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


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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, - MAR 1, 2011
{thoughts} Crisp brew, a fine hope focus without being out of balance, though the aroma was on the timid side.

{elements} Brilliant straw hue; compact, sudsy white head. Soft, biscuity malts and bright apricot hops with a delicate ginger undertone. Lightly sweet, bright acidity, moderate bitterness; clean, fruity and lively. Creamy texture, soft carbonation, light bodied. 50cl bottle, best before November 2011.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
teorn88 (5159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2015
Cask at CBC SMA, London. It pours a clean golden color with small white head. Aroma is grains and starch with light biscuit. Taste is crisp and medium sweet biscuity with grains and traw. Light bodied with a soft carbonation. Overall, meh

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoneR (31) - - SEP 29, 2015
Very little on the nose discernible. Very clear, almost a washed out look to the beer. Not too bitter, a beer to enjoy that could quite easily be quaffable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (7785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. High carbonation. Aromas of butterscotch and lemon. Taste is lemon, astringent malt. Thin finish. Disappointing. Probably better on cask, to be fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (2312) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Cask at Roebuck, Leek. Pours pale gold with white head. Some citrus, light fruit, bit of biscuit. Decent gold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (1182) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2015
Cask at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A clear golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity of grape, lemon zest, sweet honey and some spicy hops. Taste of grape, slight melon, lemon, maybe some orange, honey, subtle biscuit, caramel and spicy, floral hops. Light bodied and flat to soft carbonation. A bittersweet, honeyed, floral hop finish. Really surprised by this, complex for a golden ale. Little sweet and flat but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (2546) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Gravity at Bardfest 2015. Golden with a white head. Nice strong lemon citrus aroma. The taste is sweet and lemony. some bready notes in the finish. Nice summer drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theprof (274) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
If you favour a beer with lemon/pineapple scent, this is for you. Pale gold body. Thin head that laces well. Neutral at first but sharper and tarter as you sip. The back taste is fuller than the fore. Thin on the palate and meant for summer. And probably a hotter one if served chilled. Not to be repeated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (5473) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle from Ales By Mail; golden amber pour with a creamy white head, light lemon aroma, taste has citrus, a bit of diacetyl, some bready malts, I was expecting more from this because of Glens review, perhaps I need to try it in cask.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
vague lemon aroma, pale gold body with thin white head, tastes just like tap water, absolutely the most blandest boring beer ive ever tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Typical English golden ale with stable, moussy, irregular, snow white head over a very slightly hazy (but cloudy with deposit), ochre blonde beer with very subtle olive green hue. Unusual and, frankly, not too inviting aroma of biscuit and toasted bread, green olives, cervil soup, melting rubber, grass, buttermilk, crushed weeds, caramelized ’witloof’, candied apricot, bread dough, raw Brussels sprouts, earth, old cake. Taste begins rather neutral (as usual in this style), some subdued fruitiness (cucumber, unripe berries), medium carbonation, grainy sourishness with even a slightly drying effect, somewhat yeasty and starchy but not overly so, rather thin body as expected, mineral water, toasted maltiness appearing quickly but not as much as in many darker coloured beers, bready, all restraining from actual sweetness and managing to do that very well; in the finish, a relieving, leafy and earthy, ’low’ hop bitterness appears, lasting quite long, with a bready, in fact almost sourdough-like graininess piercing through it all; this mild but persistent hop bitterness (fortunately) stays with you as the last impression, but remains too subtle to save the day. I may have stumbled upon an old bottle - clearly this style is intended to be consumed fresh - but I must say, I expected more from this, this is actually quite unbalanced, boring and strange in a not very appealing kind of way... Even in this style, I find this one of the lesser exampes I tasted so far.

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