emacgee (4209) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of brewblackhole. Nice color, reddish amber and you can’t see through it. The head was there, not really thing per se (like an impy. stout or barley wine), just not really thick. The aroma is nice, piney and spicy hop, definitely smell bitterness, some malty sweetness. Wonderfully balanced aroma. However, I’ve recently had several beers that let me down with taste after putting up a wonderful aroma so we’ll see. Ok, tastes like a powerful IPA, makes sense, definitely bitter and dry, but it has a sweet fruit background to it thats appreciable. I rarely like something that is bitter to be bitter and the fact that this does something else makes me appreciate it. The palate was actually pretty harsh at first, waxy and attackingly bitter, but as you drink more it mellows out. The finish follows suite, bitter and a tad bit warm, this is the only area the supposed 9.2% comes in. I’m not an IPA/bitter fan but I can’t help myself from rating this fairly well, so good job Oskar Blues.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received through trade with brewblackhole. The color was an amber color with a thin, off white head. The aroma was amazing. There was a very strong fruit smell. It reminded me of peach cobbler with the prominent peach and spice smell. I didn’t smell much hops considering that this beer is a double IPA. The flavor was a nice tart apricot flavor with bitter hops. The palate was thin and carbonated. The finish was bitter and sour.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can!!! Pours copper/amber. Nice aroma of cutrusy-pineapple, sticky, resiny hops. Also some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is strong bitter grapefruit, citrus, biting hops, again a nice sweet malty balance, and a wonderful alcohol warming finish.
Rballs01 (280) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a copper-orange. The glass is a cloudy hop-haze. Full powered hops on the first sip followed by a warming alcohol coating. What a brilliant colored beer and complex balance. Definitely worth the $. Cheers Gordo!
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured big off-white head which retained and laced well. nose was yeasty, raisin malty, with some floral earthy hops. taste was pretty much the same a little sweet and not hoppy enough.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’d been searching for this for some time and was disappointed when on a trip to Colorado last June I couldn’t find it after going to six different beer stores. but thanks to captaincougar, I was finally able to get one of these 12 oz. cans, thanks Tom. pours an orangey amber with a dense foamy head. very citrus nose, especially grapefruit up front. some malt lurking in the background, but mostly hops. alcohol was not completely hidden, but not a distraction. a very enjoyable beer and one I hope I get my hands on again.
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft and can sampled. liked the draft better, however you cant pass up drinking beer from a can every once in a while. citrusy, mainly grapefruit. it seemed to twinge the tongue on the way down. alcohol very present in this one. obviously the best beer in a can ever.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange-amber body with a dense foamy ivory head. Nice hop profile of sweet tropical fruits and cedar, plus a light crystal malt underbelly. Very tasty flavor with some candied qualities, more sweet than bitter style-wise, but not overly so. Bitterness gradually develops. This would be out of this world if brewed for a little more apparent attenuation, but regardless this is truly an amazing achievement among canned beverages. I’d happily go fishing with Gordon.
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What is that I see floating amongst the bottles in my sea of craft beer? Do my eyes deceive me or is that a CAN of beer?! I believe it is! How did that get in there?! Wait, it’s a can of Oskar Blues Gordon...
I must admit that it feels a bit awkward pouring a Double IPA from a can into a tulip glass. What is the can but a vessel to get it from the brewery to my mouth anyways?! Who said great beer needs to come in a bottle? After all, cans are lighter, cheaper, and more picnic friendly. Wouldn’t it be great to take some really good beer such as this one on a camping or canoe trip with you and not have to worry about and deal with glass bottles?! Hell yeah! Now, back ti the actual rating...
Oskar Blues Gordon pours in a silky stream. It is a clear red-copper color and has a creamy ivory head that settles down to a frothy crown that sticks to the glass (nice lacing). A super fresh citrus and piney hops aroma bursts from the glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet, caramel maltiness. Oh, how the aroma draws me in! That same sweet caramel maltiness is even deeper in the flavor. It is also packed full of massive hop flavor (pine, some citrus peel) and bitterness (aggressive, yet smooth and pleasing). A bit of complimentary alcohol comes through in the finish and is a good reminder of the higher alcohol content (8.7% ABV) of this fine brew. Gordon is on the thicker side and clings to everything - the glass, your mouth, your tongue, and your throat! It has a mild level of carbonation that makes it soft, smooth, and creamy on the palate. Overall this beer is well balanced between its deep maltiness and bold hoppiness. I would love to have a canned beer this good to throw in the backpack for trips! --
By the way, I also snuck a few sips from the can just to see what it was like. That too was a strange feeling - drinking a Double IPA directly from a can! Regardless, it was pretty damn good straight from the can. Why even bother pouring it?! Well, the beautiful color is worth the pour...
12 oz can from jimbowood. Thanks Jimbo. This was a real treat! -- Rating #200 for this beer and #378 for me.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the can Kevin! Pours deep coper with a billowing beige froth, leading into a solid protein cap with spiderweb lace. Superb pine needle aroma, fresh leafy greens, marijuana leafs, and spicy malts balancing out the slight gasoline notes and are actually enjoyable. Its flavourful as hell with the fresh leafy hop tannins coming right through,and there’s some mild spicy malts, with orange peel and lemons, but this one is pretty hop forward, and not about complete balance. Very creamy and way too easy to drink considering the ABV. Smooth as silk and I was left wanting hops for dinner. Thanks Kev.