Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,645
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Notes: Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs
Reviews: 1,421 | Ratings: 4,196 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of huston84
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Big fluffy head reduces to a thin cap but remains all the way down. Smells great. Tastes of fruity hops in front with alcohol at the end but malty goodness is the primary flavor. I'm super impressed with this beer. I have avoided Oscar Blues in the past but I don't know why. This was in a sampler. Super good.

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 3/23/20 (about 50 days ago and 23 days before the date on outside of the mix pack) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.7% ABV. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with sticky khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring, puffy island and leaves a spotty, but complete lace. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring sweet caramel and pine along with lesser citrus. The taste is semisweet toasted malt with caramel, sticky pine sap, vague citrus and earthy moderate to strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Not overly sweet with some real hop stickiness. Overall, excellent. Another time machine brew. There's not much out there like this anymore. Simple and well done.

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Photo of RedbirdRona
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red amber color with good lacing. Taste is dominated by Carmel maple and piney hops. The 8.7% alcohol is very well hidden. I understand why it’s called G’Night as after one of these ya done. Very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I was worried this would taste too boozy but it was quite the opposite. Oskar Blues did good on this one.

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Photo of donspublic
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip good 2+ finger tan colored head, good retention, epic lacing. Amberish red in the class, somewhat clear, chill haze? Smells of caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, slight dankness on the nose. Taste follows the nose caramel, citrus and malt sweetness on the front, lends way to pine, slightly resinous, finishes with a good sharp bitterness, and no residual sweetness on the finish. Drinks extremely well for a 8.7% beer.

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Photo of Reef
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/12/19

Translucent dark amber, two fingers of beige head, full curtains lacing, full cap
Intoxicating malt aromas with caramel, cheese, light pine and citrus
Hoppy citrus and pine coexist with caramel, stone fruit, apricot, brown bread flavors
Smooth, little hop bite or alcohol heat, enduring carbonation. Hoppy remnant after a swallow.
Absolutely love this beer. Standout imperial red.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown pour/ almost a hint of red. Thick, rich head.
Aroma is bready earth/ pine, hop citrus, caramel notes. Tough to pin down.
Taste is everything great about a big red beer, big tasty caramel malts, piney hops, sweet just right, absolutely delicious.
Feels perfectly creamy, chewing on every sip for enjoyment. Level of bitterness in the finish is terrific. Flavor hints remain to remind me of how tasty this is, grapefruit/ citrus, caramel apple hints, delightful lingering bitterness.
Glad I finally grabbed a box of these after passing it over for years for no reason other than I wasn’t always into imperial reds.

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Photo of defunksta
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, caramel, orange brown color that is slightly clouded. SRM of 19. A large off-white head. SRM of 19. (3.75)

Aroma: Aroma of sticky orange citrus, nectar, some pine, sweet cherry and mango. caramel backbone.

Flavor: Flavor of more sweet orange, cherry, nectar drizzled with a strong caramel sweetness. A decent amount of pine bitterness, but finishes mostly sweet.

Feel: Heavier-bodied. Decent carbonation. Heavier bodied, sweet, but actually the carbonation allows it to feel quite smooth and clean surprisingly.

Compared with Surly's Furious: A slightly darker amber color. More nectar, caramel and less citrus zing. Less pine too. It's heavier, sweeter, and stronger all around.

Overall: A good red IPA. Heavy and sweet. Hides the alcohol relatively well actually and better than most imperial IPAs. I guess it's not as hard to hide it under a piney caramel malt backbone. Heavy and resinous but the caramel allows a nice smooth finish unlike many imperial IPAs where the candied malts dissolve into an alcohol burn. This one just dissolves into a pleasant caramel sweetness. Not my choice for an IPA, but this one fits the bill where it suits. (Final Rating: 3.74)

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Photo of Beerboe
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this a few weeks ago for, get this, Six bucks! What a steal! I'm drinking it now while watching the Kansas City Chieeeeefs World Championship parade on television. It's a Red ale day for sure. This may be the best of the three I've had so far. It hides its ABV well, nice and smooth, smoother than Warbeard, which I just finished. To the guy who said "This is an average red IPA" I disagree most vociferously - this Rules, as do the Chieeeeefs!!

