London Homesick Ale | Oasis Texas Brewing Company

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London Homesick AleLondon Homesick Ale
BA SCORE
3.51/5
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London Homesick AleLondon Homesick Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Texas, United States
otxbc.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,903
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
103
pDev:
13.96%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 103
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden brown in color, with a modest, fine-beaded white head, which quickly fades to nothingness. Sparse patches of foam adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt, caramel, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: The taste is dominated from start to finish, by moderate earthy hops. Restrained notes of caramel and biscuit malt are present in a supporting role. Finishes with a long and lingering, but mild bitter hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Nothing really stands out,but decent for the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, servd in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly foggy amber with a moderate khaki head settling to a bubbly ring and disappearing film.

Smell is pear, apple, graham, grape and light wood.

First impression in flavor is semi-sweet red fruit, with red apple, tangy grassy hops and toast.

The crisp, full body has a very lightly semi-dry finish. Easy drinking and quenching.

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Photo of jkrich
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

English bitter is not a style you see brewed in the USA very often. How will this one compare to the versions in Great Britain? Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: slightly hazy, deep golden with reddish-orange highlights. The foamy white head quickly dissipated leaving a lot of intricate lacing.

Tasted cold right after the pour, the ale was rather disappointing; let this one warm a little and you can appreciate the subtleness of flavors. Fruity with nice hints of marmalade and lemon, this ale does in fact remind me of some the English bitters I have tried from Great Britain. According to the brewery, an English ale is used along with English challenger hops. I only wish the malt profile was more evident.

The mouthfeel is soft and well-rounded with restrained carbonation and a pleasant lingering fruit flavor on the palate.

This is a good interpretation that could use a little more flavor. Worth seeking out if you like this style.

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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(12/29/16 born-on date printed on can)

L: clear yellow-gold, no amber, pushes up short head of white foam, about one finger, no sticking or lacing ... has a slight mistiness to it, but it's 98% clear; keeps a thin but steady collar of white foam; light activity in the glass

S: peach glaze, fruitcake ... super sweet with some bread malt under the fruity notes

T: hop juicy with only a small bitter bite ... hops mixing with the malt give it a sharp apricot flavor, cilantro, some bread dough; first swig is super sweet, peachy, then the palate adjusts and a slight bitterness helps balance -- hop bite is earthy; there's one main flavor note I can't place that I've not run into in any other beer ... it's almost like habanero with no spice or heat, or pumpkin rind doused in parsley ... it's earthy, almost dull, but it's not a dirt-hop flavor ... interesting (a peak at other reviews suggests it might be tea ... simple English breakfast tea leaves)

F: nice all around, a light ale slickness backed by plenty of carbonation

O: very good brew; nothing overly fancy or complex, just a good pale ale with some tasty notes and a super fruity sweet nose; having tried few authentic bitters, it's hard to say how good a facsimile this one is, BUT there's no doubt Oasis loaded up this sucker with plenty of malt, and the growing pinch of bitter bite is a good nod to the English inspiration; sorry I waited so long to try this, and I will be drinking this one again and again; at a month old in the can, it has the look, feel, smell and taste of a beer that will hold up much longer

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Readers should know that I might have been pre-disposed to like this before I tried it. I mean "London Homesick Blues" is a Texas anthem right up there with "Amarillo Highway" and "Desperados Waiting For a Train". I'm hoping this beer is as well-crafted as those lyrics. Popping the tab, I'm already singing "I want to go home with the armadillo" pouring a hazy, deep golden brew "good country music from Amarillo and Abilene". While I let this warm up to drinking temperature I see it becoming slightly less cloudy. Must be some chill haze going on here "friendliest people and the prettiest women you've ever seen". First taste: Hey, did they steal one of my homebrew recipes from the 80's? Slightly fruity like everything I ever made with that dried Edme yeast. But it was homebrew that I liked and I like this too. Light in body but pretty flavorful for a medium OG beer. I get a little "buttered popcorn" taste in the finish but nothing major. Decent, if not outstanding effort and worth trying, for sure.

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Photo of puck1225
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Cloudy golden color, nice head and lacing. Pleasant smell and nice taste. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Not Fuller's, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 5.58/six pack ($ 0.077/oz) at Spec’s, San Antonio, TX
Undated can at 50 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma weak, malty, doesn’t last entire glass
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing fair – thick broken rings of tiny to large bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor light malty, slightly bitter, very sessionable. Not as good as the average Brit bitter, but pretty decent for a US interpretation. No alcohol, hint of diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Aromas of malt, honey and molassas. Taste begins with some honey, then light bread, some citrus, and herbal bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a good bitter.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, slightly hazy yellow gold with a big, fluffy, bubbly white head. Nice frothy cap and lace patterns persist.

