Everybody knows today is Throwback Thursday, right? Well, it’s time for a Throwback review. No, I don’t mean a vintage beer. I’m talking about Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA. It’s definitely not an homage to the beers that were shipped from England to India way back in the day. No, this beer is one that you can throw back a lot of.
Oskar Blues is well known for their Dale’s Pale Ale, an IPA in sheep’s clothes. Well, Pinner is not quite a session IPA (it weighs in at 4.9%), but it’s close enough. Here’s what Oskar Blues has to say about Pinner:
How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too? That’s the challenge we answered with PINNER Throwback IPA. At 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs, this drinkable IPA uses several varieties of hops to target the ever-evolving flavor. With tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spice berry up front in the aroma and flavor, the biscuit & toasted bread at the back balance out all the hops and make a great finish to go on to your next can of PINNER. It’s the perfect beer for a little sip, sip, give.
Pinner pours a light golden straw color with a nice off-white head and clear body. The aroma is that of grapefruit with some herbal and grassy notes, and very little malt. The taste features a touch of melon, grapefruit and earthiness, which complements the herbal aroma quite nicely. The finish has a touch of biscuit, but is otherwise clean and dry. It is light bodied, which is exactly what a session IPA should be. All in all, this may be the best widely available session IPA I’ve had. It works well as a lawnmower beer, poolside beer, tailgate beer, and beer beer. The fact that it comes in white cans, really makes it the Miller Lite killer. I’ve had a lot of session IPAs this summer, and frankly, I keep coming back to this one. It lives up to its name as a Throwback IPA. Grab a six pack or two for your next tailgate, or for those last few trips to the pool before summer officially bids us adieu.