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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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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 209
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 209
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle (no dating) served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown with a thin beige head that thinned to a ring in a minute or two.

S - aspirin and dirt.

T - I never ate dirt but it did taste kind of like a orange flavored baby aspirin.

F - medium bodied with a flat feel.

O - I don't know how old the bottle I had was but what I had wasn't a very good beer.

I'll change my review if I get a fresh sample.

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Photo of FFreak
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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?

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Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a super dark red hue, almost brown, with about two fingers of off white head. The foam wants to stick around forever. There is some nice lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer definitely smells hoppy. I'm getting mainly citrus notes. There is also a a musky earthiness to this beer from the oatmeal. It reminds me a bit of Grand Teton's Pursuit of Hoppiness. With all that being said, there is still something off about the nose. I just can't place it.

T: It starts off with a quick hit of citrus, but the oatmeal sweetness and spice come on immediately after. The finish is a mix of spice and bitter citrus notes. It's a weird transition, and I'm not so sure that I like it. The hops are subdued quite a bit by the strong malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied beer. It goes down smooth without much palate destruction. There are some lingering bitters in between sips.

O: I'm just confused by this beer. Why make a beer named after the hop plant and muddle it down with oatmeal? I feel like some of the nice hop aromas don't follow through into the taste. The mouthfeel is nice, but the flavor transitions just aren't working for me. I probably won't be buying this again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick head, but a half circle film o' foam ratians. Decent bubbling, but nice ruby and copper color.

Sweet, fruity yeast/malt mix in the forefront of the nose. Add to the softer fruitiness some bitter orange peel and tropical fruit aromas.

Nice bitter tropical fruitiness and te oatmeal and toasted barley malt add a sweet bread flavor to this bittersweet fruity, hoppy brew. The finish is almost tinny in its citric zest bitterness. Palate is chewy, metallic, and bitter. This beer is worth a try. Very interesting.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz, poured into a duvel snifter

A- pours a deep coper brown with less then 1 finger of tanish brown head, head disapates quickly, very light lacing.

S- earthy, I'm assuming from the oatmeal, light caramel, citrus hops, perhaps a hint of pine but it is burried in the malts. Almost toasty.

T- light malt sweetness rounded out with piney and citrusy hop notes, slight bitterness on the finish. Finishes with almost a hint of browned toast. Light caramel. The finish is strange, with the mingle of bitter grains and slight hop bitterness

M- light/medium bodies with an almost creamy texture that finishes a bit chewy and grainy, dryer finish. A bit of an odd lingering aftertaste that I could do without.

O- not a bad beer, deffinatly interesting, and a bit different then anything else really, I feel like the oatmeal adds a unique twist, but as with there other beers nothing really jumps out, feel like it could use more hops, and maybe a touch less toastyness.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber color to the beer. A draft overpour left me with pretty much no head. Small lip of foam that barely fits in the glass. A little hazy. I can say that the lacing is damn pretty.

Your usual medley of grapefruit and pine hops. This beer features some toasty malts, barley grain, and an aroma of caramel sweetness.

Follows the nose. Citrusy hops, pine, earth. Some herbaceous qualities that are slight. Dry toffee. Grapefruit. Very mild, yet notably tasty.

Oatmeal at work. Lots of chewy dextrins. Alcohol reminds you that this beer is at IPA strength.

Decent. Won't miss it when I have to chug the bottom half of my glass back so that I can dip out, but I'm glad I had one.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.58/5  rDev -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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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with an impressive whipped cream head; excellent stickage and clumps of lace

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit, earthy, slight diacetyl

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit tones, on the front end, with earthy elements building; rather bitter, through the middle, with the sweet malts underpinning the hops; a bit of diacetyl in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing particularly distinctive here, but that's the style, by and large

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Photo of toolbrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, served on tap at Mudville 9 in NYC. Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown with a finger or so of off-white head that settles slowly and some sticky looking lacing. Aroma is very much what you’d expect from an IPA or hoppy amber; grapefruit and pine resin intermingled with a healthy dose of sweet caramel maltiness.

The taste follows the nose but there’s an unusual oatmeal aspect that’s somewhat present as a flavor but prominent in the overall feel. Again the balance is pretty even between a full, sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness and grapefruit and piney hop notes, as well as an overall fruitiness to the flavor. Finishes only semi-dry, with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied with a smooth, creamy, almost chewy feel from the oatmeal. Carbonation is moderate. This is an oddball beer hence the “loopy” name; not bad but a little schizophrenic for my tastes.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of dstanmyer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Some nice citrusy and floral hops, a little tropical fruitiness (also probably from the hops), and a solid malt backbone with some oatmeal

T: Starts off with the hops, with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and grass. Moves into a light malt backbone due to the oatmeal. Alcohol plays no role

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Seems a little watered down, but still smooth

O: A nice hoppy red ale. Easy to drink, even given the good amount of hoppiness. The oatmeal plays a nice role in toning down any harshness. Definitely not your every day red ale. Worth a try for the uniqueness of the oatmeal and level of hops alone

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.