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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Oskar Blues Gordon

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Oskar Blues G

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Oskar Blues Grill and Brewery

Lyons, CO

8.7% ABV

Cans are the new bottle in craft brewing. They are easy to transport, cool faster, block out damaging UV rays, and can be taken where glass is verboten. And with improved linings, the metallic taste is no longer a problem. Perfect for the cooler poolside this summer. The label on the can promises “Big, Red, Sticky,” and the beer inside delivers. The can opens without the satisfying “pfft” of typical fizzy, yellow lagers, but a straight pour delivers plenty of clingy, clumpy foam. A deep whiff transports you to a wet Colorado fir forest. There is a hint of brown sugar sweetness, but the hops dominate. The taste is full of piney hop goodness, mixing nicely with some caramel and sugary spice-cake malts and a hint of fleshy fruit like apricot and peach. There is ginger, pepper, and grapefruit bitterness in the long, resiny finish. The mouthfeel is like honeysuckle nectar—sticky, but relatively light for such a big beer. The finish is a bit harsh, but a minor flaw in such a lip-smackingly good brew.

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