Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #146
Ranked #24,422
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 133 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big focus on hops lead to a bright and floral introduction to the palate as Oskar Blues normal hoppy tilt encounters the complexity of Belgian yeast. Straying from their comfort hoppy zone, IceyPA becomes an IPA with a little extra.

This Belgian-esque IPA kicks off with a bright citrus perfume, saturating with bright orange, tangerine and nectarine along with the strong perfume of coriander. Underneath all that lies a modestly hazed golden ale that fights through a sturdy foam cap in search of tantilizing sweetness of angel-food cake, honey and biscuit.

As the middle palate unfolds, a plethora of fruit reveal themselves: pink grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, mango, gooseberry, banana, kiwi and passionfruit trek across the tongue; but balanced with a bitter and spicy tandem. Clove, white pepper, vinous acidity, bubblegum and soft soap counter the fruit and trailing sweetness before finishing grassy and bitter like cilantro, fresh pine shavings, citrus peels and grass clippings.

Medium bodied and brightly spicy on the palate, the ale trends spicy and bitter but never achieves the dryness that either premiere Belgian beers achieve or the bitter dominant taste that great IPA achieves. The "Belgian" fermentation robs the American hops of much of their floral character while the heavy fruit and spice balance reigns supreme, trailing with citrus perfume and light detergent.

Apr 11, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap @ OB Lyons

A — Pours a clear but slightly hazy yellow color into the glass, there's a night white colored head that settles and leaves behind some quality spots of lacing.

S — Smell is nicely pungent, strongly focused on hops and a little bit of a wheat malt base is apparent.

T — Taste is nice, lots of fresh hop notes of lemon, pine, citrus, and melon, balanced upon a lightly present wheat malt.

M — Medium bodied, lingering and tasty finish.

O — Pretty good overall, I would have it again.

Apr 27, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with excellent clarity. Foam leaves behind plenty of lacing and the beer looks like an IPA should. The smell is subdued, some hops and a light bubblegum sweetness. Mostly American IPA characteristics were coming from this beer, tons of grapefruit, herb, pine and bitterness. It was almost harsh it was so bitter. The Belgian element was not much more than candi sugar sweetness. Slight sweetness not much else was noticed besides hops. Full, well carbonated body, and there is a hop bite drying out the palate. Its pretty nice for what it is, and it is Icey in PA. Good beer as usual from Oskar Blues.

Jan 14, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured ontap in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, copper coloring with a sparse, filmy, white head. Aromas of tart grapefruit and lime forward, subtle berry fruit, toasted grains, and subtle funk. Flavors are more of the farmhouse funk and spice forward, with notes of sage, clove, evergreen, allspice, and subtle souir funk, with a resinous and piney hops character, and a toasted backbone. Light, crisp, effervesced body with an herbal and medicinal aftertaste. The finish is spiced and funky linger, with a dry, effervesced feel. Interesting.

Dec 12, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great can of beer here, blue collar still, a strong pint, but a darn well refined one, and this is frankly way better than any other beer i have had from these guys in recent memory. its frothing over white fluff on top of a rich looking brassy clear base. the nose is juicy and tropical, pineapple juice i smell, and maybe galaxy as a principal varietal, although its hard to tell. the flavor doesnt quite pop on the hops like the aroma does, but its equally delicious. when i drink it fast, it looses its uniqueness a little, but when i set it down for a minute or two and smell and taste it again, it sort of blows me away. fuller bodied from the grain, but not overly flavorful on the malt side. pale two row and some light crystal probably is all. i like its clean cold nature, and i am glad they packaged something different finally, even if it was rather limited. great use of the hops, i would love confirmation on what kind they are. this is great pale ale, pushing ipa on the hop scale, and appropriately big for winter.

Dec 12, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 2014 vintage. Yellow-gold; clear (previously [pre-2014] unfiltered). Decent head.

Aroma: fruity with pineapple and tropical fruits. Also a touch yeasty and floral.

T: mild floral hops up front, lightly-toasted malts; hints of caramel and tropical fruits. Mild for an IPA.

M: Medium-light body; crisp feel

O: well-balanced, but don't expect normal US (or OB) IPA hoppiness.

Dec 12, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly cloudy dark gold with good head and a lace ring around glass with an interesting aroma that unfortunately is very mild and contains a balance of citric hops and mild yeastiness. The body of the beer is light and smooth thanks to some nice yeast strains and there is a wheaty sweetness to the beer but the beer has a subdued, as if both sides were trying to let the other take advantage but neither would, yeast/wheat twang and spicy citric hop sharpness and finishes crisp and dry. Not a bad beer but not the best balance between styles or most composed beer.

Feb 09, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard Hosue in Northridge, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus flavors 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has an interesting earthy quality to it.

Feb 09, 2014
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gatornation from Minnesota

2.49/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap @ Yard House
A- pours a clear lemon yellow color with a white head and some thin lacing
S- lemon citrus some cracker meal thats it
T- light pils taste with light citrus adjunct tastes some bread and meal finish
M-carbonated and crisp but no taste was there
O-i dont get this brew or what the concept is or the style this is at best a lawnmower adjunct

Feb 08, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(had this on tap at City Beer Store, San Francisco mid-late April - they called it "Icey Wheat IPA" on the board, info elsewhere suggests the name I gave it above - it's a "COllaboration" with the Colorado company Icelantic Skis)

A: Xmas-light yellow-gold, moderate haze, snotty/webby lace

S: honey n melon, boldish woody/floral/leafy/candy-apple aromas

T: honey and quite mild floral hops up front, lightly-toasted malt flavor and slight caramel, turbinado sweetness late, long phenolic finish

M: has a bit of a lager-like light/crisp, soft/smooth feel

O: very well-balanced, just not as much an "IPA" as I would have expected from OB - more of a lightly-hoppy pale wheat ale

May 09, 2013
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