Southville Hop (Oak Aged) - Bristol Beer Factory
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United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. A small sticker on the neck states 'Oak Aged - White Wine Casks'. Presumably this is the regular Southville Hop matured in wood - it sounds delicious.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy sunset-amber hue - carbonation not visible. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent stability; this hangs around for a while before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of bright, fruity hops along with a vinous, woody character. Notes of white grape, melon, grapefruit, peel, citrus, earthy yeast, mild oak, subtle white wine and faint malt. Slight sour overtones that remind me of Cantillon lambic - simply superb!
Tastes of fruity hops with woody undertones and a dry finish. Notes of white grape, melon, grapefruit, peel, citrus, earthy yeast, oak/wood, mild white wine, faint caramel malt and stewed hops. Vinous and faintly acidic, though not really sour on the palate. Highly attenuated, followed by a restrained, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. The hop oils tickle your tastebuds. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and earthy yeast.
Fantastic! BBF have taken a great beer and added an extra layer of complexity and depth to its character - no mean feat. It looks OK (perhaps too yeasty), but the aroma and flavour are amazing. A ton of fruity hops along with hints of oak, wine and lambic. Good body - dry and tingly. This is the beer that other hoppy beers aspire to be! If you have the chance to try this then don't pass it up; you won't regret it....
07-29-2013 21:49:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 21/02/14, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The beer label states that the base beer is aged in White Wine casks.
Appearance: pours a murky, dark orangey amber colour, coming with a 2cm thick beige frothy head which lasts perfectly well on top of sporadic carbonation.
Smell: compared with the base beer, an acute edge of oxidised-fruit-like staleness from the white wine casks intervenes the otherwise pleasant and rich yeasty-hoppiness featuring red grapefruit rind, dried mango skins, red pepper cones, musky grapes, and juicy pale malts. A very good swirl works to bring the two different levels of aroma together, delivering a mixed nose with pleasant mineral and lemony fruitiness as of Sauvignon Blanc wine in the middle. Given some time to breath, the staleness is dispersed almost effortlessly.
Taste: moderately effervescent on the entry, the lightly citrus-rind-ish sour & bitter foretaste is backed by a decent, light-bodied base of paler malts, leaving dried herbal bitterness and chewy & dry citric hoppiness to linger and intensify in the end, as well as yielding a lightly savoury touch alongside traces of wood-barrel-like tannins and oxidised fruits’ staleness, but only just.
Mouthfeel & Overall: refreshing on the palate, wonderfully carbonated without going fizzy, this medium-bodied, lightly stale, juicy-hoppy and decently attenuated pale ale is very likeable, yet in a quite different way than the beer base labelled the same name. All in all it has preserved the depth and structure of hop flavour and bitterness just as well.
08-06-2013 18:37:35 | More by wl0307
Southville Hop (Oak Aged) from Bristol Beer Factory
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.