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 blackie
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the grocery into a nonic pint, the beer itself is a ruby brown in color with a nice off-white head. The nose opens with juicy citrus hops through a malty foundation of caramel and toasted, fruity red malt. Medium in body with a nice oaty creaminess, moderately carbonated. The palate, similarly, features a moderately sweet start and notes of red malt and caramel cleaning up nicely amongst citrus and pine hops, imparting a lingering, balancing bitterness to the finish. This one turned out better than expected, worth a buy but not really a repeat.

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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 WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy brown with a hint of orange. Very thin white head, minimal lacing. Some minor carbonation bubbles in the center.

S: Some earthy hop scents, pine resin, and a hint of citrus.

T: At first I get rich pine flavors and frontal bitterness.Some bread crust in the back of the palate. Not as much malt flavor as I'd like from an American Amber. This beer is very hop forward, but neglects to push the malt flavor along with the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. There's a bitter bite, but it's not abrasive. It feels like there's enough carbonation to keep flavors moving along the palate.

O: Overall I felt like it was a rather mediocre beer. For hop lovers, I feel that they would enjoy this beer. It has a wealth of hop flavor, and to the beer's credit the label does emphasize this. For amber lovers or beer lovers who enjoy a little more malt flavor, I feel they would feel et down. On a side note, I'm not sure what was gained from the oatmeal in this beer. It didn't taste exceptionally smooth.

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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 Maximusmaximus
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. Head builds to about 1cm thickness and is comprised of small tight bubbles which produce a nice frothy foam that leaves a modest amount of lacing on the glass. Carbonation settles to nearly nothing after the initial pour. Less than 1 cm of head remains throughout the experience. (2.5)

S: The sweetness of caramel hits the nose laced with a pleasant, metallic subtleness that is neither aggressive nor submissive, but rather sublime. (3.25)

T: Quick upon the tongue is the sweetness promised by the aroma; however this caramel comes with a bit of a sting to it. The sweetness of caramel is quickly overcome by a mild bitterness with a hint of pepper that lingers just long enough to tingle the wings of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. (3.75)

M: Mild carbonation and a thick body work together to produce a viscous and velvety experience. (4.0)

O: While not necessarily an impressive pour, this beer is nice in all the other right ways. Neither over the top nor understated, it is a fine addition to the always expanding Red Ale category. (3.75)

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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 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 thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber color to the beer. A draft overpour left me with pretty much no head. Small lip of foam that barely fits in the glass. A little hazy. I can say that the lacing is damn pretty.

Your usual medley of grapefruit and pine hops. This beer features some toasty malts, barley grain, and an aroma of caramel sweetness.

Follows the nose. Citrusy hops, pine, earth. Some herbaceous qualities that are slight. Dry toffee. Grapefruit. Very mild, yet notably tasty.

Oatmeal at work. Lots of chewy dextrins. Alcohol reminds you that this beer is at IPA strength.

Decent. Won't miss it when I have to chug the bottom half of my glass back so that I can dip out, but I'm glad I had one.

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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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can a body be both bright and hazy at he same time? That's how the red orange body of this looks to me. Two plus fingers of level off-white tight foam. Lace is completely coating the glass.

Aroma is citrus, pine, and caramel, but it is very subdued.

Thick solid caramel foundation. Some juicy fruit. A huge bitter bite. Pine finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel, no doubt due to the oatmeal.

Expected more juiciness. Maybe the oatmeal takes the edge off.

Overall a good beer, well worth trying. Similar to Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster.

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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 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 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 BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops and toasted and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that it is a little maltier and has some hints of malty sweetness along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oatmeal makes the mouthfeel nice and smooth, but apart from this nothing really stands out in the taste or the smell of this beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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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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 JoeyBeerBelly
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle (no dating) served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown with a thin beige head that thinned to a ring in a minute or two.

S - aspirin and dirt.

T - I never ate dirt but it did taste kind of like a orange flavored baby aspirin.

F - medium bodied with a flat feel.

O - I don't know how old the bottle I had was but what I had wasn't a very good beer.

I'll change my review if I get a fresh sample.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this at my local bottle shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Pretty good amber ale from a brewery that I had never heard of.

Pours an expected amber/red color, somewhat fizzy but clean looking.

Pretty well balanced aroma of hops, malt and yeast. Very much like the better beers in the style.

Flavor was also good and typical for the style. Well crafted and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick head, but a half circle film o' foam ratians. Decent bubbling, but nice ruby and copper color.

Sweet, fruity yeast/malt mix in the forefront of the nose. Add to the softer fruitiness some bitter orange peel and tropical fruit aromas.

Nice bitter tropical fruitiness and te oatmeal and toasted barley malt add a sweet bread flavor to this bittersweet fruity, hoppy brew. The finish is almost tinny in its citric zest bitterness. Palate is chewy, metallic, and bitter. This beer is worth a try. Very interesting.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Wegmans in Syracuse. I'll agree with the brewery's description, this beer does indeed have velvety malts. The deep, dark bread and caramel aroma and taste remind me a big of a scotch ale. The finish, while not hugely hoppy, does have balanced (against the malts) juicy citrus bite with a little spice to it. Red ales are mostly unremarkable, but this is a fine example of the style. Definitely worth a try if you're into reds.

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