beerandbeyond (608) - ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Slightly hazy amber with a big, rocky off white head.
Fruity hops, tropical notes, some grass and flowers.
Juicy hop flavors, light caramel malt, marmalade, hi bitterness.
Medium bodied, very hoppy, slightly over carbonated but fun.
zvsn (369) - ISRAEL - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks DSG. Almost clear orange-copper with a medium white head. Aroma - citrus peel, pineapple, lychee, grapefruit. Taste - sweetish, with citrus, tropical fruits, lemon zest, caramel, nice hoppy bitterness, well balanced. Medium-bodied, easy drinking. Good.
DSG (4922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Clear deep golden-copper coloer. Nice hoppy aroma with overripe fruits, citrus and a bit of maltiness. Flavoe has some sweetish malt, a caramelly touch, citric hops with a piney note and a nice moderately bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Quite nice.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, oats, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, pear, caramel, biscuit, toffee, oats, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pear, caramel, biscuit, oats, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
TheLevi4000 (62) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big hoppy Amber Ale. Drinks more like an IPA than a Amber Ale. Not bad for, some reason I found it a little sweet.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer that is almost an imperial red but the oatmeal cuts it down. High malt and hopping leaves this one as pretty chewy but the flavors are spot on for a big amber.
Lightrider (242) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a haze orange Amber with a nice lace head. Aroma is hops!!! Taste is s smoothed hoppy sweet bitter malt. Finish is a warm bitter. Very good ale.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber with small head. Light malt body with some oatmeal. Moderate hops. Aboverage red ale.
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $3.89 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of amber/orange (not red). Extremely effervescent body, but pours to a rather average size, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Strong hop presence (mostly citrus), but a distinct phenolic presence of plastic or medical sanitizer.
Taste: This may not be an entirely fair review since I believe the Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale has been retired and the bottle Iím drinking is probably old. But since thereís no freshness date on it I wonít speculate and will just review what I have. Itís not that this is a terrible beer, just a simplistic, repetitive one. Plenty of hop character for sure, but not much of anything else.
Though billed as a red ale, this is more appropriately classified as an amber (though most beer geeks donít consider them to be mutually exclusive styles anyway). A strong presence of spicy, almost European-style hops throughout the entire body. They create for an intense dry bitterness and linger on the tongue for quite a while. Another thing thatís missing is the oatmeal. That tends to be an ingredient used in stouts, so Iím not sure what itís supposed to be doing for this brew. In fact, the malt and grain bill as a whole is obscured here. Much like the nose, thereís some phenolic flavors on the finish - nothing too intense, but a little annoying and distracting. This at least avoids the pratfall so many ambers fall into of being boring beers, but it needs some improvement to be a truly good one.
Drinkability: At 6.6% ABV and 64 IBUs, Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale drinks like a typical IPA. Thereís plenty of carbonation to the mouthfeel, and itís surprisingly crisp and spastic rather than smooth. The hops linger and dry out the tongue, though not to the point of being intolerable. Probably a great beer to have with a spicy meal, but on its own itís rather forgettable.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a cool label. Pours like all red/ambers should -- rich with color, with a reasonably sized but resilient head of slightly tan foam. The aroma is solidly laden with enough malt and hop character to draw you in. This drinks with a very nice, velvety mouthfeel, and the beer is rich with some fruity hoppiness, very well interlaced with a concrete base of firm malt. Quite good. (#5324, 11/14/2013)