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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-15-2016

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Squire
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jp32
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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".

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Photo of DanGeo
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.26/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued grainy biscuit malt with a little fruit and chocolate.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with a little vegetable and chocolate and a big grassy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of dditto2
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, orange-tan in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, oats, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon. Hoppy and full bodied for the style. Solid and clean beer. I prefer other pales, but this is tasty.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK, forget about the oats for a minute...unless someone told you this was brewed with oats as an ingredient, I doubt you would pick up oats as a taste. Pours a deep gold, not-quite-orange color with a decent off-white head. I am a sucker for ales made with piney hops and this one hits a homerun for me in that department. Both aroma and taste dominated by hops with that distinctive pine that I love. Incredible amount of flavor from such a low ABV beer. Now about the oats...this beer is not what I would call full-bodied by any stretch but neither is as thin and watery as you might expect such a low-gravity beer to be. I am sure that is where the oats come in. Definitely more flavor and mouthfeel than Founders All Day. I love this beer!

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Photo of CBeer27
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a light sedimentary haze. There’s a half inch of lightly tan frothy foam on top. Light lacing. I smell oats and a hint of toasted almond. The taste is a nice balance of creamy and silky oats with just a touch of toasted almond. The mouth is very viscous and lightly creamy.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours bright amber gold filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles, forming a 1" off-white lacy head with fair retention.

S: It smells mostly of oats with traces of light toast or fresh bread crust. The hop aromas are mild with some grassy and tropical fruit notes.

T: It starts with oats and fruit - mostly tropical, citrus and berry. Fresh bread crust and oats provide the backbone. A mild bitterness emerges mid palate tempered by the oats and malt. It dries slightly on the finish with a slight tart note and lingering bitter fruit flavors. The beer is well rounded and nothing its out of place or out of balance.

F: silky and smooth with a medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, full flavored and vary satisfying.

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Photo of juicebox
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with some hints of citrus fruit. Citrus hop hints of orange, mango, grapefruit, and lemon along with some peach. Also some hints of grass and pine. Pale malt with hints of oats, caramel, cracker, grains, and rye along with yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon along with some peach. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Pale malt with notes of oats, cracker, caramel, grains, and rye with yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Pale Ale. Nice juicy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of DrKarl
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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