Chad9976 (1439) - 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 (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bootle tossed my way via boostipa (wave). sweet candied apple. carmelized brown sugar. touch of bitter resin adds some balance. subtle orangepeel, pineapple fruitiness. but still too sweet for my liking. comes across as a light barleywine. nice body. boostredipa accepted.
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at McFaddens beer fest. Pours a nice amber with a thin head. The aroma is malty sweet with some caramel. The flavor has the typical Red aspect but is enhanced with a nice hop presence. Finishes very dry and refreshing.
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling. Pours with an orange tinge. Small head small lacing. Big leafy hops on the nose. Very bitter and one note on the tongue. Not getting much evidence of oatmeal on the tongue or with mouthfeel. Eh!
magsinva (1004) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - pours amber with a white head. Aroma is leafy piney. Has some bitterness that fades to dryness. Not getting any creaminess or thickness from the oatmeal. Average IPA.
TheJester (2194) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL bottle. Artwork is very typical for upstate New York. Nice copper colour with a small head. Some drowsiness to the hopping, which seems otherwise American. The flavour is quite mild, with very little malt presence to go with the hops. Iíd expect the oatmeal to add a little more to the body. Nice bitterness. Okay amber.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head.Light malty flavor with a quick finish.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 2013 from bottle. My first beer from this brewer and not disappointing at all. Amber color with a white head. Caramel aromas with spice, fruit and malt. Good hop balance and a smooth finish.
queenholly (3516) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Caramel malt and citrus peel hops aroma. Hazy deep amber with a small off-white head. Biscuity caramel malt and weedy citrus peel hops flavor. Light body, soft carbonation. A bit harsh.