talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 It pours an orangey-amber with sparkling clarity. Head is awesome, mostly full, creamy, and almost a pale yellow in color with great longevity and nice lacing. Nice nose with malty notes of light caramel and light buttery biscuits and lots of hoppy notes of floral, light pine, and citrus (grapefruit and lemon zest). Wow, the flavor is big and bold and like no other pale ale. Floral hops hit up front with slight citrus notes and hints of resin; plenty of backing notes of sweet caramel and faint toffee with light buttery rye bread also to support the moderately high bitterness of the hops. Palate is medium to full, lively, and a mouthfeel that is creamy yet refreshing. Finishes mostly bitter with some herbal and resinous hops while the sweet and citrus notes fade out. Anyone who doubted this beer, or any of Oskar Blues beers, because of the can is kidding themselves. So much flavor from an APA and nothing to complain about. The beer is almost a hybrid between an IPA, with excellent hop flavors and aromas, and an amber ale, with great malt accents; almost a scaled down IIPA. Wonderfully done and deserving of much more credit. Appealing to hopheads as well as having enough malt character to appeal to non-hopheads (like myself). Superb! Since OB has got to be big this beer seems to have changed recipes... Still nice with most of the same aspects, just not quite what it used to be.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 drank this one straight from the can to start, and then poured it in the glass. Had to for old times sake. Aroma was very citrusy (grapefruit), perfumy with floral notes...dark orange/brown color was a highlight, big white head to it...flavor was appealing, nice bitterness. Don’t discriminate because it is in a can.
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from A CAN, this pup’s only an inch or two away from being an IPA. It pours a deep copper body with a nasty lacing white head that hangs around for the duration. The aroma is fresh hot caramel with sturdy grapefruit, pine, and lemon zest scents. Medium bodied, it’s a good balance between malts and hops, tilting just a squidgeon towards the latter. The finish is a mild yet satisfying prolonged PNW bitterness. Nice indeed.
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bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer thanks to nolankowal. Definitely the best canned beer yet. Nice citrusy and fruity hoppy flavor and aroma backed up by some hops. Solid pale ale that I would drink again, please distribute to Ohio.
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Off white head. Herbs, pine, citrus and light fruits in the nose. Flavour has this citric, hebal pine thing as well. Very nice balance and quite nice hopscharacter. Medim bodied. Has a medium bitter end again nicely balanced by some sweetness. Good one, that would easily get in my fridge as a "hverdagsøl", was it available in the Kingdom of Denmark.
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Ølbutikken - thanks to Jeppe ?? Clear amber - white head. Nice hoppy, flowery, pine, grass, resin, light sweetness, bitter. Nice malty.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Golden colour with a beige head. Sweet malty, hop aroma and a sweet malty, rye bread, hop taste. Medium body with a sweet hop finish.
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Can, poured into glass. Big hop aroma and taste. Dry, hoppy, slightly bitter finish. On of the best beers I have ever had out of a can!
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 A pale ale that has flavor. Some citrus or fruit hidden away. Much hops. It had some bitter aftertaste.
RevJohnson (1) - Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great pale ale; like a Ballantine on steroids. Watch it though, the killer 6.5% sneaks up on you around beer 4 or 5 and makes you start mumbling to yourself and laughing. Don’t play poker while drinking this beer.
--The Reverend Steel Johnson