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Buzzards Bay Olde Buzzard Pale AleBuzzards Bay Olde Buzzard Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 07-28-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and gold color with good lacing, decent head as well.

S: Malty aromas wafting to the nose with a slightly hoppy scent. A hint of a sweet caramel smell is here also.

T: Has an ESB/English pale ale taste, very interesting combination. Tastes of currant and citrus are light, but enjoyable, with a hoppy and dry twang.

M: Great carbonation and a smooth, dry finish over the palate, with the hops leaving a slick and bitter taste behind.

D: Awesome interpretation of the style, which would definitely have me coming back for more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice beer. Part of a 12 pack sampler, enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was a nice amber color with a medium head. It had a sweet, fresh, grainy aroma. Taste was malt up front, with some very nice hops coming in later. Good hop bitterness that lingered. Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Try it.

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Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle. Bottling number on the back, but hardly visible.

Appearance: Bright and clear light copper/amber in colour with a very decent cream foam head (ample stick and retention).

Smell: Toasted grains, caramel and a background floral hop aroma.

Taste: Coarse mouthfeel, full-bodied, with fruity sweet toasted & caramel malts upfront and an assertive dose of alcohol flavour. Hops peak to a salty, puckering and dry sharp bite, aided by a tight carbonation fizz, then light citrus-like bitter flavours hang on the edges of the palate -- a bit earthy and leafy. The beer finishes dry with some husk tannins, lingering fusel flavours, slight wood flavour and mild oil feel on the palate.

Notes: A damn fine stab at an English Extra Special Bitter. Very traditional, balanced and a pleasure to to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real nice looking head as well as the clarity. Mild fruit and caramel, whiff of floral hop and sweet grain in the aroma. Moderate body, clean palate that is slightly on the sweet side. Malt character is not thin but pale with little other than some sweetness, faint caramel and grain. Hops are right up there in bitterness, a touch of floral and woody flavours in the back. Alcoholic esters are held to a minimum with a restrained fruitiness. An all around good pale ale, not earth shattering but a good brew to have to switch things up.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating, but if did have some sort of non sensicle "bottling code" no clue what thats about. Pours clear, orangy amber, none too exciting head, some stringy lacing on the pint glass. Balanced nose, this one is a nicely crafted British style ale, malt/hop balance in place. pleasant on the tongue, drying smooth hops to finish the deal, fine sessioner.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the hotel we stayed at in Boston for the AOBF.

Clear pale copper in appearance, minimal head (glass completely full when it arrived at our table). Spotty lacing of the glass. Very "fresh" aroma, floral and citrus smells are quite nice. Taste is very ESB-like. Clean, crisp, and a nice bittering aftertaste. A nice surprise from the first sample of this brewer's beers.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, excellent head, clean malt aroma. Big hunk of malt in the attack, balanced by forceful hops and ends up tasting very salty. This is a pretty robust beer, especially compared to the others I sampled out of BB's Summer Sampler 12 pack. Not as refreshing and drinkable as the others, but more meaty, better suited to a meal (perhaps a steak dinner). The hops are strong but not appetizing enough to demand further sips; a citric tang would suit this beer especially well. A fine New England pale, solid if run-of-the-mill.

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

Clear darker amber with a flattish 1/8 inch head that persists. A little estery and fruity aroma, along with cinnamon bread. Definitely hopped, mostly crocus-like floral. Definite sense of zestiness here, the malt is present and lends body but lurks in the flavor background. If there were just a touch more fruitiness or candy to the malts, I'd rate this as good, as it is, pretty good. Finishes clean for a beer with decent body. Nice brew. Thanks to Liza P. for bringing a bottle from her Cape Cod vacation.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber color with a 1.5 finger white head. Aroma of toasted buttery grains with soft caramel and some sort of nuts. Taste is very fresh. More buttery grains and caramel along with nice fresh bitter hops. Finishes with a return of caramel grain followd by a bitterness that lasts nicely. Mouthfeel has a textured smoothness to it. Its needs a good swirl in the mouth to release the awesome.

Nice juicy bitter and very fresh off the brewery tap. A delectable ESB

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine looking coppery color,but would rate higher except for the head being small and disappearing too fast.The taste however was very good.In the classic pale ale sense,this was a very very hoppy,dry,and enjoyable.You can almost taste a hint of vanilla and carmel.This is a smooth ale that is very drinkable,and a quality product from Buzzards Bay.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer once again after some months at an old stand-by of a place while waiting for friends. From its glass, all seemed in-line for its style: Copper-colored, vague, fine lacing only near the glass-rim and very clear liquid. Smelled of very fresh malts with a bit of spicy hops. Loved its freshness (aroma & taste); it is brewed nearby Westport, MA. Assertive hop flavor, but not overly so – perhaps something in-between an English pale and an English IPA, but with that American taste (now curious, I accessed their website to see that they use E. Kent Golding hops – is it some husky 6-row barley?). After the initial load of hop taste, its maltiness becomes evident. Overall a nice, regional (fresh!) beer (although I prefer their bottled Olde Buzzard lager).

