Wayward Oatis was original a GABS beer but such was its popularity, particularly among the brewery’s locals, that it pops up again from time to time.
Golden Oatmeal IPA
It’s probably worth starting by describing what Oatis is. It’s an IPA but an IPA with a difference. It’s brewed with oats, making it a golden oatmeal IPA. Perfect for breakfast then.
The golden liquid has a remarkable clarity. On top of it sits a sudsy and effervescent head. It has quite a bit of life to it.
Aromas of stone fruit are evident from the first pour but become more obvious after a few sips. Sweet, dried apricot flavours dance on the tongue before a solid grapefruit bite and bitter citrus pith linger into a zesty aftertaste.
The oats in the grain bill add a soft and creamy mouthfeel as well as a definite bite to the liquid. It has a satisfying body and this combination of sensations provides a real point of difference when compared to other IPAs out there.
Balanced And Pleasant
Balance is key to this beer. The bitterness is restrained and there’s just the tiniest touch of toasted malt sweetness. There’s enough alcohol to make it pleasant to drink but not so much that it’s in your face.
The elements converge into a steadily drying finish. It culminates in a delightful bittersweet pop on the palate which entices you back for more. It’s a quaffable IPA.
In some quarters Oatis is referred to as a breakfast beer because of the addition of oats. You could indeed pair this with a hangover-curing bacon sandwich but it’d also go pretty well with spicy soft shell crab tacos.
From: Camperdown, NSW
Beer style: Oatmeal IPA
Pair with: Spicy soft shell crab tacos
Have you tried Wayward Oatis? Maybe you had it at GABS in 2015, or perhaps at the brewery in Camperdown. Leave a comment and share your experience.