Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale | Three Heads Brewing

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Loopy Oatmeal Red AleLoopy Oatmeal Red Ale

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by John on 01-10-2012

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Gate House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark red, slightly clear in spots. Tons of visible carbonation. 1 inch head settles quickly. Rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells very piney, with some tropical fruits (grapefruit mostly) pushing through. Some caramel malt is also present on the nose.

The taste is a explosion of flavor, and a pleasure to experience. Resinous, piney hop bite, with strong grapefruit. Tastes like I'm drinking liquid pine needles. The malt bill is interesting and plays nicely alongside the hops. Toasty, caramel malt backs up the hops and makes this a very full beer. Slightly spicy, almost pepper-like flavor on the back end, along with a highly enjoyable hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Making this an oatmeal red ale was a genius move- so smooth, and velvety on the tongue as you drink this one down. Beyond that, this is a very dry hoppy beer. Very drinkable.

3HB's best beer, IMO. I wish them the best, and hope more people get to experience their awesomeness.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark gold, dark honey color with minimal off-white head. lacing is left down the insode of the bottle!
tropical smell of hops prevalent, kind of sweet. almost honey-like. caramel malt, biscuit.
taste is like a typical red ale, but smooth and grainy. dry bitterness at the end. very bitter.
overall, decent, standard, different, but very drinkable and interesting.

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Photo of Hopsticles
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer. But it is also a great one if you give it a chance. I’ve tried it three times, once as a draft at a beer festival (admittedly a few beers in) and twice at home in a pint glass (poured from a bomber). Don’t expect a red ale. Don’t expect an IPA. But somewhere between them, this smooth, dry, and hoppy beer from Honeoye Falls brewer Three Heads managed to lift my spirits all three times I had it.

In appearance, it is, as the name suggests, dark amber, somewhat murky. There’s a two-finger head, but the lacing is not great (could be a function of my glasses).

Malty toasted scent. Hints of fruit sing a soft blues.

Taste: citrus notes (grapefruit, orange), good mouth feel; thick, full; just a bit thinner than a cask ale. This is a very smooth beer, thanks to the oats.

Long finish with the sweet oats but a longer flavor of fruit – the fruit prevails.

Like an IPA made love to oatmeal stout. Its child is full of strangeness but also a Lynchian beauty. Agent Dale Cooper would call it a “damn fine red ale.”

A suggestion of bitterness comes with the carbonization.

Bomber not the best vehicle for beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours an amber/ruby red, nice and clear, with a soapy white froth.

SMELL: A fine smelling beer, with some fruity yeast, grapefruit and floral notes.

TASTE: Caramel malty flavor upfront followed by a citrusy hop burst. Drinks like a nice hoppy red ale, with the oatmeal lending a smoothness to the medium bodied feel. Some roasted malt flavor as well as a fair amount of bitterness. Pretty solid little beer.

OVERALL: For the style, this is very good. Could have quite a few of these.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Heads Loopy is a very clear, sparkling copper ale with a thick, lumpy, off white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a hoppy, grassy aroma with a resiny sweetness. It's medium bodied, a little chalky at the finish. It has good balance. It's pretty bitter, but appropriately so. There's just a very slight hint of sweetness. It tastes grassy, fruity and it seems just a touch roasty. The aftertaste is long and bitter. The oatmeal adds mostly a texture to it. Interesting idea. It's a stand-up red ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy dark reddish orange brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven skim, with lasting lace. Aroma is fruity malt sweetness.

Taste is sweet to start, goes juicy citrus in the middle, balancing with a medium bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with excellent body provided by the oatmeal, and drinkability is great. This is one I would look for again.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured amber brown in color with s slight reddish hue to it. A creamy, frothy head filled the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of bright, juicy hops to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine. I get some rich malty notes and a little bit of the oats coming out from behind the hoppiness as well. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste has a little more of the maltiness coming through with some notes of caramel and toffee. The hops still play a pretty big role though, adding more grapefruit, pine and some citrus rind bitterness in the finish. I get just a hint of the oats as well.

