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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale - Three Heads Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 01-10-2012

We love hops! Their tantalizing aromas. Their diverse and succulent flavors of citrus and spice. All the amazing ways they can be used in brewing. 3HB dedicates the Loopy to our favorite plant, the Humulus Lupulus. Enjoy the waves of tropical fruit intertwined delightfully with a creamy, velvety malt blend. Come get Loopy with us! 64 IBUs.
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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 57
Photo of mothmanscott
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque amber producing 2.5 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a thin, soapy wash & webs of lace. Aromas of toast & biscuit, caramel, tangerine, grapefruit, orange & lemon zest, a hint of tropical & white fruit, faint pine & floral earthiness. Taste is toasted biscuit, caramel, oats, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, pear, pepper, hints of pine resin & floral earthiness. Finishes similar with more pine & floral earthiness which become dominant in the dry, bitter & lightly drawing aftertaste. Nicely balanced with a complexity of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, finishing dry with a nice tongue coating oat creaminess, lightly prickly, sticky & astringent in the aftertaste.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a nice hazy reddish brown color with a one finger tan head. Looks nice.

S. Sweet malts, a faint celery aroma and caramel full the nose.

T. Nice sweet malts with a little bitterness from hops. A sweet brown sugar type flavor comes through. Finishes with some hop resin, green leafy flavor.

M. Light to medium body. 4 on a 1-10 scale. Nice carbonation.

O. A nice take on a different beer. Definitely had some unique characteristics. It is enjoyable though.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated but just purchased 12 oz bottle.

This is first and foremost a hoppy red ale with no clear sign of oatmeal although it may contribute to the relatively smooth feel. Moderately bitter with plenty of tropical fruit notes and some spiciness from the hops. The hops seem more earthy and herbal and less fruity in the nose. Lingering, moderately bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

O: more like a mild red IPA than an normal red ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

These guys are up to some pretty neat stuff, this is one of their best I've had. It's a frothing dark amber beer, sweet from oats and caramel malt, full bodied and creamy, but hopped like a west coast IPA. Not enough red beer like this out there, it fills a void for me. A comfortable intense balance if gran and hops through the whole taste, minor tropical notes feel sweet with the malt, bigger pine resin and honey hop finish, a beautiful conclusion. It stays creamy even with the bitterness, thank the oats for that. It stays around just a few moments after the swallow, a really robustly flavored brew. Drinkable too though with nice carbonation and a unique enough hop complexion. This is really nice fall beer.

Photo of FFreak
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into large tulip.

This is a dark amber beer that almost gushes out of the bottle. Hard to pour due to an excessive head. You have to pour a couple ounces of beer and the foam fills the rest of the glass, let it rest then pour a little more, etc

Aroma is of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, and slight resiny and piney hops.

Taste is a little confusing and there was some astringency. Sweet caramel and hoppy bitterness, but in a weird balance that I couldn't quite pin down. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth but highly carbonated.

Overall, this was an OK beer, but hard to figure out what they were going for. Not sure I'll try it again.

Photo of Paincane
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper colored body topped by a creamy khaki head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Caramel, oatmeal grain & floral nose.
T: Bread, oatmeal flavors end with a nice hoppy bitterness.
M: Smooth, creamy and balanced brew. Very drinkable.
O: A quite enjoyable beer that is equal parts hops and malt.

Photo of Alextricity
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$3 single. I didn't care for their Rochestaferian, but got this one at the same time I bought that one. Hopefully this one is better.

Appearance: Slowest pour ever, and I got a head that wouldn't quit. I wound up losing about 3 ounces of beer due to an insane amount of foam on this beer. I had to scoop it out with a spoon. Ridiculous. It looks good otherwise -- hazy orange/brown color with an insane amount of carbonation and a few floaters.

Smell: Smells exactly like a beer I've had before, but I can't remember just which one. I think it was one by Sierra Nevada. Really earthy and spicy sort of aroma on this with citrus undertones.

