Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale - Three Heads Brewing

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Loopy Oatmeal Red AleLoopy Oatmeal Red Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint a rich deep auburn with a large blooming light tannish colored head atop,it never really completely settled.Sharp grapefruit rind really hits hard in the nose along with pine resin,the hops are great,a caramel maltiness also comes into play.Grapefruit and pine resin hit upfront on the palate really fresh and in your face,not much sweetness wich is a bit odd for the style...even a highly hopped one,mild caramel/biscuit underneath the hops.This is pushing the boundaries of an amber with its big hops it lacks a little depth but the feel is great with the oats helping make a creamy smooth feel.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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 dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, fridge temp., darkness snifter.

pours out a fairly clear red, bronze color with a nice, full one fingers worth of off white, almost light tan colored head. good retention and some pretty nice looking sticky lace.

mostly grapefruit citrus and pine hops come through. a bit vegetal, almost like hot peppers. some biscuit and light caramel malt balances things out.

decently hoppy, grapefruit citrus and pine are balanced nicely by caramel and biscuit malts. just a touch vegetal, and a hint of a peppery spice in the finish. a little malt sweetness is cut by an almost IPA like hop bitterness.

interesting mouthfeel, i assume from the oatmeal. a bit oily which kind of adds to the resiny hops. medium bodied.

kind of a simple tasting beer with a few subtle oddities. on par with most other three heads beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jeffrey's bar poured into a Pyramid Breweries pint glass.

About a 1/2" off white head with a few chunks and fish eyes. Deep mohagany in color allows plenty of light through. Lacing down the side of the glass as I drink. Head settles to a thin film.

Smell of citrus hops with a faint malt backbone. Hard to pick up much else other than the hops.

Taste is hoppier than expected for an amber ale, which doesn't bother me. Has a good bite and a lingering hop flavor. Able to pull out more of the malt notes as this warms up. Hints of oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, mild carbonation. Hops are slightly sticky.

Overall better than I expected. Wouldn't seek out again but wouldn't turn down. A good addition for this new brewery.

Photo of Hopsticles
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer. But it is also a great one if you give it a chance. I’ve tried it three times, once as a draft at a beer festival (admittedly a few beers in) and twice at home in a pint glass (poured from a bomber). Don’t expect a red ale. Don’t expect an IPA. But somewhere between them, this smooth, dry, and hoppy beer from Honeoye Falls brewer Three Heads managed to lift my spirits all three times I had it.

In appearance, it is, as the name suggests, dark amber, somewhat murky. There’s a two-finger head, but the lacing is not great (could be a function of my glasses).

Malty toasted scent. Hints of fruit sing a soft blues.

Taste: citrus notes (grapefruit, orange), good mouth feel; thick, full; just a bit thinner than a cask ale. This is a very smooth beer, thanks to the oats.

Long finish with the sweet oats but a longer flavor of fruit – the fruit prevails.

Like an IPA made love to oatmeal stout. Its child is full of strangeness but also a Lynchian beauty. Agent Dale Cooper would call it a “damn fine red ale.”

A suggestion of bitterness comes with the carbonization.

Bomber not the best vehicle for beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Wegmans in Syracuse. I'll agree with the brewery's description, this beer does indeed have velvety malts. The deep, dark bread and caramel aroma and taste remind me a big of a scotch ale. The finish, while not hugely hoppy, does have balanced (against the malts) juicy citrus bite with a little spice to it. Red ales are mostly unremarkable, but this is a fine example of the style. Definitely worth a try if you're into reds.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"270 11" date code on the bottom of the bottle, which could be meaningless, but could possibly be a bottling date. Judging from the label, the casual drinker might expect a near-psychedelic hopgasm...

Into a Duvel tulip this beer pours a deep reddish copper color. It glints ruby red in the light with jewel tone highlights momentarily. Frothy foam on the surface, it maintains some surface accents for the duration of the glass.

Smells sweet with some toffee and toasted malt notes.

Tastes like earthy hops and caramel popcorn... a little odd but good. Some diacetyl bleeding through in an English way, with some woodiness lending some character as well. Light hop bitterness, dry finish, a flash of dried fruit cameos from the yeast. Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's worth a try, not as crazy as the label would have you think...

Photo of logicalparadox
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sort of indifferent to this beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Gate House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark red, slightly clear in spots. Tons of visible carbonation. 1 inch head settles quickly. Rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells very piney, with some tropical fruits (grapefruit mostly) pushing through. Some caramel malt is also present on the nose.

The taste is a explosion of flavor, and a pleasure to experience. Resinous, piney hop bite, with strong grapefruit. Tastes like I'm drinking liquid pine needles. The malt bill is interesting and plays nicely alongside the hops. Toasty, caramel malt backs up the hops and makes this a very full beer. Slightly spicy, almost pepper-like flavor on the back end, along with a highly enjoyable hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Making this an oatmeal red ale was a genius move- so smooth, and velvety on the tongue as you drink this one down. Beyond that, this is a very dry hoppy beer. Very drinkable.

3HB's best beer, IMO. I wish them the best, and hope more people get to experience their awesomeness.

Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops and toasted and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that it is a little maltier and has some hints of malty sweetness along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oatmeal makes the mouthfeel nice and smooth, but apart from this nothing really stands out in the taste or the smell of this beer.

Photo of toolbrew
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Etan
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a brownish red with a nice cap of spongy off-white foam. Pretty good lacing and retention. Looks like a red should.

S: Nice hoppiness in the aroma. Sweet orange, sourish grapefruit, and a big dose of caramel malts behind.

T: Mellow piney and citrus hop fades into relatively strong red and caramel malts. Bit of a tangy lactic element as well. Mild acrid bitterness and a bit of toffee in the finish.

M: Nice thickness to the mouthfeel because of the oats, but way too undercarbonated. A bit of carbonation, but not nearly enough.

O: Much mellower in the hop dimension that the more well-known hoppy red ales. The mouthfeel also suffers from the lack of carbonation. Not bad, but not very good either.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this at my local bottle shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Pretty good amber ale from a brewery that I had never heard of.

Pours an expected amber/red color, somewhat fizzy but clean looking.

Pretty well balanced aroma of hops, malt and yeast. Very much like the better beers in the style.

Flavor was also good and typical for the style. Well crafted and easy to drink.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy dark reddish orange brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven skim, with lasting lace. Aroma is fruity malt sweetness.

Taste is sweet to start, goes juicy citrus in the middle, balancing with a medium bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with excellent body provided by the oatmeal, and drinkability is great. This is one I would look for again.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour yields a big fluffy slightly off-white 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with some decent foamy lacing, over a clear copper almost auburn colored beer.

Nose has a mix of hops right out front, not very hoppy, but nice aromatic hops, with a bit of earthy and spicy hops, some citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of fresh musty resinous hop aromas. Then malts follow closely, with plenty of caramel malts, and some toasty reddish copper malts, and some toffee.

Taste brings a malty flavor out front, plenty of toasty reddish malts as well as some caramel malts, smooth and soft but not syrupy which I think is with help from the oats, which add a light oat flavor as well. Hops come exploding out shortly after that, bringing a decent bitterness but again mostly late hops and not a huge bittering component. Hops start with a light fresh resinous flavor and some pine, and quickly turn to citrus fruit and a slight earthy spicy flavor. The soft malts are nice, and the hops are nice, but together they don't seem to meld as well as they should, almost like two spices of flavors. The finish is a bit drier, and quite more bitter, the spicy earthy hops bring almost a slight salty quality as they finish strong and the soft malts disappear quickly.

Mouth is med bodied, smooth and almost silky, with decent carb.

Overall not bad, some good flavors in there but it doesn't blend well. It starts nicely with good soft malts and oats, caramel, toasty flavors, etc, but quickly turns to hops. The hops are possibly a bit too forward as the beer progresses and the malts are quickly forgotten. If the hops were maybe a tad less resinous, spicy and earthy it would come over much nicer. However, this is still a tasty drinkable beer that I can easily drink the bomber of.

Photo of Paincane
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 JayQue
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Red Ale. Nice and hoppy. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reddish amber color. A hard pour provides a big frothy off white head. Head retention is good and there are thick bands of lacing.

Very good hoppy aroma. Floral and citrus hops.

Taste is good as well. Plenty of hops bitterness. The citrus comes through more than the floral. There is a balancing sweet caramel malt presence too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich.

Overall this is a fine Amber/Red Ale.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a rich mahogany brown brew. It holds a two finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving sticky rings of lacing around the glass, with big bubble aggregates left on top. The head is easily reproducible with a swirl. There is a slight haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears high. The nose is bright with earthy and piney hops. Tinny metallics head up the malt category, which is otherwise filled with your standard pales, and a faint dry oat. Baker’s yeast and melon sweetness help to cut the grain, with apple sugariness coming on the way way back. Our first impression is that this guy is pretty bitter and metallic. As we sip, the nose unfolds in flavor, with those tinny malts, and some dirty, earthy hops mixing up front. The balance is there, but it is real muddy around the edges, with dirty pale malts and mineral. Bitter hops, lemon rind, and pine come through at the peak, mixing a bit better with those continued paler malts. A black pepper spice brings us to the finish, where more roasty and more musty malts round things out. Here the cutting flavors are more herbal hops, and a light caramel sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of peppery alcohol, lemon rind, and clean but deeply bitter earthy hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Metallic astringency streaks down the tongue and palate, leaving a dry coating. There is nice froth, slurp, and cream with each sip, but the fullness things out a bit towards the end, approaching wateriness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable aspect of this brew was the fresh hop flavoring. This stays with the drinker throughout the tasting, but gives just a bit too much bittering by the end of the full bomber. The feel is characteristic for Three Heads in softness, but becomes a bit too thinned out by the last sips. Solid flavoring, nice aroma, and an all-around tasty treat from a great local brewery.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting more from this beer in terms of flavor, not bad in any way but was a little on the plain side. Notes of citrus, light hops, and mint. Color was a brown/red. Fairly carbonated. Easy drinking, light on alcohol flavor. Worth a try you might just love it.

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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.