Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #8
Ranked #5,635
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Apr 24, 2022
Mar 12, 2003
Notes: Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs
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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pivopijak from Washington

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
3.68 by zknight from Korea (South) on Feb 23, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Terrific red imperial ale!!

Dec 23, 2021
3.96 by desint from Belgium on Dec 01, 2021
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3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

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
4.09 by Zigzach from Florida on Nov 13, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Spike from England

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
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2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ohbigun from West Virginia

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
3 by stephenlee93 from England on Aug 28, 2021
4.1 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2021
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Jul 29, 2021
4 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
4.18 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Jul 15, 2021
4.1 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Jul 10, 2021
4 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

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
4 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
4.02 by zhrike from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Iamaskier from Idaho

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
3.75 by mpenske from California on Jun 09, 2021
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3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Lampro from Virginia

This beer has a slight harshness to its hops that mellows somewhat as it warms, but is nonetheless a discernable aftertaste.

Jun 01, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MNJR from Illinois

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
3 by prisdefer from New York on Apr 18, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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
3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

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
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

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
4.19 by walt5 from Delaware on Mar 29, 2021
4.09 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

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
4.18 by o29 from Texas on Mar 18, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Elemental19xx from Illinois

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
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GStone899 from Minnesota

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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
4 by doctorgary from New York on Jan 07, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by ChristopherCurtis from New York

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
3.5 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2020
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2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Poured from a can into a tulip glass a massive 3F mid tan foamy head sits atop a medium amber beer about 40% transparent. Lace starts at the top and slides down the glass as the head slowly sinks over several minutes.

On the nose I get sweaty salty hops predominantly with hints of yeast and mash and some mystery note.

Taste is caramel malt at first then bitter hop and a boozy finish. The unidentified note is a pine resin hops trying to hide the alcohol astringency. A hint of thymol makes this a bit too booze like for me.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation that acts as a catalyst to the thymol, piney alcohol and creates a tingly aftertaste. This takes away from the initial malt notes and finishes slick and sticky.

This beer has just too much alcohol and bitterness for me. Parts of the flavor profile hint at schnapps in a beer boilermaker. The Listerine aftertaste is a major turnoff for me. Struggling to get through the rest of the glass, yup drain pour.

Nov 25, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sjdevel from Utah

LOOK - quite hazy - deep orange/slight copper - nice soapy foam - great head retention - foam clings to the glass
SMELL - pine, grapefruit, and some mango - some woodsy/campfire notes - caramel as well
TASTE - huge blast of hops but not as bitter as I anticipated - super tropical and some citrus - some pine and mango - partially sweet but mostly tart with a nice hop bite
FEEL - a bit thinner that hoped for but still a nice medium body - great carbonation - activity level is high
OVERALL - a very good Imperial IPA from Oskar B's - never had a bad brew from them - this is a powerful brew - a taste bud killer - very hoppy and a decent carmelly sweetness to help balance it out - one of the better IIPA / RIPAs out there

Nov 17, 2020
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