Taste/feel: I'm wondering why I'm reviewing this beer, as I feel like it's pretty obvious this beer had some issues during fermentation. Incredibly prickly carbonation at first with a bit of heft, which is alright. Then there's a weird copper sort of bitterness vibe with the super drying hop flavor that certainly has to be off... I'm not experiencing what other reviewers are. The carbonation is like a pop, the bitterness is, again, metallic or something along those lines (not a pleasant bitterness), and it lingers and lingers. The flavor I'm getting aside from that is pretty decent with the "red" flavors and earthy hops... it tastes like the smell, but the carbonation is out of control, but the harsh bitterness and occasional "off" sips makes this one that's evidently infected.

I hope I can get another non-infected bottle to try soon, because I don't like reviewing beers that are obviously infected, but I like to keep note. In spite of the infection, it tastes better than a number of beers I've had before... isn't that sad?

Photo of toolbrew
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 7venth Sun Brewery snifter from a growler purchased about 48 hours ago in Georgia at Lazy Dog Growler. Pours a clear dark brown/dark amber color with some lacing and residual head. Malty aroma with almost a rye scent. Sweet with a bitter finish. Great body in the taste, likely due to the oatmeal. Overall this is a good beer and an easy drinker. I would certainly revisit this one!

Photo of godlessape
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Three Heads Brewing Loopy
Poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body has a deep rusty, almost burgundy cloudy hue, topped off with a beige creamy head that sinks down but never leaves.
The aroma is hard to nail down. I'm picking up a lot of malty sweetness along with a earthy floral down in the dirt rotting fruit under the tree wiff.
The taste is sweet and malty. I do pick up on the oatmeal and it works real well in this brew. There is a citrus bitterness at the tail end that complements everything real well.
The mouthfeel is medium.
Overall a great brew. The oats work in this real well, and I hope more brewers pick up on this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed at Custom BrewCrafters in NY, at least they put it out there unlike another well known NYC canned brewery. This beer looks amazing glowing amber with a huge off white milkshake texture cloudy head, the oatmeal additions add enough protein that I could probably float a dime on it. No freshness coding or dates seen on the bottle, that stinks. Let's smell the brew, bright citrus notes, bready malts it's smelling great no signs of hops that are past their prime time to take a sip and dive into the milkshake texture foam. Earthy, bitter edges blend into a citric hop note, slightly medicinal tree bark notes. I can't pinpoint the oatmeal, but there's a complex wave of amber hued malts and big hops in the backend. The more sips you take the more the complexity comes out what a great smelling/tasting beer, well made impressive beyond tap versions of their other beers I've had like the Kind IPA and Rochestafarian Scotch Ale. Shows major promise and keep the trippy psychedelic artwork, definitely inspired by Salvador Dali with the pink elephant riding the big hand on the clock, big hop bud with a tie dye sunset in the background. The big Loopy hop bud with bloodshot eyes, wow this is a beer label. Unfiltered semi cloudy beer in the bottle to boot. Bitterness comes in waves, earthy bitter citric notes with herbal tea malt notes, semi sweet finishes with heavy hop accents, mouthfeel is slightly resinous and the texture is kicked up a notch with the oatmeal additions. Carbonation is creamy smooth textures are wonderful and glide on the palate, overall a very impressive offering even if my review was a bit scattered...to get to the point I like this one.

Photo of dstanmyer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer presents with a burgundy color with medium lacing. Prominent oatmeal and raisin aromas fill the nose as well as some tropical notes. Dry hopped but nothing too strong or over the top. Fruity and sweet after-taste finish it off; but slightly high on the bitter side for me. Generally more find of darker and happier ales. But well worth a whirl!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Deep red hue; clear, showy lacing

SMELL: Dank, hop resin, piney, spicy, caramel, roses, slightly sweet, chicory, citrus zest

TASTE: Medium body, smooth, slightly creamy, hop bitterness, juicy, resin, buckwheat honey, blood oranges, grassy, bready, toast, figgy; bitter, semidry finish

