superspak (6236) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
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 (77) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
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 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
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 (346) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
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 (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Amber with small head. Light malt body with some oatmeal. Moderate hops. Aboverage red ale.
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $3.89 ($0.32 per ounce).
Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2013
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 I’m drinking is probably old. But since there’s no freshness date on it I won’t speculate and will just review what I have. It’s 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 don’t 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 that’s missing is the oatmeal. That tends to be an ingredient used in stouts, so I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be doing for this brew. In fact, the malt and grain bill as a whole is obscured here. Much like the nose, there’s 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. There’s plenty of carbonation to the mouthfeel, and it’s 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 it’s rather forgettable.
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 (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
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 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2013
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 (6151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2013
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!