Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale
Three Heads Brewing

Loopy Oatmeal Red AleLoopy Oatmeal Red Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #89
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,867
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
213
From:
Three Heads Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  20
SCORE
86
Very Good
Loopy Oatmeal Red AleLoopy Oatmeal Red Ale
Notes: 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Some nice citrusy and floral hops, a little tropical fruitiness (also probably from the hops), and a solid malt backbone with some oatmeal

T: Starts off with the hops, with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and grass. Moves into a light malt backbone due to the oatmeal. Alcohol plays no role

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Seems a little watered down, but still smooth

O: A nice hoppy red ale. Easy to drink, even given the good amount of hoppiness. The oatmeal plays a nice role in toning down any harshness. Definitely not your every day red ale. Worth a try for the uniqueness of the oatmeal and level of hops alone

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4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken on Christmas Eve during lunch at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

13 oz "pint" pours a beautiful, hazy and dark amber with limited head but spectacular lacing down the sides of the glass. A smooth mouthfeel to which the oats add some really nice body. Aroma is an impressive blend of roasted malts and tropical fruit. The flavour spans the whole hop spectrum, with mango and other tropical fruits predominating, but grapefruit also present. A burst of initial caramelized sweetness transitions into a decent bitterness, that lingers...

Both robust and complex, yet a well-balanced beer for hop fans. Would highly recommend and would love to find it again...

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3.83/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, served on tap at Mudville 9 in NYC. Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown with a finger or so of off-white head that settles slowly and some sticky looking lacing. Aroma is very much what you’d expect from an IPA or hoppy amber; grapefruit and pine resin intermingled with a healthy dose of sweet caramel maltiness.

The taste follows the nose but there’s an unusual oatmeal aspect that’s somewhat present as a flavor but prominent in the overall feel. Again the balance is pretty even between a full, sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness and grapefruit and piney hop notes, as well as an overall fruitiness to the flavor. Finishes only semi-dry, with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied with a smooth, creamy, almost chewy feel from the oatmeal. Carbonation is moderate. This is an oddball beer hence the “loopy” name; not bad but a little schizophrenic for my tastes.

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3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Three Heads Brewing Loopy
Poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body has a deep rusty, almost burgundy cloudy hue, topped off with a beige creamy head that sinks down but never leaves.
The aroma is hard to nail down. I'm picking up a lot of malty sweetness along with a earthy floral down in the dirt rotting fruit under the tree wiff.
The taste is sweet and malty. I do pick up on the oatmeal and it works real well in this brew. There is a citrus bitterness at the tail end that complements everything real well.
The mouthfeel is medium.
Overall a great brew. The oats work in this real well, and I hope more brewers pick up on this.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is a weak manilla color. The body looks to be a burnt amber color. Light lacing.

Mmm, pine, citrus bouquet with flowers. Liking this one.

Juicy malt and citrus up front. A little spice kicks in for the segue, mixing with a little grainy rye flavor. Then it's off to the pine and citrus.

Medium bodied. Dry finish

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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

These guys are up to some pretty neat stuff, this is one of their best I've had. It's a frothing dark amber beer, sweet from oats and caramel malt, full bodied and creamy, but hopped like a west coast IPA. Not enough red beer like this out there, it fills a void for me. A comfortable intense balance if gran and hops through the whole taste, minor tropical notes feel sweet with the malt, bigger pine resin and honey hop finish, a beautiful conclusion. It stays creamy even with the bitterness, thank the oats for that. It stays around just a few moments after the swallow, a really robustly flavored brew. Drinkable too though with nice carbonation and a unique enough hop complexion. This is really nice fall beer.

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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper colored body topped by a creamy khaki head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Caramel, oatmeal grain & floral nose.
T: Bread, oatmeal flavors end with a nice hoppy bitterness.
M: Smooth, creamy and balanced brew. Very drinkable.
O: A quite enjoyable beer that is equal parts hops and malt.

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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a brownish red with a nice cap of spongy off-white foam. Pretty good lacing and retention. Looks like a red should.

S: Nice hoppiness in the aroma. Sweet orange, sourish grapefruit, and a big dose of caramel malts behind.

T: Mellow piney and citrus hop fades into relatively strong red and caramel malts. Bit of a tangy lactic element as well. Mild acrid bitterness and a bit of toffee in the finish.

M: Nice thickness to the mouthfeel because of the oats, but way too undercarbonated. A bit of carbonation, but not nearly enough.

O: Much mellower in the hop dimension that the more well-known hoppy red ales. The mouthfeel also suffers from the lack of carbonation. Not bad, but not very good either.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 213 ratings