Pride Of Oxford - Oxfordshire Ales
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United Kingdom (England)
3.45/5 rDev +5.8%
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, at 5%abv.; BB 29/08/2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a dark golden hue with light haze, coming with very light fizziness and a short-lived fluffy white head.
S: the nose is quite acidic upfront, like some oxidised pears mixed with a slice of old lemon… after the beer breathes for a while, the sharper edge subsides, revealing an nectar-like sourness. Malts all in all are secondary at best on the nose, occasionally hinting at honey-ish notes typical of pale malts in many light coloured British ales.
T: a lightly carbonated swallow of bitter-sweet, floral malts is followed by a decent aftertaste of fruity bitterness with a touch of citrus fruits and some more earthy elements of English hops, leaving a rather impressive, deepening flow of bitterness down the sides of the tongue. The lingering bitterness balances off an intriguing sense of alc. warmth which is unusually vivid for an ale at this abv.
M&D: lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, delicious golden ale reminiscent of a lesser version of the Summer Lightning, this is a beer that I would imagine to be a bliss when served on cask, as in this bottle the aroma has gone somewhat wrong, maybe compromised by the sediments or some sort? I’d love to try the cask version, for sure.
10-27-2012 18:14:00 | More by wl0307
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
500ml bottle, 4.2%abv, with a 168 stamped on the back side of the label.
It pours a hazy light gold with a huge head of foam despite it being served cold. Extreme bubble activity for the first minute or so and then it calms down a bit.
The smell is a mix of bready malt and a citrus bitterness.
The taste is more of a delicate biscuit than bread that tastes fine with the nice mild citrus bitterness. It *can* remind one of a better Euro Lager but I'm happy with it and with the lowish abv, this will go down rather easily.
The mouthfeel is kind of different; with all of the bubble activity and the massive head of foam, I thought it would be over carbonated but in reality, it's rather light with the CO2.
I like this and I'm going to recommend to my retailer friend to pick up some more as I got this and the Marsh-Mellow free and he was using me as his "guinea pig" to see what I thought of them. ;^)
03-23-2012 23:00:31 | More by Bitterbill
3.68/5 rDev +12.9%
Picked up a bottle for $2 at Princeton Liquors. It poured a slightly hazy gold with a white head. The aroma has a mix of bready malt and mild English yeast - a slight candy, Ringwood like note. The flavor adds a kick of subtle citrus spice with toasty barley and creamy yeast. The body is on the lighter side and makes for a fine session beer.
11-25-2011 02:15:21 | More by tempest
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
From a 500 ml. bottle with the number 70 stamped on the label. Sampled on November 19, 2011. It pours a golden yellow with basically no head to speak of but it did have busy carbonation. The aroma is slightly malted, slightly hopped, but mostly of lemongrass and fruit. The body is around medium but I can't get over how creamy it is.The taste is nice and bitter with a good malty character and as fruity as its aroma. While it was not overwhelming, this was a very interesting Bitter Ale and one that I think I'll remember.
11-20-2011 02:26:39 | More by puboflyons
3.83/5 rDev +17.5%
Another English bitter to whet my appetite for nostalgia (it was exactly 10 years ago that I was first introduced to Scottish real ales in Edinburgh). I've since looked back, forwards and sideways (in the form of a glance) at the many fine brews that populate this quaint rock of ours, and I must say I still look fondly on a CAMRA real ale when I can get my hands on one, which is sadly rare in this country.
Poured from a 500ml (again with the non-imperial pint size, WTF?) bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A: I'm getting tired of figuring out how to say "orange" in a different way every time I review ales so I'll just come out and say it has a slightly cloudy orange body. There was a white 1cm head which has dissipated to nothing... looks like a cider.
S: Toasted biscuit malt base which strangely seems to hide the hops, that aint good. There is a toffee sweetness as well. But no hops? I just hope they show up in the flavour profile.
T: Quite good actually! That toasted biscuit malt is indeed prominent, and the toffee sugars lace the palate well. Hops thankfully create a fruity balance, though they do take a backseat to the malt. Possibly the closest I've come to a real ale experience since Scotland.
M: Light to medium bodied, as an English bitter should be. I think the word "sessional" can be successfully bandied about here.
D: Well I read the label and waited until the ale was room temperature, and I suspect the reason why this ale has got such a bad rating from others is that they drank it at a lager temperature (which would kill the flavour)... in any case I could take down a case of this with no trouble. It's a great companion to a hoppy ale like Little Creatures or heady stout like Coopers Extra.
Food match: Rustic pub food is the green light food for this puppy... and come to think of it puppies would go well with it too. I think a Guinness steak pie with mushy peas and brown sauce would be absolutely ace.
