Bitter Oats
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #481
Ranked #2,622
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Bitter OatsBitter Oats
Notes: 2016 OneHitter Series. This big boozy blonde was brewed with a boatload of oats, giving it a creamy, sweet mouthfeel with a hoppy blast. It's like a powdered sugar doughnut topped with deliciously bitter, danky resinous hops. Chow down!
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Nugganooch from California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from Jan 10, 2016
From the 22oz bottle to an Nonic glass

Drinks like a TIPA. Big boozy blonde is right. This one is not shy with the alcohol smackdown. Pours a hazy golden orange hue with a healthy stack of khaki foam. Very familiar Lagunitas hop bill; it's dank, pine, and mild citrus-grapefruit.
Mild malt graininess. This one has a bit of alcohol sting for sure. That said, everything kept failry well balanced by the creamy oat texture and resinous hoppy finish. Hope to see this brew again some day. Lives up to the One Hitter series.

Jan 13, 2020
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely clear copper/gold with beautiful lacing. Bready and fruity in delightful balance, like a fresh grapefruit scone with mango jam. For me, the creamy mouthfeel from the oats puts this one well into the category of an American Barleywine, and a very fine one it is!
Update: pulled another one of these out of the cellar tonight; sadly, it’s the last. I didn’t mention cellaring in the original post, but this one has been in the cellar for 29 months, so the original must have been around 24. And it just keeps getting better and better. Succulent fresh bread and golden fruit. It’s a superior American Imperial IPA/Barleywine. I’m adding a few points.

Mar 20, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lingering white foaminess clings to the glass nicely. The smell had some bitter piney and citrusy hops playing with a subtle caramel malt base. The taste was pretty much the same with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, the oats help to smooth things out a bit and add a nice semi-slick to creamy feel on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good DIPA that I could see myself having again.

Jun 28, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line
22 oz. Bomber
2016 One Hitter Series

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark copper color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some pretty nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, slight citrus, and some spiceyness. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus going on. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, nice complex brew. Overall, a very tasty brew, very barleywineish style.

May 09, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 OneHitter Series tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on January 14, 2016. Look is blonde. Smell is dank hops and sweet malts. Taste is dank resinous hops and sweet rock candy malts. Feel is boozy, creamy, bitter and sweet.

Jan 15, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: pine resin, tropical fruit, and caramel;

T: follows the nose with pineapple getting added in at the middle; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish; bitterness sticks around well into the aftertaste (which is all pineapple); boozy, but appropriate for the style and ABV;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a BIG beer; very nicely done; didn't get much oat character;

Nov 20, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like dank herbal hops and citrus zest, with some earthy whole wheat bread.
T: It tasted like sweet candied apricots and sugary oranges, with some copper hops and raisins and a little oatmeal. It had a mostly sweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This beer was a bit of a mess. The scent was nice, but the taste was too sweet, the body was weak, and the finish was really hot. This might actually age well, like a barleywine. Fresh was not impressive.

Sep 15, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. One-off series release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a vanilla bean white over a moderately hazy orange amber body with very light carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Hop notes of spicy pine resins, citrus peel, peppery herbal tea and light tropical fruit with a strong bitterness forward, atop a malty body of crystal malt syrups and caramel grains. Potency is moderate/high. 3.75

(Taste) Hop flavors forward, generating a peppery citrus and piney hop flavor and aggressive, lingering bitterness, slowly revealing a smooth and rich malt body of caramelized malts and grain syrups. An alcohol pinch is slightly evident, although the bold hop bitterness does a solid job at concealing any subtle imperfections. Finish is smooth, slick and softly creamy. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, moderately syrupy, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is moderately bitter over sweet and grainy bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Another really solid DIPA from Lagunitas with an incredible blow of hop flavor and bitterness to it, and a rich, smooth and viscous malt body as well. Strong and enjoyable. 4

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Sep 07, 2016
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Reidrover from Oregon

2.77/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz from Habits Cig and Beer Store in Salem OR. Cant believe i got this for $4.29. Clear deep yellow beer with a very large thick,bubbly and frothy off white head. Wonderful aromas of toasty oats, malt and sugary resiney hop. Taste the same but with a syrupy alcohol presence. But its not too bad. Mouth feel is fine..but really the alcohol is too much an it gets cloying I enjoyed this for like 5 minutes then it goes down hill first real downer from Lagunitas.

