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Crouch Vale Xmas Pale

Crouch Vale Xmas Pale
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Formerly brewed at Crouch Vale
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
South Woodham Ferrers, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Special - Christmas 2007.
Brewed with Lager and Extra Pale Maris Otter malts. English Goldings hops give a delicate aroma and soft, full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
Cask in the three judges brough to the hoose in growler. Aroma is typically crouch vale, citrus, pale malts, lightly grassy and very hop. Taste is similar and juicey slight hop resin character which makes slightly richer than expected. I wonder if this is infact a rebadge of xmas pale, howver from speaking with ronnie it says crouch pale on the cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2008
Cask@Pigs Ear BF. Quite pale indeed. Lovely floral aroma, fruity hops. palate is light and hoppy. Very subtle, and very well done. Seems quite crisp in the finish. Not really a winter beer (something more likely to drink in the warmer summer months), but a nice beer all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Cask gravity at Pigs Ear BF 07. Pale gold, thin white head. Certainly hoppy, but its a little sweaty sox. Grassy. Good carbonation. Nice drinkable grassy hoppy beer. Decent bite. Fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2007
A Sim rate (cask at Pig’s Ear BF): Hoppy, grassy, fresh aroma. Nice and not too overwhelming. So, so dull-looking. Fresh, hoppy and refreshing flavour, but not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2007
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Gold with a small white head. Citric aroma: I vote for pineapple. Lovely bready malt taste develops into a fruity sweetness. Some late bitterness. Leaves you with an aftertaste of fizzy lemonade. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7299) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2007
Thin coarse white head. Yellow body. Floral tropical fruit aroma with notes of peas. Sweetish floral tropical fruit hop taste, delicate and clear. Soft, clean mouthfeel. Dry peas and tropical fruit aftertaste. Very nice and hoppy! (0.5pt cask at the Wenlock Arms.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Gravity at the Pig’s Ear Festival, London: Clear light gold. Awesome aroma of late picked riesling. Simply mouthwatering and so, so fresh - floral, slightly limey and citrussy, and minerally. In the mouth gentle grain notes are juicy but somewhat disconcerting after such a saliva inducing floral aroma. I couldn’t help but be dissapointed, even though a late, very subtle floral flavour did develop. Very, very pleasing nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Pigs Ear BF. A striking yellow orange coloured beer with no head. The aroma is citrus with lemony notes. The taste is hoppy but in a subtle way (certainly so for Crouch Vale). Drinkable but thin. Not sure why this is a Christmas beer. (Note that I can spell Christmas unlike the brewers!!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2007
Gravity at the Pig’s Ear Beer festival 4/12/207. Another hoppy golden ale from Crouch Vale. Plenty of citrus aroma with a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking with grapefruit flavours and a long, dry finish. Enjoyable.

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