Brewed at Hepworth

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
50 cl bottle. Golden clear colour with a little white head. Nice soft aroma of mild hops. Light flavour of hops, speciel cirtus, and with a tastefull and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MisoW (2619) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours pale golden color, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, corny. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, hoppy, fruity, floral, caramel. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2006
BCA (from Tesco, BB Apr 07). As Joeh noted an annoying label. As they suggested I served it lightly chilled but not in two stemmed glasses, I only have one mouth after all. There is an initial citrus hop burst. Crisp, drinkable and refreshing. I prefered this once it warmed slightly giving slight resiny earthy edge to the substantial hop finish with sweet malty flavours to back this up. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2429) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2006
Fruity fresh aroma. Clear orange brown with medium carb. No head whatsoever. Fruity taste, nice and crsip. has a home made feel to the beer. Watery in texture but with a pleasant tang. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2362) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a pure gold colour with a large off-white head. The aroma is all citrus with lots of hops. The taste is all citrus with a hint of malt, with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TET (2333) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2008
Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue is yellow beer with thin white head. Aroma is temptating: some sweet maltas and lot of fruitfull hops. Flavour is first slightly sweet but it changes very quicly to bitter and dry. There are sweet malts, fruits and hint of roastiness in the flavour. Quite easy to drink and carbonation is nicely balanced. Good beer for every sector with very nice hoppiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Sadly this one was a little old and had some skunk too it. But I could get a good idea of the flavor despite. Pale yellow ale with some grassy/pine hops. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a golden orange body with a thick whitish head. Nose of citrus oranges, lemons, and herb tea. Sticky berries and tangerines alongside some lemon character. Grassy, fruity, piquant hops. This beer was very tasty and refreshing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2052) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Hazy golden colour with a thick off-white head. Citrus aroma. Taste is hops, citrus, some malt and a touch medicinal. Quite high carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish. Not a favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2006
500ml bottle from Tesco. Before I even open it there are several things I don’t like just from it’s packaging. For a brewery that doesn’t exist could they possibly mention their non-existent brewery more than they have done? ‘Oxfordshire’ features three times, as does Ridgeway Brewing/Brewery. They also have the address of the ‘brewery’, which I assume is their office, and the address of their website that also doesn’t exist. Apparently this is also the first bottle-conditioned beer that’s designed to be drunk cold, is that supposed to be a good thing and is it really true? Anyway, moving on the beer with lowered expectations, it pours a straw/golden colour with a thin white head that soon dissipates into nothing. The aroma is dominated by a spicy, almost herbal hop, some sharpness and a touch of sweetness. The first sip is a thick, sweet full-bodied bitter with high carbonation and a massive bitterness to finish. The aroma hops are well pronounced also, peppery and spicy, and there are background notes here of brown sugar or honey. Rather earthy and the alcohol content is evident; this reminds me of some of the old Brakspear bottled ales. It’s really rather good, nice one.

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