Aug 22, 2016
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a stunning beer. A light burnt orange color that's a bit hazy with bubbles in suspension. A nice thick foamy head sits up top, very creamy white, with long retention. A pasty lace shows where the beer has been.

The beer produces a very subtle scent. Pleasant smells of sweet fruit are the dominant theme. It almost smells sweet, but that's just a tease as there are lingering notes of resin and pine lurking.

Tastes like a West Coast DIPA should. The hops are aplenty, and give off flavors of pine and citrus fruits. Something does provide sweetness and I'm leaning toward orange or pineapple, but can't decide.

Sweetness provides another tease and it works well with the oats to make it exceptionally drinkable, but the bitterness eventually wins this battle and combined with the heat from the alcohol, gives you something to think about before the next sip. Full-bodied with plenty of alcohol, the finish is wet, sloppy, bitter, and warm.

Another really good selection from Lagunitas. A monster DIPA that's reasonably drinkable.

Jul 04, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a bright orange, slightly hazy, with a small head and not much lacing. Smell leads with citrus hops- orange, grapefruit, malt, yeast, a little lemon, some brown sugar. Taste brings lots of citrus, especially orange, malt, caramel, brown sugar, some resiny hops. Some hop bitterness kicks in about midway and carries through the finish. Smooth, good body, the taste lingers.

Enjoyable beer to drink. Lots of malt, but the hops still drive the bus. Also had this on tap, and it seemed to have more bitterness. Would buy again.

Jun 12, 2016
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazy copper colour with a ruby hue, thin layer of head with some retention and spotty lacing. Nose is burnt sugar and caramel with a solid dose of citrus and pine. Candied lemon peel and cotton candy with a nice solid caramel backbone and a long lingering bitterness. The oats smooth out the dry bitterness. A solid DIPA that would be appreciated by any hop head.

May 28, 2016
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itsmarkalbert from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn. This thing is heavy in every way. There is a ton of residual hop and malt proteins from everything that went into this big blonde bitch. Big malt profile that is sweet and smooth. Leaves a crisp biscuity finish and then the hops hit. Resinous and dank. Wet and heavy. On the exhale the astringent warmth of the 10.5% ABV lingers, leaving you needing to take another sip. This thing is good but it will ruin your palate and your hand/eye coordination. Don't drink this as your Friday night starter if you have a line up of things your plan to sample.

May 07, 2016
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft in a snifter glass.

L- Medium amber, slight haze, small slightly off white head.

S- Big sweet juicy aromas of mango, pineapple, passionfruit, peach, some dankness but not oniony, alcohol but pretty tame especially when colder.

T- Similar to aroma, sweet and juicy, not too boozy but certainly leaves a warming in the mouth as it warms up.

F- A thin syrup but still pretty drinkable for such a big beer and the oats really add a silky smoothness on the palate.

O- This is one of the best beers I've had from Lagunitas, huge aromas and flavors and pretty drinkable for the abv especially when it's on the colder side.

Apr 29, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with bright tangerine edges and a three finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, only slowly settling while coating the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing. Looks pretty good.

Sweet boozy aroma with earthy resins, light fruit esters, bready yeast and pale malts. Floral earthy hop presence with grassy pine needle and sticky greens countered by subtle tropical sweetness. Hints of toast, apple, pear, biscuit and caramel.

