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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oskar Blues Gordon Ale

Oskar Blues Gordon Ale:

Described by Oskar Blues as an Imperial Red/Double IPA, this happily conflicted brew has a pretty big body and a mouthfeel like pineapple juice without the pulp. This imperial red/double IPA is described by OB as "Big. Red. Sticky." That about sums it up. In all actuality, this brew is hard to review because it is so sublime.

Pouring Gordon into a pint glass is a nice experience. The aroma wafts up and the bubbles swirl like a magic potion beneath the head. That's the flavor getting ready to greet you with gusto!

Complex in its composition, yet simple in its effect, Gordon reminds me just a bit of Victory's Yakima Twilight. Gordon is a little less hoppy but sweeter and redder. The hoppy bitterness doesn't pop to the front, but it certainly surfaces when the slightly syrupy, citrusy, floral goodness retreats a bit. There are plenty of malty flavors involved, but the result is more floral than earthy (refer to Ferment Nation's review of Yakima for contrast).

Hoppy but not bitter, sweet like a sticky bun, not like a donut... Whether double IPA or imperial red or whatever, I can't think of many beers like it. Stylish as hell, I love this brew! If any score is not quite perfect, it's Accessibility. 8.7% abv kinda precludes Gordon from being a session beer; And while this beer could confuse some folk, but twists my brain in a delightful way. Another gem from Oskar Blues.

Oskar Blues Gordon Ale:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: .895
Style: 1.0
Personal Preference: 1.0

Total Score: 3.895 Flags
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