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

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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Cask: Regular; Bottle: Filtered
Champion Best Bitter at the Great British Beer Festival 2003, this is a pale, refreshing and hoppy beer with gorgeous aromas of tropical fruits. Now multi-award winning!
Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival 2005 and 2006.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle given to me by a friend. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, rich fruity hops, peach, mango, grass, little citrus. Flavor is malt, caramel, little yeasty biscuit, grass, fruity hops, peach, light citrus. Thin body, soft carbonation. Light bodied, refreshing and easy drinking beer, but just seemed to be a watered down American IPA but I liked it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4334) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2014
Cask at the Fat Cat, Colchester. Poured a clear light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is weak malt weak hop. The flavour is medium bitter light sweet with a weak watery malt hop slightly fruity palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2615) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear golden with an average, lacing white head. Aroma of citrus notes, floverish hops and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A very nice IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Bottle at home, as M&S single hop Hallertau BG, 25/12/13. Very lightly hazed golden with moderate off white pondage atop the glass. Nose is floral hops, citric fruit, lemon zest, candied sugars, perfumed notes, orange sherbet. Taste comprises orange peel, mandarin, floral hops, bitter citrics, zingy lemon, straw. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, clean finish. Solid GB but far superior on cask.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle, poured into a flared tulip glass. As M&S Hallertau Brewers Gold Golden Ale. Straw/gold colour, very thin white head, a little lacing. Looks like a lager... Aroma is quite sweet, like honeyed fruit. Taste is very balanced, and not particularly strong. Very easy drinking, clean bitter. Would be nice in volume, I suspect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rane (878) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2013
Cask. This really lives up to the high rating. Amber with small white head. Aroma hoppy fruit notes. Taste fresh, hoppy bitterness and a nice malty body. Very delicat and well crafted. A very harmonic beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (2231) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2013
0,5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours clear golden with a low head. Aroma is malts with some honey and fruits. Flavor is malts with a hint of fruits and a slightly hoppy finish. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (1064) - FINLAND - NOV 1, 2013
.5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar Pours clear golden with low head. Aroma is hops, strawberry, malts, pepper. Flavor is malts, some hops, fruits. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1694) - WALES - OCT 12, 2013
Cask at the Dove on Broadway Market. Golden yellow, clear with some suspended particles, foamy white head. Smell - citrus, kiwi. Body is medium, lowish carbonation. Taste is more refreshing citrus, nice level of floral bitterness, dry, light toffee. A morish British bitter. Stupidly drinkable and my pint disappeared very quickly.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiong (3746) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2013
500ml bottle from Ales by Mail

BBE MAY14 - Pours clear golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma of crisp grainy malts, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is grainy, malty and slightly grassy with hints of fruits. Finish is a bit stuffy and light bodied with hints of grainy malts and buttery grassy bitterness. A bit unbalanced.


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