Bitter Oats
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,214
Ranked #5,120
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
Dec 01, 2020
Nov 05, 2015
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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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Rated: 4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Rated: 4.19 by BrewMaven from New York

Mar 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
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Reviewed by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 3.62 by kinggimp from Wisconsin

Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Rated: 3.78 by Shanty76 from Georgia

Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
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
Rated: 4.36 by DrBass from Maryland

Nov 25, 2016
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Rated: 3.44 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Oct 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

2.77/5  rDev -32.9%
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
Rated: 3.27 by Hyhat from Ohio

Aug 19, 2016
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Rated by jooler from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another great brew from lagunitas. It's sort of like hop stoopid and sucks had an alcholic love child. It sweet, hoppy and boozy. Really good though
Jul 14, 2016
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Reviewed by RickS95 from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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
Rated: 4.19 by BSW from California

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.41 by jschwamb from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Kettle1 from South Carolina

Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 4.08 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Jun 10, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by Nuggetz from Texas

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

May 30, 2016
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Reviewed by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

May 28, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by enelson from Illinois

May 15, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by BeerOps from Illinois

May 14, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

May 13, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by CJCouillard from Minnesota

May 10, 2016
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Reviewed by itsmarkalbert from California

4.09/5  rDev -1%
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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