OSKAr The G'Rauch | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration between Oscar Blues and Ska Brewing.

Added by znichols on 11-22-2012

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Photo of Brackh
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting brew. Pours a darker brown/orange. Smells sweet with just a bit of smoke. You can taste the hop up front and then it is all smoke. The beer has a sweet taste to it once it warms a bit. I kept sipping on this one and tasting different things. Interesting, but I like it. Wouldn't drink lots of these in a row but this is worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of lunarbrew
1.97/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This was very disappointing. I'm not going to write a review to justify why. Trust me though. It's bitter. It's smokey. It's messy. It's expensive. It's frustrating.

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Photo of drone
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very interesting brew; IIPA up front with a very smooth, oily smokey finish. I don't know if I'd want to sip more than a pint of this, but definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smoked IPA? Had to try that.

Orange and brown with a citrus/pine aroma marked with a hint of smoke. Taste was much like the smell with more pronounced smokiness on the finish. The mouthfeel was oily with a srtong, dry finish. A very cool combination that I've never seen, nice play on words with rauch and very pleased to see Ska's name appear in Ohio.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A smoked double IPA? Sign me up.

This pours a hazy straw-orange with cottony clouds.

Smoke and a candied orange hop compete in the aroma for attention.

The flavor hits with a hoppy orange preserve piney punch, followed by a touch of campfire smoke. As a concept it’s one I’d like to see more of.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a hazy orange but is still clear enough to see through it. The head is creamy but also a bit foamy that is off white and even a bit orange. The head lasts for a while before dissipating completely. The beer's smell has strong apricot and smokey notes. Additionally, the beer also has a hint of orange but sometimes gets lost in the strong apricot smell. The beer's taste is the same as its smell. The beer's taste has smoky notes with strong apricot and orange notes. The smoky notes provide a nice contrast to the apricot and held dull some of the apricot. However, the apricot notes can become overwhelming. The beer is medium bodied but feels a bit more thicker than that. The beer has a sticky aftertaste. The beer also has biting carbonation and is smooth. Overall,a pretty good beer but not one that I'd drink more than one in a single sitting.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting idea, making a double IPA and adding that rauchbier (hopefully not spelled wrong) element. In summation, this is solid DIPA, which isn't surprising since the makers of TenFIDY made it, with a bonus of a little smokey/meatey taste in the beer (do not think hopped up smoke beer). Solid gold color, two finger head, minimal lace patches, citric, floral aroma with only a hint of smokiness. Fuller bodied, the hops are citrusy, not really grape, and floral and hit you hard. Some sweet malts add a little balance and then the kicker is mostly a smoked meat aftertaste in the backend that is complementary and pleasing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very unique as the smoked beers go, as this one only gets that bonfire essence in the finish, and other than that is basically a hoppy strong ale. darker than golden in color, but rather clear, brassy maybe, with a solid inch of off white head with excellent lace. smells smoky, but it also smells quite hoppy, balanced but very odd, totally unique to me. smells like a mix of freshness and dusty antiques, a very odd sensory experience. the flavor is a tale of two beers. the first half of the journey is a dense, fairly bitter fall type strong beer, while the second half is all about the smoke. not cedar smoke, but something different than usual. like when I grill with mesquite, its got the same properties, penetrating and memorable. odd finish though. good mouthfeel, thick and sudsy, and well enough carbonated. overall a very cool collaboration that seems just right in late autumn.

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Photo of rand
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tap to half-pint

A: Copper-tan in color, one-inch head leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Earthy, tea-like floral hops meets smoked beachwood and honey sweetness. Not as smoky as a traditional rauchbier but the campfire note is distinct.

T: More hop-forward than the nose, but the citrusy, rindy hops are quickly joined by peaty smoke and toasty malts. There's plenty of sweetness in the back of the sip to
balance the unique and sharp flavor profile. A little boozey toward the finish, which is long with lingering sweetness.

M: Oily-slick and viscous. Could use a touch more carbonation.

Another brew showing there are really no boundries in craft beer. This was quite tasty for how unique it is. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, it didn't sound like the flavors were going to work.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden color with a thick head.

The aroma has pine, citrus hop, but not really much smoke.

There's a strong herbal bitterness. There also is citrus and a light amount of smoke on the back. let this one warm up as the smoke becomes more prominent.

