Oskar Blues

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY

“Oskar Blues Brewery is a craft brewery located in Longmont, Colorado. The company began as a restaurant in Lyons in 1997 and began brewing beer in the basement in 1999. Five years later, they became one of the first to issue craft beer in cans. In 2012, they began marketing craft beer in resealable aluminum containers, and in 2013, they expanded and established another brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. They are unusual in the business because all of their production is canned.”

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Year-Round/Seasonal:

DALE’S PALE ALE: 96 Points

Addicting Flavors

Addicting Flavors

This American Pale ale is available year-round in 12 oz. and 19.2 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer (6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs).

My Description: This is a great representation of an American Pale Ale with big hop notes, a smooth and clean body, and a tasty malt backbone to hold it all together. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is hop forward with big grapefruit notes along with some woodsy hop notes and pale malt undertones; this beer smells fantastic. Dale’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. An easy drinking flavor profile follows the nose closely with pale malt notes holding up potent citrus hop and pine hop flavors.  The aftertaste is slightly bitter but not to IPA levels, keeping this beer tamed and more balanced. Overall, this beer is refreshing, flavorful, and highly enjoyable.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Burnt Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

DEVIANT DALE’S: 93 Points

Intoxicating Aroma

Intoxicating Aroma

This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8 percent ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins, its copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable flavor-intense finish. Deviant is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues delivers this boundary-buster in the brewery’s first 16-ounce tallboy can.”

My Description: This is a great IPA that borders on the Imperial IPA side with 8% alcohol but doesn’t taste like an Imperial; it is smooth, easy drinking, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It begins with a very large, off-white colored head that lasts forever leaving behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of the beer; this smells fantastic with bright citrus and pine hop notes that are typical of the West Coast Style. There is also some pale malt notes in the aroma that blend beautifully with the hop scents. Deviant Dale’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Predictably, this beer has a strong malt backbone that is welcomed as it gives the body of the beer a great texture and a great mouthfeel. Citrus hops and some pine hops can be tasted but they are not as strong as they are in the aroma. Although, I picked up on some tropical hop notes that weren’t in the aroma. The transition to the aftertaste is clean with a moderately bitter finish but I thought that this beer wasn’t too overly bitter. All in all, this a great IPA that won’t kill your palate with large amount of bitterness. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy foods, burgers, or a mild cigar.

ABV: 8%  Color: Deep Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

G’KNIGHT: 95 Points

Excellent Body

Excellent Body

This Imperial Red IPA is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ipa with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. G’Mornin’. G’Day.  G’Knight,”

My Description: G’Knight delivers a great balance between all aspects of the beer, from the combination of flavors to the body density and texture. This is an Imperial Red IPA worth seeking out. It begins with a large, light tan colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of caramel malt, bread, woodsy and tropical hops; it smells great and introduces the many flavors that this beer offers. G’Knight is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile tastes so juicy and the hop flavors burst through with notes of tropical hops, pine hops, and some grapefruit hops. Of course, there is a big caramel malt backbone that extends all the way through the finish and lingers for some time. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but doesn’t take away from the malt sweetness too much. Overall, this beer is very smooth and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, grilled steak tacos, or heavy salads with mangoes.

ABV: 8.7%  Color: Amber/Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 4/10

GUBNA (2014): 100 Points

Love the Hop Profile

Love the Hop Profile

This Imperial IPA is released seasonally in the Spring in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Each year GUBNA takes on a personality of its own. We seek out the most exciting and best available hops fromeach individual season to create a potent and complex Imperial IPA. GUBNA is packed with Rye and North American Pale Malt and accented with Munich Malt to give a spicy and flavorful backbone to support loads of kettle hops driving the IBUs to triple digits.  The 2014 GUBNA Seasonal is dry hopped with copious amounts of Sorachi Ace, Chinook and Mosaic hops creating a dank, dense nose and unique blend of lemon zest, red berries, spice, peach and herbs through a clean bitter finish.  (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).”

