ABV: 6.4 IBU: 70
Oskar Blues Brewery IPA
What the brewers say
“Malt barley and red wheat create a clean malt backbone with flavor and mouthfeel to support the Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz, and Galaxy hops with headline notes of passion fruit, raspberries, pineapple, and citrus.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Dank and citrusy with tons of grapefruit and a candy-like aroma of lemon Starburst and Smarties. A green hoppy note joins the party along with a hint of black currant, plus some dank and resinous hops.”
Flavor: “I'm immediately hit by how dry this beer is. A hint of grainy malt avor, but this is all about the hops, which come through with lemon, green, and a bit of pine resin. Strong citrus character and good body.”
Overall: “LOVE this beer. Definitely more on the bitter spectrum for a light body IPA, but still very well-balanced. Tastes like it was dry hopped yesterday—a great, super drinkable, hops-forward IPA. Its tough to pull off a IPA this dry, but they manage to do it. I really like the hops complexity in this one with a nice balance between floral, citrus, and dank hops. The candy-like hops character was excellent and added tons of nuance.”
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