Smell: Slightly sweet grain body with earthy hops.

Taste: Grainy base with biscuit and caramel notes. Mellow tang and spice of hops and definite English ale yeast character. Subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light body, moderately carbonated with coarse bubbles.

Overall: Doesn't quite come together as an English ale - the mouthfeel doesn't quite fit - but the yeast and hop notes add to an otherwise light and drinkable ale.

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Photo of mig100
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold, aroma is biscuity malts and earthy hops galore, as you would assume the taste is the same. Ends with a nice creamy feel. A truly great American take on the classic English Bitter.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No indication of the style is given on the label apart from "session ale," but the website calls it merely an "English style ale." 4.9% ABV. 27 IBU. SG: 12.0.

12 fl oz aluminum can with standard pull-tab served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are low on account of the brewery. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

APPEARANCE: Looks like an English pale ale. Boasts a mildly impressive ~3 inch head which retains for ~5-6 minutes and has nice creaminess and softness, with fair frothiness and fullness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Body is a translucent transparent copper of average vibrance. It's clean albeit a biteen murky, with no visible floating yeast particles.

Appears well-carbonated. Pretty average across the board.

AROMA: There is some mild buttery diacetyl off-character, suggestive perhaps that this might be a bitter instead of a pale ale, but the hop profile dictates otherwise, offering a fair challenge of floral hop character to the English malt backbone. Flaked malt leavens the body a bit, and pilsner malts are evident. The lightly bready buttery aromatics have me on edge regarding which style this beer actually is. English ale yeast is fairly obvious, but this aroma doesn't fit neatly into any one style.

No alcohol is detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: More English pale ale than bitter, though this does suffer from some obvious buttery diacetyl off-character. Malt backbone is comprised of pilsner malts, English pale malts, and flaked malts. The hop profile isn't notable, but does bring generic notes of floral hops. Lightly bready, with a definite English ale yeast guiding the beer and lending it natural cohesion.

Shallow and simple as it is, it showcases English ale yeast uncommonly well for a Texas brew. It's not a gestalt beer, but I do like it in spite of its many shortcomings. Those hoping for an intricate or subtly executed brew will be disappointed, but it's decent as a generic English ale.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, buttery, light to medium-bodied, problematically overcarbonated, and aptly hefty on the palate. Has sufficient thickness to support the flavour profile.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, nor does it accentuate specific notes (apart from the troublesome diacetyl), but it suits the taste decently.

OVERALL: The diacetyl is mild enough that it kind of works, but this is a beer that doesn't know what it wants to be - apart from English. I've had worse, but the discerning drinker will be underwhelmed. More mediocre work from the cats at OTBC. Even the alcohol isn't well-hidden. I can't say I'm excited to try more beers from this brewery.

Low C (2.77)

***
12/15/18 can from a friend:

C

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Photo of trebbates
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a standard 6 pack 12oz cans. Bitters are probably my second favorite beer outside of Belgian ales. While this one is not the best I've had it is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. You definitely get that malty ,bready, biscuit flavor, which I love. Not much lacing and mouthfeel was a little thin but over all I enjoyed this beer. I forget the price but it wasn't expensive. This will certainly end up in my fridge many times.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden glass is murky and struggles to hold a modest cover of white foam with little lacing.

Aroma: Mild, a slight yeast note, white bread, with light floral and tonic notes.

Taste: Earthy and citric. The citric is a lime peel, the earthy is just a spot of Continental hops.

Feel: Low carbonation that starts creamy then goes gritty in the finish.

Overall. I don't think CAMRA would approve as this is in the can. I had the pleasure of having this on tap and it was much improved by the change in format. Even in the can there is a taste of London. Much fainter in the can, but take an average person to a Pub in London and serve them 4 proper pints and this; I doubt most would be able to pick it out. Worth a try!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the great unexpected CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) is my establishment of ongoing trades with fellow CANsumers. My in-person trader, tone77, has moved away but the mighty JenRay down in Houston, TX keeps me in business. She only wants hoppy beers like APAs, AIPAs, DIPAs, but they are pretty easy to find in CANs and she knows that I am indiscriminate, so I get all sorts of CANs in return.

From the CAN: "OTXBC"; "High in the Hill Country"; " A bright Texas session ale made with copious amounts of English Challenger hops and a classic English yeast strain - this beer is sure to make you feel right at home, no matter where you find yourself."; "All Year Beer"; "Keep Cold"; "Deep in the Heart at Oasis Texas Brewing Co. 78732 Texas U.S.A."

I've never been to London, so I CAN't really be homesick for there. I have been to many parts of Texas, however, and while I am not homesick for any of them, I always think of the late, great Jim Thompson when I think of Texas (and Oklahoma).

