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Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter

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Brewed by Crouch Vale
Style: Bitter
South Woodham Ferrers, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
NOTE: This is a new beer introduced in mid 2011 to replace Essex Boys Bitter (3.5%), Crouch Best Bitter (4.0%) and bottled Essex Boys Best Bitter (4.0%).
Full bodied and malty with hops shining through. A classic session beer.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle from Ales By Mail [230214]
Caramel brown, clear, off white bubbly head, slight lacing
Aroma of soft fruity caramel malts, touch of berry fruit, soft nose
Taste of brown fruity caramel malts, soft bitter hops, hedgerow fruits, touch of toffee
Palate - Soft carb, light body, bit watery. Finish of toffee malts, some toasted cereal coming though, soft bitter hops in the linger
Overall - Solid bitter with some nice soft fruity malts - prob better on cask

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Cask handpull, PoW, Hinckley, 20/11/13. Cream capped pale ruby. Good fruity esters on the snout hinting at strawberry, liquorice, red apple and caramel. Excellent subtly hoppy BB with fresh bread and biscuit; juicy hopcone notes, red berry and orange.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Pint at the Queens Head in Chelmsford. Orange-brown, clear with bubbly head. Smooth, light malt, fairly bitter, has some body. The aroma is a bit ’farmyard’. Lacks a little something, bland.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2013
Cask. Frothy White good mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bittter finish. Oily palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Cask @ C4, Odense. Pours clear Golden with a Small bubbly head. Citrus, hay and dough. Dry and crisp!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow - clear amber, very thin almost non-existent head, very weak caramel malty aroma, fairly standard English bitter, carbonation moderate to high

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Classic aroma of malt with a light halo of hops. Drinks with moderate bitterness and s welcome crisp lip smacking quality. A decent standard bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mecafilo (59) - Perugia, ITALY - JUL 5, 2013
On tap @ Harp, Charing Cross, London, UK. Pours with a golden colour, frothy off-white head. Aroma is malt, bread and little cheese. Moderately sweet, little bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, short lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Earth-covered leaves pervade this Bitter’s lean malts, as grape-y fruitiness accompanies further leafy notes in the long bitter finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam sits atop the gleaming copper.
-This Bitter’s as aromatic as it is flavorful.
-The fruitiness gets a little too prominent for my tastes.
-The prickly, forceful small bubbles do not really emulate a cask conditioning.
-Mineral notes abound.

Bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
Bottled (from AbM). Amber/copper colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild nuttyness with some pleasant fruity and sweet malty notes. Also some mild resiny and slightly birch sap like notes as well. Flavour is nutty, sweet caramel, some wood and mild birch sap as well as some resiny notes.


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