The Deuce | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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The DeuceThe Deuce

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DoubleJ on 10-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 98
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant deep mahagony under a 1” finely bubbled clingy tan foam collar.
S: Chocolate and hops, with dried fruit notes.
T: A big dark chocolate bitterness accentuated by the hops, slight initial sweetness finishes dry with a dash of astringency.
F: Very creamy with a medium to medium full body and very fine soft carbonation.
O: The hops work very well with the brown ale flavors in this beer.

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Photo of Beertraveler73
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on Tap at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX

A - Dark Brown with a thick head. I had to confirm with the server that this was the right beer.

S - Hop forward. I expected that by reading the description but was pleasantly suprised

T - surprisingly light on the hop side of things. Roasted malts come through on the palate. Pleasing finish. Not alot lingers.

M - Moderate carbonation. No alcohol bite at all. Relatively Smooth

Overall, not something I would go back for but I said that about black ipas. Maybe time will change that. But for right now, I'll pass on picking this up again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and pine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but quite sweet.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm often unsure how to rate these hybrids: "hopped up brown ale". On one side, it's an interesting tasting (and smelling) beer, but doesn't really fit what I consider a brown ale. I indicated what I rated it for style in parens compared to another style.

A: slightly darker than I think of for a brown ale, but not quite out of line. Thick foamy head and significant lacing
S (-.5): overwhelmingly orange in nature to me initially. I get a little mango later, but regardless a wonderful fruity smell... for an IPA. Probably a 4+ for a different style.
T: when cold, the orange was strong here as well, but it did have a roasted part that combined to remind me of the chocolate oranges that come out around the holidays. As the beer came to temp, it fell closer in line with a brown ale. Bitter chocolate and some light dark nuttiness shone through the fruity hops.
M (-.25): the bitterness was a little much for a brown (lemongrass and close to resinous dryness) but again there was a difference between drinking cold and closer to proper temp.
O (-.25): not too bad a beer. I could definitely have another and wait a couple minutes to enjoy it, but it does seem more pale ale in many respects (but not color).

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with one finger head on top of a mixed aroma of roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. Medium bodied, little bit chewey, even sticky, the roasted malt bitterness is balanced with some dark chocolate and touches of caramel. Good ale but the finish is a little too dry and bitter for my liking as some hoppy bitterness comes into palge.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aluminum can into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with an inch thick light beige head. The smell is hoppy...not really much else. Taste is very different. Much more like a stout/big brown ale than an IPA. Its like a very hoppy brown...just as the name suggests! Very impressive. terrific chocolately..hoppy..malty flavor. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall extremely impressed by this one. Thanks JD!

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Photo of Cresant
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served this 16 oz. cone top aluminum can in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was dark brown with cola highlights. the head was medium tan leaving minimal lacing. A thin cap stayed throughout.

The smell was fresh and leafy. Bread crust.

The taste was earthy and rich. Reflects the aroma well. Fresh hops and bread crust. There was a gentle lingering bitterness. Easy to drink, this one disappeared quickly despite the fact that brown ales are among my least favorite style.

The mouthfeel was medium in body/density with a nice prickle on the tongue. Adequate carbonation. Overall very nice.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes. Pours a mahogany dark brown color with good clarity. A soft white head with good retention.

The aroma is more hoppy than malty. More citrus forward with tropical fruit notes. The malts have a bready malt with a hint of darker astringent malts. A big estery character that is more of a deterrent than anything.

The taste is on par with the nose. Hops up front with limited malt backing. Would like to see more balance. Citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some minor chocolate notes but hidden by esters. Tropical fruits and coconut.

The body is moderate but somewhat sweet in the finish. Carbonation is a bit much but ok. Overall a nice hoppy brown but would like less yeasty notes.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brown bodied with lots of retained head. Creamy mouthfeel. Lace map. Hoppy aroma. Very citrus hoppy brown, a marriage of sweetish malts and a full IPA with IBUs to spare. Great drinkability. Hit the spot. Top notch American brown.Nicely designed can, looks like a waterbottle or sunscreen, or both. Thanks Jason Bach.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ppours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, fresh orange citrus hops. In the taste, big and fresh orange citrus hops and a note of caramel malt. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Big hops of orange citrus. Drinks more like an IPA than a brown ale.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours dark brown with a smallish creamy off white head that stays at a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some rye notes and some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a lot of bitter roast, a little fruit, and a big piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, similar to a black IPA, but more brown and sweet.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend in Boulder shipped this east for me. Heck of a guy. This isn't far from a Black IPA or hoppy porter. There's a lot of smooth chocolate and big biting citrus hops. The body is big and satisfying, but not too heavy or sweet. The aroma has a mix of roasted barley with more piney hops. There are some juicier notes in the flavor, but the beer finishes dry with spice and rind. Find yourself some.

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Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth pour from the aluminum wide mouth nets a very dark brown nearly black body with a tight two finger head that forms creamy bands of lacing on the glass, very attractive beer.

Sweet grapefruit, pine and a few tropical notes drift over a slightly charred and sweet malt profile. Hops dominant, while dark the malt seems rather dormant.

Malt is a very plain dry cereal malt with just enough roast to impart a bittersweet cocoa flavor and nice amounts of char and smoke in the grains as this beer dries. Tropical, orange and pine hop flavors provide most of the flavor profile and carry with a pleasant thriving bitterness. Very straight forward beer.

