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

Oatsmobile AleOatsmobile Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,557
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,020
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 10.64%
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
653
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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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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Reviews by GRPunk:
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle sans the traditional batch number. $1.79 at Copper Vine. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A normal pour creates 1-finger worth of dense, off-white head. The body is a clean, golden color with just the slightest haze. There's medium-light carbonation. The head drops to a thin, full covering foam and leaves awesome sticky rings on the glass.

S- Seems clean and fresh. A lot like a traditional American pale ale (just on the hoppy side). A solid dose of grapefruit and a touch of pineapple and other tropical fruits. A slightly sweet, bready malt backbone (think Hawaiian bread). Hints of something a little spicy, maybe like rye as well.

T- Hmm. Not as powerful as the aroma would let on. Grapefruit hops kind of dominate, along with a medicinal type of flavor that reminds me of chewing an aspirin. Clean finish. I think in keeping it at 4.3% abv, it's just missing that malt backbone I like in a hoppy brew.

M- Rather dry. Medium-light body is just short of thin with a good, hoppy bite.

O- Glad I tried this new offering from Bell's. That said, I don't think I'll be purchasing this in quantity. Don't get me wrong. It's a solid beer and I'm not going to turn one down. It just doesn't check enough boxes for me. I'd be more likely to grab their regular Pale Ale.

Apr 17, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great looking head and lacing, I am sure the oats had a lot to do with that. Deep amber hue. Aromas of cold cereal and mild citrusy piney minty hops. Grainy and smooth, the body is obviously built up from the oat but still comes across a little big light, fluffy, and crisp. Rustic crackers, dried grass. Ample hop bitterness with the hop flavor making more of a stamp on the taste buds. Not of the norm, quite the session ale here.

Jun 16, 2016
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SailIntoTheStout from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not going to go into major details here, but I loved it. As much as I love Bell's, their Midwestern Pale Ale wasn't doing it for me, so I was really looking forward to another Bell's shot at a pale ale. This one is much better, full bodied with a solid flavor. It's a very solid beer overall. I would love to sit by the campfire and drink a few of these with friends.

Apr 10, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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jp32 from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/copper in color with slightly more haze to it than I was expecting. Decent foam and lacings. It has a hop-forward flavor. Herbal, earthy, grassy hops with subtle hints of citrus. It's balanced nicely by the malts (and possibly the oats). Great mouthfeel. This was a pleasant session beer to drink. If I could score this in a 12-pack or 15-pack of cans at a good price, it would have immediate potential to become my "go-to beer".

Jul 23, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful shiny copper colored ale with a thick white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is of bright, spicy hops covering rich malt. The hops carry a darker shade of the spectrum while remaining in sharp focus. Malt is light caramel that comes across as clean rather than sweet. Hard to say which comes first, malt or hops, as they appear to be blended together so well.

Taste is tasty. Hops are present from start to finish but they work with the malt rather than disguising it with a hop tang. Finish is clean, crisp and leaves a mildly flavorful hot note in the aftertaste. The whole displays a complexity that falls seamlessly together so well it makes the effort appear effortless.

Body is medium-full with a rounded character that shows no sharp edges.

Overall this is a very well balanced brew that touches all the bases.

Aug 20, 2016
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ThemThangs from California

3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells crisp and refreshing. Theres a scent in here I cant quite describe that I have gotten out of other oatmeal beers before. Taste is somewhat sweet and gets hoppy on the tail end of the sip. There is something else going on in the background that I am assuming is from the oats. Maybe some citrusy notes as well? Not bad. Taste lingers in the mouth for quite some time after drinking.

Oct 07, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pineapple. Taste is citrus, bitter, not getting much oats in the taste or aroma. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, it's easy drinking, but a mediocre beer.

Sep 09, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love all the Bell's stuff that I have tried. Got this one on tap while dining and loved the rich dark mellow taste. Very smooth and creamy. I knew it would be good.

Mar 29, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 4/7/16.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

May 15, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 4/2/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a very nice session pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and flavorful to drink for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 17, 2016
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jagada from Pennsylvania

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

May 07, 2016
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MGoeltz from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 22, 2016
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Bdel34 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aug 15, 2016
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MJ64 from Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 27, 2017
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RodSmith from District of Columbia

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

Nothing sweet here. A tart, unusual, and entirely successful low abv ale.

Sep 26, 2017
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chuckgietzen from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 09, 2016
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 08, 2016
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Beerhemoth from Illinois

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

Apr 13, 2017
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 07, 2016
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harryhops from Delaware

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 03, 2016
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Whiskeydeez from Kansas

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

May 23, 2016
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Timc32 from Michigan

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

Mar 02, 2017
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Hyhat from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 20, 2016
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with a fluffy two finger white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, with apricot and peach leading the way. Taste follows with tropical fruits, bread dough/baking bread, slight hop bitterness, and earth. Mouthfeel is super creamy from the oats, but still enough carbonation to scrub the palate. Overall, this is a pretty good session pale ale, and although let's just drop the session name here and call it a pale ale.

Jun 23, 2016
Oatsmobile Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 653 ratings