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Photo of edchicma
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment. At first it poured a nice coppery gold, with a decnt head. Their was a slight hoppy aroma, but the taste was just average, exhibiting a slight hoppy presence. Mouthfeel was a bit slick and oily with tended to make drinkability average also.

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Photo of pbrian
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good Brittish-style pale dominated by herbaly hops and toasted grains. Finishes dry and refreshing. I don't know how it matures as it warms as they all went down quite quickly cold.

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color - a pretty nice off-white head with decent retention. Smells of grain malts and light caramel with a slight hint of alcohol. Smooth, malty taste, with a mild bitterness. Not much flavor from the hops. Medium / light mouthfeel.

Not at all a bad beer - just don't expect an American Pale Ale, this is quite British. Very fresh as the brewery is just a few miles from my place.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Fairly average looking ale. Nice deep brown with ruby laced coloring. Weak head and lacing.

Smell = Nice strong flavor. Brown, maple syrup like malt scent with toasted grain and a strong chocolate/coffee scent. Not a strong hops presence. Very nice.

Taste = Pretty good. It's light enough yet has some deep, complex flavors.Hops comes through in the taste where it was missing earlier. Balanced nicely with the sweet chocolate malt.

Overall = A solid ESB. Pretty tasty. Reminds me of Fullers. Great job, guys.

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Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright fairly dark amber color, bountiful head, modest lace, both a light beige color. The nose is malt, clean and fresh, crisp, hints of citrus, slightly floral. Start is malt sweet, the middle skinny, the carbonation mild, nice hop spicyness, somewhat dry, and a drinkable beer, adequate, but nothing to "Scream about"..

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

Dark amber-copper with a decent head. The nose is fruity, malty, with chocolate notes and rustic hops. This beer shows unique depth, particularly in its malt, chocolaty notes, with a hop flavor that slides right into a sturdy bitterness. This lingers on the tongue right into the nice bitter finish. While this "Pale Ale" might raise certain expectations, don't come looking for your usual PNW crisp, citric hops. Instead, you'll find fruity esters and malt depth more befitting a fine English ale. Or at least a fine New England ale anyway!

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of auxiliary
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - Nice amber-gold color, with a nice foamy head that left some lace behind.

smell - Some sweetness, hops and some malt.

taste - Real bitter beer that I wasn't too crazy about. Good for a hop head though.

mouthfeel: Medium body.

drinkability - Not an easy drinker for me, since it is real bitter, too much hops for me.

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Photo of Timmy13T
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear tawny copper hue. One fingered, persistent, cream white head leaves languid, loose lace. Aroma is comprised of mellow butterscotch and earthy hops bolstered by caramel sweetened grainy biscuit. Esters meld with the diacetyl to lend a buttered fig component. Akin to a Redhook / Fuller's ESB hybrid in aroma. Odd, yet enticing. Rounded medium toffee initially in flavor yields to lingering notes of burnt, buttered biscuit and fig marmalade. Functional hop bitterness offsets residual sweetness partially, leaving overall balanced skewed towards the latter. Understated, leafy, sweet tea like hop flavor. Firmly dextrinous in body, with a smooth, pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of bitters and butter, but otherwise surprisingly dry and clean. A unique, enjoyable brew akin to a full bodied American Amber and traditional ESB hybrid in overall character. With a more pronounced hop profile this would be excellent.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a man born in New Bedford this brings me memories of looking out over Buzzards Bay from Marion. Granted I was not drinking beers when I was two, but a name can evoke a lot. The beer itself was not my fondest, unlike the memories, but decent none the less. It poured an extremely clear copper color with a white head that dissipated quickly. The nose was all floral with notes of sweetness. The taste was medium bodied, more flowery hop notes and just a hint of malts lingering in the back. Worth grabbing a sixer if you are in the area, but nothing more.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap as a sample at the brewery.

A-dark yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly.

s--somewhat fruity. mild hop aroma

T--balanced. Some malt up front and a light hop finish.

m--medium body.

d-very safe. Not a very assertive beer. Its not bad tasting but just doesn't seem to be distinctive.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong, but contains mainly hops & caramelized malt.

T: Heavy bitterness hits you up front, followed by a little bit of caramelized malt sweetness. As the sweetness quickly fades, you’re left with a hoppy bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp, but not too smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: I didn’t find this one to be very easy-to-drink, but it is tastier than a regular B/M/C beer. However, if there’s almost any another micro available, I’d go for that instead.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber color with a fluffy 1/2" head that faded fairly quickly. Aroma is malty with subtle fruity overtones. Hops are barely perceptible in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy feel. Taste is big malt with a finish of subdued hoppiness, nicely balanced. A pretty good drinking beer, I enjoyed it.

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Buzzards Bay Olde Buzzard Pale Ale from Buzzards Bay Brewing
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 82 ratings