Triple B | Oxfordshire Ales

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Triple BTriple B

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Oxfordshire Ales
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jwc215 on 03-11-2010

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by WillWillows:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Samuel Smith nonic.
Pours nearly clear with an amber hue topped by a modest off-white head that soon reduces to a partial coat. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. Very fine=grained carbonation is barely visible.
Soft aroma of lightly toasted malt with hints of caramel and hops. Both the caramel malts and the hops come through stronger in tasting, with most of the hop note in the finish.
M: Medium body with very soft carbonation.
O: designed as a tasty sessionable brew, this hits the mark. Good balance in both aroma and flavor. Not much complexity or distinctiveness, however.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy brown hue body. A rigorous pour results in only a few big bubbles amassing to make a head and no sign of carbonation.

S- The soft aroma of fresh lightly toasted malt wort comes through with a touch of sweetness but it is otherwise very clean.

T- The deep toasted note with some brown malt wort has a watery flavor to follow with a soft green woody hop note in the finish. The finish is a bit dry.

M- The medium mouthfeel is followed by a very soft prick of carbonation and a touch of astringency with a grain husk quality.

O- The water and wort notes don't offer much character and the hops are even more muted. Not a lot of depth or interest and the gentle carbonation doesn't enhance any of the flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this was brewed near Bicester, so since I lived there for over a year I had to give this a go, picked this up at Macadoodles in Springdale, AR. Cryptic date code of 528...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt, faint pear notes

T: Follows the nose, some powdery dryness as well up front, faint floral & herbal hop bitterness. Slight sulphury bitterness as this warms, along with grainy bitterness & some woody hoppyness. Finishes with some biscuitty malt, pears & woody hops

MF: Light bodied, with low carbonation, decent balance, a bit more malt backbone would've helped the cause

A pedestrian English Bitter that probably would be much better on cask in my old stomping grounds

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a sunset orange with a soft glow (despite the labels claim it was a leafy brown) with a foamy eggshell white head that was average retention wise. A bright clarity revealed a silent carbonation (a trend im starting to sense in all their beers). In the meantime the head collapsed void of any lacing. Being my third beer from this brewery in as many days all their beers seem to appear the similar.

S: Again a scent and strength hardly worth mentioning. Soft grated orange peels and nothing much else to offer here. The total lack of effort warrants a less then average rating here.

T: The flavor faired better but not by much. Sharp citric tones with a flowery hopping of light proportions opens things up. Dry grains lurk beneath with hints of dried grapefruit peel and dried oranges. As with the nose and their other beers (Marsh mellow, & Pride of Oxford) the flavor is rather boring and bland and simply forgettable, perhaps the only favorable trait that I agree with.

M: The mouthful did display a small touch of carbonation tingle despite the calm demeanor of effervesce. Light bodied but comes off a bit washy at times and rather boring to behold.

D: An easy enough drink to consume which makes this a mindless downer. You wont be missing much here and don't be taken in by the fancy packaging which when opened delievers all the excitement of socks by grandma.

end musings: having sampled 3 of their beers i was hard pressed, hell baffled, to guess what the intended style was of each.

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Photo of goldbot
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery tan color and very clear. Low, off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight lace on the surface of the beer. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Floral hop aroma along with mellow caramel and bready malts. Aroma is subtle but pleasant. Crisp, smooth flavor of bread and caramel up front. Floral, herbal hops. Finishes mostly clean with a slightly sweet caramel aftertaste.

Smooth with low to medium body. A bit crisp and biting. This beer is definitely drinkable if it is anything. Good balance and pleasant flavors. I could have another, it being a session beer and all, but I could just as easily move on and forget about it.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Hobgoblin glass.

Appearance: Very, very bubbly, with an insanely thick head. I have to think I poured this wrong, because the foam was seriously like four fingers thick. Color is clear golden to amber.

Smell: The only scent I get is metallic. I don't like that at all.

Taste: So how does this taste so good? I'm surprised. It has a light, mildly biscuity flavor with a little bit of hops to round it out. This is not a 'flavor explosion', but it's really nice anyway.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated.

Drinkability: This ale is REALLY easy to drink, owing to the pleasant flavor, light body, and low alcohol content. This is the first so-called 'real ale' I've had (to my knowledge), and this makes me want to try others. Now, if only something could be done about this beer's smell....

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Photo of obywan59
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Pours a cloudy coppery-color with a bubbly white head that quickly receded leaving no lacing.

Smells of metallic hops

More metallic, citrusy hops with the barest hint of sweet malt.

Decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied and pleasant on the tongue.

Easy to drink. I breezed through this one. Could have down at least a couple more in short order.

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Photo of biggred1
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with fast rising bubbles and an airy bone colored head that burns off fairly quickly and leaves some craggy lace on the glass. Barley and untoasted grain with faint floral hop notes in the aroma. Light and grainy tasting with a mildly mineraly quality and an herbal tea like bitterness in the finish. This brew is seriously undermalted and just plain wimpy flavor wise. Triple B is a downright watery beer with mild carbonation. Maybe that is what the brewer intended? A watered down "session" ale (funny, there are no English reviews to date!). Triple B is too light and puny to be taken seriously.

