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


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RATINGS: 190   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.<

   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 í07. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6134) - 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.

   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.

   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13215) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2006
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2006
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2006
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2006
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!

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