Gordon is the third and final beer I received from Oskar Blues Brewery to review (albeit late) for last month’s Canned Beer Week.
This is a serious beer: an American-style Imperial (or Double) IPA, with 8.7% alcohol by volume—the highest of the three I’ve reviewed.
Appearance: Dark copper colored beer, fairly clear. Substantial head that leaves nice lacing, like all of these, but there was no "hiss" from the can (as I mentioned previously).
Smell: Brightly hoppy, very green and stemmy and very floral. Almost a fresh hop character—it’s that bright. There’s a sweet undercurrent of maltiness below that but it’s subtle.
Taste: It’s the hops here, punctuated by a sweetly malty, almost barleywine-like character. Hops are full of resin and woodiness. Very green. I like the sweet malt base, too… there’s the touch of alcohol heat and an almost cloying barleywine character.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit thick… substantial on the tongue, and the strong hops leave you dry and puckery.
Overall: Interesting, complex beer—not one to take lightly (especially for the alcohol content).