O9 Blonde | Otley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Otley Brewing Company
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A clear wheat beer spiced with roasted orange peels,coriander and cloves. Good hop aromas with a subtle bitterness.

Formerly known as O-Garden.

Added by PartyBear on 10-28-2009

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2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rose gold with a cap of loose white. 3.75
Big banana chews with some herb. 3.75
Cream crackers, lemon rind, slight peach, banana chip, vague herbal tang, and no hops to speak of. 3.5
Stale Juicyfruit and rubbery linger.
Thin, fizzy, snappy. 3.75

So… a wit with pale (not pils) malt and English ale yeast, but lots of Belgian esters and phenols? With no body and unpleasant tropical fruit notes, it tough to even say which target this missed. Summery fail. 3.5

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Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden colour, with a few big bubbles for a head, which are gone pretty soon, and completely flat. Some sediment lurking around but it is bottle conditioned so that is to be expected.

Aroma: Very aromatic, lots of spice on the nose, clear coriander, and clove, with a sweet tang of orange and some apple.

Taste: The sweet oranges come through again, with a peppery clove, more coriander, and the faintest buzz of hot chillis. The finish is dry and slightly bitter with the presence of lemons.

Mouthfeel: The body is lighter than I expected, with a dry crisp feel.

Drinkability: The appearance really was a let down, as this is a incredibly complex and interesting beer, with a very drinkable quality.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Huey
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on cask into an Otley pint glass in the Pen & Wig pub, near the student union in Cardiff. A good accompaniment to a very cheap and great quality burger with chips.

Pours nicely with a good thick head and massive lacing. Not sure why the other reviewer rated it down on this to be honest.

Smells nicely hoppy and herbal. Faintly alcoholic.

Tastes very balanced and rather smooth. Fairly hoppy much like a pale ale which is what I would say the beer is more similar too.

Overall a very nice quaffing ale.

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Photo of wl0307
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 20/03/2015, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: the back label describes the ingredients to include coriander, cloves, and orange peel.

A: pale golden in colour, coming with light haze due to my careless handling, topped with a white rimmed head backed by very very restrained level of carbonation.
S: immediately clove-spicy, leather-ish and orange zesty on the nose, with these elements floating on a somewhat light-bodied, almost thin-ish malt backbone, which yields but a light honey-water-ish aroma. Given a good swirl, the spiced mixture seems to present more harmony and charm, leaving the coriander seed like aroma to roam freely.
T: soft on the palate but a very subtle level of sparkles, the cloves, earthy hops and yeastiness come with bitter-spicy old orange peels that have an almost gingery+cedar-woody quality to it, which is not that surprising since I’ve picked up similar elements from the dried orange peels in traditional Chinese herbal medicine stores…! The quietly citric hops and considerable herbal bitterness take over the spicy foretaste in no time, and in a rather seamless way, leading towards a mildly chewy but generally very light, and intriguingly warming finish.
M&O: the carbonation level remains very restrained, not so much as flat but definitely it doesn’t feel quite lively, but what is lacking on the palate is made up by the consistently bitter and spicy quality of the beer. All in all, a very interesting spiced blonde ale, which perhaps might taste better in its cask-conditioned form.

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