Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale | Left Field Brewery

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Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown AleLeft Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Left Field Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oatmeal Brown Ale is inspired by the seldom thrown Eephus – a risky and unexpected high-arcing pitch that catches the batter off-guard. This American Brown Ale finds its sweet spot with dark, dried fruit aromas, a touch of bitterness and spicy woodiness, and a surprisingly creamy smooth taste.

35 IBU

Added by Sammy on 03-18-2013

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of woolerhillbilly
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atsir
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerboat
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed the heck out of this. Can't wait for LF to open their new brewery.

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Photo of Wajohnst
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeizenMike
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akdo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: This beer is like an English brown ale. It has no head due to the low carbonation, is pitch black and has a ruby low-end. Smell: The nose is partly reminiscent of dried raisins and roasted hops. Taste: The palate welcomes us with notes of dried raisins only for a short moment because of the nice presence of malts. Afterwards, it veers towards notes of roasted coffe grains. Feel: The beer's creaminess is well felt. Once you drink it, the beer takes some time to enter your windpipe and leaves its imprint in your mouth. Overall: Although this is not my favourite beer, the Eephus brings diversity to Ontario's craft beer scene dominated by IPAs, lagers and saisons.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jmanion
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; no bottling date. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear chestnut-brown colour with brilliant ruby red highlights. One finger of light beige-coloured froth is situated atop, which proceeds to wilt steadily over the next five minutes or so; a thick, creamy collar remains in place afterwards, accompanied by a messy ring of lacing and a soapy, bubbly cap on the surface. On the nose, I am getting notes of milk chocolate, molasses and toasted nuts, with suggestions of coffee, oatmeal and plums. The hops also come through with some earthy, herbal qualities.

An exquisitely well-balanced brown ale. The malts figure in strongly from the outset, including flavours of toasted nuts, toffee and oatmeal, accented with notes of roasted grains, cocoa and coffee. Hints of dark fruit mid-sip, which is where the tables start to turn and the hops really get a chance to strut their stuff thereafter. Moderately bitter, with earthy, herbal notes and perhaps a touch of pine; finishes with a malty, roasty aftertaste that fades within a few seconds. Medium-full in body, with light carbonation levels and a silky-smooth, generous mouthfeel, which is presumably thanks to the flaked oats. Ridiculously easy to knock back, unlike an actual eephus.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. Left Field's Eephus is a beauty of a brown ale, with its combination of nutty-sweet flavours, roasted malts and tempered hop bitterness proving to be genuine crowd-pleaser. The sinfully satisfying texture is merely gravy on top. I don't drink brown ales as much as I used to, but if I could find Eephus locally then you could bet yer ass I'd be back in line for more - and I'd encourage other BAs to sample this one too, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep and Dark. Smells too much like raisins and figs for mr palette. Overall tastes like it smells. Mouthful and body surprisingly light. Not too hoppy either. Nice malt notes throughout.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around that $3.00 mark or so. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high light brown head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Very dark brown colour and filtered clear.

S- Nice malt but has a touch of metallic scent to it.

T- Nice light roasted malt flavor. Nothing sticks out at you and it's a balanced brew. The oats are lost other than at touch of the expected bitterness

M- Bit creamy and dry at the end. Expected from this style.

O- Pleasurable brew. Nothing great but nothing offensive. Have a few for later as I do like oatmeal stouts. Wish I could find one with that thickness I crave.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with........ Grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with onions, tomatoes and butter on top the bread that crisps up nice and brown.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of darnzy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown with all the character you would expect. Flavour profile is loaded with cocoa and coffee notes, leafy green hops and toasted grains that linger on the finish. Smooth on the tongue and easily sessioned. Well done.

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Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dreamchaser
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Simon212
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eberesford
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense creamy persistant head over a dark brown, almost black dense body. Aroma toffee and dark fruit. Taste toffee, molasses, some toast. Hops unobtrusive good balance. Full mouth.

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Photo of Samallison
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

190ml serving at c'est what, toronto. oct 4 2015

a: dark brown, but ruby red when you hold it up to some light. nice tan head

s: pleasant aromas of faint milk chocolate, toasted nuts, light-to-medium roasted coffee

t: follows the nose, and has some kind of slight dark fruit acidity/tartness to it. very flavourful. pretty high bitterness for a brew of this strength, but still tolerable

m: really creamy stuff, the oats work heaps of wonder here. mild carbonation

o: a tasty brown ale that i would love to have more of in the future

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