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Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cjennings1987 (32) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
Wonderful beer. After the strength of the ripper the aroma and taste of this one was enhanced. Very much a honey taste with slightly grassy aroma. Though this may be caused by the teeth suckling flavour of the previous beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrOrla (1716) - Odense C, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2016
Cask c4. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, very grainy, light bitter, veggie, caramel, light berries. A tad old with touch of dms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoo7 (1) - HARVEY, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2015 does not count
This was a cracker of a beer - one of six local ales on tap tasted at the 500yr old pub The Queens Head in Old Harlow it was the stand out and became the star beer after many rounds. It was dry, malty with subtle fruit and nicely balanced bitterness to the finish. A true quality session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5825) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from Ales By Mail; clear copper pour with a frothy white head, fruit and nut aroma, taste has caramel, bready malts, some sweetness, winter berries and a bitter finish. Aggressive carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thmsboyd (191) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle BBE Dec 14. Lightly chilled. Toasted oat aromas with some off-notes (butyric acid?). Yeasty and bready. Typical deep amber appearance with small, slightly patchy head. Very light bitterness. Good mouthfeel, with slick texture and moderate carbonation. Overall a pleasant, light bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2714) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1435) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12663) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15230) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Cask @ C4, Odense. Pours clear Golden with a Small bubbly head. Citrus, hay and dough. Dry and crisp!

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