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Brewed by Crouch Vale
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
South Woodham Ferrers, England

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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available in filtered bottle.
A gorgeous premium golden ale with wonderful aroma and a lasting spicy flavour.<


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (5875) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2007
(Cask at GBBF, London, 8 Aug 2007) Golden yellow colour with foamy white head. Slightly hazy. Fruity nose with lots of grapefruit, lemon and serious amounts of Amarillo hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with grapefruit, lemon and pine needles. Long, harsh finish with loads of citrussy hops. As usual this brewer is’nt stingy with the hops. Rather one-dimensional, but yummy for a hophead.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, pine, fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2007
Cask at Peterborough Beer Fest. Golden colour. Rich lychee aroma. Sweet and velvetty soft, really hoppy and somewhat sugary. Medium bodied with lingering bitter finish. Has this lovely seemless fhoppy flavour profile. With a tad less sweetness it’d be something mindblowing - now it’s just great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is really amarilloish fruity along with some slight caramel and spices. Flavour is hoppy, grassy and has some slight hints of alcohol. Also some wood and honey show closer to the finish. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 Golden with a small white head. Big peach aroma of the amarillo, with grass, hay and some fine bready malt. Fruity, dry and bitter flavour. A beer to drink, drink, drink and drink again

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
Cask@GBBF07. Very fruity aroma. Light hazy, pale yellow, white head, fair lace. Sweet, fruity, light bitter, light grassy. Medium body, light sticky. Highly drinkable, nice flavors, good balance.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Cask at GBBF ’07. Gold with a white head. Hoppy aroma. A bit of biscuit, but mostly hops in the taste. Been looking forward to this for some time, but it disappointed. Not as good as their Essex Blonde.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2007
Gravity at the Reading BF 5/507. Golden with a slight haze and foaming white head. Great citrus and spice aroma from the Amarillo hops. After that, the flavour was slightly disappointing: the beer felt watery for 5%, although the grapefruit taste and hoppy finish was pleasant enough. I preferred Brewers Gold.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2007
Gravity Cask @ Reading Beer Festival 07. Good peachy leafy apricot hops with a zesty citrus twist. Slightly sweet malt with the hop tailing off slightly in the finish but otherwise very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask @ Reading Beer Festival. Another absolute cracker from Crouch Vale. Must be those hops. They are clearly apparent in the aroma and to be honest it’s only Crouch Vale who can do a straight forward hoppy aroma this good. Beautiful again is the appearance. Such an amazing deep golden colour and a very good head considering it’s a gravity serving. As with their other big gun I am stuggling to note anything more than hops but it really is a masterclass of what this style should be. Ok there is a very slight sweetness and a wonderful balance at the finish but this is all about those wonderful hops. I could drink this all day and have no doubt whatsoever I would be as thrilled by the last drop as I am by the first sip. Stunning.


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