Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 itís 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 itís 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.
Fin (6637) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 16-02-07. Pours a warm golden colour with the merest hint of haze and a bubbly white head. Stunning aroma from the Amarillo hop and taste wonderfully hoppy and fruity, juicy and fresh, nice citrusy grapefruit tang. Maybe it was the expecatation but this didnít quite hit the dizzy heights that I was expecting nonetheless it was a very good beer and would that I would actively seek out again.
imdownthepub (9160) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer fest 07. Orange gold with white head. I was very much looking forward to this beer and whilst it gives a good example of a single variety hop it does tend to lack the fullness of flavour I was expecting. There is a fleshy dryness to the beer with spicy hop notes, but there is also a thinness to the beer. Having said this it is still a very good beer.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Cask handpull at The Rake, Borough. Gold colour with thin off white head. Amarillo hop aroma, bit of ashtray. Frankly a bit thin in mouth to carry the hop. Peachy fruit and then aromatic hop finish. Lacks real depth. Itís 5% ABV, but it needs more body. Bit of sweetness from peachy fruit and alcohol. Good drying finish. Just needs more in the mouthfeel as the aroma and finish are good. Too watery in mouth for me. 3.4/5
Re-rate, Unicorn, Canterbury Peach/apricot aroma. Lovely condition, strong golden peachy beer that rather stunned me.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Far From The Madding Crowd Autumn Ale Festival. Just a slight haze to the warm orange pour. Small but very sticky layer of white, leaving a lacy ring of flecks down the glass. Bursting with hop goodness--grapefruit, cinnamon, a summery-fresh pollen--amazing. Citrus and fresh apricot bitterness: big, unapologetic hop flavor but without the unpleasant rind quality that sometimes goes with heavy-handed hopping. A solid underlying warm breadiness. The hops really are the star of this show, but it still manages balance. This is remarkable, wonderfully good ale. What a great introduction to Crouch Vale!
TBone (11230) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@Wenlock Arms, London.
Copper brown, small white head. Strong Amarillo hoppy aroma. Starts a bit honeyish sweet, then amarillos ride in. Overall sweetish, hops dominate the aftertaste.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint pulled at The Evening Star in Brighton, a clear light amber with a thin white head. A beautiful sweet berry and citrus aroma with a perfect tanginess. Pineapple and fruit salad flavours, a great bitterness all the way through and a good dry finish. One word - delicious!
StueyD (1000) - Heacham, Kingís Lynn, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bright, golden to orange beer with a thickish white head. A powerful hop aroma, floral, and plenty of tropical fruits, sweet grapefruit, lemons and mangoes! The taste is very dry to begin with, then, (after a few pints!), this mellows, to allow the hoppy, floral, fruitiness to come through, Again, grapefruits and lemons, plus bananas and mangoes. Deceptively drinkable, as some of the locals would agree - hench the rendition of the Tony Christie classic! Perfect for a balmy English Summerís eve. (Cask - The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).
Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hoppy beer with fruity citrus (also from hops). Medium body, good refreshing beer to drink in the summer.