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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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"Sometime around midnight in a city nobody can agree on, the idea for Left Hand and Terrapin to brew a collaboration beer was born. Oxymoron is the third in the series of one-time releases between out two breweries. A combination of contradictions embodied in liquid form. Oxymoron is an American-style IPA brewed with three German malts, six German hops varieties, and a lager yeast strain. Obnoxious yet reserved elevated yet modest, itís the embodiment of blending two brewing philosophies together in order to achieve singularity. Consider it an expression of cruel kindness".


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Zippy hop aroma and flavor, spicy and resiny. Malt aroma is caramelly but the flavor is more butterscotch and bread. Hazy copper color, modest creamy head. Somewhere between a nice over-hopped American style pilsner and a european strong lager.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osu97gp (652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours a orange/copper color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts and a mild hint of citrus/pine hops. Flavor of floral and pine hops with a okay sweet malty backbone. The alcohol is well hidden throughout the beer. Overall a pretty good beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Nice clear orange and copper tinted body with a strong orange glow and a thin oily tan head. Aroma of very mild alcohol, malt, yeast and a touch of oak - oddly mild for such a strong beer! Full-bodied; Strong metallic, chunky malt that somehow goes down easy and doesnít leave the mouth full of taste - odd! Potent hop flavour soon afterwards with a touch of oak and drying grass/hay. Aftertaste is VERY mild - oaky and malt tastes, but thats about it - you can feel the alcohol, but the taste is very minor. Overall, an odd beer - strong, but the taste and scent doesnít really pick up on it. I didnít hate it, but I didnít love it either. Nice to try, but expensive and too big of a bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, Virginia on 14-October-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 02-December-2010.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2981) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
From a bottle poured am amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy/malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Light to medium note of grain, light perfume for the hops, cheese for the yeast, with hints of honey, alcohol and paper. Head is average size, frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is crystal clear, light amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent and alcoholic finish with a metallic aftertaste in the first few sips. The watery texture belies the heavily gravity of this Imperial Pilsener.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a clear deep brass orange with a well-lacing depth of white head. Has a fresh citrusy piny hoppy nose with some light caramel notes and a touch of grain. Starts with good body and light malty sweetness with a crisp resiny hop balance before a bittersweet hoppy finish. A nice imperial India pale lager.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a small egg shell head. Slightly herbal, earthy nose with primary notes of toasted pale malt, caramel, and grass, softer notes of citrus and bread. Body is medium with a smooth mouth feel and gentle carbonation. Flavor is biscuity and toasted, fairly balanced between spicy, earthy hops and sweet, bready caramel malts with a light citrus note. Decent bitterness throughout, finishes dry and toasted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2010
On tap; poured a clear orange ambercolor with a frothy off white head. Aroma of earth, alcohol, sweet malt, and caramel-bread. Flavor was very earthy; dry hoppiness. Some sweetness, some apple notes, with breadiness. Flavor got better with time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
The best that I can describe this doesnít really match the expectations, given the description from Left Hand. There is a mix of flavor. Hops are like an American Pale Ale, but the bready yeast flavor comes across more like the typical English ales.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 11/21/10

Aroma: The nose is earthy, a little bit of spice, some grass, a little toast, and herbs
Appearance: It pours a clear orange-amber color with a small white head and no lace
Flavor: The taste is pale malts, and a lot of hops, dry and pungent, a bit one note
Palate: The body is medium, sticky, fairly short duration, clean and dry on the finish
Overall Impression: This is the first beer Iíve gotten to try from this series, but these are two breweries I tend to enjoy, so I was excited to see them combine for a beer, or a series of beers. Anyway, this one is solid stuff, but is this really and Imperial Lager? Either way, I liked it, but it is a touch one-note. Iíd like a little more depth. Not bad though.


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