Full body that's chewy and slightly viscous with dull hop bitterness countered by bready yeast, pale malt and strong boozy sweetness. Kind of bland really, tasting like a faded, lightly hopped and extremely boozy blonde ale. There is a decent amount of bitterness with piney resins and floral grassy notes. Slight creamy texture with apple, pear and light Berry sweetness. Pale biscuit malt with bread and grainy cracker. Harsh boozy heat/sweetness in the finish. Kind of like a blonde American Barleywine. Not terrible, just kind of one note and slightly tough to drink. A few oz is more than enough.

Apr 24, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a dark golden orange color into my snifter glass.
The nose is some dankness from the hops but loaded with sweetness from the malt.
The taste if off for me perhaps an old bottle as no date was seen. But this seems very malty with little or no taste coming forward from the hops. The taste is almost that of a Barleywine to me.
The mouthfeel is smooth with some alcohol burn from the ABV at 10.5
To me this is not what I would call an Imperial IPA but to me closer to a Barleywine. It wasn't a bad beer and I did finish the bomber. It just wasn't what I expected.

Apr 17, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really well balanced. Love the smoothness from the oats. Dank, grapefruit, soapy hops. Sweet honey and biscuity, buttery malt. Heavy, sticky body. Slightly low carbonation. Very good.

Apr 04, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper light Amber color. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is citrus up front but gives way to bitter hops. Leaves a bit of a otter aftertaste, it's not quite balanced enough in my opinion. Overall a solid IPA

Mar 23, 2016
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky, bitter, slightly chewy on the finish, and delicious. What's no to like? This beer really is quite nice, with the flavors very balanced and the mouthfeel quite creamy- all in a quite high abv beer. Well done!

Mar 22, 2016
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a huge thick white head that lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: huge fruit salad hops, mango, papaya, grapefruit, citrus

T: slightly sweet up front, nice flavors of malt and honey, fruit elements present with sweet juicy flavors of mango and pineapple, bitters on finish with grapefruit peel

M: chewy and thick, alcohol well hidden

O: a big beer laced with oats that give a chewy quality

Mar 20, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Birthday present from my five year old daughter. Bottle code says 350 15.

Pours hazy amber-yellow with a big white head and lots of carbonation. Smell is moderately fruity, smells like faded hops. Hard bitter core.

Taste is much livelier. Honeysuckle sweetness, grainy malty sweetness, the hard bitter core goes nicely with it. In fact, it could still take a little more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick but effervescent. Overall, it's pretty good, but I might get tired of it by the time I'm done with the bomber.

Mar 15, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Bronze/orange with no clarity, 1 finger of head, and lots of sticky lace left on the glass. Gorgeous looking DIPA

S - Grapefruit, oranges, dank hops, honey, and tropical fruits. Hint of booze as well

T - Sweet, evenly bitter and tropical, boozy. Lots of grapefruit. Tasty!

F - Medium body and carbonation. Oily slick

O - Another incredible DIPA from Lagunitas. Get it if you can

Mar 10, 2016
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed most of the One Hitter offerings, and Bitter Oats is no exception. I served this well chilled in my Lagunitas mason jar. A pleasing golden Amber brew with a thick foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma and flavor are a wonderful combination of pine, citrus and peaches. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Full bodied and smooth... The finish is dank with a little sweetness. The alcohol stays well hidden. I'm digging this shit, and I'd love to see it in six packs. Cheers!

Mar 08, 2016
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2Cents from Nebraska

4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This my friends is a really good beer, Leave it to Lagunitas to come up with such a fantastic Oat IPA. It has a nice whitish head that sticks around. It smells piney, peachy and grape fruity. It tastes like the Brown Shuga with peach syrup and pink grapefruit, at the end. You really don't notice the 10.5 avb, level, so watch out!

Mar 08, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer was a dark gold color. There was a good-sized head that left a bit of lace.
Dank aroma. Some citrus.
Very dank taste. A little bit of orange'
The hop bitterness lingered and intensified.
Would never know the ABV was 10.5%.

Mar 04, 2016
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