Things I really like doing: day drinking. Things I don’t like: rain. It has been raining almost every day for about two weeks now in not-so-sunny Pennsylvania. On my first free Saturday in almost a month, all I wanted to do was some patio day drinking. But, guess what? Rain again! So, indoors I find myself wishing the sun would grace us with her presence, but finding no satisfaction is my desire of vitamin D. When trapped indoors of a rainy Saturday, vinyl commences.
I received Bell’s Oatsmobile in a press kit a little bit ago, and just haven’t gotten around to drinking it yet. It’s labeled a ‘session pale ale’ and with a long day of nothing ahead of me, I voted to open one and get this party started.
There was something about the horse on all of the branding of Oatsmobile that made me want to listen to America. I don’t know if it was the open plains behind the beautiful beast or the rustic feel of the label, but something drew me to pull America, Live at The Greek July 24, 1977 0ff of the shelf and give it a listen.
As Ventura Highway cracked and sang out of the speakers, I dove in to the flavors I found in my glass. I like to call this a unoffensive approachable style of beer. Aroma: oats, citrus. Mouthfeel: soft, easy to palate. Taste: a little slight bitter hop flavor up front quickly fades to biscuity malts coupled with a grassy, yet citrus-y almost peach-like hop flavor. Finish is short, doesn’t linger on the palate. It’s a beautiful beer with thick, creamy head, it’s a lovely and hazy honey-amber color, and demonstrates delicate lacing as you drink. It’s incredibly easy to drink the whole way through.
While I’m famous for saying “I don’t have time for session beers,” I was happy to try this one out. The oats really help give it a little extra body compared to many ‘session’ beers on the market. It was perfect for the occasion at hand, and I can definitely see myself drinking this brew again.
Oatsmobile is Bell’s first new year-round offering since 2010. Bell’s describes it as “Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied.” and I agree!
- Style: Session Pale Ale
- ABV: 4.3%
- Availability: year round 12 oz bottles and draft