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Off The Grid | Hoyne Brewing Co.

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Off The GridOff The Grid

Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"What kind is it ?" she asked. Choppy waters I thought , we were at the campfire playing Truth or Dare , and as always the fool , I chose Truth. "You know I'm sworn to secrecy but I will say this "This beer reminds me of that time we had in Vienna , the warm evenings , the music , the red lights" I trailed off. "That's a load of sweet nuthin" She smiled "Dare! "

Added by ericj551 on 05-12-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 25
Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Awesome to see this (AND a few others) in a tiny liquor store in the slice of BC we're stopping off in, on the way to the good ol' US of A for a long-overdue summer vacation.

This beer pours a rather clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some chunky approaching weather system lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds out of sight.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, a nice caramel sweetness, some doe-eyed apple and citrus fruit esters, ethereal hints of campfire smoke (though that could just be the label's hipster ministrations), and plain earthy, leafy, and herbal hops. The taste is more bready, lightly doughy caramelized malt, a reduced, but hardly out of the game biscuity toffee character, a rather muddled light orchard fruitiness, subtle wet ash, and a continuation of the herbal, grassy, and leafy hop bitterness from the aroma.

The bubbles are good and plentiful (don't want to get sued or anything here) in their lilting frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, the local hops pretty much stand-up guys, if you know what I mean. It finishes off-dry, the kind of faltering caramel picked up and dusted off by those very same noble (heh) hops.

Overall, a more or less stellar offering, with strong ESB connotations, despite the lager heritage. The only fly in the proverbial ointment is a certain dissociation amongst the fanboys out there. I mean really, what is so hard to correlate here concerning the proclaimed 'red lager' denomination on the label?

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Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoyne Brewing 'Off The Grid' Red Lager @ 5.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is a clear dark amber , with a good size off white head which is leaving a frothy lace along the stein
S-distinct noble German hops
T-crisp tasting , pleasant on the palate , smooth finish
MF-good carbonation , medium bodied
Ov-nice good beer for a Vienna Red Lager
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Danomeister
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Off the Grid pours a bright copper red/reddish brown/what have you. Perfectly clear.

On the nose its reminiscent of Big Rock's Traditional Ale: toasted malt, breadiness. This one also has a "saltwater taffy" sweet, slightly buttery smell that is pretty interesting. A hint of muskiness, almost like a Brett beer.

To taste this beer is to walk into a scene of shadowed faces, song, and smoke. The evocative label does this beer justice. The maltiness conjures a sense of nostalgia while the roasted character suggests smoke and more saltwater taffy. It finishes rather dry, with a bit of astringency; its unexpected.

The mouthfeel is weakest part in my opinion. Its a bit thin, with a dryness and mild astringency that goes against the direction that the rest of the flavor profile seems to be going. The thinness also makes it taste more mass produced.

Overall, an interesting beer and one that would be great to drink around a campfire. However, if you're looking at Hoyne beers, perhaps try their Dark Matter instead.

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Photo of ericj551
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off the grid pours a bright orange red with a nice fluffy head that doesn't linger. The aroma is sweet, bready and slightly nutty malt. Toasted bready malt fills the flavor, with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor finishes reasonably dry with a moderate bitterness and some nice herbal and slightly earthy hops. A bit of sweetness lingers in the finish, with a bit of the toasted bready malt. Overall a really nice beer, but hard to justify the $6 bomber to make this a regular beer.

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Off The Grid from Hoyne Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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