I was listening to Craft Beer Radio’s recordings of the Savor conference in Washington DC last month and heard the concept of an oatmeal IPA during a salon led by “Dr.” Bill Sysak. I wanted to try a completely random recipe using ~10% of flaked oats to see what would happen, and the following paragraphs contain the results.
Even though the name was already taken, I decided to call this recipe Stay on Target due to the use of Target hops and the somewhat meandering collection of recipe components. Maris Otter malt and Golden Light LME contribute some extra caramel-y richness, and CTZ, Target, and Glacier hops bring the IBU’s to ~67. Unfortunately, the supply store didn’t have a suitable American Ale yeast (everyone seemed to be brewing that weekend) so I hoped for good results from Wyeast #1275 Thames Valley Ale.
The resulting beer is brilliantly clear with an appealing orange-bronze color. A juicy aroma is clearly present, though I need more practice to identify the specific fruit. Taste is spicy from the oats with a distinct bitter bite that isn’t too overwhelming. Though, the synergy of ingredients seems lacking in some way. I thought the oats and hops would make the resulting beer pour quite foamy with good head retention, which wasn’t the case. An interesting experiment to say the least, and something I’ll need to tweak a bit in the future to get everything working.