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Crouch Vale Crouch Best Bitter

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Formerly brewed at Crouch Vale
Style: Bitter
South Woodham Ferrers, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Bottled as ’Essex Boys Best Bitter’.
Replaced by Essex Boys Best Bitter (3.8%) in mid 2011.
This mid-brown beer is wonderfully full bodied and malty. A classic ’best’ and an established local favourite which aims to please and succeeds time and time again. Definitely moreish!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
A - grapefruit and floral A - apple cider brown with frothy head T - sweet with mid bitter P - mid O - good

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2011
First tasted this in the Boswell Hotel, Glasgow in March 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear amber red in colour with a thin white head. Slight fruity note of dried raisins in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts deliver a weak digestive biscuit base with hints of toffee. Floral hop resins give a short astringent bitter aftertaste. Finish is bitter sweet with dry hops evident but lacking in depth and complexity. An ok session bitter - nothing more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3283) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Bottle from Ales by Mail as Essex Boys Best Bitter. Fruity caramel malt aroma. Medium brown colour, reasonable head. Dry cereal caramel flavour. Bitter aftertaste. OK bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3727) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
Cask at Charlies Bar. Clear dark orange with a white head. Aroma moderate malty (toasted, caramel) and hoppy (floral, fruity). Flavor moderate sweet and bitter. Medium body, almost flat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10799) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2011
cask at charlies. Clear light amber, smoorh beige head. Slightly hoppy slightly grassy arma, dry hops. Flavor is mild, hoppy, faint caramelly, faint flowery, mild and very tasty

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ Charlies Bar, Pilestraede 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate hoppy, fruity. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, citrus - orange hops. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110401]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Cask at Charlies. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of malts, caramel, hops and grass. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber with a small white head. Faint malt aroma and sweet malt taste. Some bitterness. Excellent straightforward bitter. The sort of no frills beer that sometimes just hits the mark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2010
0.5L bottle, bought@Utobeer, London, as ’Essex Boys Best Bitter’. A beautiful bright reddish-amber body, topped by layer of tiny beige bubbles. Crisp nutty malt aroma. Some fine hoppy fruit tones, too. Medium malt body, clean, slightly sweet and light caramelly. A dash of light acidulous fruits, and hints of pepper. Rounded bitterness throughout. Quite lively in the mouth. Light to medium body. Crisp and dry finish. Really good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
Succulent fruity body; clean, crisp, good bitterness, citric hops, drinkability through the roof. A great classic English session ale. Consumed on draught at the Queen’s Head, Chelmsford, 9th July 2010.


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