Brewed by Itchen Valley
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alresford, England


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Ingedients: Maris Otter and Lager malts. Saaz and Cascade hops.
A light effervescent beer with initial bitterness leading to a sweet full malty flavour, complimented by strong aromatic hop notes gathered from American speciality hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
500ml bottle from Real Ale, Twickenham. I had this years ago on cask at the Market Porter and remembered liking it, so I decided to buy this when I saw it. Golden with thin white head. Lovely hop aroma of US fragrant hops. Slightly sweet in mouth and could do with a touch more roundness from the malt. Then beautiful US hop finish, all citrus and compelling. A tad too gassy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9923) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2003
As fresh as cut grass. This has a good sparkle and more hops bitterness than expected. Floral, oily hops finish this good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (844) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2003
rich malt and hop aroma, pale and slightly cloudy gold hue, deep malt character with hoppy notes, grapefruit hints, complex and enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2003
Bright Beer at The Coachmans Rest, Enstone, Oxon. Yellow golden beer with no head. Itchen valley beers seem to employ a malty sweetness that could be cloying but in this case works very well. Full bodies, well hopped with aromatic variety. A very pleasant beer drunk in a very pleasant place, many thanks Paul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
Pours a golden colour and has a fruity aroma and it has a bitter sweet and fruity flavor nice golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5556) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Kent Beer Fest. July 2007. Lovely. Very fruity. Pineapple. Grapefruit. Mango. Dusty hops in the finish. Very nice. 3.6
Dec,2014. JDW, Eastleigh. Flavoursome blonde. Fragrant hops on a juicy biscuit malt base. Very drinkable. 3.5

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1811) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Cask, on 4th September 2009, at the Racehorse, Carshalton, Surrey, UK. Clear, copper-coloured with a small white head of foam. Bitter with roundedness from malts tempering the citric hop. Saline mouthfeel and the drinker left wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2005
Gravity At The Ipswich Winter Festival.Amber in colour,no head.Fruit and hop aroma,toffee and fruit flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7912) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at Charles Dickens, Southwark, London, 26 Nov) Pale amber colour with small white head. Fruity nose with grapefruit, apricot and fresh earthy hops. Fruity taste with grapefruit, dried apricots and a nice hoppy bite in the finish. Nice and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7834) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 3, 2014
Cask at The Anchor, Digbeth, Birmingham. Poured a hazy light golden amber with a thin broken white head and some broken lace. The aroma is tropical fruit and I swear a little honey. The flavour is medium to light bitter with a smooth watery flowery spice hop palate. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation. A super session ale. Lots going on.

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