Sorry about that title. I couldn’t come up with anything clever. “Not your great-grandfather’s Oatsmobile”, “An Oatsmobile that looks like a Mustang” … lame. Any way:
The folks at Bell’s Brewing in Michigan – you know, the Hopslam, Two Hearted Ale and Expedition Stout people – were kind enough to send us a sample of their new session pale ale, Oatsmobile Ale. Here’s what we thought.
First off, it’s not a session IPA. No pungent citrus aromas sprung from the glass. And Oatsmobile is a true session-strength beer. It’s well below the (arbitrary) 5% threshold.
The ale is a nice amber gold with a quickly dissipating cap of foam. A gentle breeze of pine and hay wafts up. The hops are in the fore, somewhat spicy and piney, before a soft malt body settles in. The body is surprisingly full for a 4% beer. It’s not full-bodied, but by no means watery. We have sampled plenty of session-strength beers with the viscosity of spring water. Oatsmobile isn’t one. It finishes with a bitterness that releases quickly.
While by no means earth-shattering, Oatsmobile is a very good session ale that doesn’t taste like a session ale. I can completely see this beer settling into a steady rotation of beer-thirty Fridays at the office.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of Bell’s Oatsmobile for review purposes from the brewery. I said it above, but it’s good to be thorough. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience with this beer. I was not financially compensated to review this beer, I chose to.