We’re always skeptical of low-calorie beers and their claims of “less-filling, same great taste”. If you’ve ever had one of the ubiquitous “light beers” from Miller, Coors, or Budweiser that to us taste more like a beer spritzer than an actual beer, then you know what we’re talking about. In the case of that macro-swill, less filling equals more watered down and watery tasting to our snooty palates!
A little over a month ago, an email from Oskar Blues landed in our inbox where they announced the release of a brand new IPA that promised the same bold flavors they’re known for, but without all the calories of their usual beers. One-y is its name. 100 is the calorie count.
The creators of the recently introduced Can-O-Bliss IPA Series and Steep Coast Mountain Double IPA Series, as well as craft beer classics like Deviant Dale’s and Gubna, are no strangers to brewing big, flavorful IPAs. However, cultivating huge, hazy, hoppy flavor without the calorie count of a typical IPA presented a new challenge for the Oskar Blues team.
So how do they make a full flavor IPA while keeping calories low? Head Brewer at Oskar Blues Pilot Brewery in Lyons, Juice Drapeau, explained that it requires piles of hops. “We put a ton of hops into the beer, which provide aromatic, flavorful oils and contribute to the mouthfeel,” he said. One-y is dry-hopped with El Dorado®, Comet® and Citra® hops, and Mosaic® and French Aramis® appear in the whirlpool.
Drapeau described the results: “The aroma hits you first. There are notes of citrus, honeysuckle, peach and mango. The beer is fruity with a hop haze and a nice biscuit flavor to the malt. The use of pale ale malt and wheat, along with the hefty dry hop load, creates a medium body. It’s easy to drink – pairs well with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”
The new release is a 4% ABV hazy IPA delivering citrusy flavors of orange peel, tangerine and lemon zest balanced with biscuity malt and presented as a 100 calorie wonder. Big, fruit-forward, herbal vibes will make craft beer lovers forget it’s low cal.
Over the years, we’ve had many a beer from the fine folks in Longmont, Colorado, and they have rarely disappointed us, so we went in to this tasting with cautious optimism. Did Oskar Blues create a low-cal IPA that actually tastes good? Click the play button on the following video to find out:
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