Archive for the ‘Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery’ Category

I’ve been walking a lot more at work and my feet are really sore. I used to get the gel inserts because I walked a lot. I think I need to get new ones and that should help. Tonight’s beer is one that I was really interested to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An odd couple can make for some of the most incredibly unique tastiness. Take Hotbox Coffee IPA (7.2% ABV, 70 IBUs) for example – a piney, citrus, mango, Simcoe-hopped IPA and an infusion of cold brew extract made with Hotbox Roasters’ Ethiopian beans poppin’ with creamy blueberry and cacao notes.”

Random: This beer comes in at 70 IBUs.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head that was incredibly thick. It took forever to go away. The body was amber in color and slightly cloudy with a lot of carbonation visible, despite the haziness. The nose was light coffee that paired with pine. It had some blueberry and mango notes at the end. The taste was an interesting amalgam of cold brew coffee, blueberry and citrus. It had a touch of smoke along with unripe mango flesh at the end. The booze was completely hidden. It had a light body with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with blueberry and coffee. I picked this up awhile ago, so I’m not sure how much I paid for it. I enjoyed this beer a lot, especially the uniqueness of the blueberry flavor. Give this one a shot if it comes out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


Every Christmas, my sister makes macaroons. One year, she left some out and I tried them. She didn’t tell me that there was wax paper on the bottom of them and they were incredibly chewy. Needless to say, now I always check the bottom of them before I try them.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Intense pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of our dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin’ ‘Pass. Dash. Hit.’ all winter long.”

Random: Val is not a big fan of coconut.

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown and fluffy head. It was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was a combination of smoke, chocolate and toasted coconut. It reminded me of that coconut and chocolate Girl Scout cookie. The taste had coconut water and roasted coconut up front. It quickly went into ash, smoke, dark chocolate and even a little peat. Roasted malts were present as well. The body was thick with lots of carbonation as well. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate and toasted coconut. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but if you’re not a fan of coconut, this isn’t a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was another beer that I grabbed from the cold case of the craft beer bar. It didn’t come highly recommended, but I was curious about this one and cracked it open in the hotel. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In celebration of Cleveland Beer Week, we’ve partnered with Oskar Blues Brewery and Lagerheads Brewing Company to create Mash Appeal, a Kentucky Common-style lager. Inspired by a once popular pre-prohibition style established in Louisville, Kentucky, Mash Appeal has a rich malt flavor with a tart finish.”

Random: This beer comes in at 19 IBUs.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of light brown head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a very dark brown with some carbonation visible. The nose had some caramel malt along with diluted pine cleaner. There were also notes of dark molasses. The taste was unlike any beer of the style that I’ve had. It had a certain rye note along with a lot of sweetness from the caramel malt. It had chocolate and some smoke too. The body was on thicker side with a decent amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with syrupy sweetness. I was not a fan of this beer at all. The flavors just didn’t work together for me. This was a one-off collaboration with Great Lakes, so I doubt I’ll see it again, but if I did, I wouldn’t grab this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Vienna Lager. The last one I had was from Neshaminy Creek and I really enjoyed it. Let’s see if I like this one better.


ABV: 4%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beerito (4% ABV, 21 IBUs) is a light bodied, amber Mexican lager brewed with premium German and coloRADo sourced craft malts and featuring a crisp accent from noble hops. The mouth feel is incredibly smooth with flavors of walnut, toasted bread, plum, honey and cocoa – 4% ABV doesn’t always come with this kind of character.”

Random: I wish more breweries would do Vienna Lagers. I guess because of tank space, it’s cost prohibitive.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, khaki-colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and sienna colored with lots of carbonation. The nose was really subtle with toasted malt and nuttiness and nothing else. I wish I could have picked up the cocoa and plum, but it just wasn’t there, even after I let it warm. The taste had slightly more depth with toasted malt, hazelnuts and a slight skunk note. The cocoa note was very light, but did come out. It drank way heavier than the ABV with a thick body. It did have a lot of carbonation to go along with it, which made it much easier to drink. The finish was swift and nutty with cocoa. This will run you about $2 a can ($.17 per ounce). I can see why they brewed this and I think this is a beer that I would be more impressed by if I paired it with food as opposed to reviewing by itself. I know what I’ll be having next time I get Mexican food.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Awhile back, we had a few people over for a barbecue and I wanted some canned offerings to drink while I was cooking. Oskar Blues had just put this beer out and I was really interested to try it. The can also looked a bit different from their other offerings. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.43%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Metamodern IPA conceived of hand selected hops from down under. Malt barley and red wheat combine to create a clean malt backbone with foolproof flavor and mouthfeel to support the main act of Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz and Galaxy hops. The hops strum juicy and sweet aromas with headline notes of passion fruit, raspberries, pineapple and citrus. This straight-up strain is Oskar Blues IPA (6.43% ABV). To each their own til we go home.”

Random: Our one kitten loves to hunt and play and the other one just wants to snuggle.

This brew poured with a two and a half finger white, fluffy head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation. The aroma had a lot of mango, pineapple and passionfruit. It had a touch of pine resin. The taste had a lot of tropical fruits as well and transitioned into pine resin. There was no malt to speak of. The body was light with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. This beer was $1.83 a can ($.15). It had nice flavor and went down easily. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This week has been insane at work. I thought that since we were out of end-of-quarter, I would get out at a decent time. I was wrong. Instead, we have nighttime store rollouts for the stores to get their $15,000 sofas. Why anyone would spend that much money on a sectional is beyond me. But, I guess that’s why I’m not buying them. Anyways, this was the beer I sampled last night. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too? That’s the challenger we answered with PINNER Throwback IPA. At 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs, this drinkable IPA uses several varieties of hops to target the ever-evolving flavor. With tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spicery berry up front in the aroma and flavor, the biscuit & toasted bread at the back balance out all the hops and make a great finish to go on to your next can of PINNER. It’s the perfect beer for a little sip, sip, give.”

Random: It’s almost been 3 years since I’ve had a beer from Oskar Blues.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but left a quarter of an inch of white crown. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had dank pine notes with floral notes as well. There was a touch of malt as well, but this is definitely hop dominant. The taste started with the same dank, pine notes and quickly transitioned into a combination of floral hops and melon. At the end of the sip was some biscuit as well. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. The finish could have been longer with the floral hops. This was $1.50 a can (with the NJCB discount), which came to $.12 per ounce. For that price and that flavor, this is a great session IPA that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the brew that I reviewed on Sunday. I was pretty productive on Sunday. I got some home projects done and more importantly, I bottled the two batches of beer that have been sitting around. There were a few snafus (i.e. the tubing not fitting on the new bottling bucket, which had to be purchased since the landscaper mowed over my old bottling bucket and shattered the spigot), but it went relatively well. During a break in the bottling, I reviewed this brew which has been on my list to try since I started the blog.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Czech Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market ‘pilsners’ diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.”

Random: One of the batches that I bottled yesterday was the first IPA that I’ve ever brewed, which is very odd, given that I’m a hop head.

This one poured with a thick, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The little head that was left lingered on top of the body for awhile. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation. The nose was sweet grain and some grass. It smelled really nice, even for the style, which I’m not a huge fan of. The taste was really sweet…almost borderline honey-like. The grassiness that I got in the nose wasn’t as present in the taste, which was really a shame, as the sweetness was too much for me. The body was light with heavy carbonation. The finish was long for a pilsner with the sweetness. Although I can see where this one was trying to go, it just wasn’t for me. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but if you were, I could see why you would like this one. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0