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777. DC Brau / Oskar Blues Smells Like Freedom

DC Brau Smells Like FreedomThis is the best beer in the box so far but I do have a few saisons left to drink. Smells Like Freedom is a collaboration between DC Brau and Oskar Blues (see link here for more detail).

Smells Like Freedom pours a radiant orange with a thick white head. Lots and lots of dank piney hops with a bit of tangerine and pineapple in both the nose and the taste. Carbonation and mouthfeel were both excellent. Finish has a nice bitterness and leaves an oily residue that lingered long after the beer was finished.

DC Brau and Oskar Blues set out to create a dank IPA and they did just that. If you have a way of getting this beer you should give it a try. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: DC Brau
Brewers Description: Smells Like Freedom is a big, juicy hop-bomb of an IPA with a nice medium body that is slightly dried out thanks to the addition of sugar the brewing kettle. The hop profile is huge. Notes include resiny, piney, earthy, sticky, cannabis and white pepper with aromas of cannabis, tangerine and sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit to entice the drinker. Smells Like Freedom drinks with a subtle punch of bitterness upfront that fades into a pleasant, palate-coating bitterness that attractively lingers and asks for another sip. This one is sure to please beer geeks and IPA fans with many layers of flavor upon flavor.

715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
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Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

419. Oskar Blues Brewing G’Knight

Oskar Blues G NightThis is another beer I purchased at Top Shelf Brews in Hampton New Hampshire. This is the second imperial red/amber that I had in a short amount of time. The first was Red Sky at Night from Blue Lobster which was excellent and this was a great follow up. Not quite up to the same standard as Blue Lobster but still a very flavorful beer.

As you can see from the picture this beer has a great red color with a huge off white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malts but there certainly are some fruity hops in there as well. Taste has  more hops than I expected from the smell but it is also fairly sweet  with a fair amount of bitterness. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer.

Quite impressed with my first beer from Oskar Blues and looking forward to more from them soon. 
Pros:
Very flavorful
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Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Oskar Blues
Brewers Description: Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown.  For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’.  G’Day.  G’Knight.

418. Oskar Blues Brewery Deviant Dale’s IPA

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale'sThis is another beer I purchased at Top Shelf Brews in Hampton, New Hampshire as Oskar Blues does not distribute to Maine. Their beer is sold in 4 packs of 16 ounce cans and Top Shelf seemed to have them all in stock when I visited them last month.

Deviant Dale’s is a beautiful beer with a deep orange color and thick off white head that goes well above the rim of the glass. Citrus and pine hops make up the aroma on this one, not my favorite IPA as far as aroma goes but certainly solid.

The taste is very well balanced for a fairly high ABV IPA with plenty of malts to balance out the piney, resin hops. Alcohol is completely hidden with no hint that it is 8% ABV. This beer is a bit thick and not something I would drink more than one in any session but overall it is a solid IPA that is worth picking up if you happen to be in a New Hampshire beer store. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 85
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Brewers Website: Oskar Blues
Brewers Description: Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.