1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Bust Head English Pale Ale - Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bust Head English Pale AleBust Head English Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

53 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Bust Head Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 04-17-2014

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by AWB3:
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma at all, but I do get faint notes of toasted malt and caramel, but only faint ones at that, and nothing else.

Taste: Pretty good. Nice flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of toasted English muffins, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper, finished by a touch of nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some decent carbonation. With an ABV of 5.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good pale ale. Good flavors, nicely balanced. Good session beer.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of cumhuriyet
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Score rated against other EPAs. Very drinkable and a decent everyday beer.

Photo of Csikic93
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold, malty with a hint of caramel

Photo of Vababy
1/5  rDev -69.3%

Tried to enjoy local but this is just bad. Get something else.

Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a out a nice clear light brown, with a creamy taupe head. The head melts away and leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is non-descript, with faint malt tones. The taste is a little more robust, but still lacking in any really definitive qualities. There is also a little too much carbonation. Decent, but not much more than that.

Photo of MagooD35
2.64/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like Budweiser you will like this one- drinkable but nothing special

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of FFCaldwell
4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. First time at BWW in Leesburg, VA.

Photo of GSP
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

After all it is a EPA and should be reviewed according to its style. Head retention is lacking. Clarity could be improved. Biscuit flavor up front, very nice. Lingering hop bitters as is expected are well done for an EPA. A drinkable beer, not a wow, but drinkable. Dare I say it again, it's an EPA

to view more.
Bust Head English Pale Ale from Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.