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed copper with a white head that descend to a thin, wispy, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks, though not much.

The smell is of tea-leaf spicing with some citrus and hint of cedar.

The taste is of tea-like spicing - well-hopped - with a touch of citrus - it has a bready backing with a sweet kiss that fades to leave a dry, woody, herbal finish.

The body is rather thin, with a touch of water, though it is smooth and holds up well-enough to fit the modest abv.

An easy-drinking "session" ale. Well-hopped, though balanced. A nice example of an English sessionable pub ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finishing the night with a second English bitter. Right on. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light biscuit, and a touch of earthy greens, verging on a sort of green tea aroma. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass coming through a touch sharper, but not by too much. Not bad. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a pleasant little bitter. I say again: right on.

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Photo of Long813
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBE: 18.May.12

A: Dark amber body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Retention is moderate and leaves no lacing.

S: Some light aroma of caramel with some grains. Aroma's are quite faint.

T: Caramel flavour comes through quite nicely with a decent amount hops and grain. Lightly flavoured, nothing extreme.

M: Light bodied with medium-low carbonation. The texture is water like and leaves a faint caramel aftertaste.

O: Not unpleasing, but nothing really special. It could use some more flavouring.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of MEP
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of JamesS
4.82/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served at Red Lion Grog House, Indianapolis, IN). Poured a great copper-brown color with just a bit of head and some decent lacing. Very nice slight sweet, slight bitter aroma (slightly Earthy); nothing deep and dark, but that matches it's wonderful session bitter profile. Excellent flavor, nothing completely outstanding, but a nice sweet malt with a nice light hop bitterness at the end. An extremely pleasant session ale.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop-top, nice label, no date

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy dark gold beer, hints of orange hues, nice tight white cap with good retention. Medium carbonation.

Smell: Not off-putting, if a bit disappointing. Mildly fruity, but dominated by a very light (cereal-like) graininess. Not much in the way of hops; I'd really like a bit more. Honestly, a bit like an American Adjunct Lager.

Taste: Again, a bit disappointing. Very mild toasty malt, a bit watery, with some steely hop bitterness on the finish. Fairly high bitterness, actually. Kind of tastes like a ballsier, slightly toasty American Adjunct Lager. I know this is meant to be a light quaffer of a beer (as per the style) but I've had some really flavorful bitters; this just isn't one of them.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Medium, medium-high at best; I just don't really want another

Conclusion: An inoffensive but entirely forgettable English Bitter. There are far better examples of the style, generally for less coin.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally, $3.25 for the 16.9oz bottle.

It's a tannish colour, slightly hazy, with a small and quickly disappearing head of foam that leaves some lacing behind.

Fruity hoppy notes in the smell, caramel malt, a really nice aroma.

It tastes fruity and of biscuit, nice balance of sweet and bitter, with a body not as thin as others of low abv. Nice level of carbonation.

This is quite good, especially the smell, and very easy to drink. I'll be drinking more.

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Photo of mnixon86
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head, no lace, nice colour.

S: Sweet English malt, caramel.

T: Toffee, sulfur, nice flavour. Not as sweet as the nose would indicate.

M: Light-bodied, carbonic acid makes an appearance but never takes over the flavour.

D: Nice beer overall, solid session, I liked it.

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Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a thick bubbly very slightly-off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves quite a bit of lacing. Body is hazy and very orange. Smells mild, malty, somewhat dry. Hints of nuttiness, very toasty and quite nice.

Tastes somewhat bitter and quite dry, with a malty sweet middle and a nice clean finish. Very much a classic English bitter. What else need I say? Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with a low carbonation and mild hops.

Overall drinkability? It's probably better than Bodington's, which is saying something. I wouldn't pay five bucks a pint for it regularly, but it's a nice treat. I'd love to try this in England sometime.

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Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 16/07/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: medium-dark amber hue, coming with healthy streams of fine carbonation, an off-white foamy head and good clarity.
S: lightly sour-sweet caramel malts and pale malts, semi-sweet honey tea; a swirl brings out hints of boiled yum, which is a sign of pasteurisation actually... a bit dull overall.
T: slightly sharp in terms of the initial effervescence on the tongue; as the fizz quiets down, the lightly sweet maltiness prevails, followed by lightly caramely-sweet undertones, spicy hops, and surprisingly light bitterness. The aftertaste is really short, although the finish is not sticky or unpleasant.
M&D: a bit too fizzy at the start of each sip, while the body remains light-ish to echo the consistently dull flavour profile. Not something I'd like to try again - not in its bottled version, at least.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Weak aroma of toasted malt, caramel and honey. Not bad but hard to pick up.

Tastes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of honey with a light hop presence.

Light bodied with light to medium carbonation. Don't expect to be blown away, but this is a solid straightforward English session ale that drinks incredibly easy. Would have again.

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Triple B from Oxfordshire Ales
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 24 ratings