Beer of the Weekend #710: London Homesick Ale

The Texas brew tonight is London Homesick Ale, brewed by the Oasis Texas Brewing Company of Austin, Texas.

The color is hazy gold. A finger of eggshell-colored head leaves a bubble- and foam-spotted skim and a thick ring around the edge. The aroma is very faint. I have to almost stick my nose in the beer to smell anything. Despite the faintness, there are scents of pale malt, light hop bitterness, and a hint of zest. The flavor is light as well, but the beer is more flavorful than aromatic. Present in the flavor are pale malt, light hop astringency (which slowly begins to work the taste buds), and light citrus. It has a smooth mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the bitterness and zest become more prominent. It is a nice, easy drinking session brew, though I am not sure why anyone would be homesick for it.

Fun facts about London Homesick Ale:

• Style: The brewery classifies it as English-style ale.

• Price: $6.25 per six-pack of 12-ounce cans at the Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods store on Texas State Highway 121 in The Colony, Texas.

• Alcohol content: 4.9 percent ABV.

• IBU: 27.

• London Homesick Ale won the gold medal in the Ordinary or Special Bitter category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. I guess it makes someone homesick.

The Quiet Man’s grade: C+.

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