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Crouch Vale Sterling

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


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask; Special - April/May 2011.
Golden-amber alloy of pale English malt and fine, rustic, American hops (of the Sterling varety).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2011
A couple of after-work pints at Christian Firtal. Golden with a big and lasting white head. Aroma of hay and fruit, with a bit of citrus. Sweetish fruity flavour with clean, chewy malt and a mild bitter finish. Not the most exciting CV golden ale, but still exceptionally drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15580) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2011
Cask @ C4, Odense. Pours clear golden with a creamy white head and lacings. Hay, grass, buiscuit and citrus. Some dough and a floral hoppyness. A tad too much grain and corn. Smooth. Ends dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
Cask @ Chr. Firtal. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are fruits, malt and hops. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. A light golden beer with dense yellowish head. The aroma has notes of lemons, hay, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of peaches, malt, and some hops, leading to a quite bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
From cask at Charlies. Poursuivies clear and Golden xyellow with a small White head. Aroma is mild fruity and slight her al to grassy. Bitter  And dry. Slight fruity. Crisp citrusy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2011
(Cask at Castle, Chancery Lane, London, 18 May 2011) Golden colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of citrus, grass, lemon and hints of soap. Fruity, hoppy taste with citrus, grass and lemon peel. Rather light body, with a touch of sweetness. Well balanced, refreshing and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22493) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2011
27th May 2011
Gravicask at the Sun Inn, Kelvedon for their bank holiday weekend beer fest. Clear gold beer, no real head. Semi dry palate. Tangy hops. Mildly bitter orange with a little grapefruit and a trace of peach. Semi dry finish. A tasty little beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1976) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2011
Cask - The Fat Cat, Norwich. A clear golden beer with a small & bubbly, mostly lasting white head. Grassy, orangey & peachy American hop nose. Good initial straight-up hop upfront followed by more juicy US hop fruitiness on the tongue. A bit weak at the end. Short & oddly watery finish. Light to medium body, lightly spritzy. Fine but lacks the oomph and spar usually present in CV goldens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1813) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
Cask at CASK Pub & Kitchen, London on 7th May 2011. Pale gold with thin white head and a little lacing. Rich cheesy and grassy hoppiness in aroma and liquid, then a citrus note as beer subsides in the mouth followed by grapefruit and lemon citric finish. Beautiful. The lower markings given by previous raters may relate to tastings 3 or more days after mine and the beer could possibly have been past its best by that time...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2011
Cask (handpump) at Cask Pub & Kitchen on 10 May 2011. Gold colour. Generous, fluffy white head. Can’t say I know too much about the Sterling hop variety but, on this showing, it’s not one of the more aromatic US ones. Either that or it could use some more of them. Biscuity malts with a twist of tangy hops. Rather understated though. Not one the more assertive Crouch Vale brews. I guess, if you are going to do a series of single hop beers there are bound to be one or two that are not stunners. To be fair, this was the last pour from the barrel (free - couldn’t get a full half out) so might not have been at its best.

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