Bought this kind of as a joke, I mean its a Busch right. Well while it isnt the best English Pale Ale I have ever had it is not the worst either. I wont send out the hounds to track another one down but I will be semi-happy to drink another one.
Werd! First off this is a collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin which can only mean good things. Second, it is an American IPA brewed with German malts and hops. I love strange as beers and this definitely qualifies as out of the ordinary, I mean think about it, an American IPA made with German ingredients. Thats like making dinner out of grass and safety-pins. It just doesn’t make sense. Any way on to how good it is. It is really good.. Really. It doesnt really crush in the smell department but it isnt bad, its the taste. I know it is called Oxymoron and I can tell why, there is a lot going on here. If you have read any other reviews on this site you know I dont exactly have a way with words so all I can say is go out and buy one. It is so good… And a little strange.
Maybe it is just because I have had a Vertical Epic and 6 60 Minute IPA’s tonight but I cant really pick out anything I really like about this. On the good side, there must be something really good going on for me not to dismiss out right off of the bat…
Holy Shit! This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had. It smells exactly like a dark chocolate bar… Exactly. It tastes like a dark chocolate milkshake with maybe some kahlua mixed in. My only problem, which compared to all of its excellent qualities seems trivial, is that it is so god damn high in the alcohol department.
So… Ya. I just finished off a 6 of Harpoon IPA’s and I was pretty disappointed. This makes me die a little on the inside because I love HArpoon IPA’s but for the last 3 weeks I have been getting growlers of GAR Pale Ales (review to come later) which is so good that it made the Harpoon taste like ass. The point being, I didnt have high hopes for this. With the taste of the GAR in my head I didnt think anything would stand up. Like always I was wrong. I think it is the wet hopping that makes the difference (this is wet hopped). Wet hopping is the bomb. It is very left field tasting and I love it. Go buy this beer.
Welp I should have known better because as soon as I tasted this I was like “Hmm not bad but there is something off”. Turns out that this Classic Lager is actually and American Adjunct. Do I really need to say anymore?
This is actually pretty good. I want to say that is has a light taste to it, which I am enjoying, but I think it might only taste light to me because I just drank a Arrogant Bastard. Either way this is pretty good and I am digging it.
For a Belgian Ale this is actually pretty good. It is smooth with a really dark malt taste. It still has that Belgian sweetness to it but not at a level that detracts from the flavor. Ya, the more I drink it the better it gets… I am not so sure about the style but I have to imagine that this is the best in class.
I think this is probably one of the few IPA/APA’s I have had where you can totally taste the ale side of it. Normally the IBU is so high you cant really get a sense of very much else. Whet ever I like the IBU’s, one of the reasons I dont like English IPA’s is because I think they are way to weak tasting on the bitter side. Well looks like the English arnt the only ones who can pull that trick off. M1 did like it.
If you have seen the stupid ass commercial for this beer and haven’t tasted it get ready for a huge disappointment. According to Sam Adams this is supposed to be a “champagne like beer”. What it really is going on is a hot mess of what I am guessing is a bunch of malts with some champagne yeasts. Whet ever it is dont buy it. If you want some thing that is dry, crisp and almost champagne like go buy a Sorachi Ace or a Sassion De BUFF. Those are excellent beers that fit the “chamagne” format. They also are really good as beers which the Infinium isnt.