Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Reading, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle conditioned as Blue. Cask as Oxfordshire Blue.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; whole leaf hops.
"Distinctively hoppy, lively, refreshing. Blue is the first bottle conditioned ale brewed deliberately to taste great chilled."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (14444) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Cask. hazy golden amber color, small white head. Aroma of light straw. Taste is slightly fruity straw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14423) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are bitter hops, flowers, malt and notes of fruits. Quite bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle @ Y.N.W.A. Pours cloudy yellow with a small creamy white head. Nose is fruity hoppy. Citrus, grass and peach. Medium bodied. Dry and short end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2008
Bottled as "Oxfordshire Blue" (BB 04/2009)
Light amber color, decent white head. Sticky hayish hop aroma. Fuller body than in an average 5 % English bitter. Flowey hoppy flavor, hints of honey. Kind of alcoholic in the finish, spicey-hoppy aftertaste. Similar to some Ridgeway’s stronger Christmas beers. Ok bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12436) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle from You’ll Never Walk Alone, Kolding. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 100313

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11905) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from John’s Marketplace, in Portland, OR. Orangish color with a frothy white head. Aromas are citrus, but more like a tangeloe than an orange. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor starts nicely bitter with orangey zest and some roasted caramel. Finish is just bitter. Hops seem somewhat spicy. The bitterness builds with time. A very good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
Pre-Ølmesse at YNWA. Clear amber with a lasting white head. Aroma of fruit, with a mineral touch - mango and tangerine are pronminent. Sweet exotic fruit flavour with an unpleasant metallic touch

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11312) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a clear golden with a small and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is malty with a good deal of hops. A good lively mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of hops, though it ain’t that bitter. some pine breaks through at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11131) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 19, 2012
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flaor. Strong nice citrus notes. Average heavy bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10980) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle conditioned, 500ml. Gold with white head. Heavy hoppy aroma on pouring giving a good indication of what is to come. This is a crisp dry but overall a tremendously oily hop beer. It tastes very fresh from the bottle and the condition is good, fresh and grassy with hints of citric lemon. A very good bottled beer, which seemingly is Hepworths trademark, good on them.

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