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Burnside Oatmeal Pale Ale - Burnside Brewing Co.

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Burnside Oatmeal Pale AleBurnside Oatmeal Pale Ale

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85
very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-07-2011

"Brewed using copious amounts of Crystal, Galena, & Fuggle hop varietals. This is a clean dry Pale Ale with low bitterness and lots of hop flavor. We have chosen to add 75 pounds of locally rolled oats to increase body and give our Pale a sweet creamy finish"

abv: 5.6%% ibu's: 44
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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 80
Photo of Docer
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice copper clear ale with a robust beige light white head... big retention and thick head settles to yet a thin solid pillow of creamy foam and lace about the glass. Certainly pretty, and shows signs of excellent yeast activity.

Smell: (4.5)

- Wonderful fresh herbal and grassy bitter hop aromas with a balancing bready character from the oats, and a zesty hop pine essence. Balanced caramel sweetness compliments the perfect hop additions.. truly a nice smelling beer.

Taste: (3.0)

- Good enough to bottle. That is what I say anyway. The caramel and pine and bitter hop represents well, and this is truly a nice pale... though a touch robust in flavor, and it seems perhaps pulled a touch early. It does show some aceto-like traits of high esters and cider-like tartness. However, it is tasty yet, and to be had fresh as possible. Balance is king, and it's early boil bitterness is unmatched.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Solid medium body and is very well carbonated, almost too much so... though it makes the beer look stellar. Bit drying from the bitter hops which is wonderful, and only a touch chewy and cloying.

Overall: (3.0)

- This beer is pretty, and is made with what seems like great ingredients. It is balanced, nicely bittered, and sits in a glass perfectly for a nice amount of time. There are some off flavors however that equate to tartness from an early pull, or ester-like aceto in the mix. If that wasn't present, this would be up there with the likes of Fort George's Sunrise.. though for me, that is a hard oatmeal pale to beat.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dulled golden bronzish hue with a slim soft crown of off-white fuzzy foam. Keeps a thin collar and some spotty lacing flung about the glass.

Aroma is mostly made up of the hops with prevalent Galena with a nice fresh mix of dullish lemon and lime. The malts of oats add a nice rounded crispness and sweetness to its hoppy tone. Quite a nice twist and very pleasant, and appetizingly fresh.

Taste is mega yummy roundedness with a very well toned hoppyness that's crisp, chunky, and freshly forward. All without being bitter or overbearingly pungent. The play of the oat malt used for the backing is great. A nice meld of semi tangy lemony hops with some lemongrass herbalness and earthyness smoothen across the palate with a wonderfully placed underbelly of sweet and well-rounded oatyness. Yum! And yum again!

Fresh, clean, crisp, smooth, and medium-full in body. Super drinkable. A majorly big time sessionable brew. An excellent play of hop tones backed by oats. One very solid brew!

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color that's more on the ruby reddish side. Minimal streams of carbonation bubbles rise to the top, but it looks rather still overall. A thin rocky white film sits on top with no head to begin with.

S: It has a nice hop profile that is immediately noticed. This leads to some piney and quite a bit of fruity aromas. Light sweet malts and oats come through as well. There is a good balance between hops and malts, something I enjoy in a good APA.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with a good balance of fruity and piney hops with the sweet and roasted malt and oat characters. Quite enjoyable.

M: It is medium bodied with a minimal amount of carbonation. It has a smooth, creamy finish that can most likely be attributed to the addition of the oats. A very small bitterness finishes it off.

O: This was quite a pleasant beer to enjoy. It was well balanced and put together and overall, a unique spin on an APA with the addition of oats.

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Photo of vkv822
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a golden orange, with foamy, off-white head.

The aroma is of citric hops, with a sweet, malty, grainy, oatmeal backing. Unique, and quite enjoyable.

The taste is as the nose, with some citric hops followed quickly by sweet oatmeal malt notes.

A pleasant medium body with soft, lightly prickly carbonation.

A very enjoyable pale ale. The oatmeal is a unique addition and really adds a smooth, sweet backing that I enjoyed quite a bit.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Burnside's Oatmeal pale is auburn with an off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is fairly hoppy, citrus, not pungent, but a nice sweetness. Apricot comes out as it warms.

Taste is also citrusy, fairly full hop flavor caramel, a little bubblegum, with a nice herbal hop snap and firm bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, some crispness, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nice flavor, soft, rounded mouthfeel from teh oats, but the driness counters that somewhat. Leaning a bit more in the English style, well executed, if not terribly thrilling.

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Photo of koopa
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery on 9.1.11

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep caramel with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Mildly fruity with a slight caramel malt note.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a mild citrus addition.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Goes down ok...not offensive but nothing special.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best and most consistent beer these guys produce. Pours a pale tan/straw hue with a persistent head fading to a really nice lace.

Nose is all pale ale with mild malts and hops, some citrus, and a hint of the oatmeal coming through. Surprisingly inviting.

Palate is fresh with lovely hops up front and along the side of the mouth. A nice citrus core rounds things out. A hint of cereal and malt.

Texture is lovely with a grainy consistency, good balance of acids, tannins, and alcohol. Finish is medium with good character. Decent grip.

This is a winner, and a beer that I would regularly select out of a tap list of usual suspects. If you're in the mood for something new or different, then this is a worthy candidate for drinking.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy orangeish yellow with about 3/4 inch of just off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very evenly balanced blend of grain and hops. I didn't really pick up any oat in the scent. On the tongue the oats come through a bit in the background of the solid grain base. There was just enough hops for seasoning through most of the taste, but there was a nice hop finish that lingered for a bit.

The body was nicely full, without being heavy or sticky, and carried the flavors very well. Drinkability was better than very good, I could easily drink these all afternoon while watching a game. Overall, a very nice, easy drinking brew that's certainly worth your time when you see it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer at least four times in the last couple weeks; at the Burnside pub, at nearby Eastburn or at downtown Portland mainstay, Bailey's Taproom. An imperial pint at BT on this night, prior to my first Portland Timbers match!

A: Bright copper orange, a nice glow and a reasonable, if not remarkable, head of whitish seafoam. Lace is awe-inspiring, sheeting drapes of thick froth and gooey cobwebs - bordering on the ridiculous. Steady carbonation in a misty haze.

S: Mild sweetness, caramel and befuddling fruit (apples, pear?)

T: Sugar-sweet upfront and mostly grainy, followed by a healthy dose of spice (something a little earthy - nutmeg, maybe?), even a little cocoa. Lots of grassiness and an herbed bitterness, finishes on the sharper side, though not extreme enough to upset the bitter/sweet balance.

M: Smooth as can be - that's the magic of 'oatmeal' in a beer, any beer. To have such creaminess in a Pale Ale is kinda remarkable. Medium body.

O: A lovely beer; were it not I wouldn't have had it so frequently. I'm thrilled to see it so readily available at a variety of pubs around the city, not just at the brewery. Very easy to drink - 'sessionable' if we're stretching the definition. Recommended!

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Burnside Oatmeal Pale Ale from Burnside Brewing Co.
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