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Itchen Valley Sticklebract

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


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A fresh, zesty New Zealand hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (2614) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Cask at Rose and Thistle, Frimley Green. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head, aroma has some hops and fruit, taste has some sweetness, with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Cask conditioned at The Royal Oak, Oxford. Gold with white head. This was a bit of a muddle, there was a honeyed sweetness, almost caramel alongside quite an astringent, pine like hop flavour. Bitter, sweetish. Slightly odd.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Pump House Brighton 21/05/13. A golden beer with a whitish head and lace. Noticeable hops which have a citrussy edge but there’s a caramelly sweetness which makes it not gel properly. A decent body but the hops aren’t allowed to shine enough. Late bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gruberm (329) - - MAY 26, 2013
On tap at Queen’s Arms in Kensington. A golden ale of suitably safe means. Thin white head and some fruity notes. A nice summer, warm weather ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Golden brown, thin white head; light fruit, moderate bitterness, the merest hint of gooseberry from the NZ hops, a fairly standard boring bitter otherwise; although to be fair this was one of three mediocre beers tasted at the same pub - the Lambs Green Inn, Corfe Mullen - so perhaps the mediocre score is down to mediocre cellarmanship.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Cask @ The Windsor Castle. Light amber, tiny frothy head. The nose is herbal hop, piss. Rich mossy earth. Apricot. The taste is strong herbal hop. Shag tobacco. Coniferous forest. Wood. Some caramel. A bit ragged and out of control. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2834) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 12, 2013
Cask @ Haymarket, Edinburgh [070513]
Amber, clear, dense white head, some lacing
Aroma - very light hop, soft zest, lemony kiwi
Taste of bitter zesty hops, light soft fruity pale malts, some slight grass in there, seems quite a complex hop, bitter palate
Palate - Light body, very bitter for the abv. Over dry and bitter linger
Overall - Finish is too dry, needs some more light pale malt sweetness, nice to try another hop...was reviewed 2 days before same pub below by Ashton so may be not in best condition

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2013
On tap @ Haymarket Bar, Edinburgh. Pours pale with a light haze and a nice head. The nose has some fresh citrus as well as a decent level of biscuity malt. The taste pretty much confirms the nose. The palate is light to medium bodied with a zingy finish. Overall, as golden ales have become gradually lighter and less malty, this is not as dry and single dimensional as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2013
Cask at Auctioneers. A one-dimensional representration of NZ hops - citrus hop dominates with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4786) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2013
Cask by handpump at The Auctioneers, Glasgow - golden amber with a very slight haze, foamy off-white head, floral fruity aroma, intermittent lacing, green hop flavour, bit thin bodied, prolonged hop finish

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