Date sampled: Feb 10, 2014
Format: 16 oz. can
Where we found it: Metropolitan Market, Sand Point Location, Seattle
And then…I was sorely disappointed. As far at the oatmeal part of this beer is concerned, I found it hard to detect its presence at all - the mouthfeel of this pale ale is pretty standard for the style. And the flavor leaves much to be desired. The spiciness from the hops (mainly Amarillo) is interesting but it completely overpowers the beer. Combine this with an impressively long-lasting metallic linger and you’ve got one beer I think most people would do well to steer clear of. The only reason I felt compelled to give this beer a touch more than one star is that there is a distinct earthy spiciness (perhaps, in part, a result of the elusive oatmeal?) that comes through for just a moment, right before the metallic linger, that is really pleasing. It’s just too bad that flavor is so fleeting.
Megan, my father, and I all sampled this beer at the same time and the reactions were pretty unanimous. Three thumbs down.
Stats: 5.2% ABV / 49 IBU