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got the 15 pack called can-undrum. This one pours clear copper toned with a thick persistent creamy head. Aroma is complex, fruity yet yeasty. Initial taste is caramel malt with a sharp citrus snap. Feels a little thick on my tongue and I like it. Finishes dry and crisp. I really like this and would buy it if available separately.

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Photo of hophead723
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 15 pack variety Oskar Blues thanks to the help of my bro, hopphead31415. Poured into my favorite glass, the Samuel Smith British Pub glass.

Look: Towering fluffy offwhite head atop a hazy red and copper-colored body. The slow-rising carbonation is evenly distributed and lazily fuels the resilient head.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by pine and caramel, with subtle underlying fruity yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A roasty sweet caramel malt profile is perfectly balanced by rich piney bitterness alongside surprisingly bright and refreshing kumquat hop derived bitterness and flavor. It literally tastes like chewing on a little kumquat while smelling caramel and pine! Very drinkable, refreshing flavor carried by a nearly full-bodied weight that still finishes dry and crisp.

Overall: Excellent and delicious beer, ESPECIALLY when considering the high ABV.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours deep reddish-amber (getting close to garnet) with some haze that eventually settles out about the same time the head subsides. A nice ring of foam.

Caramel malt aromas are fairly forward, with some orange, grapefruit, and pine, balanced by some toasted malt.

The brew initially arrives with some malty sweetness and light stone-fruit flavors (peach, apricot), but pleasing citrus flavors arrive in midstream, with just a touch of toasted grain. The finish is pine and a touch of booze. Despite the nice hop presence, the brew never tastes or feels like a red IPA.

The brew is very well balanced, well carbonated, and has a clean finish for the malt level.

This is an excellent delivery on the style. Malty and slightly boozy, the hoppy notes balance this perfectly without crossing the line into IPA territory.

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Photo of jernjawn
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

reddish orange pour with one finger, pillowy and sticky head. sweet smell. Snappy first impression quickly gives way to a bitterness I can't quite decide is pleasant or unpleasant. The bitterness leads you to a really delicious and sticky honey after taste.

There's a lot going on here and part of me wants to dislike it but the end result is an interesting take on a red ale.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:. Pours a muddy copper orange color with a medium large head and some thick lacing around the glass.

S:. Some ripe orange, some herbal hops, caramel, slightly underwhelming aroma.

T:. Notes of ripe orange, caramel, toffee, floral grassy hops. A tad light.

F:. Medium to thick body.

O:. This is an average red IPA.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely average beer across the board. Certainly old school, but nothing g stands out other than the fact it is relatively well balanced with a solid malt backbone. Generic pine, citrus hops don't pop. However, I don't want to be overly negative...it does not have flaws that stand out and is well-rounded.

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Photo of notaclone
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. Good brewery.

Look - Very nice pouring. Some head, some trails, nice color.
Smell - Average for a red/brown - which I love.
Taste - A bit too hoppy and a bit too sweet.
Feel - Rode Whole Enchilada drank four and rode Slick Rock the next day - Not! OK limped home and rode the day after... - Nice buzz tho.
Overall - One one my favorites - including the Gordon story and connections. Thanks!

