tangerine and lime jello. Hops have reaally faded in the nose. Barley wine quality nose now.

T-- Sweet Carmel, tangerine, faded grapefruit and lime cordial. Really the taste is closer to a barley wine now as well.

M-- Get Pine and grapefruit in the back of the mouth. Faded but get the idea of what it was fresh. Tangerine and lime stand out in the front. Slightly sweet and syrupy. Low feel and low carbonation.

O-- Not bad, but not great. Just get flashes of what it was. Kind of like a lesser hopslam crossed with the Laguintias barley wine. Solid tick though.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-red with a dense creamy head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and tropical fruit sweetness up front. Hops come on strong with resinous and citrus character.

Taste is rich caramel malt and brown sugar. Then resinous citrus hop takes over bringing balance to the sweetness. Finishes with an earthy hop character, apple, and a definite mineral aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with resinous hop oil.

Overall a flavorful and balanced DIPA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean amber with with a light tan head.

The smell had a nice herbal hop nose with a bit of malty sweetness.

The flavor is nicely balanced for a big IPA, a big sweet malty caramel backbone with big thick and herbal hops. Light Honey notes very prominant as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with some hop resin.

I like this, I'm more partial to the big malty balanced style of IIPA vs. the one dimensional hop bombs.

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrus hops with some malt, nice but not a lot going on here.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt with bitter citrus peel hops. Picking up some pineapple. I'm also noticing a somewhat weird flavor in there as well, almost salty. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a nice IPA, but there is an off flavor in there. It doesn't ruin the beer, just distracts. Decent balance.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's in Baltimore last night. This and some other rare-to-the-area OB offerings were left over from an event the night before.

A - Light orange copper, not much head, webbed lacing

S - Very light but convincing citrus, some hop bitterness

T - Immediately tastes of sticky resinous hops. As it settles in a mild malt backbone emerges. The middle feels very well rounded out. The finish is very easy bitter

M - Medium in body

O - Seems above average for the style. Fairly well balanced. The aroma was not as complex as I had hoped. It's very easy to drink. The alcohol content is not at all noticeable, this is amazing at 9%. Depending on pricing, I may seek this out again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a treat to try a new Colorado DIPA (sadly just a one timer apparently)from Oskar Blues. This one was on draft at my local, The Birdsall House, in Peekskill, NY.

Pours orange hued amber, minor medium tan head, leaving just a smidge of lace here and there.

Citric nose with flourishes of lemons and oranges.

Complex and well balanced DIPA, loaded with flavor and intrigue. More notes of oranges, lemons, solid crunching hop presence. I also got some mintyness. Healthy malt undercoating. No surprise that is a very enjoyable, bold, thoroughly hoped and flavorful brew. Jump on it if you see it in your neighborhood

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask Republic into a shaped pint.

A: Clear ruby-amber body under a solid finger of creamy off-white head. Lovely retention, with sheets of lacing. Excellent, albeit a bit dark for the style.

S: Juicy, fruity hops. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel and vanilla. Awesome.

T: Rich, sticky fruitiness. Tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt, and molasses. The sweetness overpowers the finish a bit, with stickiness being more noticeable than bitterness. A little overbearing, but still very tasty.

M: Lively medium body with spiky carbonation. Intense, but not exactly what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

O: This was a really enjoyable beer, and far, far better than GUBNA. Cask was pouring both this and the Deviant Dale's, and I greatly preferred this one. The fruity hops and caramel malts worked really well together, but only if you can deal with a very sweet IPA. It wasn't my favorite example of the style by any means, but it was a tasty beer nevertheless.


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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try this Bukowski's Tavern before concert at the house of blues.

Appearance: the beer was poured into a tulip glass. Amber/copper color with 1 inch head that leaves some nice lacing. Doesn't look like there is much carbonation and very clear for a DIPA.

Smell: the hops produce a mild piney aroma and citrus aroma followed by sweet caramel hops.

Taste: the same as above, but more subtle. A great balance of flavors and very delicious.

Mouthfeel: this beer is low in the carbonation. Smooth and slightly chewy.

Overall: this was a good DIPA and good sipper. I would order another or buy a 4 pack if if were available.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bukowski Boston with BA brothers.

A - crystal clear nut brown pour into 12 oz tulip. Minimal head with wispy clingy lace.

S - Monimal. Hint if pine with some lemony notes.

T - very nicely balanced up front. Light toast leads into an hoppy finish, almost effervescencent. Alcohol very understated.

MF - good medium body. No alcohol burn.

O - I like OBs a lot. This is a good addition and will be featured in my cooler soon.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled can into a glass. Generously shared by the late chswimmer (RIP).

A: Pours a copper body with good clarity. Short-lived off-white head.

S: Mild aromas of tropical citrus. Lots of malt in the nose on this one: caramel, something vaguely nutty.

T: It has a nutty flavor like stale almond marzipan. Caramel. Grapefruit, pineapple, and herbal hops.

M: It has some body to it along with an appropriately medium-high carbonation level. But the flavors simply don't warrant this heft.

O: Jeez, I'm beginning to think Oskar Blues doesn't know what they're doing with hops. Any chance they can brew something as good as G'Knight in DIPA form? This falls totally flat.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine gentleman decided to allow this into my glass. A little taste at Bierkraft..another at The Gate. Tangerine color, nearly clear. Smells of some citrus and caramel. Little bit of floral and pine character.
Somewhat sweet with piney and citrus finish, some strong bitterness. Held up gainst the Deviant, it falls short, but for a double, it's a pretty solid beer. Your moment, his movement..

