Oxfordshire Blue
Ridgeway Brewing

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
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3.69 | pDev: 11.38%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
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flagmantho from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate effervescence and a nearly clear body with just the absolute tiniest hint of haze. Head pours a thick finger of frothy white foam; I think it looks great.

Smell: quite sweet and just a little bit grainy; not a lot of hop aroma, but a bit of piquancy that almost comes across as tartness. Not terrible, but not especially inspiring.

Taste: sweet and grainy with some prickly hops; they are herbal in nature and have more bitterness than any other flavor. Definitely a different pale ale flavor than I'm used to; I don't entirely dislike it, even if it is a little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rocky carbonation and a pretty decent texture.

Overall: an interesting beer. It's hard to say how well this was treated coming over the pond, but it does retain a pretty bracing bitterness. I'd like to try it closer to the source sometime.

Jan 30, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of head, and good head retention.
Lots of hoppiness and floral notes.
Got this on cask at GBD in D.C. Not cold enough, but went down well with the chicken wings there.

Jun 06, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is pale orange and slightly hazy with a soapy white head of broken bubbles. Fresh bread and dough aroma with citrus and floral hops. A really nice blend of hop and malt character. Ridiculously smooth on the palate. refreshing and silky. Goes down like water. Beers like this are meant to be served in this format. It's really a different experience having a low abv English beer from the cask as opposed to other serving mediums. Delicious.

Apr 20, 2014
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DaveHS from California

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wells Bombardier pint glass.

A-Pours slightly hazy chestnut amber with a thin, foamy off white head. Soapy lacing.

S-Sweet, almost reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar sweetness. A hint of bittersweet citrus rind, oats.

T/M-This just came in, and yet it doesn't really taste fresh. There's a resiny sweetness where the "whole leaf hops" advertised on the bottle should be. A possible indication of freshness issues. The Maris otter malts create a nice base, but it's not enough to get past the sweetness, which is excessive for the style and a little off putting without some nice Fuggles or East Kent Goldings to provide some balance.
Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O-Bottle is not dated, and it's the first I've seen of it in the United States, but I suspect it's not very fresh. If it is fresh, it would benefit from some grassy dry hops to cut the sweetness.

Aug 05, 2011
Oxfordshire Blue from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 9 ratings