Bridgeport Stumptown Oatmeal Red AleJanuary 22, 2017
Mount Hood hops give this red ale a distinctively retro (in a good way) citrus and herb aroma, and the flavors follow suit. The use of darker malts lends the beer not only a rich amber color but also provides a toasty character and a touch of caramel, both of which support the relatively assertive hop profile. Flaked oatmeal meant to create a smooth, silky texture can be detected in the mouthfeel, especially on the lips when the liquid meets the mouth. But the beer’s sturdy effervescence overshadows the oatmeal’s efforts. A tasty beer, nonetheless.Lisa Morrison has been writing about beer for nearly 20 years. She also owns Belmont Station, a well-known bottle shop and taproom in Portland, Oregon.
I have to admit that I had barely realized that Stumptown is an actual place and not just a hipster coffee brand. Once I abandoned my java dreams, things improved. A deep reddish amber beer with a light beige head. A hop nose reminiscent of distilled orange and lemon oils. A low-key bitterness. The beer’s color is red to the eye, yet not to the tongue. A fuzzy finish. This is a pleasant beer if unassertive. It did put me in mind of some Nashville hot chicken and cornbread, which is always a fine thing.Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster's Table and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.