Thursday, February 23

Beer Review: Oakshire Brewing O'Dark:30 CDA/Black IPA

"ABV: 6.3% / IBU: 70 / O.G.:15.0 Plato

Dawn has not arrived, but we are awake – cooling one small batch of delicious beer, or starting the next. O’Dark:30 is a beguiling combination of dark malt and NW hops, a tribute to the brewers of our region. Dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial Hops, this beer has a powerful hop aroma and flavor tempered with a malt backbone."


I think that I haven't yet reviewed this beer. I am sure I have had a few of them on tap in various locations around Portland and Vancouver, but I managed to grab this off the shelf at a Fred Meyer because it sounded good. Here is another live review from the Brewmance:

Appearance: (3.5)
- Super dark brown brew.. can see a thing through it but some ruby brown at the edges of the glass in the light. The beer didn't seem to pour a large head, but an off-white to greyish while finger formed and quickly turned into a spotty ring with a rice paper thing later over the brew.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice roasted bitter grain, coffee bitterness, light chocolate, and light sweet grain. Coffee seems to play a nice roll here.. like a nice cold pressed coffee. Some light herbal and bitter grassy hops barely hit the nose.

Taste: (4.0)
- Great roasted bitter grains with a nice light coffee touch, and some fantastic chocolate notes. The great thing about this beers flavor is the balance. Some nice earthy bitter hops give it some flare and leaves the palate with a little zesty and piney touch. Not bad at all.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A rather light to medium bodied brew which lends a little dryness in the mouth. Slight chewy touch, but overall a bit watery with a chalky finish.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is one of the better CDA's available around the Northwest. It seems to be a big hit at it's seasonal release around town complimenting various special tappings and parties. It's solid, well balanced, and quite drinkable.

3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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