The mouthfeel has a real nice creaminess thanks to the oats. I love the feel oats give to beer and this one is no exception. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. It was very flavorful and drinkable with a very nice hop presence to it. I loved what the oats contributed as well. Very solid beer of the style with enough uniqueness to also set it apart.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a nice hazy reddish brown color with a one finger tan head. Looks nice.

S. Sweet malts, a faint celery aroma and caramel full the nose.

T. Nice sweet malts with a little bitterness from hops. A sweet brown sugar type flavor comes through. Finishes with some hop resin, green leafy flavor.

M. Light to medium body. 4 on a 1-10 scale. Nice carbonation.

O. A nice take on a different beer. Definitely had some unique characteristics. It is enjoyable though.

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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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed at Custom BrewCrafters in NY, at least they put it out there unlike another well known NYC canned brewery. This beer looks amazing glowing amber with a huge off white milkshake texture cloudy head, the oatmeal additions add enough protein that I could probably float a dime on it. No freshness coding or dates seen on the bottle, that stinks. Let's smell the brew, bright citrus notes, bready malts it's smelling great no signs of hops that are past their prime time to take a sip and dive into the milkshake texture foam. Earthy, bitter edges blend into a citric hop note, slightly medicinal tree bark notes. I can't pinpoint the oatmeal, but there's a complex wave of amber hued malts and big hops in the backend. The more sips you take the more the complexity comes out what a great smelling/tasting beer, well made impressive beyond tap versions of their other beers I've had like the Kind IPA and Rochestafarian Scotch Ale. Shows major promise and keep the trippy psychedelic artwork, definitely inspired by Salvador Dali with the pink elephant riding the big hand on the clock, big hop bud with a tie dye sunset in the background. The big Loopy hop bud with bloodshot eyes, wow this is a beer label. Unfiltered semi cloudy beer in the bottle to boot. Bitterness comes in waves, earthy bitter citric notes with herbal tea malt notes, semi sweet finishes with heavy hop accents, mouthfeel is slightly resinous and the texture is kicked up a notch with the oatmeal additions. Carbonation is creamy smooth textures are wonderful and glide on the palate, overall a very impressive offering even if my review was a bit scattered...to get to the point I like this one.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stella tulip glass. I've never had an Oatmeal Red Ale before, so was too curious and had to give this bugger a try.

AP: Medium amber colour with soft red hues. Can see the shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass, so it's not thick or hazy. 3/4" fluffy white head that dissipates down to 1/4" with solid lacing on the glass.
AR: Toasted bread and caramel up front with sweet citrusy hops right behind. Good opening aromas on this. Getting a little sticky toffee as well. The hops are orange mostly with pink grapefruit and lemon along with resiny pine. I'm digging the aroma on this.
T: The malt tastes match the aroma with toast and caramel, but I also get stone ground cracker as well. While the orange aroma was strongest, in the flavour the grapefruit is the main player, though the orange is right behind it. The pine also comes into play to mix with the citrus and malts. In between the initial malt flavours and hops I get a hint of oatmeal cookie, nothing sweet but I it reminds me of the taste of oatmeal cookie.
M: The oatmeal does add a little body to this, but not much as it's medium bodied at best. It does add a smoothness and creaminess though that's enjoyable. Moderately carbonated and a slightly dry finish.
OV: This is an interesting brew and worth a try. Nice aromas, solid flavours and a decent mouthfeel. I would have this again, it's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Red Ale. Nice and hoppy. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reddish amber color. A hard pour provides a big frothy off white head. Head retention is good and there are thick bands of lacing.

Very good hoppy aroma. Floral and citrus hops.

Taste is good as well. Plenty of hops bitterness. The citrus comes through more than the floral. There is a balancing sweet caramel malt presence too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich.

Overall this is a fine Amber/Red Ale.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a mildly hazy brownish color with a bit of white lacing.

Smells of mild rye, citrus hops and pine.

Piney hop bitter and floral with some hemp character from the rye.

Medium body with a mild carbonation.

A good interesting ale, different, with a welcome rye character that makes it unique and worth trying.