08-30-2011 08:11:11 | More by doktorhops
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -8%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2012. ABV is stated as 5.0%. Purchased from the Grog shop in Oxford.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A golden hue with faint haze and strong carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good retention and a creamy texture - this eventually subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with a distinct biscuity note and an undertone of stewed hops.
Tastes of biscuity, grainy malt with a mild bitter finish. Hints of stewed hops, cooked veg and solvent. Mouthfeel is dry and tingly, with notable carbonation. Faint malty aftertaste.
Pretty dull. The biscuit note is the only point of interest; otherwise the malt is light and aromatic hops are completely absent. This ale simply doesn't have a character to recommend - there's nothing to hold your interest. Buy something else.
08-16-2011 21:50:16 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.68/5 rDev -17.8%
My bottle was way over carbonated, ruining the mouthfeel and making it fairly flat after the pour. Yeasty, grassy aromas are about as complicated as it gets. Flavor is reminiscent of a common euro-lager though I guess this is an ale which if true, is the reason for a slightly heavier mouthfeel and fruity, estery flavors.
07-22-2011 22:55:04 | More by ahking
2.45/5 rDev -24.8%
500ml bottle purchased from Liquor on Oxford, Darlinghurst and poured into a nonik style pint glass.
Old gold colour with a small-beady head of foam that was quite sizable at about an inch and a bit. The head dies quite quickly to be almost non-existant after a minute.
Sweet smelling, but otherwise, not much else to tickle the senses.
Slight bit of fruitiness up front, finishing with a sweet malty twang to it.
The body is quite thin for a british ale, almost a touch watery.
Overall, far from being the best beer or export to come out of Oxfordshire. My bottle was listed as being 5.0% ABV.
04-25-2011 08:19:23 | More by MrKennedy
3.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Wedding band gold in colour
Sweet caramel aromas , little in the hop depatment
It is fairly sweet on the fore and middle palate with a mediocre bitter finish that admittedly extends as the bottle is emptied
Balanced mouthfeel with a generous carbonation that ws not visually apparent in the glass
I thought this was a nice enjoyable beer.
If this was the standard brew at my local I would be happy enough
02-18-2011 08:11:53 | More by jarmby1711
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
16.9 ounce brown bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass
Slightly cloudy straw-yellow color with a fine head that was likely thicker because of the long pour
A light yeast smell dominates over a white fruit aroma--maybe pears?
A fairly non-existent taste. It's crisp but much more watery than I would expect in an ale. There is a late (15-20 seconds) aftertaste of hops that gives some flavor.
A light crisp mouthfeel is overall enjoyable.
This would be a fine beer to pour into a glass on a hot summer day. And there's no need to stop at one. The only drawback is it doesn't quite make a distinction for its taste.
02-01-2011 03:09:15 | More by fallopia
2.63/5 rDev -19.3%
Let's dive into another Oxfordshire Ale. From a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:
This has got to be one of the cleanest, shiniest bodied I've seen in a beer. The pale orange color and tiny patches of lace are not real exciting to look at. The nose is better, but nothing really exciting. Hard water character is present, light biscuit malts and honey are noted. This is not a particularly smooth tasting beer; there's quite a bit of brewing salt getting in the way of what could be a decent beer. Honey, a little bready malt, and a whisper of fruity esters. The body is light, carbonation is somewhat light on the palate. Overall, this is not really my cup of tea.
12-30-2010 07:01:52 | More by DoubleJ
3.03/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured a hazy golden straw with a very thin white head, very little retention.
Smell was was yeast and grain,with a hint of lemon.
Taste was very grainy wheat with hints of citrus and very very slight hops.
Mouthfeel was very thin bodied with light carbonation not very crisp.
This was an average beer at best, not sure if I would put in the pale ale class.
10-31-2010 18:48:52 | More by dtivp
2.95/5 rDev -9.5%
Not a 'bad' beer, but I'll never buy it again.
I never heard of it, our liquor store had it tonight with a sign on it saying 'new item', so I tried it... it's a little bit sour in the finish, and I'm not a fan.
Oh well, it was $2.99 USD for 1 pint 0.9 fluid ounces...
10-28-2010 01:09:15 | More by jakdracula
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
12 ounce bottle from the beer of the month club poured into a pint glass.
A: Yellow straw color, clear small head recedes quickly.
S: Straw and hay aroma.
T: Taste starts off rather bland -- some grainy notes. But finishes with a nice bitter hoppy finish. Very much musty English type hops -- not the citrusy grapefruit kind you might find in an American Pale Ale.
M: Very low carbonation levels and light creamy mouthfeel -- almost cask like.
D: Very drinkable and smooth -- somewhat refreshing. Would pair nice with a lunch or light summer meal.
08-20-2010 02:19:27 | More by chaz01
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
A - Pours a golden orange. Slightly murky with chunks of sediment floating around. Towards the end, the chunks form one blob at the bottom. 1/2 inch head the melts quick. little to no lacing.
