In honor of Oskar Blues, one of the better breweries in the country, becoming available to buy in Minnesota it seemed appropriate to give their lineup of year-round beers a whirl and report back our findings. Tough work but somebody has to do it.
Mama's Yella Pils pours out ridiculously clear light golden into an oversized wine glass. Big frothy white head and tons of biscuit and fresh cut grass for the aroma. This is definitely a German Pils as it's hoppy (not Victory Prima Pils hoppy but close) and dry. Very clean on the finish with just enough sweet Pilsner malt to balance out the bite. This stuff drinks fantastic and is a welcome addition to a lack of craft Pilsners in our store.
It's really amazing how Dale's Pale Ale has been at the forefront of the Pale Ale style for many years as so many new beers continue to roll out. There is good reason for this. Dale pours out a brilliantly filtered copper color showing that this isn't all just hops. The aroma is a slight bready caramel and very bright citrus-like hops. The flavor follows the aroma with a big punchy floral and citrus hop bite with a decent amount of caramel maltiness that backs this up. Very dry finish. Entirely too easy to drink.
All of Oskar Blues' year round beers are tasty but this is my favorite. There is a serious shortage of year-round Scotch Ales made by craft brewers. This might be with good reason as to make a good one requires some brewing talent and extra time and care in fermentation. Old Chub is everything I love about the style. There is just the slightest hint of cherry fruitiness from the yeast but otherwise this beer is dominated by thick slightly roasted caramel flavor that is deep and warming. Perfect for the winter and any other time of year.
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