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Photo of guezarka
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at American Craft. Deep orange color and nice lacing as you go along. Pine on the nose but more citrus on the tongue. Delicious hops. Sweet malty backbone that's gives a thicker mouthfeel than Gordon but balances well with the high ABV. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of wcintula
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome beer! So excited to see it in NY! Poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip with a red clear body with tannish, thin, sticking head. Smells super sweet with refreshing floral and cascade hop flavors to blend this malty IPA. Very fruity tasting, sweet and refreshing like a sweet tea. Thick mouthfeel from the sugar, with a well masked high %ABV, and an all around gem of a double IPA. Thrilled at the chance to have had this beer.

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Photo of JonathanG
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap, in a tulip glass.

A: Solid coppery-orange color, with a little bit of haziness from the hops.

S: Loads of freshly-cut pine boughs, with a spicy edge. Mild tropical and stonefruits (peach and light apricot) in the background. Piney hops dominate here. Quite pungeant. With a bit of time, some faint orange flavors too.

T: again, the pine is prominant, but there's a certain amount of maltiness to squash the potential one-dimensionality of the massively piney hops in the beginning.

M: not overly viscous, or sweet. More of a west coast IPA feel, with a fairly dry, crisp finish.

O: Not overly complex, but more than solid. Quite good, actually. I'd certainly drink this again.

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Photo of mickmantle
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty little nugget from the fellas up there in Longmont!

Had on draft and poured a nice copper color with good head retention and lacing. Very piney aromas and sort of fruity background flavors. Hop quality is good with a bit of malt as well.

Would like to see this become a seasonal or something and not just a "one hit wonder" lame I know but fitting!

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a small snifter, the beer has a deep copper color with nice clarity. A small cream cap quickly falls to a broken film and leaves wisps of lace.

This is pretty standard DIPA. Pine aromas and flavors do the bulk of the work. A little citrus is also at work. The bitterness level is moderate rather than over the top. A caramel sweetness offsets the bitterness. Alcohol adds a hint of warmth. The oily body is fairly light for the ABV and has the right amount of fizz.

Overall, this is a prortypical DIPA. It's a nice beer that I'm glad I had a chance to try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Craig.

Clear copper with a thin, fleeting head. The nose has a big grapefruit character backed by sweet caramel malt and ripe pineapple.

Sweet on the tongue with grapefruit and pineapple hop flavors. The malt backbone is substantial and very caramelized. It becomes more grainy toward the finish, ending with a mildly bitter hop bite. Herbal hop flavors linger on the tongue along with crystal malt breadiness.

A decent effort, but nothing special - I'd take a pint of Gordon over this.

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Photo of 10shb
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, CO. Apparently it is only available at the taproom and is a one-time-only special (hence the name), but I hope they bring it back! I like it a whole lot better than Gordon, in any case.

Nice thumb of head on the beer, slightly sweet smell. VERY interesting aftertaste with a hint of mango. A nice approach to the double IPA: adds flavor and alcohol in ways other than bombing the palate with hops (not that I am opposed to that). Deceptively lacking in bitterness for a 9% beer. Delicious, and would buy again if Oskar Blues changes its mind!

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

A - Pours a solid brown color - maybe an amber highlight or two. Strong white head formation, breaks down quickly with lots of lacing. Quite a bit of bubbling.

S - Fruity hop nose, perhaps even a yeast compliment. No hopping noted. Grapefruit and I would even go with sweet apple.

T - Starts off hoppy, very fruity - not bitter at this stage. Mid-stream brings in a good bitter note, somewhat piney. Finishes with some malts and even a bit of pineapple. Could even be some ester production in here generating some of the spiciness. Sweet forward beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Solid mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, sugary and clingy finish.

D - Easy drinking - not abusive to the palette. While somewhat sweet, it isn't overbearing. ABV is well hidden - deceptive. Not filliing.

Very interesting beer - hard to rate it against the establishment.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Stoneish. Thanks Davey! Poured into a pint glass:

A - A rich, golden, amber brown color that had an initial foam head, but died really quickly to an almost non-existent foam ring. Murky, cloudy bubbles in the middle. Lacing is pretty good.

S - A bready pineapple smell, with other aromas of slight mango, orange peel and malts. Pretty good.

T - Thick bready malts with bits of pineapple. Kind of metallic flavoring and pretty boozy and the heat from it is kind of over-powering.

M - Pretty thick and syrupy. The carbonation is light. Hops leave a bittering dryness in the mouth but damn its thick and a bit hot. I've really never had this happen with an Imperial IPA.

D - At first I though this had a pretty good drinkability but as I get further into this its heat and thickness makes it kind of hard to drink. I could only drink one of these in a night. An interesting brew, but I think I've had better offerings from OB. I'm glad I got to try it but its a bit much for me and that's saying a lot.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can, canned 2/17/11. Pours a light reddish amber with a big pillowy creamy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit different - fruity, minty hops, and a bit of wort and some popcorn.

The flavor is some unfermented sugars and sweet caramel malts with some minty hops that give a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it was a bit odd. I kept thinking of wort while drinking it.

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