Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Midnight Project #3 OxymoronMidnight Project #3 Oxymoron
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Lager

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
91
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration with Terrapin. This is not an IPA, I'd call it an Imperial Pilsner maybe- lager yeast, german malts and hops. Very interesting, and the closest beer I'd say it's like is Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Pours a dark amber with a fairly light head, constant streaming bubbles and some spotty lacing. Smells of very bitter earthy hops and a good bit of tangy lager yeast. The taste is more of the same with lots of bitter hops and some buttered popcorn and lager tanginess. Smooth in the mouth with a bitter finish. This took a little getting used to, but I enjoyed it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Mellow Mushroom from a bomber into a stadard pint glass a slight chill hazed copper with a thinner but well sustained white head.Vienna lager-like aromas in my opinion,caramel malt with a bit of spicy/herbal hop,the alcohol sweetness shows thru a little as the beer warms.A little thinner than expected in the mouthfeel department,not quite watery but nowhere near it should be.Sweet caramel doughiness is the main flavor component that I picked up,light herbal hops in the finish,again the alcohol sweetness does creep a little.Not a real bad beer, and its a bit different but not worth the hefty price tag it commands.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Giving this a fair try as best I can given it's non-traditional interpretation of style. Poured a honeyed golden color with minimal white head. Nose was on the lighter side with some Hawaiian sweet bread and peach pit. Bitterness and dryness dominate the palate though, with a whiff of malt sweetness in there somewhere. Finishes dry. More body than what I was expecting. Nothing spectacular to enjoy here though, in any aspect of appreciation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light herbs, cut wood, and mild bits of corn and butter.
Taste is buttered popcorn, light herbs, fresh bread and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, doughy, and smooth
Reminded me of a lagered Whitbread.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lighter amber color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: light caramel sweetness and a bit of floral hop bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: decent malt profile here as caramel, red apples, a bit of earthiness, and a moderate bitterness create a nice flavored lager.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer went down smoothly and can be consumed pretty quickly. Somewhat refreshing too.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The tawny colored body was crystal clear, and formed a one finger thick head, while looking very invitingly bubbly. The smell was very hoppy, with the spicy aroma of noble hops predominating, and was followed by a whiff of caramel from the malt. The taste was a cross between a Maibock and a Festbier, as the caramel flavoring of the malt mingled with a spicy hop dryness. Crisp and toasty like a lager should be. A bit on the watery side compared to a proper IPA, but I suppose that this was a result of the cleanup done by the bottom dwelling yeast. The alcohol content did not feel anywhere near 7.2%, and the beer went down very easy. I liked this beer a lot more than I though I would. Quite different than the other Imperial Pilsners I've tasted, and a lot closer to the original inspiration.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper amber with a medium forthy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet slightly corny malts, and metallic perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet slightly vegetal malts with a good amount of bitterness in the finish - perfumey and slightly tarry hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, not too impressive. Kind of a sub-par imperial pils. I was hoping for a lot more American hops with a lager base.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike.

Beer is orange / amber with mild haze and white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Hop bomb citrus ale, I had this pegged as an IPA but this is another one of the IPL, India Pale Lagers, not as good as humulus but still quite good.

Beer is light to medium in body and quite bitter. The hop flavors are a little lacking the mid palate and the connectivity of the palate is off. Since this is a lager, I would aim for more a keller creaminess with the strong hop presence. That would be an awesome way to do it IMO. This beer is OK.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
Bottled 8.18.10
A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body that is crystal clear with a sea of microbubbles racing to a thick creamy antique white head that last a good bit.

S- The sweet aroma of dry caramel, honey malt and raw grain has some biscuit malt notes that come through as it warms. This beer was fragrant even during the pour and has a nice complexity

T- The dry Munich and caramel malt flavor have an orange flavor that finishes with a pungent Noble hop finish that lingers for a moment in the dry finish. As the beer opens there is a light lemon herbal flavor to the hops in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and a tight little fizz.

D- The bright crisp flavors of layers of malt are complimented by some good hops with some nice depth as well. This drinks like a session beer and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 08 18 10

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Emerges rather dark, a golden amber color like tree sap. Bright golden highlights with a slightly off-white colored head. Copious amounts of lacing creat a sort of veil along the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of German hops and caramel malt with a touch of freshly cut grass. Smells like an APA and Pilsner mix. I guess that lager yeast really brings some interesting layers to this one.

Barely sweet up front with a solid hop presence in the way of flavor and bitterness. Not completely balanced all around, but I like it nonetheless. The caramel flavor is a bit more subdued, but a nice Munich malt flavor adds some breadiness. Slightly fruity but with more grassiness.

I really dug (digged?) this beer. It tastes like two classic styles mixed into one and done well. Atleast to me, I like the Pilsner/ APA feel and taste of this. Not sweet or alcoholic. Starkly dry finish with a very long and lingering hop presence. Very well done.

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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice jewel-tone orange, deep saturated color. Fluffy cap of foam that stays around for a bit. Sticky crest of lacing arcs around the glass, retaining some dimension. A thick ring of foam remains around the edge of the liquid, while a wispy skim floats on the surface.

Sweet malty nose, initially a little skunky from noble hops. Later a swirl brings out dry floral aromatics, a little bit perfumey.

Medium bodied with some bitter citrus peel, and dry weedy notes. Fleeting malt sweetness in the form of crispbread or crackers. Bitter citrus tea. Dry bitterness lingers in the back of the throat, like after eating a raw dandelion. Carbonation is ok, but the jarring dandelion bitterness building in the finish doesn't really jive with the beer as a whole. Something I can finish, but not hoping for a repeat brewing of this one.

Time may have faded this some, unfortunately the stamped date was smudged on all the bottles at the store. "~ 18 10" (can't make out the 1st digit, probably an 8 or 9, judging from the earliest reviews here...making this brew 2-3 months old).

