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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale - Three Heads Brewing

Loopy Oatmeal Red AleLoopy Oatmeal Red Ale

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very good

145 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.57%

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)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 15:58:39 | More by metter98
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:53:12 | More by oberon
Photo of emerge077


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:54:24 | More by emerge077
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:20:21 | More by jlindros
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oatmeal amber? Yes, loopy indeed.

With the oatmeal clearly labeled on this one, I think I was expecting a more robust brew. It is certainly full bodied enough to keep me happy, but it's quite easy to drink overall. Clear earthy character with a mild fruity tone that I find most ambers hold. Consistent flavor profile. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:56:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:05:37 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 02:24:54 | More by tempest
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:19:34 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours an amber/ruby red, nice and clear, with a soapy white froth.

SMELL: A fine smelling beer, with some fruity yeast, grapefruit and floral notes.

TASTE: Caramel malty flavor upfront followed by a citrusy hop burst. Drinks like a nice hoppy red ale, with the oatmeal lending a smoothness to the medium bodied feel. Some roasted malt flavor as well as a fair amount of bitterness. Pretty solid little beer.

OVERALL: For the style, this is very good. Could have quite a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 03:13:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:20:16 | More by superspak
Photo of DrDemento456


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 00:07:16 | More by DrDemento456
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:55:00 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of blackie


3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:31:07 | More by blackie
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:19:12 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured amber brown in color with s slight reddish hue to it. A creamy, frothy head filled the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of bright, juicy hops to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine. I get some rich malty notes and a little bit of the oats coming out from behind the hoppiness as well. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste has a little more of the maltiness coming through with some notes of caramel and toffee. The hops still play a pretty big role though, adding more grapefruit, pine and some citrus rind bitterness in the finish. I get just a hint of the oats as well.

The mouthfeel has a real nice creaminess thanks to the oats. I love the feel oats give to beer and this one is no exception. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. It was very flavorful and drinkable with a very nice hop presence to it. I loved what the oats contributed as well. Very solid beer of the style with enough uniqueness to also set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:31:06 | More by billab914
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 16:05:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 21:19:58 | More by thecheapies
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:31:11 | More by WoodBrew
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber and into my pint glass:

A: mahogany colored body that leaves a one finger white foamy head that concaves into the body within about twenty seconds.

S: based around some citrus and floral yet somewhat sweet hops. Some light malty oatiness comes out as the beer warms.

T: takes the smells and adds a nice sweet yet somewhat bitterness

M: medium sort of feel indicating a great balance of wateriness and thickness. This is fairly sessionable.

O: this is my first one from Three Heads and I like it. Though the beer has some nice qualities that are different for the style, it is still good for the style and good for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:49:24 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can a body be both bright and hazy at he same time? That's how the red orange body of this looks to me. Two plus fingers of level off-white tight foam. Lace is completely coating the glass.

Aroma is citrus, pine, and caramel, but it is very subdued.

Thick solid caramel foundation. Some juicy fruit. A huge bitter bite. Pine finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel, no doubt due to the oatmeal.

Expected more juiciness. Maybe the oatmeal takes the edge off.

Overall a good beer, well worth trying. Similar to Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:11:56 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of JayQue


4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:02:42 | More by JayQue
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:41:16 | More by Kendo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Heads Loopy is a very clear, sparkling copper ale with a thick, lumpy, off white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a hoppy, grassy aroma with a resiny sweetness. It's medium bodied, a little chalky at the finish. It has good balance. It's pretty bitter, but appropriately so. There's just a very slight hint of sweetness. It tastes grassy, fruity and it seems just a touch roasty. The aftertaste is long and bitter. The oatmeal adds mostly a texture to it. Interesting idea. It's a stand-up red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:38:56 | More by yesyouam
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:43:06 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 19:07:37 | More by david18
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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.