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 | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
1
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2
For Trade:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 91
Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger white head on a amber with golden hues cloudy body. Nice fruity and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is more bitter than expected. Plum and fig with a piney note. Semi dry finish. Medium
body and moderate carbonation. Overall not a vet special imperial pilsner. Had better.

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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 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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Poured a light orange copper with a white head. Nose brings a bit of citrus zest along with some mild grainy notes. Taste offers some hops, but.not what I would expect from the IPL "style." Some citrus and a bit of an herbal taste. Mouhfeel is light and slightly bitter. Drinks fairly well but is not what it could be given the hoppy portfolios of the breweries individually.

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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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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 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 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 Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

A collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin.

Poured a copper color with a small white head. Fairly balanced aroma with caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Taste-wise, it started off ok, very earthy, bready, and amber ale-ish. But it didn't have much flavor and the aftertaste was kind of stale. Medium body, and not overly drinkable. Good, but overall, not very memorable.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a bright and clear copper color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer. It actually looks a lot like an Oktoberfest style beer. The head settled out after a few minutes but left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a crisp, malty, graininess to it with a bit of caramel. Some earthy, almost peppery hoppiness comes through as well.

The taste also shows a lot of the crisp, grainy, flavors up front. They start to turn into a sweeter, caramel, maltiness towards the finish. A good amount of the earthy, German hop flavors come through and leave a moderate bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being slightly above average. Drinkability is decent, it showed off some nice flavors of the German ingredients. It almost felt like a hopped up Oktoberfest beer. It was interesting but it seemed a bit over the top at times. It went down pretty easy though and was pretty good tasting overall.

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

Bottled 6-18-10. Consumed 12-03-10.

A: A flat weathered orange has a frothy 1 finger head that displayed very good retention. Inside a small steady stream of tightly knitted micro-bubbles make their way upward. The lacing is thick and bready with a 90% glass coverage. A lager with a rustic color and well retaining head should garnish some extra merit here.

S: The nose is a mixture of its 6 different kinds of hops. Unfortunately the combination is more of a hodge-podge rather then individual merit. A mixture of wet grass, moist orange-peels and chives are present. Fresh wet pine needles can be detected underneath. Definitely a decent amount of hoppage for a lager style, though muddled for the most part. Half the hops would of made more of an individual distinction.

T: Kinda strange first impression. Spicy citrus with a flowery edge comes through with a good amount of bitterness on the finish. Pine and floral notes with some alcohol warmth and stale grains are also about. The hops are bitter on the swallow but again the hodge-podge contraption and overuse of different varieties moot each other out with a light stale malt support.

M: Light bodied, some stale citrus and alcohol can be had on the tongue. Turns creamy and washy on longer holds with a soft carbonation (aka lacks the lager crispness).

D: When I think of lager, I think cool, refreshing with a distinct crispness, easy on the take. When I think India pale ale I think bitter but also crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. This beer seems to have captured the assertive bitterness of the ipa but the crisp lager likeness gets lost in the combination making it hardly distinguishable. Aptly named though not aptly suited for repeatability.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold body w/ frothy well-carb'd head that dies quick and leaves a minor lace ring. Earthy, grassy almost-pils like aroma with sharp, lemony citric notes and hints of both spicy pepper and a bready malt substance. Thin-bodied and wet hops abound but I found this beer to be slightly offbalanced and some of the citric hop flavoring felt sour and rather pungently sharp. Not much of a malt presence at all and the backbite is too sharp for me to want to keep drinking this. Not a bad beer but this collaboration needs tweaking.

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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 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 avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Definitely a different aroma than I was expecting. Very fruity and citrusy, with some maltiness.

T: Taste consisted of citrus, a bit of malt, and a nice dose of hops. I understand this was supposed to be a hybrid of two styles, but that does make things slightly unfocused in the flavor department.

M: A decently carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a beer with some good attributes, but is definitely an uneven experiment. Not to say it's undrinkable, but the whole does not equal the sum of its parts.

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

Aromas are quite lager-tastic. Heavier on the pilsner and biscuit malt with some caramel and some lighter floral and earthy hops.

The taste follows the nose with caramel and lighter specialty grains and some sweet biscuity bread. It is then followed by some grassy hops and finishes with a nice pleasant bitterness. I have to say though there is an odd something I can't pick out which is really preventing me from fully enjoying this beer. There's too much of one kind of malt, but I can't pick it out.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-thick bodied but also crisp and smooth; mid level carbonation.

Overall this a weird beer; I'd enjoy it more if the hop profile was a little more crisp and not just characterized by a lasting bitter. Not bad, but not worth the $10 price tag I paid for it.

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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 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 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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