Buxton SPA | Buxton Brewery

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Buxton SPABuxton SPA
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Buxton SPABuxton SPA

Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 04-05-2013

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow/gold colour. Smells like light grains, citrus, grapefruit, and earthy hops. Tastes sweeter citrus upfront, cereal malts/golden ale body, with a lingering hops aftertaste.

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Photo of stephenlee
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hdtrice
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle conditioned: BBD before Aug 2013. Poured slowly into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 10 Jul 2013, so just in date!

No sediment appeared to leave the bottle: golden, hazy body with a huge foaming snow white crown even though I poured carefully. Carbonisation bubbles could be seen rising to replenish any dying pieces of head. In fact the head appeared to grow as I drank the beer!

Just too citrusy for me: I've stated many times how I'm fed up with the wave of golden beers and lemon flavours the UK brewers seem to be producing at the moment: this typifies that style. I also know droves of people who love them and this would have some jumping for joy.

Without a doubt well made and refreshing: but it is not what I wanted!

Scored objectively.

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Photo of killcore
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy misty golden body with big big white foamy head
Tropical fruit aroma, there's pineapple and grapefruit
Bitter finish easy drinker

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Photo of NGBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waggman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of lgmol
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a clear, light, golden colour, with a weak white head.

Smells of crisp malts, and also slightly floral.

Tastes delicately hoppy - fruity, citrus, flowery again. All this backed up with crips, biscuity malts. Watery body but as it doesn't reduce the taste it's all good, makes it refreshing without lacking in flavour.

Overall a pretty good beer, sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Sydney Wine Merchants. No BB.

A - golden hazy body, pillow head, sheet lace. Nice except the black floaties.

S & 5 - dull, stale, lemons and grapefruit. Reasonably hoppy on back palate but just so dull. It I knew what hop was the backbone of this I would guess it was the hop that I dislike whose name I do not know...!

M - very lively carbonation, lightweight.

O - a new wave of British Beers. A typical EPA this is not. Hoppy, light, and somewhat watery as the trend is for 2014. Quite sessionable. However, where does the dullness come from? It was as fresh as we get here ie new arrival, and fridged. I cannot but hope that in the Uk this would a different beast.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a standard macro label. Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Appearance: poured into an Innis & Gunn tulip - a murky orange-brown in colour with a fluffy one-finger head that drops away quickly. Solid in body with limited lacing.

Aroma: plenty of citrus hops, some sweet bread malts and light orchard fruits. Note: as usual it is better to let this one lose its chill - didn't get much when the bottle first opened.

Taste: the hops and yeast come through a little sharp.

Aftertaste: once the harshness drops, a smooth orchard fruit taste comes through.

Mouth feel: a bit flat in feel, but it brings the flavours through well enough.

Overall: a reasonable English pale ale, but certainly not the best I have had to date. Add the price being over AU$100 a case, and this one I will have only when reduced.

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Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear yellow with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, rye bread, grapefruit, peach. Taste is peach, citrus, rye bread, grapefruit, minerals. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; bottled on 20/12/2013, served mildly-chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: according to the back label, Citra seems to be the only hop variety used in this brew.

A: pours a lightly murky, dark yellow straw-ish colour, coming with a thin layer of off-white head and fairly mild carbonation.
S: ripe pear-ish esters come in harmony with pale malt aroma and sweet citrus hops; given a good swirl, a semi-sharp exotic fruity mixture emerges along with a light tinge of honey-ish acidity and lemony aroma. Not terribly pronounced in terms of aroma extraction from the , but overall quietly enticing.
T: refreshing and mildly effervescent on the entry, the English pale malts come with a lightly stinky-earthy tinge of dried leafy citric hops and yeast sediments, coming immediately dry with savoury bitterness following suit, but somehow the aromatic quality of Citra hops is conspicuous by its lacking, if not total absence. Finishing with a good attenuation level, all in all very much like what a good quality English pale bitter does the best, added with an extra touch of cleanliness.
M&O: light-bodied, refreshingly carbonated and quaffably dry, this pale bitter has delivered some more yeasty-bitter elements than would’ve have been offered on cask, I presume, which in my opinion might be the sole reason why Citra hop’s fruity flavours come so subdued. Being an easy drinking beer, however, the slight contrast between the nose and palate is a minor disadvantage for it to stand out. Would definitely love to try its cask-conditioned version, if available.

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Buxton SPA from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 24 ratings