Mama’s Little Yella PilsJuly 1, 2009 Lyons, CO
Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Available: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, MD, MA, NJ, NM, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI
Oskar Blues was the first American brewery to put craft beer in a can, beginning with Dale’s Pale Ale.
Original gravity: n/a
I gotta take cans on my boat, because the last thing my bare feet want to meet is broken glass when they’re groovin’ to Radio Margaritaville. I am very thankful for this thirst-quenching, yet characterful beer. Bready/doughy/hay-like aroma with a noticeable hop presence and a hint of peach. Similar follow-through on the palate — and very fresh — with an easy-going malt foundation and a light, yet firmly hoppy finish. Now, where did I put my suntan lotion?
- John Hansell
I’ve been enjoying canned Pilsner Urquell for probably a decade now, and Sly Fox Pikeland Pils from a tin for at least a couple of years, so the notion of quality lager in a can is nothing new to me. Which may be why I find myself a little underwhelmed by Oskar Blues’ latest offering, a relatively straight forward continental-style pilsner with a spritely grain-and-fresh-grass aroma and modestly hoppy, mildly sweet and fruity body. Yanked out of a cold stream while camping in the woods, it would probably be wonderful, but I don’t camp.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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