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, light golden. head shows promise, but dies down to a white collar. Could use more fluff or lacing or both.

Dry tree, grass and green lemon aroma. Is it piny? Not sure. Can't quite place it. Light malt, biscuit comes and goes.

Flavors play off the aromas. Kind of grassy, a bit of citrus. Crisp at first, but it doesn't keep it up. Almost like a Czech pilsener, but just shy of everything.

Fairly easy drinking, but not always enjoyable. I don't normally pair beer with food, but wouldn't mind having this one with some chicken quesadillas or something close.

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Photo of ajwillys
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into 5 juice glasses

Appearance - Cloudy with light head.
Smell - Honey, honey, honey and some citrus. Smells good.
Taste - Initially tastes like Brisk Tea, then finishes like delicious beer.
Mouthfeel - Smooth. sticky from the honey. lightly carbonated
Overall - Could drink all night. Ten bucks; worth it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus along with some herbal tea notes in the background. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are some better beers in the style but this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3-18-10.
22oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. A bright, clear red/orange color. Small, off-white head. A little bit of lace.
Citrus aroma. Sweet malt. Kind of outdoorsy.
Grapefruit taste mostly. Some other citrus. Biscuity.
A very hoppy beer. Not very pilsner-like.
Still, a decent beer to drink.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a very nice golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some faint pale malts with some hops. I'm a little underwhelmed by the nose, hopefully the taste is more flavorful.

T- The taste does impress more than the nose. There is some malts up front with a nice dose of bitterness (grapefruit) from the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this one but it didn't really blow ms away. A decent beer but probably not something I'd buy again. Worth a try.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into stout-style glass.

Pours with a decent off-white head over an amber-colored body and plenty of carbonation, as well as lacing.

Decent herbal aromas, but not your typical American IPA - mostly yeasty bread, with some mint and flowers. More of an English IPA.

Just a faint bite of hops in the flavor - but most of it follows the nose... lager yeast, flowers. Caramel malt sweetness? with some melted butter. Actually drinks more like a Marzen. Interesting (which is what they're going for).

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - reminded me of an IPA on handpump.

I give this one big points on the D-meter, mostly due to the MF. But not a great American IPA... this one should be recategorized.

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Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper-orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves patchy lace.

S - Bready malt with significant toasted notes. Some dry caramel and toffee in the background with just a hint of herbal hops.

T - Moderately sweet, toasty malt up front. Some hop flavor and moderate bitterness creeps up in the middle. Finishes with intense, burnt toast notes and strong bitterness. Lingering burnt bread flavors coat the palate along with musty hop flavors and a light note of grapefruit.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a well named and truly odd beer. It comes across more or less as a strong Octoberfest beer, but then it hits hard with harsh bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for something floral and strongly aromatic like Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner but this is really just bitterness without hop flavor and aroma to match. An interesting experiment, but the results are kind of mediocre.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like strong grapefruit and pine hops balanced with lots of earthy malt and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like it smelled, with lots of grapefruit and pine hops mixed together with earthy malt and bready yeast. It had a mostly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Kind of weak body.
D: This was a strange blend of powerful American hops like you would find in an IPA, along with lots of lager malts and yeast. The end result was confusing more than it was enjoyable. It wasn't difficult to drink, but it really didn't do much for me either.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oxymoron pours a very clear copper color. Backlighting gives it a slight garnet tint. A creamy, off-white head caps it. It's nearly two fingers tall and recedes slowly. Lacing is definitely sticky, but moderate in terms of volume. Not bad.

The nose is interesting. It kicks off with a sweet, caramel malt scent. They're followed by a rather strong hop aroma. They're floral, and perhaps a bit piney. Very noble-esque. I don't know what the hop bill consists of, but that'd be my guess. There's an interesting mix of spices that emerges late. Alcohol is blended well and isn't too strong. Eh. It's okay. Interesting, but just okay.

The flavor is a little better than the nose. Enough to warrant a score bump. It is very sweet initially. Caramel/toffee flavors are rather strong throughout, but do provide a sturdy, flavorful base. They are complemented by a blend of floral and spicy hops. They do seem noble in character to me, but I don't know that for sure. It's a little bitter, but is balanced to a large degree by the malts. Alcohol is blended pretty well, and isn't much of a factor. It finishes sweet, a little bitter, and very dry.

Oxymoron has a body that's on the light side of medium. Given the substantial amount of malty sweetness, I'm surprised it feels so thin. More body would be good. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's pretty good, but gets a little old. A bomber's probably a little much.

Oxymoron is an interesting concept that is pretty good beer. I've never had an India Pale Lager before. It's alright, but isn't a great success. It's a little too sweet and balanced for my taste. Less malts might be a step in the right direction. It's worth a try, but that's probably about it. Stick with a single bomber.

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp orange with a decent frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spicy Noble hops. The taste is a loads of earthy hops with a nice balance of sweet malts, this is a very interesting twist on the style, reminiscent of an Imperial Pilsner. The beer is medium bodied with a nice smooth dryness. This beer certainly lives up to it's name, I would have it again.

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of potownbill
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the perfect beer for the situation. Jumping between the NBA Playoffs, Mets game (Ugh!) and golf on a rainy Saturday. Appearance: Amber orange with a 1 finger white head. Leaves an oil slick on the side of the glass. Smell: earthy, bready, some citrus. Taste: Some hops bitterness, which shifts the style from Pilsner to Pale Ale, but then the sweet malt comes through. No apparent alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Here is the only true weakness. The beer tends to be a bit thin.
Overall: Tempting to drink another 22oz bottle, but, at 7.2%, that would not be a wise decision.

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Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 91 ratings