Sunday, February 27th 2011
One Hit Wonder
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
One Hit Wonder is a special release from Oskar Blues that coincided with the launch of G'Knight (the re-branding of Gordon). They canned and labeled only 200 cases of this Imperial IPA so once its gone, its gone. Here's to hoping we see more of these special releases from them in the future. Cheers!
From the Oskar Blues site:
"Fruity esters and generous dry-hopping give this 9% ABV ale the aroma of tropical fruit while a touch of English crystal malt provides the perfect backdrop for tangy hop flavors of tangerine and mango. The Tasty Weasel Taproom is the only place to get 6-packs of this pig."
Here we go...
Pour – beautiful orangish-reddish color with some very bright highlights and a soapy yet lacy head. Looks like a nice, clean pour. Very nice...
Aroma – lots of pine and lemon, perhaps even a bit like Pine-Sol (but in a good way). A couple deep whiffs of this and you certainly are going to get plenty of fresh hoppiness. There are also some faint hints of fresh cut grass, vinyl car seats, caramel and pineapple. I better not sit around smelling this anymore, my mouth is getting mad.
Taste – washing this over the palate brings about a lot of tropical flavors. I definitely get the tangerine and mango mentioned above as well as pineapple and papaya. It's sweet, tangy with a great bitter hoppy finish. This is not a hop bomb by any means, in fact its quite balanced with some amazing flavors brought out by the malt and hops.
Overall - Don't expect to lose any enamel with this big IPA as it's only rocking 60 IBUs compared to many others that break the century mark. That being said, sometimes its nice to have flavors aside from bitterness. One Hit Wonder hits all the marks and I'm certainly glad I got a chance to try it.
How it compares to GUBNA - despite being in the same style category, the two are very different. GUBNA is stronger and much hoppier. One Hit Wonder has balance, a lot more tropical fruit flavors and a very different hop bill. Both have a lot of sweetness but neither are too cloying. I'd love to do a side by side comparison, but for that I'll need more cans of One Hit Wonder. Sigh.
Note - Information about The Tasty Weasel Taproom from the Oskar Blues site:
Posted by Russ
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