My Description: With a great overall balance, a delicious flavor profile, and an aroma that delights, this Imperial IPA is one of the best examples on the market. It begins with a very large, white colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is a collage of hop notes from citrus and woodsy to tropical notes like peaches; bread notes also creep in from time to time. Gubna is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A very smooth body allows the flavors to shine. A strong malt backbone holds up juicy hop flavors such as pine and citrus with a hint of hop spice. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and highly satisfying. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and adds a slight warming character. Overall, this beer is flawless and the hops chosen blend together harmoniously. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with BBQ ribs, spicy seafood, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 10%  Color: Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

HOTBOX: 91 Points

Clean and easy

Clean and easy

This Porter is available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This porter (6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs) is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, crème brulee, cocoa, and caramel, extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate, and hints of blueberry.”

My Description: This is a pleasant and enjoyable Porter that delivers both flavor and drinkability. It pours a large, dark beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and hints of coffee and dark fruits. Hotbox is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty and clean with light roasted coffee notes taking center stage along with notes of roast malts and a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering char notes. Overall, this beer is nicely balanced and easy drinking; it’s a great porter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, grilled steak, or chocolate desserts.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

MAMA’S LITTLE YELLA PILS: 86 Points

That's My Mama

That’s My Mama

This Pilsner is available year-round in 12 oz. and 19.2 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While its rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

My Description: This is a really good American Pilsner. Even though it is made in the Czech fashion, it does not necessarily feel and taste like the Czech counterparts. It begins with a very large, bright white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind great amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle and pleasant with notes of pale malts and noble hops with some grassy notes as well. Mama’s Little is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with a light pale malt body with notes of citrus hops, bread, and some grassy hops as well. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a hint of hop spice. Nothing too spectacular here, this beer tastes nice and is a good choice for a six-pack. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, veggie pizza, or a fried chicken salad.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OLD CHUB: 97 Points

Love Me Some Chubby

Love Me Some Chubby

This Scotch Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.”

My Description: On the edge of an Imperial Scotch Ale; this beer is remarkably smooth, it has a slightly complex flavor profile, and the quality of the brewer really shines through. It begins with a good sized, tan colored head that fades to a film that lingers for a while leaving a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with dense layers of malt accompanied by notes of toffee and hints of dark fruit. Old Chub is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture feels almost creamy-like and the alcohol flavor is nicely hidden and delivers a warming sensation. Bold caramel malt notes dominate the flavor profile along with brown sugar notes and a faint but noticeable smoky note. This transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter but does not overtake the malty sweetness. All the components of this beer work harmoniously together to produce a Scotch Ale that is delicious and memorable. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked duck, pretzel burgers, or cheesecake.

ABV: 8%  Color: Mahogany  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

PINNER THROWBACK IPA: 90 Points

Roll it up!

Roll it up!

This Session IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too? That’s the challenge we answered with PINNER Throwback IPA. At 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs, this drinkable IPA uses several varieties of hops to target the ever-evolving flavor. With tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spice berry up front in the aroma and flavor, the biscuit & toasted bread at the back balance out all the hops and make a great finish to go on to your next can of PINNER. It’s the perfect beer for a little sip, sip, give.”

My Description: Pinner makes for a great beer when watching the game. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that fades to a thin film leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is potent and very welcoming with notes of grapefruit hops and hints of grain. Pinner is lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile isn’t as potent as the aroma but there are still great flavor notes here. Grapefruit hops with a hint of berry flavor along with some malt presence. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness and refreshing. This beer is easy drinking with great hop notes; it’s a great session IPA for any occasion. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fried chicken salads, grilled tilapia, or seasoned roasted vegetables.

ABV: 4.9%  Color: Gold/Straw  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

TEN FIDY: 98 Points

Extrordinary

Extraordinary

This Imperial Stout is released seasonally in Autumn and Winter in 12 oz. cans

Brewer’s Description: “This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.”

My Description: The term “viscous” in the brewer’s description is a great adjective for this stout; this beer is dense, deep, and highly enjoyable. It begins with a very large, dark beige colored head that fades to a thin film leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of caramel malt, dark roasted malt, and some coffee as well. Ten Fidy is Full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this stout work harmoniously together to produce a highly refined and addicting experience. Roasted malts and deep chocolate notes are accompanied by, what tastes like, burnt malts and coffee. A slightly smoky taste makes an appearance from time to time and hints of earthiness add complexity. The alcohol adds character and warms the body. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and a perfect finish to this beauty. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, hard cheeses, or your favorite cigar.

ABV: 10.5%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10