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Crouch Vale Topsail

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Occasional - months of availability vary.
A full-flavoured yet easy-drinking beer, with U.S. Cascade hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London on 8th November 2009. Gold with whitish head. Some hop aromas; hop kick with spicy notes and bitter/grapefruit hop. Texture was a little on the flat side and there was a moderate to brief finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Cask conditioned at The Wellington, Birmingham. Orange Gold with white head. Good sulphery nose, nice and juicy leading to a richer than CV’s usual malty body. Fruity and zesty, nicely sharp hops, quite dry with a long, long bitter finish. This brewery certainly knows how to tick the right boxes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2007
Cask (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004) Rich orange, tiny head. Crisp fresh citrussy hops. Sweet malty body, slightly maizy or candiflossy. Refreshing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9689) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
Cask Conditioned at the Oddington Arms, Oxfordshire for the Rugby World Cup Semi-Final 13-10-07 the third time that this wonderful little pub/stone shed has opened this year Dark amber in colour with nice white bubbly head. Lovely vibrant hoppy aroma, wonderful fresh and fruity taste with nice hops throughout, they’re right about easy drinking, I certainly exceeded sensible drinking levels on this little gem from Crouch Vale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2007
Cask. Golden colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity hops and some caramel. Flavour is very pleasantly fruits and hops, all in a very good balance. Some slight grassyness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Gravity, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Shiny copper with a small layer of white head. Bright perfumey citrus, mixed with a sulfury, spicy, farmy character that in this case is not unpleasant. Delicate grapefruit flavor, clean underlying mal. Dry, gently prickly finish. Might not be Crouch Vale’s shiniest star, but still a cracking good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2007
Brought to my work via a plastic carton. Aroma has crouch vale American hops written all over it super citrusy grassy hops. Taste has some pale malt/caramalt through the intence hop attack on the tougue. I suppose the caramalt is what adds the depth and colour but its essentially the brewers gold which is a very good thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2006
Cask, DBF 2005. Gold, thin white head and moderate fine condition. Gentle flowery hops in the nose, low sweetness balanced by an underlying hop note in the mouth and an initialy sweet finish that turns hoppy with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Hand pulled at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester. Really delicious. APA flavour, rich, juicy hops - perfectly balanced, not too aggressive, but they hold right through. Soft, fluffy in the mouth. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2006
(Cask at Wenlock Arms, London 21 Apr 2006) Colour is pale amber. Nose is fruity, hoppy with lovely lemon and grapefruit notes (as so often in Crouch Vale beers). Taste is fruity with lots of citrus and a nice bitter finish. Rather light body, but a very nice hop character.

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