DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Cask in Blackfriars. OMG, i had brewers gold on last week and it was completly awsome like top 20 of all time. No i get this chap on and it just takes hoppy light golden ales to a whole new level. Aroma is bursting with a mix of citrus lychee notes and tropical fruit, prhaps even some clear golden honey floral character. Taste is just bursting with balanced fruity sharpness and richness, all in all i doubt many beers could beat this as best beer ion the world when its in this type of form. A worldbeater that takes that brewers gold extra for a ride and kicks it up and down ths street for the banter!
smmadge (87) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste is mild hoppy an fruity and fortunately without the bitterness many hopped beers have. Will drink again!
StueyD (1001) - Heacham, 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 Summer’s eve. (Cask - The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).
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!
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, The Queen’s Head pub in Chelmsford. The only Crouch Vale pub. Good lacing, clean crisp, utterly sessionable, awesome drinkability, floral and perfume aroma, fluffy and slightly nutty on the pallet, good dossage of Amarillo hops, very creamy, great bitterness, really outstanding ale and one of my favourite bitters ever. Fantastic.
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!
thewolf (10553) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Chris_o.
Pours light hazy golden amber with a small, creamy, white head. Wonderful lacing. Aroma is great. Wonderful hops, powerful yet subdued. A chewy biscuity maltiness behind it. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is simply so stunning, that 5 % ABV seems unrealistic. Dries out my teeth and the rest of my mouth with a super hoppy touch on top of a stunningly balanced malt base. This...is...officially...the...best...session...be
JohnRMurdoch (2710) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Bottle from Beers of Europe & Cask @ The Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh. Grapefruit, resin & tropical fruit aroma. Golden orange colour, not much head. Biscuit, resin & tropical fruit flavour. Bitter aftertaste Very well balanced. Draught is better than bottle. One of my favourite beers but last bottle I had not so good.
craigwinnall (1) - Hitchin, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic tasting Golden Beer. One of my favourites A regular beer on at the Half Moon Hitchin. Wonderful
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy hop resins and their citrusy counterparts flutter within well-defined pale malts before a crisp bitterness takes hold of this Golden Ale’s elegant, dry mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the deep golden clarity. These guys work on colour marvelously.
-This feels like a Extra Pils with US hops and British malts! Strange, but oh so much fun!
-A delicate peachy trail appears in the aftertaste.
-Blanched nuts and honeyed sugars whisper through the flavour profile.
-Carbonation is much higher than the average UK, but when the beer’s this good, I have no problem with that.
-Drinkability is through the roof.