The body is creamy and medium.

It's a well made beer with the slight bit of smoke. I wish there was some more, but still a good IPA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium sunny orange, clear, with a slight off white head. Smoke in the aroma is somewhat minimal, but works surprisingly nicely with the citrus notes and tropical fruits. There's some slight leather and biscuit notes. Taste has a bit more smoke, though its still not hugely pronounced. Sweet bread and citrus notes, juicy and fruity. Body is slick, medium in heft, with a softer bitterness lever, so its not too harsh on the palate. Drinkability is nice. Would have been interesting to see how a really smoky nose and taste worked with an ipa, but its tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You ever have one of those moments where based on looks alone, you think you were served the wrong brew? This was listed as a smoked beer on the menu and having never had it before, I was not aware it was a smoked DIPA.

The brew appears a hazy golden color with a firm white head. Some spotty strings of lace stick to the glass and it holds with very impressive retention.

The aroma is strikingly reminescent of orange marmalde with citrus and rinds. The hoppiness to this coupled with fruity alcohol notes leads the way for a pleasant smelling DIPA. Very faintly across the back does the smoked quality start to emerge and it actually integrated quite well with the fruit character.

The flavor is rindy like hops. It comes across like the nose suggests: orange marmalade. Some bitter herbal pith and faint smoke flavoring. A minor sort of candied orange appeal is present. The restraint shown in the smoked aspect is probably the most impressive aspect. Where this could have been a real train wreck of clashing character, it instead blends together quite nicely.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest inclusion of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking. Overall, much better than I was expecting and if the opportunity presented itself, id probably order it again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed burnt orange. One finger of filmy head.

Sweet nose, mostly orange and mango. A touch of honey.

Leads with mild smoke. A little orange juice, a little cracker. Bitterness works well with smoke. Lingering hop bite and acetic smoke.

Medium light body, mild fizzy carb, a little fizz, just a touch of alcohol.

Strange but tasty. Like the blend of smoke and hops.

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Photo of neophilus
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold slightly hazy beer with decent white head on top.

Aroma is citrusy american hops blended with some gentle malt sweetness. No smoke on the nose, you could trick your friends so far into thinking its a normal DIPA.

Tobacco leaf smokiness hits the palate, not like a freight train but certainly not like someone thats adverse to second hand smoke. Crisp, smokey and acrid on the tongue quickly runs straight into a wall of flavor composed of citrusy bright american hops and more of the malt sweetness.

You know what? It works! I don't like Black IPAs, I don't like roasted malt mixed with citrus hops, but this blend tastes great to me. The acrid dryness of the smoked malt lays down a bright white canvas for the american hops to paint on.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky which works perfect for the vastly differeng flavors at play. Heavy duty canvas carries the bold flavors. The acrid earthy-smoke of the smoked grain plays on top of cisrusy hops dancing in a decedently thick malt body. Excellent.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dirty gold color. Solid head for a bar pour. Leaves a combo of ring and blanketing lace.

An interesting combination of grapefruit hops and apricot and plum to the nose.

Very dry start. A bit of band-aid to the flavor. Leans heavily to the hop. Astringent finish with a short pepper aftertaste. The lighter body is enhanced by the high carbonation level.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottle Revolution

A - orange with a thin, white head

S - citrusy, the smoke is very faint

T - bread, pine, smoke, citrus, wood

M - medium bodied, smooth, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This was a nice twist on an IPA. I was hesitant about the smoke, but it was subtle and played well with the hop character. I thought this beer had nice drinkability and to me it was a bit unique. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was overjoyed to be able to try this on tap at Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, enjoyed with the turkey sandwich on rye special and bountiful seafood soup.

The IPA was served chilled in a standard pint glass.
the color is bright golden with lots of haze in the clarity aspect with thick fluffly looking white head. The lace sticks in a film and holds well. The smell is great it has a tangy juicy aroma with mild grapefruit and light pine with some lemon zest and hint of malt sweetness in the aroma with slight tropical fruit quality. Tangy and juicy in feel with medium bittterness and subtle sweetness and mild astringency with moderate carbonation and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is again as I have said twice before: tangy. The tropical aspect of the hops comes out more in the taste than either the feel or aroma though as it has a lightly acidic grapefruity taste with grassy element and mild pineapple fruitiness with a warm spice taste and mild malt sweetness mid palate with a light alcohol flavor buried under all the hop oils in the residual taste. Overall a Delicious beer w/ lots of Hop Flavor and extremely drinkable considering the abv, unsure why it is listed as an American IPA, it seems worthy of a Double category but the bitterness is very smooth on the other hand.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight smoke flavor 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoke aspect only comes through in the flavor and is pretty subdued in my opinion.

