Oozlefinch. Yes, oozlefinch.

It’s defined by Wiktionary as:

Proper noun
(US, military) The mascot of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery branch, a mythical, featherless, flightless bird that flies backwards to keep dust, trivia, and other inconsequentia out of his eyes.

Wikipedia takes it a step further and gives a little more detail on this creature:

The Oozlefinch carries weapons of the Air Defense and Coast Artillery, most often a Nike-Hercules missile. There are many legends about the origins of the Oozlefinch. Most agree that the legend began in 1905 at Ft. Monroe, Virginia, then home of the Coast Artillery Corps. A Captain H. M. Merriam, no doubt under the effects of alcohol, first reported seeing a large-eyed, flight-challenged bird outside the officers club. Soon more people would report seeing this bird, and even sketches were made. Eventually, the legend of this bird would become so great that even a statue was erected at the club in its honor.

Russel Tinsley, founder of Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, began dreaming of opening a brewery in 2010. He started by reading a book by Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and then making a trip to Dogfish’s Rehoboth Beach brewery. Along with his wife Rebekah, the journey led to building a brewery that would incorporate their vision of history and innovation.

The ideal setting came about a few years later when they found their place to start their business; Fort Monroe, Va., a decommissioned Army base, After a lot of hard work from family, friends and colleagues, Oozlefinch opened its doors to the public on Sept. 3, 2016.

I have had the pleasure of enjoying many offerings from the brewery, especially IPAs, but being a sour fan also, Party Dinosaur has my attention. Party Dinosaur is a sour Berliner weisse-style ale brewed with blueberry, lavender, vanilla and lactose and is an offering in the brewery’s smoothie series, which takes the sour style to the next level with the addition of fruit purees to give it that smoothie feel and taste.

Poured from a vibrantly colored and designed 16-ounce can that was filled just 25 days ago, the color is an interesting murky, pinkish-orange color, almost looking like pink grapefruit juice. It produces almost an inch of fizzy head that dissipates rapidly leaving no film and no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma is light and my nose receives berries, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a cool sweet smell that is put me at a loss for words. Taste is fruity and I get notes of freshly squeezed orange juice and tropical nuances like ripe papaya while consistently giving me the feel that this concoction just came out of the blender. The sourness is ideal and actually enhances the balance and flavors of this smoothie style beer. Unfortunately, I have to think real hard in my mind to get any of the blueberry or vanilla that is mentioned on the can. I do get some floral and sweeter notes that I assume are coming from the lavender. The balance seems to be good, but the flavors that I am tasting in the balance are not all of the ingredients that appear on the can.

Oozlefinch Party Dinosaur
BREWERY: Oozlefinch Beers & Blending
LOCATION: Fort Monroe, Va.
STYLE: Berliner Weisse
ABV: 7
IBU: 25
PRICE: $4.99
AVAILABLE IN: 16-ounce cans
Overall, I cannot think of anything that would please me on a hot summer day than a nicely chilled can of Party Dinosaur. The upside is that it balances well, hides the alcohol finishes well and has great flavors. The only downside that I could mention is although the flavors are awesome, they don't seem to match the adjuncts that are listed on the can. Refreshing? Yes. Confusing? Yes. Would buy again? Definitely.
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