matthewjk (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ummm.... High quality is the primary characteristic that comes to mind on the very first sip. Beautifully balanced: herbal, bitter, and even sweet, but no bitter beer face on the back end. Considering the hop concentration, remarkably smooth. First try from Oskar, and Iím quite impressed.
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The famous IPA...filled with resinous hops from a mulching mower. What is that spicy, metallic background? Hard to place. Deep burnt orange, large head that diminishes after a minute. Sharply bitter with a strange, salty blood taste. Gravelly malt undertone. Certainly should be classed with the íDouble Indiaí beers given its strength and weight. Dry, crisp finish. A palate wrecker and a head scratcher. I recognize the elements that RB rewards, but I donít love the overall presentation.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
S: Intense but not abrasive. Pine, herb/floral, grapefruit and orange sweetness and tartiness
A: Gorgeous! Dark and murky orange bordering on ruby. Sediment floating around in haze.
T: Very bitter and dry. Has an interesting mellowing aspect that I canít quite place my finger on.. salt? Not sure but quite delicious
P: Full body
bluejacket74 (1570) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can, canned on 10/05/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear burnt orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stayed around for a long time. Thereís also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, and some caramel malt. It tastes mostly like pine hops, along with some citrusy hops and bready and caramel malt. Thereís a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. Itís a solid brew, but itís pricey at $12.99 a 4 pack.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Pours medium amber half finger khaki head, light lacing sticks around. Smells of dank resinous earthy, slightly citrusy and floral hops, ever so slight caramel malt, slight biscuit note. Taste big, but not bitter earthy, slight grapefruit and floral hops up front, biscuity slight caramel malt middle to the back of the mouth, earthy, dank citrus hops dominate throughout, alcohol is very well hidden. Good medium carbonation, slight astringent hops, minimal alcohol burn. Overall top 10 beer, fantastic, both hop heads, and fans of non-bitter beers will love this one. Should really get more recognition, welcome to Ohio Oscar Blues!
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IPA has a bright, filtered slightly orange amber color thatís simply gorgeous. It has a strong and very healthy off-white/light brown head and thick, airy, strong lacing. I donít think you could make an IPA that looks much better than this.
Its hops aroma is unique, with strong pine, slight citrus (maybe), and very herbal, finely combined with a slight biscuity, sweet malt aroma that pairs incredibly well with alcohol. Yowzers, this is an amazing beer.
In the mouth itís much smoother and softer than the aroma lets on. Thereís a warmth from the alcohol and hops that dominates the flavor, finishing with a somewhat syrupy alcohol and extremely floral, green hop bitterness. Itís soft, and even a little candy-like in the mouth (but not that sweet). This is a very different IPA, and almost reminds me of a Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA (but slightly thinner and less biscuity). ALthough itís somewhat thin, itís still very full in the mouth, so smooth and almost creamy and even seems a little chewy. This is really great IPA, and even worthy of drinking on special occasions.
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from total wine McLean. Pours orange with an inch of white foam that leaves a lot of lacing. Big fresh cut grass notes on the nose. Lots of spicy hop flavor on the tongue with enough bitterness to clean things up on the finish. The sweetness on the lips is reminder of all the malt content. As others have noted it hides it alcohol well. Very Nice!
fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Just became available in the area, thought Iíd give it a shot. Wow. Great, solid IPA. Hoppy, almost grassy aroma. Bitter and citrus. Alcohol not nearly as apparent as expected. Nice, white lacing when poured. Good, good beer. Welcome to Cincinnati, Oskar Blues!
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8th August 2012
GBBF. Hazy amber beer, little pale tan head. Semi dry crispy palate - nice. Gorgeous hops!! Great fresh hops sting - quite nettley. Fantastic fresh marmalade orange with red berry fruits. Pine and mild skunk. Semi dry finish. Stinging hops in the aftertaste. A belter of a beer. Best at GBBF.
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can pours orange body with fluffy head that leaves lacing around glass. Nose of green grass, floral, sweet malt, orange marmalade. Taste same as nose with big malt character and well balanced bitterness at end. Light syrup mouth feel low medium carbonation. Fantastic IIPA thanks JLLSU!