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Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy amber with a finger of dense khaki head, patches of compact lacing.
S - Very interesting, lots goin on here, some big sweet malts, a little toasted oatmeal, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, some mixed herbs.
T - Incredibly complex flavor, Lots of sweet caramel malt up front, some slight orange, papaya, then you get a big toasted oatmeal and bread flavor, some of that pineapple mid way, a touch of mint which is kinda surprising. Just lots of flavor packed into this.
M - As this has warmed up its gotten better, but its still incredibly soapy and bitter, a tad chewy.
O - Love the aroma and taste on this one, and from an unlikely brewery. I've had a few 3HB beers so far and havent been impressed, but I really like the complexity and bold brewing in this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $3.19 for the single from Halftime beverage.

A - Wow explosive carbonation on this one a solid 2+ inches of head slightly opaque in color. Beer is a slightly hazy brown bear color fed by a ton of carbonation bubbles.
S - Slightly hoppy malts more citrus in the bottle neck than in the glass. Has a distinct spicy malt smell which I assume is from the oatmeal. Not as spicy as rye but fairly strong.
T - Well at 64 IBU's it does have a fairly strong hop bite which is quickly taken over by some smooth malts which is pretty excellent it does a great job in cutting the hop bitterness edge. Finish has an almost minty hop profile I have not experienced much. Great experimental.
M - Bold drink has a solid medium body. Somewhat session able.

Overall I have never had such a minty hop tasting beverage before. Worth picking up and I may try their future stuff if they continue to bottle 12oz bottles of their 22oz offerings.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber color with 2 full fingers of fluffy off white head creating a ton of lacing. smell is of herbal tea like hops, lots of caramel malt. the flavor is much like the scent, except a lot hoppier and tastier.. grassy herbal hops, tons of caramel malt.. delicious and nicely balanced. creamy silky smooth mouthfeel like a stout, medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation. wouldn't really say it was worth the $10 price tag, by far, but i wanted to try i and it's nice to drink something different.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Deep red hue; clear, showy lacing

SMELL: Dank, hop resin, piney, spicy, caramel, roses, slightly sweet, chicory, citrus zest

TASTE: Medium body, smooth, slightly creamy, hop bitterness, juicy, resin, buckwheat honey, blood oranges, grassy, bready, toast, figgy; bitter, semidry finish

All the time, this beer spouts off its hoppiness, but we think the real show is the malt backbone that’s able to hold up against such an intricate hoppiness. Very tasty and sessionable regardless of the size, this brew elevates the fun in drinking beer. Good to see someone realized that oats don’t just have to go into Stouts.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oatmeal amber? Yes, loopy indeed.

With the oatmeal clearly labeled on this one, I think I was expecting a more robust brew. It is certainly full bodied enough to keep me happy, but it's quite easy to drink overall. Clear earthy character with a mild fruity tone that I find most ambers hold. Consistent flavor profile. I can dig it.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of palma
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not too appetizing murky brown red color body. Dirty water looking. Floating yeast particles. Nice initial head though.

Unique aroma. Hoppy, chocolately, roasty, fruity all at once. good mix. Molassas. Interesting.

Also a unique tasting beer. Mild, medium hoppiness at the start. English hop profile comes thorough although im pretty sure american hops are used. Probably due to the nice malt character playing with the hops here. More malt towards the middle. Cocoa. Some plum. Somewhat fruity on the palate. Pithy, semi-dry finish but juicy. Great complexity yet there is a homebrew quality to this beer. Might just be the experimental-like nature of an oatmeal red IPA mix.

Great mouthfeel. Remarkably smooth and velvety (agree with brewer) for a red ale. Doesnt look it but feels nice.

A very good tasting and interesting beer. One that I would be willing to come back to. The sewer water appearance is a detriment. Would be a great beer if they filtered it a bit.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a small layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a dark amber/crimson color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Hops are pretty dominant in this beer. Floral, spicy, and citrus hops all followed by caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Whoa!!!! Major hop bomb is leaving some chalky and tingling bitterness in the back of the mouth. The oatmeal, chocolate, and caramel malts are hidden by the amount of hops. It's too bad because this beer starts off good.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, somewhat smooth, tingling bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This hop bomb is nice, but too much. I like it, but have been drinking it slowly die to the hoppy chalky and bitterness in the mouth. Not sure if I will revisit this one again due to its drinkability.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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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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.

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Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale from Three Heads Brewing
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