Oscar’s Brewing Company Oscar’s Folly: 7.5% abv
As we’ve noted once or twice before, Oscar’s Brewing Company, or OBC (less of a burden to type) is actually a company that’s not actually a company, but a local native of Kalamazoo brewing his own beer with quite some talent. But he hasn’t been the only one brewing his own beer, as Bell’s took a particular interest to it as well during Bell’s Brewing competition. Since OBC won the competition with their Oscar’s Folly IPA, we figured we’d give it the kind of scrutiny you’d expect from several guys with no lives.
Does this IPA measure up to the big dogs? Here’s us jumping into it. You might be surprised to find a very fruity, tropical smell to this beer, and not the super hoppy, bitter smell you would potentially get from your classic IPA. There is a tangy fruit smell, with only slight hops and pine to attribute to its bitter nature. Fruit notes we gathered included orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. It does follow most IPAs with its floral smell.
The smell doesn’t mislead you either, with the taste being very fruity. You get citrus notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, and even so much as lemon rind. There is slight pine, and a light amount of hops as well. There isn’t as much bitterness as you might have thought. The finish is noticeably short, with a hoppiness, grapefruit, and lemon being predominant flavors lingering from the taste. This is a unique IPA and almost reflects what a farmhouse IPA would be in bitterness, and fruitiness. Unfortunately, it does lack in complexity and we wanted much more finish. This makes for a good summer IPA, or an IPA for beginners who aren’t ready for the heavier ones.