Bust Head English Pale Ale - Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
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3.81/5 rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poor a rich brown color with a head of redness. Good lacing left around the glass. Smells like most English Pale Ale's I've had. I smell toffee and maybe some caramel as well. A nice malty taste and has a nice sweetness to it as well. One of the better English Pale Ale's I've had in a while, and probably my favorite brew at OBH.
Serving type: on-tap
06-16-2014 13:12:11 | More by Rootdog316
2.94/5 rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle into a goblet.
A: Pours a very clear chestnut color. The head is a finger high with a pale yellow shade. No, retention isn't the best, but there's a nice ring of lacing left on the glass as the head recedes. This looks quite nice in the glass.
S: It smells...exactly what I'd expect from a typical EPA. English hops give it a nice earthiness to go with its apricot and orange marmalade esters. The malts bring a hefty character of caramel and toffee. EPAs are pretty low on the totem pole of "My Favorite Styles", but this seems to be well-brewed because of how well it hits all the basic notes I look for.
T: The first sip seems oddly musty...too much so, actually. It's trying to inject touches of orange and apricot flavors right before the swallow, but both seem too mild. Luckily, the must notes will fade into a backbone of caramel and toffee. It finishes with a hoppy touch - unfortunately, just a touch. At the end of the day, the malts overpower everything else: there's too much of that burnt caramel flavor I don't like in my beer.
M: While it's reasonably well attenuated, the malts linger too vigorously on the palate. It's not disgustingly sweet by any means, just that the finish is too long. That's normally a good thing, but not when I don't like how this tastes. Carbonation isn't that much of a factor.
O: Like I said, EPAs are pretty low down on my list of favored styles - and this does nothing to change that. I will concede, though, that's it's well made for what it is. It's enough to earn it a few more bonus points, but not enough for me to say "I like it". I won't return to this, most likely.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 21:14:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
Bust Head English Pale Ale from Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.