Beer Of The Week: How good is Oskar Blues 100-calorie hazy IPA?

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Call it the Michelob Ultra effect. More craft breweries are touting their beers that clock in around 100 calories: Odell, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Boulevard, and many more have jumped on the trend. As a fan of Oskar Blues other hoppy offerings like Dale’s Pale Ale and Pinner, I wanted to taste the brewery’s new year-round interpretation of a low-cal hazy IPA. Would One-y be money?


The brewery acknowledges that this a tall order, stating in its announcement of the beer that “cultivating huge, hazy, hoppy flavor without the calorie count of a typical IPA presented a new challenge for the Oskar Blues team.” I worried the beer might taste too thin, like an unsuccessful session IPA, when much of the appeal of hazy IPAs is in their soft, fuller texture.

I needn’t have worried. One-y has all the aromatic wallop of a good hazy IPA, thanks to a combination of El Dorado, Comet, Citra, Mosaic, and French Aramis hops: sweet onion, orange marmalade, and raspberry notes swirl off the pour. Flavorwise, blueberry and mandarin orange lead the sip, followed by an earthier onion/chive hop flavor before the swallow finishes with melon and lime. It’s a dynamic parade of hop facets, successfully weaving tropical fruit and allium flavors together like a fresh mango salsa.

The beer’s body isn’t as full as most standard hazy IPAs, but that’s to be expected. It sits somewhere above a typical session IPA—not too thin, but not exactly full or pillowy soft. There’s still a bit of pleasant creaminess to the finish that keep it from feeling too light.

One-y packs in plenty of hop aroma and flavor, but its appeal will depend on whether the 100-calorie count matters to you. If beer aroma, flavor, and texture trump any dietary considerations, then there’s probably a more delicious IPA out there for you. But if you’re trying to stick to a diet or just consume fewer calories from beer, you could do a lot worse than One-y.

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Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



I actually gained weight when I stopped drinking beer for a few weeks. Not kidding.

For about two years I’ve had this weekly routine where I hit up a local liquor store on Monday night, buy two four-packs of something I haven’t tried before (we are in the Golden Age of Beer right now) and drink exactly one (1) beer per day in evening around 8pm or so. My grampa had this same routine and he lived to be 93, so . . . I’m fully on board. Anyway a few weeks ago I decided to take some time off, and I’ve put on three pounds since then . . . because I have replaced the beer with a snack. Nothing terrible, mostly a bowl of ancient grain cereal or apples and peanut butter, but still—the replacement snack was apparently more calories than the beer, even the high-calorie ones I was buying.

Anyway I’m hitting the liquor store tonight and I’m going to try and find this. Back on the routine for health purposes!