What started as a brewpub in a small town in Colorado has become the craft beer and can behemoth Oskar Blues. What was once a small brewpub has grown to include two breweries, one in Longmont, Colorado and a satellite brewery in Brevard, North Carolina with plans for a 3rd in location in Austin, Texas. They offer eight year round selections and a handful of seasonal and limited brews.
The Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA pours a nice light amber gold, minimal head with some nice carbonation. As the head dies down leaves nice rings of lacing behind. This is a great looking beer.
On the nose you there is a small showing of citrus and stiff pine notes. The hoppyness is definitely more dominant up front. Aromas of bread, malt and a slight earthiness.
On the pallet there’s a nice sticky feel to it, almost like a resin characteristic. There was not as much passion fruit, or other fruit notes, as you might expect to see up front. The hops definitely take center stage but then the passion fruit does kick up a little bit on the finish. On the second sip, the hops start to mellow out a little bit. This has much more of a bigger IPA feel then a session ale, but still a nice take on their Pinner Throwback Ale.
A great choice for those not ready to let summer go, with the hops you want and a touch fruit to soften it up. Great for some outdoor fun, especially since it’s sold exclusively in cans. Whether it be sitting around a fire or after a long hike, a refreshing IPA that’s a little out of the box. This would pair well with grilled pork chops, salad or some grilled veggies.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints