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Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale | Left Field Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
56 Ratings
Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown AleLeft Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Field Brewery
Ontario, Canada
leftfieldbrewery.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,242
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
56
pDev:
9.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 13
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.12/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of randallpink
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 yancot
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMBSH
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rukeli76
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NightINgale
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valianes
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from the lcbo for around $3.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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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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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Left Field Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale from Left Field Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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