Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Oxfordshire Triple B

Some of you may have already seen this already but it caught my eye the other day at Smith's Marketplace, so I thought it might be worth looking in to.

The Oxfordshire Triple B comes from the Oxfordshire Brewery on the outskirts of the village of Marsh Gibbon in the U.K. The village has long been associated with beer making and brewing with records tracing back as far as 1850.

It seemed like an odd find at a Utah grocery store of all places, then I caught the ABV on the side of the bottle then it all made sense. The Triple B is a true session beer in the purest terms. It's 3.7% ABV is dinky even by Utah standards. However it gives you an sense about the nature of real British ales. That they are for quenching not just for getting piss drunk.

Poured a clear copper color with very little - to no head. The nose was of tea, wood and some spices. The taste starts with tobacco and tea - well-hopped with Golding hops? Next comes big, sweet bready malts with a dry, herbal hop finish. A little thin in the mouth with low carbonation.

Worth checking out if your in the mood for a balanced English pub ale. Available in 16 oz bottles.

Also, I updated yesterday's post on Squatters' Big Cottonwood. Check out the new labels for their "Small Batch Series".

Cheers!

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