In the realm of visual aesthetics, Oskar Blues Fugli pours into the glass with a clear, pale golden hue, as observed in this 12oz can served in specialty glassware. The white foam atop, though not as dense or rocky as its counterparts in this category, carries larger bubbles. A month-old packaging reveals a beer that doesn’t particularly stand out in terms of appearance.


Upon the first whiff, an immediate burst of bright citrus dominates the olfactory experience, gradually giving way to the underlying base maltiness. Elements of fresh bread, vanilla pound cake, and caramel contribute to the aroma, creating a somewhat conventional profile. Despite the promise of yuzu and ugli fruit infusions, these exotic elements fail to distinctly assert themselves in the scent, though the overall composition is acceptable.


The flavor profile takes an unexpected turn towards dryness, accompanied by a prevalence of perfume and scented soap notes. While the bright, perfumey citrus flavors bring a certain vibrancy, the lack of malt density and sugar balance leaves the beer with a harsh climax. The combination of a dry body and high bitterness accentuates a stinging astringency, detracting from the potential refreshment. Unfortunately, the core of Fugli, in terms of taste and balance, falls short of expectations.


A critical aspect of the drinking experience, the mouthfeel of Fugli suffers from a familiar pitfall – a dry body coupled with high bitterness. This combination results in an intensified stinging astringency that detracts from the overall enjoyment. Lacking malt density and sugar for balance, the kettle hop component takes center stage, leading to an unbalanced and somewhat unpleasant sensation.


While the concept of incorporating exotic citrus components into the beer is commendable, Fugli falls behind in execution. At 5.8% ABV, it presents a lower-alcohol alternative in the IPA category, a positive departure from the higher-alcohol counterparts. However, in the realm of fruit-infused IPAs, Fugli fails to meet the gold standard set by others, such as Stone’s Tangerine Express. The struggle to find a harmonious balance between sweetness and bitterness diminishes the overall appeal of this brew, positioning it as a noteworthy attempt but ultimately lacking in comparison to more refined offerings in the market.