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Photo of Titans77
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Line Bistro in Beltsville MD

A - slightly hazy golden orange with a half finger of white head.

S - grapefruit and hops. No sign of any smoke.

T - Grapefruit and floral hops come through very strong. A hint of smoke on the backend. Works very well together.

M - smooth with medium carbonation. Dry finish. The smoke helps out a bit too.

O - Very solid IPA. I like this collab. Oskar Blues is doing great things.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The clear amber liquid arrives with a decent cap that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Piney and citrusy with a distinct peat character

Taste: Up front, the smoky/peaty flavors build a malty base with the hops adding a nice bitter angle; the smoked flavors continue to balance, after the swallow, and I think I detected a bit of heat in the finish though that may have come from the food I was eating

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty darn nice rauch from the Oskar Blues folks; very nicely balanced

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Now for something a completely different. Pours a straw colored golden with a light orangy hue. Very fizzy head with limited retention that didn't last through the taste.

The nose is muddled Hops come out at first with more citrus and pines notes. A bit of dank characters comes out when the smoke makes its presence. Some really off yeasty notes comes out. Specifically rose peddles and a jolly rancher tropical fruity note.

The taste is similar, muddled. Hops come out with a more piney and herbal with a touch citrus. The odd fruity note comes out more like in the nose. That jolly rancher almost juicy fruit character. Some bitterness but blends oddly with the smoke character. Very nice smoke with a more meaty character. Lingers into the finish that battles with the piney resinous flavor. The yeast is clean for the most part, much softer vs the nose.

The body is moderate but with some lingering sweetness. Some warming but for the ABV pretty dang smooth. Carbonation is low to none. Overall a fun beer, but I can't seem to find the rhythm on this beer. The more American hops just don't blend with the savory smoke.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark yellow body with lasting foam. Very smooth, though residual tongue tingling. A mild smoke aroma. The hops are here, they support the smoke beer to make the latter something more complex. The hops lend taste, but are not the main show.
Can from Jason Bach, thanks buddy!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a clean copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of bright white detergent-like head, giving off lots of nice lacing. lots of aromatic hops.. grassy, piney, citrusy. getting a whiff of smoked malt, which blends in quite nicely! the flavor is mindnumbingly excellent. a nice smoked flavor, much like band aids.. but nothing overwhelming. a nice bitterness from the hops blends in perfectly with the sweetness of the grain bill. this is by far the best tasting rauch style beer i've ever had. it's like you taste the smoky flavors and you're smelling the hops as you're drinking it, then you put down the glass and the hops are the main thing in your palate. medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation - a nice sticky mouthfeel.

overall, this is an excellent collaboration from ska / oskar blues. an excellent beer for its style. and an excellent beer overall. throw in a nifty designed can, and you have yourself a winner.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

How could I pass up a smoked IPA? This stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light leek, and light orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, without the leek, and a very light generic black smoke in the background, gaining a mild prominence in the finish and aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer, though I don't really see the point of the smoke. Without it, it's a pretty decent IPA; with it, though, things come across confused, neither facet (IPA-ness and smokiness) able to fully express itself. Still not bad, but not as good as it seemingly could be.

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color. Lots of head formation, has some orange hints to it. Well retained, lots of lacing.

S - Very hoppy - lots of american hops. Citrus, some resin some pine. I think the smoke is there, but is well hidden.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet and a growing amount of smokiness. Mid-stream brings in a good load of the hopping, mainly a citrus. Finishes with some of the smokeyness from the malt and a hint of retained bitterness.

M - Creamy body, moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected. A little sticky in the finish.

O/D - An interesting beer that I get a different impression of every time I take a drink. It is a little bit strong on the palette, which I would suggest would be better paired with food. ABV is up there, but manageable. A little bit filling.

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