Creamy mouthfeel and dries really well. Carbonation is tight and dulled down almost a cask or nitro feel to it. Impressive.

A beer that has very little complexities or nuances, it's hoppy brown just as it says on the can. Malt keeps the alcohol at bay and the hops are sweet and juicy, combined with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel this really is an easy one to take down.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Introducing The Deuce, the second CANlaboration project to unite Oskar Blues & Sun King.

The aluminum pint conceals a deep, dark brown colored brew that produces a solid, off-white head and a decent amount of lacing. Hop flavors are strong out of the gate, with floral and citrus notes the most dominate. As the beer warms, sweet chocolate malty flavors begin to mingle with the hopped-up nose. The Deuce starts very hoppy on the palate, but quickly melds into a more familiar nutty, toffee, and chocolate flavors common to a brown ale. A slight bitterness lasts on the finish of this medium-bodied, creamy ale. Hopped Up Brown Ale is right!


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Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint

A - Appears, wait for it, brown. Although it actually runs a little darker than that which might lead one to believe this is more black IPA than brown ale.

S - Strong hoppy aroma, lots of earthy dank hops - trademark OBs - I'm guessing a lot of summit hops.

T - Starts off with hops instead of malts, but a subdued version of what I could sense on the aroma. Mid-stream gets more nutty, toffee, with matching amounts of bitterness. Finishes with some retained graininess and a lingering bitterness.

M - Moderate body, creamy carbonation. No alcohol bite. Smooth and creamy - might be confused with a lighter nitro beer.

O/D - A worthwhile brown ale - just not sure I find it all that interesting. Not because of execution, but rather because that hopping up a brown ale just isn't on my radar. I think the name is somewhat ironic, because I find this to be the 2nd ranked colab with Sun King behind Chaka.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark ruby brown with a wonderful aroma of hops. It actually smells like that bag of Cascades which homebrewers love sticking their noses into. The foam is a perfect cap with lots of lacing-- it's quite a lovely sight in the Affligem chalice.

Hoppy in a fragrant way. Fairly rich with malt and some caramel. Crisp and flowery with a distinct bitter twang. Browned biscuits and dark malt flavors. A light pear nectar fruitiness warms up the bitterness a little. Definitely in the Oskar Blues mold, but it's less sticky and more quaffable, though still with some malty sweetness on the lips. A little on the dank side for my taste, but it's a nice alternative to the IPA field.

Stays nicely carbonated in the glass as you sip. From the Miller Lite Aluminum Pint bought at Bottleworks in San Diego. I also saw this at Best Damn in four packs.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can bottle thing into Duvel tulip. Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before pouring.

A: Clean dark brown color with a small off-white halo of a head. Even with an aggressive pour, there wasn't much of a head. I'm ok with that. Looks pretty good.

S: A ton of hops right off the bat. As the beer settles, the sweetness of the malt starts to come out more. I'm picking up some citrus, pine, and chocolate primarily. Pretty nice.

T: The hops take the backseat once you sip. Sweet up front with a pretty solid malt backbone, as would be expected with a brown ale. A lot of the same chocolate with a little bit of that pine from the nose. Pleasant.

M: Definitely drinkable and hides the 7% really well. Could have more than a few of these.

O: Definitely impressed by this collaboration between the breweries. The hops are definitely in the same vein as other Oskar Blues brews, but I have never had a Sun King, so I can't speak to what they do well. That being said, definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can obtained at the Tasty Weasel Taproom prior to GABF. Poured into a tulip glass.

Body is a deep dark brown with a thick foamy beige head that leaves lots of sticky lacing as it dissipates slowly into a film and a thickish ring.

Smells of citrusy hops, forest floor, and milk chocolate.

The flavor of grapefruit citrus bitter hops is strong, but balanced well by sweet malt sugars resembling chocolate milk. A little charred malt also pulls it toward a dark bittersweet chocolate dimension especially in the finish which ends quite dry.

Body is medium with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This beer is interesting as the char, citrus hops, and chocolate notes maintain some independence, but also integrate well. Keeps the palate guessing. I especially enjoy the dark chocolate notes in the dry finish. This is a medium bodied ale that at 7% ABV, I could easily drink a few of. It is interesting that all the hops are Galaxy which were added in 3 steps to the kettle, the whirlpool, and also dry-hopped, presenting a clean expression of the Galaxy hop varietal.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Deuce, it can refer to a lot of things. Deuces wild, dropping a deuce...or a collaboration brown ale between two canning breweries (Oskar Blues and Sun King). Sold in aluminum, resealable bottles at The Tasty Weasel, on to the beer:

Poured into a shaker, this brown ale is a reddish brown colored beer and a very heady one. The head retention is outstanding, and the entire glass is covered in creamy patches of lace. The nose is hopped up, typical of Oskar Blues, not sure what style Sun King goes for in their beers as I have yet to try one. Piney and "green" aroma; the brown ale seems to be an afterthough so far.

This is an Indian Brown, more than anything. This beer tastes like 75% IPA and 25% brown ale, as this is a very hoppy brown ale. Piney hops all around and a little bitter citrus. A few splashes of brown ale throw themselves into the equation, only to be stamped out by hops. It's medium bodied, fine to drink,'s a collaboration.

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The Deuce from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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