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light brownish with light tan head. Strong hop aroma, roughly an even mix of pine, orangey citrus, and tropical, with slightly caramelly malt still perceptible through it all. The flavor is an explosion of cooked orange with malt, booze, caramel, pine. Heavy mouthfeel, unsurprisingly sweet. The bitterness isn't quite enough to tip the balance. A little dirty. It's a damn weighty ale and an interesting one, but I wouldn't want anything like it too often.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 5-13-19 (opened 7-21-19).
1 1/2" off white head with amazing retention and thick foamy lace, falls slowly to a dense 1/4" collar. The beer is amber / copper and opaque.
Aromas of sweet crystal malt, toffee, piney hops and caramelized grapefruit.
Rich, sweet malt flavors. Brown sugar, grapefruit and strong pine mixed with a leafy hop character..
Full mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation. Boozy and a long sweet bitter finish.

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Photo of willcull78
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark red richness of complex flavors. I got a hint of burnt cherry aroma (in a good sense) when I opened this brew. It poured a rich hazy dark-red amber with minimal foamy head and with very good lacing. The hint of cherry with chocolate (or caramel) was still present. The taste was tart and crisp with the carbonation being ever so present. The aftertaste was a lingering balance of cherry and chocolate though I don't believe any cherries were used in the making of this product. I most certainly got a 'buzz' from having just one of this brew so it is not a brew I recommend drinking a lot of in one sitting but a couple at a time is certainly worth the time. Would certainly go quite well with grilled burgers.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a caramel-amber tinge with luscious foam. I get candied orange and some pine on the aroma, marched with a sticky sweet malt finish. Hits the spot.

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Photo of sjrider
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 5/6/19 - cloudy rich reddish amber color with thick foamy off white head leaving significant lacing.Nose is citrusy dank and malty sweet, really nice. Taste follows with a more pronounced hop influence and a smooth almost dry finish. Brings back memories of Lagunitas Imperial Red but I believe this is a bit mellower. I really like this,a lot.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint glass; canned 04/18/19, code THE KNIGHT WHO SAY "G."
A: Pours a hazy, dark copper/orange color with ochre highlights, a one to two inch, orange chiffon head, more than cap retention, and complex, Belgian lacing.
S: Spicy. Aromas of tropical fruit (mango especially), caramel, and tangerine.
T: Semisweet. Flavor pallet similar to nose. Spicy, almost cumin, bitterness with a very clean finish.
M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Almost chewy.
O: A very fun, fruity, and flavorful Imperial Red Ale. Now this is something from Oskar Blues I could have over and over again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

07/19/19; can to pilsner glass.

LOOK: Nice copper color, clear, white foamy head. Good retention.
TASTE: woody, light leafy hops. sappy sweetness.
FEEL: On the lighter side of medium bodied.

Good medium/dark beer with some bitter, some sweet, some hoppy, some malty flavors.


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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one straight from the can. If I had to boil it down to one word, I would say G'knight is rich. Rich, warm aroma of citrusy hops and caramel and biscuit malt. Deep, rich flavor of sweet and toasty malt, fruity and citrusy notes, some floral. Rich feel. Immediately reached for another once the first can was drained

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually surprised by how much I like hoppy red ales, but even so this one caught me off guard. I picked up a can because it's one of Oskar Blue's core beers and I hadn't had it before and it was only about a month old. Really nice citrusy hoppy flavor, a hint of dankness, and nice rich malts without being overly sweet or cloying. Super smooth for being 8.7%. Delicious.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. Dark amber in color, clear, with a frothy head and a lot of lacing left behind. Very promising by the look.
Smell - hops with fruity notes, berries in particular. malts presence as well. smells a bit sweet, though that is most likely deceiving from the style.
Taste - surprisingly, beer is malt forward in taste, with less presence of hops. alcohol sweetness is detectable, with a mix of malts/hops in the finish that is still malt dominant. sweetness and some warmness from the alcohol lingers.
Feel - medium-full bodied, below average carbonation, and a heavy hitter at 8.7%. alcohol is not masked and is definitely part of the entire experience.
Overall - this is a solid beer that is meant to be enjoyed slowly. the beer's characteristics change as it warms, and the experience ranges from slightly hoppy to a robust, hearty red ale with plenty of malt flavor and booze. An excellent night cap!

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