Tool Shed Papa Bam Bam’s Oatmeal Pale

Reviewed by on June 28, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 28, 2017

  • Best Before: born on June 1, 2017

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oatmeal Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Papa Bam Bam’s Oatmeal Pale is an ode to long-time Calgary homebrewer and homebrew shop owner Neil Bamford. Now I know who this guy is, as he’s always showing up on my ‘suggested’ Twitter feed.

This 355ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent frilly lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of orange and red grapefruit flesh, wet stone paths after a rainstorm, gritty and grainy caramel malt, further breakfast cereal notes, and some mild leafy, floral, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, cold oatmeal, generic grapefruit and lemon/lime peel, a small earthy flintiness, and more weedy, piney, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly low-key in its milquetoast frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and quite smooth, yet with a bit of hop acridity floating about, looking for a place to happen.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and citrusy elements carrying on like ’twas no big thing.

Overall, this is a very pleasant, hopped-up pale ale, with the venerable ol’ Cascade varietal showing that it still can bring the goods, while the oatmeal contributes the expected silkiness.  Tasty, easy to drink, and yes, highly sessionable for all yer patio needs this summer (at least until that early evening thunderstorm arrives…).

Brady White



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