Beer Style: IPA
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Country of Origin: United States of America
Serving Method: 12 oz can into pint glass
Background: I have seen and passed by this beer for a long time. Frankly, I never bothered to pick up the can and see it for what it was. As you can tell it just says IPA. I dismissed it as a likely ‘bad beer.’ Frankly, this is an embarrassing mistake. My trade has taught me to explore things in depth. Unfortunately I should have listened to my gut. This is not a generic beer. This is an Oskar Blues Beer. Dale’s Pale Ale is worth trying too. Pinner is my favorite brew by Oskar Blues. Let’s try it out.
Taste & Aroma: I’m sorry that I let the big three letters fool me instead of picking up the can. This is one of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long time. The pleasant piney aroma is the perfect invitation for the drinker. The leafy malt builds up into a floral hop explosion that lingers and quickly returns to the earthy, leafy, and dried finish I adore. This is a hophead’s delight.
Final Analysis: I wish I could have this beer on draught at the soonest instance. It is a perfect example of the style and a brilliant example of what an IPA should aspire to in taste and aroma. Try this.