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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: 208
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 6
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: 208
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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... (862 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber red color with a two fingered frothy and creamy head, carbonation is minimal.

S - Grassy, earthy, pine, mellow citrus grapefruit, and biscuity malt. For a red ale, the malt is subdued to a higher level than normal allowing the hops to come through.

T - This is very hoppy for a red ale. Right from the start, the hops don't waste any time in getting down to business with pine and grapefruit bitterness leading the charge. There's also a grassy/earthy character to this beer. Light caramel malt does come out in the beginning but becomes less of a factor once the hops kick in. Around mid palette the sweet and bitter swirl around and the hops eventually win out with a lingering dry pine/citrus finish.

M - Thin medium body with mild carbonation "pricklies" on the tongue.

O - I like this beer but wish it had a "tad" more body. For a red ale, this is definitely hop forward with more subdued caramel malt base than most red ales I've had in the past. No doubt, the hops will eventually fade to reveal more malt flavor so enjoy this one now if you favor bitter beers. (1,096 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lightly hazy opalescent, reddish amber with a big, creamy, sherbet head that leaves clouds of lacing on a Three Heads pint glass.

Has the fresh aroma of pine hops with ginger, light spices and pepper.

The flavors are clean with modest bitterness and some pine. Overall, this one is well balanced between malt and hops and has a short, spicy finish that culminates with medium bitterness.

Clean and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a smooth texture. The alcohol is barely perceptible.

Loopy is easy and enjoyable, it even warms well, which is a surprise for this style. (591 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (742 characters)

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