gripweed57 (2460) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2012
16 ounce can. Hazy amber orange color. Bubbly beige head. Earthy burnt caramel malt nose gives way to a fragrant, herbal, citrus hop aroma. Sweet caramel and citrus hops assault the palate. This is a real hop bomb. Bittersweet, sticky, resiny and chewey. A real mouthful of sweet malt and piney hops. osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours a nice clear copper color with a large off-white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with some light pine hops too. Some light caramel in the nose as well. Flavor of pine and citrus hops with a very strong caramel malt backbone. Nicely balanced. Very good beer. biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
On tap at Vine and Barley SLW - amber/orange color with white frosty head, med body, citrusy (oranges and grapefruit) nose, sticky and bitter taste with dry backend. This is a solid addition to Oskar Blues lineup.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a lot of piney hops, quite a bit of dankness, a little bit of orange, and some caramel. Initial taste has a light sweetness with lots of dank hops, some pine, and a bit of caramel. Quite dry overall. The finish is quite bitter with some lingering pine. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Perhaps a bit too bitter.
matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
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 I’m quite impressed.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2012
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 ’Double India’ 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 don’t love the overall presentation. timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
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 can’t quite place my finger on.. salt? Not sure but quite delicious
P: Full body
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
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. There’s 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. There’s a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. It’s a solid brew, but it’s pricey at $12.99 a 4 pack. hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
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
This IPA has a bright, filtered slightly orange amber color that’s simply gorgeous. It has a strong and very healthy off-white/light brown head and thick, airy, strong lacing. I don’t 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 it’s much smoother and softer than the aroma lets on. There’s a warmth from the alcohol and hops that dominates the flavor, finishing with a somewhat syrupy alcohol and extremely floral, green hop bitterness. It’s 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 it’s somewhat thin, it’s 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.