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Itchen Valley Tea Clipper

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
A mid-brown ale, brewed with Progress hops for an initial bitter taste, and real Indian tea leading to a smooth finish and satisfying aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2015
Cask. Clear hazelnut brown with a small white head. Not much to it; light dark berries, dark bread, wood, light brown sugar. Light body, watery texture, light sweet and acidic. Short light sticky finish. Nah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Dark golden beer. English bitter with dry lemon. Must be the tea coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8686) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Cask @ White Swan, Hebden Bridge. Golden with a small head. Has a mild sweet berry aroma and taste with the nose being more dominant. Easily a session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Cask at the Bear (JDW), Maidenhead. Amber with a loose cream head; perfumed aroma that immediately made me think of tea - at first I wondered if this was just the power of suggestion from the name, so I was glad to see that there was tea in the recipe; in the mouth itís very soft with a malty body and an immediate fresh herbal tea-based bitterness; that gives a long dry finish. Certainly full of flavour, and an interesting one at that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
8th April 2013
Sir John Oldcastle Spoons. Clear gold beer, little white head. Fresh light palate with fine carbonation. Mild fresh pale malt. Mild minerals. Pleasant light hops - light lemon with a touch of noble hop like greeness. Whisper of herb. Light crispy finish. In very nice condition and pretty drinkable. Didnít notice any tea!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2011
Cask at Ascot Festival 2011. Pours a dark amber with a firm white head. The aroma is all floral hops, the taste is malty with carmel with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (6805) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2010
Cask (Southampton Beer Festival 2010) - Copper coloured. Tea, malt and dried fruit feature in the aroma. Malty and fruity taste with hints of dried fruit, tea, nuts and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
Cask @ Wenlock Arms, Clear amber with no head. Aroma has dusty hops and mild fruity notes. Moderate sweet flavor with caramel, floral hops and malty notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2007
Cask handpull at Wenlock Arms. Some flowery hop, some malt. Bit bleachy acidic aroma. Bit harsh and thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2006
Tasted by half-pint at the Magpie&Crown, Brentford, W. London. Served by a handpump. Appearance: translucent, dark amber hue, coming with a nice foamy head and low carbonation. Smell: like another Itchen Valleyís beer tasted immediately before this one ("Wykehams Glory"), the nose is full of aromatic floral hops, which falls behind a sweet peary fruitiness. Simple in composition, but very harmonious and pleasant. Taste: biscuity malts with a mildly caramely edge leads the palate, quickly ensued by a mildly citric, tangy taste of hops and more Fuggles-like bitterness in the end. Good structure. Palate: softly fizzy on the mouthfeel, light-bodied, refreshing... This bitter comes with a good flavour profile and enough hop presence to make it taste more interesting (besides being fresher and nicer in condition) than the Wykehamís Glory tasted immediately beforehand, hence slightly higher in total score. Not bad~~

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