S - Citrus hops, funky lemon, a very tangy fruit/wheat flavor. Sweet bread. Sour/funky smell is unexpected but welcomed.
T - Citrus hops up front, sour yeast, watered down tangy wheat, mild hops on the back of the tongue.
A pretty good beer. I love the sour notes in the smell and flavor. Citrus hops dominate. Goes down smooth. Not sure if this fits the style, as this is my first English PA but a solid beer nonetheless.
07-16-2010 23:21:26 | More by StaveHooks
3.25/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Pours up a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head
S - Some grainy breadiness with a hint of hops, and in the background
T - Some breadiness or cracker flavor with some faint hops on the side of the tongue, and a grainy finish. It has a flavor that reminds me of an American Amber.
M - Thin and watery
D - Once past the grainy finish, it's a very sessionable beer.
07-04-2010 22:57:10 | More by hiikeeba
2.25/5 rDev -31%
I received this beer as a part of a beer of the month club. I reviewed it at the suggested temperature of 55 degrees.
The color of the beer is in between the copper color of a penny and orange. The head was a dark ivory. The head disapeared almost immediately, and there was no lacing at all.
The beer had an oak scent with maybe just a hint of lemon zest. For lack of better terms... the aroma was a bit musty or dirty.
The initial taste is slightly grainy with a hint of lemon. In the middle the taste is of mowed grass. The final taste is bitter and smokey. The finish and aftertaste are the most powerful tastes present in the beer. The taste at the beginning is very faint and the middle is fainter still.
Overall, this beer is very weak in terms of taste and very thin in terms of body. I found this to be a very disappointing beer... the first time the BOTM club has disapointed me. This is not what I expect from an English Ale, and I cannot reccomend it.
06-29-2010 02:08:25 | More by KonigObHops
3.28/5 rDev +0.6%
A: Poured a brilliant cadmium orange with a quickly dissipating dirty ivory colored head that left no lacing. A faint haziness lied within the drink while the carbonation was virtually silent. The coloring was perhaps the best visual appeal here and saves this from a less then mediocre rating.
S: The nose picked up a bit with a soft flowery lemony zest hopping, perhaps some grains of paradise. A light spiciness also appears.
T: The flavor opens with a soft lemony flowery hopping. Underneath lied a soft peppery presence, similar to grains of paradise along with some pale grains and straw notes. The hopping gets more evident upon the swallow leaving a flowery coating of dried lemony zest behind. Faint spiciness from hops and tart citric tones rounds things out in an other wise linear flavor.
M: The mouthful had a light buttery slickness to it with a very soft mundane carbonation factor. Was expecting a bit more crispness from a pale ale, especially one that boasts a gold medal for 2009 (which must have been a slow year). A dry fade of hop flowers ensures on the swallow.
D: An otherwise pretty boring drink with few highlights. How this managed to earn a gold is beyond me. Not bad overall, but certainly nothing that defines the style. Comes off flat and lazy, lacking a crispness per style. Good for a non-eventful Sunday summer afternoon when your to tired and lazy to care about being wowed and only want to pass out in the hammock.
05-24-2010 22:30:38 | More by beerthulhu
3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
Pale golden with a thin sudsy white head that quickly shrinks to a skim leaving some fine lace on the glass. Untoasted grain and lemon zest make up the mild aroma. Mild and spicy with barley and citrus peel with a touch of clove and cinnamon with an earthy tea like bitterness. Light bodied with very mild carbonation, nearly flat, which I guess is how it is preferred in England where the beer is preferred "sessionable" and "less gassy". A good tasting example of the style.
05-18-2010 01:02:56 | More by biggred1
3.3/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours hazed yellowish/golden amber with a white wisp more than an actual head, that soon disappears. Some dots appear on glass but soon vanish, leaving the glass clean.
The smell is of tart dried fruit and some grass. Mild. Something a bit stale about it - stale bread? - It doesn't have a freshness date, but showed up very recently. (Code 323, whatever that means...)
The taste is of a kiss of honey/grainy sweetness, then some sweettart lemon and lightly toasted bread - reminds me, in a way, of a lemon danish. Some mild tea-like spicing with sweetness finish it off, though some water comes in there too. A late after-taste lingers. Pretty dry finish.
Light-bodied with very relaxed carbonation. There was an initial fizz, but a flash later the carbonation all but died off completely. I suppose they were going for a cask feel, but this borders on flat. Flavor does linger.
Cask-like, though not quite, but an attempt at a bottle-version. This one, I'm thinking, would be much better on cask. A slight touch of alcohol shows, despite modest abv. A bit hoppier than standard English "session" ale - An interesting brew.
03-13-2010 15:59:56 | More by jwc215
Pride Of Oxford from Oxfordshire Ales
77 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.