Midnight Project #3 Oxymoron | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Midnight Project #3 OxymoronMidnight Project #3 Oxymoron

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Lager

Added by Mavajo on 08-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 91
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 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 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 Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really go by the style given the label (can this beer figure out what it is?)

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head with good retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet bready malt with a little caramel. Citrus, grapefruits and earth/grass.

T: Sweet bready malt and wet crackers. Honey and floral hops in the middle. Sharp bitter for a crisp, clean finish. Striking balance with so much going on.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean, warm and dry.

D: Easily drinkable. Complex, clean - great balance, flavor and finish.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber split into pint glasses with a friend. The bottled date shows this beer to be less than a month in its' packaging.

A - Crystal clear deep amber. You could read the paper through this brew. 2 finger white head remains and leaves a solid lace ring with each sip.

S - Sweet bread malt backbone with a good nose full of noble hops. Bubblegum, earthy, and sweet. Delicious.

T - Moderate hops bitterness, great sweet malt presence of crackers and honey mix well with great floral and earthy hops flavor. Crisp and clean, this beer is balanced but leaning toward the hops. Very pleasant.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation, this clears well and is very refreshing.

D - High. This beer is complex, yet clean. Great flavor and finish. Sad to be a one timer...

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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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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 superdedooperboy
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass. Bottled On date is printed on the label, but due to smearing is difficult to discern.

Deep amber in color with a perfect clarity, showing off a small-but-steadfast head of slightly off-white foam that is fed by a constant stream of CO2, leaving behind some thick, full sheets of lace along the walls of the glass as it fades.

Nose is quite hoppy yet distinctly noble in its character, floral and grassy, a touch spicy, somewhat subdued yet wholly enticing.

Light-to-medium-bodied, smooth in mouthfeel, with a touch of prickly carbonation dancing on the tongue. The flavors are quite reminiscent of the aroma, with loads of spicy and grassy hop character and a big, drying bitterness that carries through into the finish and lingers long afterward. A solid grain-accented malt base hangs in the background throughout, keeping things balanced.

Quite delicious, this Germanic-influenced play on the IPA is a wonderful showcase of very traditional ingredients taken to a much more adventurous level. Drinkability is equally superb; downing an entire 22-ounce bottle is far from a chore. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of obywan59
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Bottled June 18, 2010. A collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin. They call it a Teutonic India Pale Lager on the label.

Pours a nice light amber color with a 3 1/2 finger chunky white head leaving moderate lacing. Almost transparent with decent amount of carbonation bubbles early on.

Smells like biscuits with honey at first. Very nice. After I started drinking it however, I got more of a funky smell reminiscent of slightly rotted cabbage. More pleasant piney aromas develop as the beer warms. more of a hop presence.

At first, the taste was overbalanced to the bitter side. The bitterness not being all that pleasant. As the beer warmed though, the sweetness rose to balance the bitterness and the taste was much improved.

Moderate mouthfeel. lightly carbonated.

Halfway through this beer I never would have thought I would give it a 4.5 for drinkability, what with the secondary aroma of rotting cabbage and the initial unpleasant bitterness, but both flavor and aroma greatly improved as the beer warmed. Aroma went from a 4 or 4.5 down to a 2.5 and back up. Taste went from a sub 3 back to a 4. Like a good movie, bringing you down and then lifting you up in the end.

Maybe that's why they called it Oxymoron. Contradictory aromas. Contradictory tastes. It was a very entertaining beer.

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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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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 JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer lives up to its name. It is confusing. Its called a teutonic india pale lager, and I guess that is what it taste like.

A- Translucent honey color with a thick foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Confusing. I swear the first smell was hops and the second had no hops only caramel malts. The more I drank it the more dominant the hops were on the nose. Sweet smells of toffee and pine.

T- caramel malts with earthy tones of grass. Hints of citrus. Hoppy finish. Confusing. Is this a pilsner with hops? A pale ale? A lager? An IPA? It taste like all of them.

