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

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Bust Head English Pale AleBust Head English Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of an English Pale Ale, but infused with the spirit of new American craft brews, our flagship beer is drinkable, balanced, and enjoyable year-round. Additions of Goldings, Fuggle, and Cascade hops provide our pale ale with the aroma of floral hop tones, as well as imparting a refreshing, clean bitterness. Our use of caramel malt in the grain bill balances out our generous hop additions, and provides the beer with a smooth and bready backbone. Perfectly balanced, it’s our brewmaster’s favorite beer!

Added by Rhettroactive on 04-17-2014

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by GatorCoop:
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
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1/5  rDev -70.7%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma at all, but I do get faint notes of toasted malt and caramel, but only faint ones at that, and nothing else.

Taste: Pretty good. Nice flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of toasted English muffins, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper, finished by a touch of nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some decent carbonation. With an ABV of 5.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good pale ale. Good flavors, nicely balanced. Good session beer.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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2.72/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Rootdog316
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poor a rich brown color with a head of redness. Good lacing left around the glass. Smells like most English Pale Ale's I've had. I smell toffee and maybe some caramel as well. A nice malty taste and has a nice sweetness to it as well. One of the better English Pale Ale's I've had in a while, and probably my favorite brew at OBH.

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Photo of Laulau
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DKHNOVA
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of macpfb03
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mscudder
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zp6167a
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown, fairly clear and a white head on top.

S: Floral hops, and a bit of a caramel aroma.

T: Carmel and toffee, with some slightly burnt bread notes. Light fruitiness, and a touch of floral hops in the finish with a little bot of a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium, a touch of creaminess, but fairly high carbonation.

O: A simple brew, but there is a something in the finish that I am not a fan of. Still.. glad to try out another local brewery.

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Photo of robebo44
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guppy314
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear gold/amber with a creamy off-white head. Taste is a bitter hops-forward with a sweet caramel maltiness. Carbonation makes for a really drinkable, balanced, and rfreshing beer.

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Photo of Navanation
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the bottle. An excellent example of an English Pale Ale. Exceptionally easy drinking. Mild taste, not too hoppy or malty. Perfectly balanced. Toasty flavor. Nice mouth feel. I picked this up traveling through VA. Too bad it's not local to me or I'd buy it on a regular basis.

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Photo of GNH3
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of obywan59
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange in color and crystal clear with a 2 finger light tan head and a steady stream or largish bubbles rising through the ale.

Smell of floral/herbal hops and toasty/nutty malt.

Some nutty malt in the taste, but mostly an overall murky/harsh bitterness. An occasional taste of caramel, with a bit of earthiness as well.

Medium full in body with a nice bite.Buttery and rich in feel.

Being as this was the last 6-pack in the beer cave at Kroger, and considering my rather low marks for flavor, I'd guess this beer was past it's prime. The flavor did improve some by the second glass, but never achieved the "clean bitterness" as described by the brewer. I'll have to try this again, hopefully with a fresher brew.

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3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: loved it! A balanced, tasty brew.

Color: apricot amber. One-finger head with great retention and lacing.
Smell: Fresh, bright, fruity. Some sweet apple, hops, and maltiness.
Taste: A little bite and sparkle at first. Taste is hard to describe, but it is mildly hoppy, fruity, with a nice malt finish.
Feel: quite creamy and smooth.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Bust Head English Pale Ale from Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 95 ratings