Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #5,766
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Mar 10, 2023
Mar 12, 2003
Notes: Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 3.75 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
Photo of KenjiN
Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Hazy red brew with an off-white head. Hoppy nose evocative of grapefruit. Rich, thick malty sweetness -- also plenty of flowery, fruity hoppiness. Warming. This would have enthralled me in the 90s. Today I'm into subtler beers.
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 30, 2023
Photo of Pivopijak
Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nearly clear, medium dark orange, with the slightest auburn tint. Nice, allspice tinged, medium dark toast caramel malt, with a bit of fruitiness, to the aroma. Some sharpness upfront, lightly astringent, bit of allspice/coriander type sweet spice in the background, with a bit of a floral note to the taste and finish.
Apr 24, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by zknight from Korea (South)

Feb 23, 2022
Photo of JohnnyHopps
Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a brownish maroon color with a white head.

Smell - The smell malts and dank hops were just right for the style.

Taste - The malts backbone was huge, leaving a trail of sweetness. The dank and grassy hops provided a nice contrast. Nothing was overpowering, and a dry finish left me thirsty for more.

Mouthfeel - The beer was full bodied, allowing the aftertaste to linger.

Overall - It has been too long since I had this one.
Feb 14, 2022
Photo of flgimp
Rated by flgimp from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Terrific red imperial ale!!
Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by desint from Belgium

Dec 01, 2021
Photo of crazyspicychef
Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
Too hoppy for my taste.
Otherwise a very solid beer for the style, but not red.
More of a slightly darker honey.
Old Chub is much better!
To me, this tastes like the rest of the IPA's in this style.
Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Zigzach from Florida

Nov 13, 2021
Photo of Spike
Reviewed by Spike from England

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
12oz can.
L: Hazy, red/amber colour with two fingers of off-white suds that leave rings of lacing.
S: Malt and some subtle cinnamon spiciness.
T: Red liquorice, orange and caramel. Unusual. Alcohol heat follows, as does moderate hop bitterness.
F: Full bodied with slick mouthfeel.
O: A decent Autumnal red ale that also delivers a boozy hit. Not very subtle, however.
Nov 07, 2021
Photo of ohbigun
Reviewed by ohbigun from West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Chilled 12 oz. can poured into a chilled mug. Canned 08/28/21 stamped on bottom of can. Consumed 11/06/21. My wife bought a single can of this randomly for me to try. It is the highest-ranked beer on this site that I have consumed to date, rated #3 in the Red Ale - Imperial style and #3,096 overall at time of writing.

L: Dark amber with a moderate amount of foam. A slight amount of bubbles. 3.75

S: Hard to put a finger on what this smells like. Smells like it will taste sour. It has notes of a typical IPA, but different. 3.0

T: Tastes about like it smells... kind of weird. It has a harshness that sort of overpowers the other flavors of the beverage. This is a higher ABV than I am accustomed to, which might account for the issues. Bitterness from hops is about the only other thing I can discern. I get no sweetness, at all, even as the brew warmed. 2.75

F: Not very easy or enjoyable to drink. 3.0

O: Not for me. 3.0
Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 3 by stephenlee93 from England

Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by hester7 from Texas

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Jul 06, 2021
Photo of RedStickPhil
Reviewed by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Yet another great Oskar offering! Beautiful to behold, with deeper colors at the top of the glass. I guess just because the top is wider? Anyway, a cool effect
Maybe just a little malty with the high alcohol content, but great mouthfeel.
Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by zhrike from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2021
Photo of Iamaskier
Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Nice foamy head. Reddish brown body. Smell is pine resin, pineapple, mango, and spice. Taste is bold- piney hops and mango dominate. Caramel malt and maybe even cinnamon come out in the body, but take a back seat to the hops. That being said, the bitterness is well balanced by malt sweetness. Feel is wet, and a lovely warmth is produced by the ABV. It’s a really good beer, and a great take on red ales. My only critique is that the malt character could be a bit more present.
Jun 23, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Jun 09, 2021
Photo of Lampro
Rated by Lampro from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This beer has a slight harshness to its hops that mellows somewhat as it warms, but is nonetheless a discernable aftertaste.
Jun 01, 2021
Photo of MNJR
Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Delicious imperial red ale. Malty with spicy hops and a long dry finish. Flavors are pronounced and stick around a good long time. Chewy, caramel, lemon, vanilla, herbal spice. Lots going on. A powerhouse of flavor and texture. Very excellent brew to be savored.
Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Apr 18, 2021
Photo of rudiecantfail
Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. "Canned 2/19/[email protected]:33 Cheers 2 Gordon". Well, Gordon, I have no idea who you are or what you've done, but Cheers 2 you.

L---A rich reddish brown that turns out to just be deep amber. Off-white head faded to a ring fairly quickly and leaves good lacing.

S---Vaguely hoppy & malty. I can't identify specifics.

T---Same as the nose, vague hops & malts.

F---Medium bodied with very good carbonation.

O---Just not doing it for me. An otherwise excellent brewery, though.
Apr 12, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Photo of KT3418
Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I 10000% need to have this more than once to get a better opinion, I definitely don't not like this, idk if ill come back to it once I get a better feel for its taste but this is definitely seems complex. Finkel and garf has a red ipa, which as I understand should be more malt driven, and I understand what they meant. This seems different, perhaps more hoppy, I think the alcohol is covered well, not like a lot of weldwerks doubles were I taste the alcohol. Its not that the malt isn't there....I need to have this again. It's good.
Apr 04, 2021
Photo of cjeep
Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
definitely unusual and it works for me. ipa with a strong caramel note.
L: drinking from the can, and the can is cool.
S: pine, bitter citrus.
T: goes beyond the nose... get the pine, grapefruit but a good taste of caramel richness with just a bit of sweetness. works for me. bitterness grows through the aftertaste, and the final impression is actually pretty bitter. strange but it works.
F: smooth, rich. nice.
O: different but different in a good way.
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by walt5 from Delaware

Mar 29, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Rainintheface from Florida

Mar 22, 2021
Photo of brewme
Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Reviewed from memory, as I have not had in a while, have had at least a four-pack.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by o29 from Texas

Mar 18, 2021
Photo of Elemental19xx
Reviewed by Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not a huge fan of most ipas, but this one's not half bad. It's not as hoppy as a lot of them, and has a lighter carbonation. At 8.7% pits a not a bad choice. If you like ipas with a little less hops I would recommend.
Mar 11, 2021
Photo of GStone899
Rated by GStone899 from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Haven't had many red IPA's but this one is delicious. Super easy to drink. May be the best red ale I've ever had.
Feb 14, 2021
Photo of milkshakebeersucks
Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A real beauty to look at; the reddish amber body is topped it a large khaki colored head that left plenty of lacing. Laid back aroma features an array of hops, pine being the most prominent, although there is some caramel lurking in the background. Hops continue to dominate the taste. Pine is still present but joined by herbal, floral notes. Tongues a-tingling heading to the aftertaste where that caramel sweetness makes another brief appearance. Noticing a bit of grapefruit as well. Lingering well carbonated finish.
Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 07, 2021
Photo of ChristopherCurtis
Reviewed by ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Deep copper color, about two fingers of foam.
Smell: Hoppy. Some type of candied fruit. Grapefruit.
Taste: Sweet and bitter. Puckery. I don't think I can pin down any one flavor. Grapefruit rind comes to mind. Maybe some simple syrup. Maybe some sugar cookie. Everything just kind of blends together.
Feel: Silky. Oily.
Taste: Yeah that's some good shit.
Dec 21, 2020
G'Knight from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 4273 ratings