Enough poetic waxing! The Crack! was nice and loud so I celebrated with an inverted Glug. This caused the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. I was fascinated to watch it slowly fall, leaving dense, sticky lacing in its wake. Who is going to clean that up? Color was a hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). The nose initially struck me as odd - woody and tea-like, until I looked at Hopunion's description which mentions "[c]edar and green tea". I really must learn to close my eyes and trust in The Force. The cedar was really prevalent, underlain by the tea. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was the invert. It was very tea-like, initially, with the cedar underneath. The finish was semi-dry and the cedar flavors lingered well after the swallow. This made for a nice, mellow wrap-up to a day of mostly low-ABV, low-IBU beers. It really put me in mind of Celestial Seasonings' Sleepy Time Tea. I never really got dressed today, so I am ready to go upstairs and drift into Slumberland. Would this be optimal under other circumstances? Probably not, but it is fine at this point in the day.

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Photo of mschantz
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the can. Pours bright gold and not quite clear. Huge fluffy white head. Nose is remind one of a lemon tart. Flavor is bright, malty with a bit of lemon and grass in the back. While not stunning, very refreshing and clean. A nice take on this classic British style.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

11/26/2014 Pours hazy golden with foamy head slight retention, nose of bready malts and piney spicy hops, taste is an all out attack a full dosage of spicy hops on the front with cooling bready malts and grain aftertaste, creamy almost chewy mouthfeel. I will thoroughly enjoy this beer

1/13/2016 pours hazy golden orange with white creamy head, smells of crackery malts slight yeast slight spicy earthy hops, tastes of toasty crackery breads malts with lemony herbal hoppiness, mouthfeel is slightly thin but on par for its strength, high carbonation bright lasting finish.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.5 - Hazy pale gold with a very small head.
S: 3.5 - Slightly sweet malt, very faint hops.
T: 3.25 - Medium-low bitterness--don't know where the "copious" hops on the label went, but it wasn't in this beer, sweet malt, a touch grainy, lightly fruity esters.
M: 3.5 - A little thin and watery, but the English do like lower carbonation so can't count that against them much I guess.
O: 3.25 - Tastes like amateur homebrew to me, like someone's first pale ale. Or some bland bottom-shelf English beer.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

I can only guess that most reviewers/raters wanted this to be an In Your Face, American! craft beer (#yolo), because I think London Homesick is excellent representation of an English bitter. I encourage you not to let the BA score discourage you from giving this beer a chance, especially if you can appreciate a solid English-style ale now and then.

London Homesick pours a clean, dark yellow from the can with one sturdy finger of head. A cap remains throughout the life of the beer.

Fresh-ground grain dominates the nose, rounded out by subtle European hops. As expected, the aroma does not punch you in the face. Once you begin sipping, this beer does not last long--light and crisp without being watery. Hops dance around the edges without destroying your palette. If you just view this beer as a bitter, I think you really admire how tight Oasis's recipe and process seems to be.

On the whole, I think Oasis hit this one out of the park. I have yet to drink anything else from them, but this particular offering stands out among most other recent Austin/Texas upstarts. I love having a local bitter in cans for the times I want something a little more subtle and sessionable than other great locals like Zoe and Four Squared, and even Real Ale White.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Pours out hazy and much like a SNPA in color. Nose is very subdued. I don't get a whole lot of English character from the smell. Flavor reminds me of green homebrew. Yeast is a bit heavy handed, but not in a tasty British way. Malt leaves a lot to be desire: a bit of toast and too grainy for me. Hops give it a grassy and citrusy quality. Carbonation is a touch out of hand. Overall, this is somewhat passable, but I expected more.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Really mellow beer, pretty easy to drink. Fruity undertones are limited but present (dark juicy fruits, black barry and fig??) but malt forward on a light body. Hop taste is minimal, not toasty either, just a fat malt bomb english bitter with some fruity notes.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light tan to yellow, mostly clear, head and lace not bad at all.

Aroma and flavor have a primarily malty component, with breadiness, some toast, a little caramel, with a little balancing hops. Not a heavily flavored beer, but not that I would expect that from this style.

Body is light to medium and easy to drink, with a bit of a crisp and bitter finish.

Interesting. I got a couple from this new brewery and I'm anxious to try the next one too. Great to see new craft breweries in TX, as I'm always wanting to buy local.

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Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another new to me brewery that I was able to sample on my latest trip to Texas.

On tap at the Fly & Saucer in Houston, this ESB was served in a 16 oz. imperial pint style.

The beer is a chill hazed light brown with a fluffy white head.

Light aroma of grains with a hint of lemon.

Mild mannered with some slightly sweet malt, a touch of citrus and a low watt earthy finish. Not a lot going on but nothing obnoxious either.

Mouth is decent and fits the style.

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London Homesick Ale from Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 103 ratings