Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale | Left Field Brewery

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Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown AleLeft Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale

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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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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 50
Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 RobbieG
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown/black, solid one inch head with good retention.
Aroma: oats, straw
Flavour: toasty oats and bitter bur nt malt flavour, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: creamy, medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: very solid brown ale, not too complex but satisfying. Would buy again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bomber served cold into a Guinness Pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for about $7 CDN.

Appearance - big tan head with a finger and a half fluffy cap. Good retention and decent lacing around the glass.

Smell - oatmeal, with a slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Not a huge aroma but generally quite pleasant.

Taste - some oatmeal, traces of coffee and a general bitterness that is pervasive throughout the beer. Some vanilla and possibly caramel sweetness but really minor.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick, rather velvety and full bodied.

Overall - good beer, more of an oatmeal stout than a brown ale, but classification scruples aside, a good beer with enough oatmeal flavor to make this tasty.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first chance to taste something from this brewery. Pours darkbrown. I taste a little bit of smokiness, and this beer reminds me a lot of Wellington County Dark. I hope I can sample something else from Left Field soon.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 kevinlater
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of akdo
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 JPNesker
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eephus may be a funny sounding name stemming from an obscure baseball reference but the beer itself looks familiar and attractive; a handsome chestnut brown, certain angles can tease out flattering redwood highlights and reveal a clarity that some drinkers - those intimidated by darker beers - will find comforting. The lack of head, however, I find concerning.

I've ordered this beer on draft a number of times and recall a more crude, earthy, in-your-face hoppiness than what's present. Granted, this is the brewery's first foray into canning so it's expected that something may be lost in translation (I just wish it wasn't the hops!). Regardless, that deliciously nutty, lightly roasted maltiness is still there to entertain the nose and does as fine a job of it as ever.

Beers can be deceiving. You'd think a beer this dark in colour, one that smacks of coffee, chocolate and peanut skins, would be heavy on the palate. Not so. Eephus is a full, uncompromising, well-rounded beer but it's not that filling per se, much less thick or heavy like a stout. And for all its piny, mildly pungent hoppiness it doesn't have the lingering, pithy bitterness of an IPA either.

This is a beer that successfully blends the best of two worlds: rich, nutty malt and candied citrus, spruce-y hoppiness. Like how Schrödinger's cat may be simultaneously both alive and dead, one can call Eephus either a brown ale or an IPA. It's a classic case of Verschränkung - the qualities become entangled and it's impossible to describe one characteristic independent from the other.

In Ontario boldly hopped brown ales are as rare as the Eephus pitch after which this one's named. And while such a characterful, relatively bitter example of the style may catch mainstream drinkers off guard, I don't think it's a risky move. In fact, I applaud Left Field for not coming to market with another bland, all-too-common pale ale. May these guys continue to hit for a high average going forward.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown with a good sized beige head. Good retention.

Nose is fairly simple; malty sweetness. A bit faint.

Taste is malty, well balanced but on the sweet side. Slight coffee flavour. Nutty.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, good. A nice, easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good start to this brewery with this offering, had on tap at Bar Volo. brown coloured, an above average mouthfeel.The oatmeal and malt bill is consistent with a Samuel Smith. This is not the more edgy St. Ambroise, nor a hoppy American brown. Good drinkablity.

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