All the time, this beer spouts off its hoppiness, but we think the real show is the malt backbone that’s able to hold up against such an intricate hoppiness. Very tasty and sessionable regardless of the size, this brew elevates the fun in drinking beer. Good to see someone realized that oats don’t just have to go into Stouts.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark gold, dark honey color with minimal off-white head. lacing is left down the insode of the bottle!
tropical smell of hops prevalent, kind of sweet. almost honey-like. caramel malt, biscuit.
taste is like a typical red ale, but smooth and grainy. dry bitterness at the end. very bitter.
overall, decent, standard, different, but very drinkable and interesting.

Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy amber with a finger of dense khaki head, patches of compact lacing.
S - Very interesting, lots goin on here, some big sweet malts, a little toasted oatmeal, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, some mixed herbs.
T - Incredibly complex flavor, Lots of sweet caramel malt up front, some slight orange, papaya, then you get a big toasted oatmeal and bread flavor, some of that pineapple mid way, a touch of mint which is kinda surprising. Just lots of flavor packed into this.
M - As this has warmed up its gotten better, but its still incredibly soapy and bitter, a tad chewy.
O - Love the aroma and taste on this one, and from an unlikely brewery. I've had a few 3HB beers so far and havent been impressed, but I really like the complexity and bold brewing in this one.

Photo of Rheaume17
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip glass.

Smell - A decent hop profile, nothing too overpowering. A slight spice smell with notes of some tropical fruits, but very subtle.

Apperance - Pours a very dark amber color, almost a brown hue. About a 1/2 inch of foamy head that quickly disappears.

Taste - A decent amount of hops on the first taste. The hops aren't too bitter and nothing too stand out in flavor. I am picking up slight hints of the tropical fruits and especially a little bit of spice. Being an IPA drinker, this is definitely a different hop profile, but good nonetheless. I am searching for the taste of oatmeal, but have a hard time finding it. I can actually taste it more in the aftertaste more than anything.

Mouthfeel - Good balanced carbonation. A good bitterness that sticks a little to the mouth.

Overall - A decent offering from 3HB. Decent flavors, but nothing that stands out to me. I definitely prefer MBC's Zoe and Lagunita's Monda Large Red Ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $3.19 for the single from Halftime beverage.

A - Wow explosive carbonation on this one a solid 2+ inches of head slightly opaque in color. Beer is a slightly hazy brown bear color fed by a ton of carbonation bubbles.
S - Slightly hoppy malts more citrus in the bottle neck than in the glass. Has a distinct spicy malt smell which I assume is from the oatmeal. Not as spicy as rye but fairly strong.
T - Well at 64 IBU's it does have a fairly strong hop bite which is quickly taken over by some smooth malts which is pretty excellent it does a great job in cutting the hop bitterness edge. Finish has an almost minty hop profile I have not experienced much. Great experimental.
M - Bold drink has a solid medium body. Somewhat session able.

Overall I have never had such a minty hop tasting beverage before. Worth picking up and I may try their future stuff if they continue to bottle 12oz bottles of their 22oz offerings.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is a weak manilla color. The body looks to be a burnt amber color. Light lacing.

Mmm, pine, citrus bouquet with flowers. Liking this one.

Juicy malt and citrus up front. A little spice kicks in for the segue, mixing with a little grainy rye flavor. Then it's off to the pine and citrus.

Medium bodied. Dry finish

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stella tulip glass. I've never had an Oatmeal Red Ale before, so was too curious and had to give this bugger a try.

