Saturday, January 11th 2014
REEB Ryed IPA
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
Our very first CROWLER™ from Oskar Blues. Thanks to our friend Mike for making this possible. If you aren't familar with the awesomeness that is a Crowler™, you can learn all about it HERE. As for this fresh, hoppy, rye IPA, we can't wait to crack this quart-sized can of goodness open and enjoy what's inside.
From the Oskar Blues site:
“In the Ozarks, the masked bandit is notorious for raiding the corn patch. Or, for finding—and eating—the perfectly ripe watermelon in the garden just before it's picked. Our handcrafted Masked Bandit India Pale Ale is a black rye IPA that is raccoon proof…as long as the raccoon in your neck of the woods isn't a hop head.”
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber with ruby hues and a fluffy white head. Pours clean and with nice carbonation. Definitely impressed by how well this travelled and how it pours and looks.
Aroma - big whiffs of piney hops with some citrus and slight fruity aromas. Smells fresh and hoppy that's for sure, sort of like I just poured my own draught beer from the taps at The Tasty Weasel!
Taste - plenty of big hoppy flavors with some spicey rye notes in the finish. Nice and balanced with citrus and some caramel sweetness forming a solid malt background. Very easy drinking and one for the hopheads for sure.
Overall - this is an altogether excellent IPA! Smooth, crisp, hoppy, with just that kick of rye spiciness. If the folks at Oskar Blues are ever considering another IPA for year-round canning, well, we would certainly be in favor of this brew being made available to the masses.
Notes - REEB is the name of Oskar Blues' owner, Dale Katechis' mountain bike company. You can learn more about these incredible bikes by checking out www.REEBcycles.com
Posted by Russ
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