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

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Bust Head English Pale AleBust Head English Pale Ale

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 04-17-2014)
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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.

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Bust Head English Pale Ale from Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.