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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

182 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: John on 01-10-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says it's an oatmeal red ale, whatever that is - presumably there's some oatmeal used, like with an oatmeal stout. Interesting.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is amber-red with a half-finger khaki-colored head that leaves good lacing. No visible carbonation whatsoever.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - a bit of citrusy hops over some caramel malt. But nothing really jumps out of the glass.

T: Presumably this bottle is uber-fresh: I saw it this week at Olivers for the first time, and there's only one other review of this beer here (on-tap), so I'm guessing 3HB just started bottling this one. . . . It's a hoppy amber/red: a style I like (think Nugget Nectar, though this isn't in that league). Toffee and caramel malt foundation, then a good, juicy, citrusy hop finish, with lingering spicy, minerally hop bitterness. Almost bumped the score here to a 4.5.

M: Medium in heft, modest carbonation. Good creaminess - maybe from the oatmeal (or could that be the power of suggestion)?

O: Solid. A flavorful, hoppy red ale that drinks easy if you're a hophead. I've been modestly impressed with the 3HB offerings so far, this one is yet another solid offering.

Kendo, Feb 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

woodchipper, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jason, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KolbMarley, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of lostandwandering
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

lostandwandering, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%

gunnerlincoln, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of BadJustin
4.25/5  rDev +11%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of aengleman
4.75/5  rDev +24%

aengleman, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

CloudStrife, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dhmxray
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dhmxray, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BamfBacon, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Hopsticles
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Hopsticles, Aug 22, 2012
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

tempest, May 04, 2012
Photo of StevenH
4/5  rDev +4.4%

StevenH, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

hkyplyr73, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Stu_Grimson, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Swift989
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Swift989, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

dtx00, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of WolfmanzBro
5/5  rDev +30.5%

WolfmanzBro, Jul 28, 2014
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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.