Blimey English-Style Pale Ale (2010-2012) | Three Heads Brewing

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Blimey English-Style Pale Ale (2010-2012)Blimey English-Style Pale Ale (2010-2012)

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer English breweries would brew if they played football the right way. This Extra Special Ale takes a classic style and gives it an American twist. Enjoy the complex malt profile and layers of sublime English hops. One taste will have you saying "Blimey!"

60 IBU

Added by John on 12-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Ladyfortuna
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Other reviews have said this beer is retired; either it has been brought back, or an old case was miraculously found and stocked at my local Wegmans (I honestly can't find a 'sell by' date so I don't know for sure, but I may try to find out from the store).

I will echo others in that this beer has an initial 'earthy' taste. I'm not even sure I've had that experience before today, but that's the first thing that hits me. It is followed by a slightly sweeter caramel impression, and I can definitely agree with the biscuit flavor. It is sweetest at the end. This bottle didn't have much at all in the way of a head, but if it is older, that could explain it. Still, I prefer IPAs over most other brews at this point, and while being sweeter than most this line is pretty tasty.

If they've brought it back, I say check it out. If I'm just lucky and they dug up one of the last cases, well, I can't say I regret trying it out.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the back of my fridge as I was cleaning it. I hope it's still good.

Pours a light fizzy head of about 1/2 finger that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over mostly clear coppery colored beer.

Nose light earthy hops, some herbal grassy and just a touch citrus and pine. Also some biscuit and caramel malts, little toasty reddish, and a hint of a fruity yeast addition.

Taste starts with bitterness, earthy hops, a bit herbal and some grassy spicy, with a touch citrus, Then malts, a bit of caramel and toffee, biscuit, chewy with a hint sweet syrupy flavor, and a little tobacco. Light fruity flavors again as well. Finish is fairly bitter, earthy herbal chewy hops, little candy flavors, fairly dry, long bitterness that almost borders astringent on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, English pale is one of my least favorite styles due to the big herbal hop flavor and grassiness, but this one had enough caramel and biscuit malt, with sweetness, bitterness, and overall flavor to be decent. Maybe the hops faded enough for me to like it more, but it wasn't bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber with about a finger and a half of off-white foam. There is a ton of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet malt, slight flowers, and a touch of biscuit like goodness. The malt is really pronounced, but there is a great bread quality that keeps this beer in check.

T: The initial blast is sweet malt and floral essences. I get some warm bread in the middle that shifts back into the sweet realm.

M: Medium bodied beer. Nothing outstanding about this beer. There is a bit of drying in the finish.

O: This is a good beer. The bottle I opened today is a bit past it's prime, but it is still really pretty good. I remember this beer when it was fresh as being lighter, crisper, like eating a grands buttermilk biscuit. Some of that had faded, but it's still solid. It's a real shame to see this beer be retired. I thought it was one of their better beers.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Retired? Picked up a bomber at Brilbeck's in Syracuse for $6. There's a sweet almost cake-like character to the malt. It's slightly caramel, with a little biscuit and blends in with the smooth, sweet-tasting-but-not-feeling yeast character. As the beer warms, the hops really come forward with smooth lemon-grapefruit that accents the candy yeast esters.

I was expecting a maltier beer, but I dig the bigger hops and esters. It's not a perfectly authentic example of an ESB, but it's well within the bounds of the style, and quite tasty. Check it out if you can.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a nice big 3" head. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: bready and earthy are the most noticeable tones.

Taste: caramel, bread, some pine, a little tart citrus, and a hearty earthy flavor. Bitterness is nicely balancing and a bit stronger than expected.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: easy to drink this beer and it has enough hop presence to keep it interesting until the glass empties.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dad picked this up for me on a trip to NY. 22oz bomber.

A- Pours a very hazy amber color with a thick creamy white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hop aroma in the nose with some toffee and biscuit malt.

T- Bready and sweet initially with some caramel and toasted bread. The finish is a hoppy bitterness followed by a slightly diacetyl aftertaste. A touch of smoked malt that reminds me of peat?

M- Medium bodied with a very creamy feel. Relatively low carbonation, on par for the english style.

O- Overall a decent beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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Blimey English-Style Pale Ale (2010-2012) from Three Heads Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 53 ratings