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Itchen Valley Hambledon Bitter

Brewed by Itchen Valley
Style: Bitter
Alresford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned. Has also appeared at 4.5%.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt. Cascade hops. Honey and elderflower.
Named after the village with the first recorded cricket club - established in 1760.
A golden brown refreshing beer brewed with honey and elderflower.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UtterlyBGroovy (4) - Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
It was a couple of years ago a mate and I stumbled upon Hambledon at The Lamb in Surbiton. I’m not usually a fan of ’flavoured’ beers, but the elderflower was subtle, very subtle (like elderflowers themselves I guess!), and complemented the lightness of the beer so well ... well, we had popped in for a swift one after lunch but feared there’d be none left in the evening so had a ’few’ more! ps It did run out early that evening!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2013
Cask @ Sir John Oldcastle, JDW, Farringdon EC1. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty weak floral hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 24, 2012
Cask@black, boy Winchester.
honey amber with golden syrup and slight elderflower on the nose. Fairly sweet with some floral citrus notes and dry biscuit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Sir John Oldcastle London 23/07/12. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. Sweet pear drop flavours. Very sugary. Aroma is the same. Really sugary again. No nasty honey flavours which is a relief.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
Cask @ Great Expectations. Last but 2 pint in the barrel. Pale gold. Floral elderflower aroma. Balance of bitterness with sweetness from the honey. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2012
Cask, Kings Head, Leicester. Golden brown with a bubbly foam. Aromas are biscuit malts with stewed apple and floral notes. Quite sharp on the nose with citrus. Some underlying caramel with earthy hops. Flavours are floral and medicinal with honey and lemon. Caramel with dusty yeast and lemon tea. Spicy and dry on the finis with fruity bitterness. A decent bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2012
Floral and lightly hoppy nosed golden ale. Nice easy drinking session ale for a warm summer day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Duke of Wellington, Dalston on 24 July 2011. Golden amber colour. Fruity notes in the aroma and flavour. Slightly floral. Delicate and drinkable. A rather pleasant quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2011
Cask@Duke Of Wellington, London. Golden colour, small head. Aroma is fruits, wood and some mild bready notes. Flavour is quite much the same with also earthy and floral notes. Rather steong wooden notes in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (4143) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, London (JDW). Light brown with a lacy white head, slightly floral aroma with a little spice, malty and slightly honeyish at first, then turning dry and clean. Light floral hoppy finish.

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