Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: Three Heads Brewing Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale

Hey, all! I just splurged a bit at the beverage store, so I'm bringing you a new review. First up this weekend is Three Heads' Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale. Me and this creamy, hoppy bugger have met before when I visited a Scottish pub in the city, so I was overjoyed when I saw it at the beverage store.

Loopy is a very well-balanced ale that maintains its complexity while being absolutely delicious and drinkable. So let's get right into the review!

Appearance: 4/5
Loopy is dark red in color and really cloudy. It's pretty much opaque. I like the way it looks, though, because you know it's going to be a darker beer, but not too dark. It could be that I did a bad pour, but there wasn't a ton of head.

Nose: 3/5
The aroma of Loopy isn't overbearing. It's faintly hoppy, and that's about it. I get a sense of the darker malts in the beer when I nose it, as well.

Taste: 5/5
Loopy comes on with a nice hoppy backbone from the Humulus Lupulus hops used in the ale. The malts come in much stronger, making the ale creamy and dark. There are hints of chocolate in it as well. It's very tasty.

Mouthfeel: 5/5
Loopy is creamy. It has a medium-to-full body that comes off as rather dark for a red ale. This is probably because of the rich oatmeal malt.

Finish: 4/5
Loopy finishes quite smooth, with no lingering aftertaste save for a faint chocolatey taste. It just wraps up so well.

Total Score: 87/100

Loopy is an absolute must, taste-wise. If you can get it on tap, all the better. I highly recommend this delicious beer, as the memory of it will probably stay with you as it has with me.


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