M- Crisp, toasty, and mellow. Nice light body.

D- Refreshing and confusing. It was a fun brew that lived up to its name.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of bitter, earthy hop aromas. As the beer warms mild amounts of buttery diacetyl waft in and out.

Tastes smoother than it smells. Smooth light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn slightly spicy and slight amounts of diacetyl flavors come into play. The diacetyl quickly fades out before allowing the hops to carry through to a crisp lager finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall this was better than I was expecting, a flavorful yet subtle beer in a style that doesn't get much press. Worth a shot.

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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 BrewCrew2010
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper orange body with a small white head. Little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel & toasted malt aroma followed by citrus & floral hops.

T: Earthy hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, followed by sweet bready malts. No high ABV detected.

M: Medium body; Moderate carbonation; Smooth and resin like texture.

O: Interesting combo of the two styles. Enjoyed it and it was very easy to drink. Could drink 1-2 of these.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange with pillowy two finger cream colored head, slowly fades to half an inch. Smell: in a word, subdued. Mild floral hop component, munich/vienna malt, and, thankfully, just a little spicy + orange citrus component. Taste: a bunch hoppier than the nose would have you believe. Spicy, citrus peel, caramel, a little musty. Mouthfeel: upfront prickly carbonation with the hop hit, then gets a bit powdery. A bit different for an IPA, but not that far removed from an impy pils.

Bottled 8/18/10

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a rich frothy finger of off-white head. This retains well, with a robust foamy flare-up that leaves a good bit of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is grassy and citric, with a fair it of spiciness happening, as a peppery push of flavor sits in front of some tight malty notes of caramel and bread. I'm digging it for the most part.

The taste is bitter with leafy green citrus flavors that are backed by a smooth malt backbone of grains and some slightly caramelized sweetness. A bit of a grassy feel sits on the edges of the profile. The spiciness of the hops definitely carries over from the nose and sticks in the finish along with some dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and generally easy feeling, with a silky crispness that glides along in the mouth. That 7% ABV is very nicely hid as well. I would have never guessed it was that high.

This was certainly interesting; with both IPA and Lager characteristics pulling this in both directions. I guess ultimately I enjoyed the smooth Lager body on this but I wish that the IPA flavors had been maybe a bit more forceful (since this is the way that the flavor profile seemed to be mostly directed). Maybe this was a bit underwhelming considering that I really enjoyed the last two collaborations between these breweries. I guess you can't knock them all out of the park but this was still decent.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden yellow color, the head was big and white. The lacing was pretty good looking too. The smell of the beer was a little grassy but had a good amount of hops to help cover it up a bit. The taste of the beer was a little bit like a pilsner but it was kind of sweet and had a good hop quality to it as well. I found it to be a little interesting. The mouthfeel was pretty light, medium bodied at most. Overall I found it to be pretty good but wouldn't have to try it again.

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

Nice light amberish color (more orange) with a thin lager type head that is slgihtly off white. It is a bit hazy though for a "lager".

Smells very lager like on the first whiff. It has that soft subtle straightforward beery smell. This transforms into a fruity hop profile that plays with the raisiny pale malt aromas as well.

Lager taste profile with a shot in the arm. It's smooth and has that pilsener/lager twang that is almost metallic but it is amped up to a degree that is quite strange. Slightly fruity on the back end and an odd bitterness to it, but most of this beer is malt oriented in flavor. The metallic taste sticks around well after.

Very round and chewy.

It's a good one time thing I guess. Definitely one of those experimental brews that helps you learn about different aspects of beer by performing them to excess.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber appearance. It definitely looks like an IPA.

S - The malts overwhelm the hops in my opinion.

T - The german malts are very prevalent. Truly a clash of a German lager with an American IPA, and I think the German lager wins the battle as the 6 types of malts overwhelm the hops.

M - Nothing special. The carbonation is not very strong and the beer

D - I like it and could drink it again. It grew on me the more I had of it.

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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 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 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 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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