AP: Medium amber colour with soft red hues. Can see the shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass, so it's not thick or hazy. 3/4" fluffy white head that dissipates down to 1/4" with solid lacing on the glass.
AR: Toasted bread and caramel up front with sweet citrusy hops right behind. Good opening aromas on this. Getting a little sticky toffee as well. The hops are orange mostly with pink grapefruit and lemon along with resiny pine. I'm digging the aroma on this.
T: The malt tastes match the aroma with toast and caramel, but I also get stone ground cracker as well. While the orange aroma was strongest, in the flavour the grapefruit is the main player, though the orange is right behind it. The pine also comes into play to mix with the citrus and malts. In between the initial malt flavours and hops I get a hint of oatmeal cookie, nothing sweet but I it reminds me of the taste of oatmeal cookie.
M: The oatmeal does add a little body to this, but not much as it's medium bodied at best. It does add a smoothness and creaminess though that's enjoyable. Moderately carbonated and a slightly dry finish.
OV: This is an interesting brew and worth a try. Nice aromas, solid flavours and a decent mouthfeel. I would have this again, it's quite enjoyable.

Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the grocery into a nonic pint, the beer itself is a ruby brown in color with a nice off-white head. The nose opens with juicy citrus hops through a malty foundation of caramel and toasted, fruity red malt. Medium in body with a nice oaty creaminess, moderately carbonated. The palate, similarly, features a moderately sweet start and notes of red malt and caramel cleaning up nicely amongst citrus and pine hops, imparting a lingering, balancing bitterness to the finish. This one turned out better than expected, worth a buy but not really a repeat.

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a mildly hazy brownish color with a bit of white lacing.

Smells of mild rye, citrus hops and pine.

Piney hop bitter and floral with some hemp character from the rye.

Medium body with a mild carbonation.

A good interesting ale, different, with a welcome rye character that makes it unique and worth trying.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bro-in-law brought a bottle of the Loopy for me to try over 4th weekend. The beer pours a nice clear amber with thin white head that is only leaving a spotty lace. The smell was slightly malty and fresh. The taste was a nice malt with slightly sweet start and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was a creamy medium body ale with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good amber and should be tried if given the opportunity.

Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy brown with a hint of orange. Very thin white head, minimal lacing. Some minor carbonation bubbles in the center.

S: Some earthy hop scents, pine resin, and a hint of citrus.

T: At first I get rich pine flavors and frontal bitterness.Some bread crust in the back of the palate. Not as much malt flavor as I'd like from an American Amber. This beer is very hop forward, but neglects to push the malt flavor along with the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. There's a bitter bite, but it's not abrasive. It feels like there's enough carbonation to keep flavors moving along the palate.

O: Overall I felt like it was a rather mediocre beer. For hop lovers, I feel that they would enjoy this beer. It has a wealth of hop flavor, and to the beer's credit the label does emphasize this. For amber lovers or beer lovers who enjoy a little more malt flavor, I feel they would feel et down. On a side note, I'm not sure what was gained from the oatmeal in this beer. It didn't taste exceptionally smooth.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber color with 2 full fingers of fluffy off white head creating a ton of lacing. smell is of herbal tea like hops, lots of caramel malt. the flavor is much like the scent, except a lot hoppier and tastier.. grassy herbal hops, tons of caramel malt.. delicious and nicely balanced. creamy silky smooth mouthfeel like a stout, medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation. wouldn't really say it was worth the $10 price tag, by far, but i wanted to try i and it's nice to drink something different.

Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. Head builds to about 1cm thickness and is comprised of small tight bubbles which produce a nice frothy foam that leaves a modest amount of lacing on the glass. Carbonation settles to nearly nothing after the initial pour. Less than 1 cm of head remains throughout the experience. (2.5)

S: The sweetness of caramel hits the nose laced with a pleasant, metallic subtleness that is neither aggressive nor submissive, but rather sublime. (3.25)

T: Quick upon the tongue is the sweetness promised by the aroma; however this caramel comes with a bit of a sting to it. The sweetness of caramel is quickly overcome by a mild bitterness with a hint of pepper that lingers just long enough to tingle the wings of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. (3.75)

M: Mild carbonation and a thick body work together to produce a viscous and velvety experience. (4.0)

O: While not necessarily an impressive pour, this beer is nice in all the other right ways. Neither over the top nor understated, it is a fine addition to the always expanding Red Ale category. (3.75)

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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.