Oatsmobile Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #970
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,006
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 10.75%
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
498
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 06, 2022
Added:
Feb 15, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  152
SCORE
84
Good
Oatsmobile AleOatsmobile Ale
Notes: Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse.

This hop-forward session American Pale Ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Ekuanot™ (formerly Equinox) and Glacier, for a pungent blend of peach, mango and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient - oats - are what makes Oatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other sessionable pale ales.
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Rated: 4 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 04, 2021
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2016 notes:

Bell's Oatsmobile. Final bottle from a six-pack, the other 5 long gone. Been putting this off. Far too long. Session Pale Ale brewed with oats. Brewed and bottled by Bell's Brewery, Comstock, MI.

Hazy, golden-hued, slim ivory head atop.

Big citrus-y nose, nicely hopped, malt lurks below.

In the mouth: Smooth, malty, toasty and tasty. Citrus-y hop flavors continue on the palate, easy-drinker, nice and lean and clean. Many pleasures to be had in this one. I'll have another, thanks. (Oh, wait. Oops.)
Jul 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had it on tap in a shaker pint glass. Clear yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. Floral smell with lemon. Lemon flavor is fairly strong in the tase. A bit grassy and citrusy. Decent beer.
Aug 17, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purchased from a local bottle shop on 7/2/16. Consumed 8/12/16.

A: Hazy gold with good carbonation sensation. Forms a thin white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty foam.

S: Dank, grassy, and citrus rind. A touch of skunked aroma as well over the cracker malts.

T: Grassy and citrus rind hops. Brassy bready malts, and a minerally hard water. Some noble hop vegetal and herbal as well. I swear there’s still a bit of skunk here too. Mildly bitter in the hang.

M: Average heft to the body. Carbonation sensation on the low side of average. Low alcohol presence.

O: Really not very good. I’m not certain if this bottle is "off", but it's been refrigerated and not exposed to light since I’ve had it. And I don’t think it’s old. Very disappointing, though it stops short of seeming undrinkable.
Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 4/7/16; drank 5/7/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Orange citrus, cream & raw oat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Cream & mild orange citrus flavors up front; dry oat notes on the finish.

Creamy with faint citrus notes, this is interesting but ultimately more of a curio than a good beer. One's enough forever, but in a pinch it won't offend anyone.
Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 07, 2019
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Rated by Nass from Florida

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
This is sort of nasty tasting, im guessing that oats & pale ales are not a good mix well at least not in this beer. Cheers! C-
Mar 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by Mikecd234 from Michigan

Mar 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Muss42 from Michigan

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.4 by csnyder83 from Maryland

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pour was yellowish, small head. Grainy aroma. Lots of caramel malt and British style biscuit hops. Not very memorable. Won't be buying this again, in a world of such better choices.
Oct 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

Aug 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
On tap at Das Biergarten. Hazy orange. Smells of orange and fruity hops, oats, and a faint sweetness. Tastes of orange hops with a strong fruitiness behind it to the point of acidity. Oats and soft grain with low bitterness. Medium light. Drops off in the back end. Good and easy to drink, though not very dynamic.
Aug 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi

Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.55 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by Jcbroome from Florida

May 30, 2018
 
Rated: 2.58 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

Apr 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.65 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Apr 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by EN27 from North Carolina

Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.29 by Paul_Apsley from Michigan

Mar 26, 2018
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Rated by parose from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Bell's Best creation yet...
Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by kds2437 from Texas

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I love that Larry Bell is deigning to CAN more of his beers in support of The CANQuest (tm)! I have been a fan ever since he first began distro in PA almost twenty (20) years ago & I met him for the first time at the State College Brew Expo. He brought embroidered cloth patches at my request & gave a great lecture, which I listened to with rapt attention. I was in attendance at the GTMW when Larry Bell's Circus got a little over the top & he, as the Ringmaster, began lightly whipping the Tattooed Lady (one of his employees in a bikini who was festooned with rub-on tattoos) as she scampered around on all fours. It was when she assumed a rampant position atop an overturned metal tub, ala a lion or tiger, that the organizers finally reached critical mass & put a stop to it. Ha! My next semi-encounter was a late-night break-in at the General Store during my visit to the Eccentric Café to garner more patches. Shhh.

From the CAN: "Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing, Happy-Go-Lucky. Full-Bodied. And We're Not Just Talking About The Horse." Ha!

It's CAN Crack!in' Time (with apologies to Ben Grimm)! Fresh CAN + big glass = inverted Glug. My ex-Old Lady kinda made me swear off of an inverted Glug because she was a) scandalized & b) she was afraid of the potential for a big mess. Eh. I CAN do it every once in a while - just not at the end of a long day of drinking nor when a large enough glass is not available. In this instCANce, it rose up with a mighty three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention that left loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to drop by for a taste. Nose smelled like apricot scones - biscuit malt meets fruity hops! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but really slick & silky on the tongue. Hello, oats! The taste was peaches, apricots, pears and biscuits or scones. Better yet, biscotti from Enrico's in Pixburgh's Strip District! Finish was dry, more biscuity than fruity, although I still got plenty of fruit flavors remaining well past the swallow. The problem occurs when I have to rate to style. The hallmark of an APA is SNPA & this was not that. It lacked bitterness, for one thing, plus the low ABV left me unfulfilled. Sorry.
Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 1.75 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
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Reviewed by ribby from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am always interested in high taste, lower alcohol beers. Bell's has a lot of interesting possibilities. Third coast is almost 5%, Oarsman is a bit on the sour side at 4%, and this is a 4.3% pale ale. Lager of the Lakes might join these three. A head to head with Third coast would be a good idea. The color is a slightly cloudy amber, on the yellowish side. This is on the hoppy side, of a fresh, citrusy character. This also has a decent creamy head. I would probably bumped the rating up a bit if it was summer when I was writing this review. Still, of the these three this is the number one choice for me. I will probably rotate these three this summer.

I retasted vs New Holland Xtra Time and Founder's Solid Gold. This is the best by a hair over Xtra Time. For a sub 4.5 summer session, this will be hard to beat. I haven't seen Oarsman yet this year...
Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by VaporDome from New York

Jan 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.07 by brewtalthrone from Ohio

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
Oatsmobile Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 657 ratings