Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,896
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: 1,439 | Ratings: 4,237 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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barneyrubble from Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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sjdevel from Utah

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look dark reddish amber
Smell sweet floral hops rich
Taste slightly sweet with welcoming citrus hops and floral hops
Feel great carbonation and crisp
Overall such a great offering from Oskar Blues . A higher ABV and so hidden in the taste so make note that this is not a session beer but great with friends after dinner. Well done!

Nov 10, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Stamped date on can bottom is '08/04/20'. From a variety pack.
With a slight murkiness, and a medium amber colored body. Half a finger of white head. Leaves behind an oily sheen of lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel and dank hops.
Taste is similar to the aroma but with more intensity. Sweet upfront with a slightly bitter end. Caramel, dank pine, some citrus, and a touch of sweet apple.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation. Slight syrup.
I have had this many times before but many years ago, and very reviewed until now. Has some punch, with the accomplished balance between sweet and bitter.

Oct 27, 2020
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a can. Color was not really red. Nice lacing through the glass. Taste is incredibly good. Sweet malty at first with a bitter IPA finish. Really, Really Good.

Oct 24, 2020
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cyginsberg from New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like a combination between a west cost ipa and Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's appearance is a crimson brown with light haze and a formidable head. Nose is mostly malty with some ipa in the mix and even a slight dark roast coffee note in the background. Thoroughly enjoyed this perfect combination of bitter and sweet.

Oct 13, 2020
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RPBeerdude from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can’t say I’ve had an imperial red IPA before this one but I can say this is an outstanding beer. Without getting technical, I would describe this as a “mellow Arrogant Bastard”. Absolutely delightful.

Jul 21, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, deep copper, nice off-white head, great retention and lace
Ruby red grapefruit, pine, and dank, along with some dark caramel in the nose
Lots of dark fruit, caramel, bread crust, and citrus rind.
Full bodied with nice carbonation
Takes me back a decade. Love it.

Jul 20, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a clear deep copper amber color with a decent off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lacing in my glass. Fresh grapefruit and pine aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrus and caramel flavors. Medium- full bodied, finishes bitter.

Jul 03, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 2 inch thick, foamy cream-colored head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is very fruity, floral, spicy, malty, sweet.

Taste is pine, spice, rye, fruit, malty, sweet, resinous.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Wow! One of the best Imperial IPA's.

Jun 29, 2020
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dmfrench from Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloying, forgettable Red

A: lovely deep blood orange when backlit, though lackluster in normal light. fleeting one finger natural white head.

S: dusty, piney, earthy aromatic hops. full at first but fleeting.

T: drying, bitter hops, but just too sweet to want to consider seriously

M: a bit on the thin side for the abv. syrupy. does not inspire.

Jun 26, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A liquid interpretation of orange hessonite topped by a fluffed canopy of off-white foam. Leaves intermittent rings of lace as the glass dwindles.

Sugared pine sap and citrus hops sit down to a classy dinner under a tasteful chandelier of dry malts. Between them sits a vase of orange blossoms encircled on a platter of ripe cherries and mango slices.

Medium body that’s clean and thick. Concludes with and updraft of carbonation that’s boisterous but consistently keeps an indoor voice.

A eventful intersection of enjoyably bitter hops and tangy, resinous pine. Freshly juiced nectarines and a drizzle of grenadine syrup tops the sticky pine, which finishes with a faint, gummy-bear sweetness.

Jun 23, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great example of how deceiving first impressions can be. It poured from a can into a clear pint glass bearing a lovely deep copper. However there was almost no aroma nor lasting head. Ah! But the taste is surprisingly rich, with malty goodness and a hoppy punch. The balance between these two basic backbones of a good IPA is quite noteworthy, as the close to 9% A.B.V. is barely noticed. I look forward to some more.

Jun 18, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-deep amber to mahogany can pour with a slight haze and an immense foam cap. The aroma is very sweet. The flavor is of caramel, some pleasant hop bitterness, but the overall presence is high alcohol heat and sweetness.

Jun 11, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky iced tea brown with a large ivory head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine. Flavor is caramel and malts, sweet up front and then the hops bite in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a fabulous beer.

Jun 05, 2020
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huston84 from New Mexico

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.

May 22, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 12, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

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.

Apr 26, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

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.

Mar 19, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

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.

Mar 04, 2020
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TBoneJones from Texas

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.

Feb 29, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

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)

Feb 27, 2020
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Beerboe from Missouri

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!!

Feb 05, 2020
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