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Crouch Vale Essex Boys Bitter (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Cask; Regular.
Replaced by Essex Boys Best Bitter (3.8%) in mid 2011.
A pale brown beer with plenty of pleasing malt and hop flavour despite the low gravity. Unputdownable!
NOTE: 500ml ’Essex Boys Best Bitter’ (4.0%) is bottled Crouch Best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Cask conditioned & on a hand pump at The Alex in Derby. No sparkler. This beer was fresh on & I got the 1st taste. Mid brown in colour. Full hoppy, bitter taste. A good session beer at 3.5% Sweet-ish Best of the evening :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2005
Gravity @ 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival, UK. 25th May 2005
Hoppy and refreshing. Flowery and full bodied for this kind of low strength. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Served in some awful bar in Chelmsford, late at night while a cover band beat my brains black and blue, and the crowd filled the air with a smoke haze. There I was, hunched over my precious pint of Crouch Vale, in the only place in town I could find that was still open when I was passing through. Sure is a nice looking pint: dark copper, dense, creamy-fine tan head. Fresh soft aroma, a bit of citrus. Soft malt, lingering blood orange flavor. I was really surprised to see this at 3.5%--it really feels fuller than that. Good enough in lousy conditions, can only improve.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1806) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen on 21st October 2009. Clear amber with white head dissipating but leaving initial lacing. "Juicy" and thirst quenching. Malty aroma then delicious burst of malted fruit and hop leaving a fairly bitter finish. For a 3.5% the beer is very flavoursome having been kept at its best by the pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Ealing Beer Festival.
Amber colour with a thin off white head and good condition. Very grassy and floral with some good caramel malt and nice spice. Well balanced. Straight forward and slightly boring but solid and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2010
(Cask at Castle, Chancery Lane, London, 24 Nov 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange, dried apricots, hints of caramel and earthy hops. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, orange, toast and earthy hops in a finish with a decent bitterness. Rather light body, with balanced sweetness. Very tasty and highly drinkable. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12080) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2012
Cask @ Charlies, Cph. Pours amber with a small, staying, frothy, off-white head. Aroma has malts, caramel, light toasted, soft grass. Low carbonation, fine dry and fairly oily mouthfeel. Flavour is nice, fat caramel, grassy and light piney hops bitterness. Lingering dryness. Impressive for the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (8294) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2016
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - Amber copper pour with off white head. Aroma and taste is prominent malty, with some caramel and toasty bready malts, slight nutty, twiggy and herbal hoppy, nice low abv session bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2006
Hand pulled at the Bartons Arms, Birmingham. Nice hoppy aroma (typical from CV). Mid brown colour, like the DJ says. Very good beginning - really nice hops and balance. Things drop off though, and the problem is that the second part of the beer is longer than the nice start. Too watery in the finish. Could have been better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2006
A dark brown to amber coloured beer with a thick white head. A distinct hoppy sroma, with a hint of citrus fruit. The taste is dry and hoppy, with some of the sitrus fruit again. There was a tiny hint of toasted malt in the background. The finish was dry and a little weak. (Cask - The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).

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