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Itchen Valley Watercress Best

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


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Seasonal - Spring.
Name changed from Watercress Line Bitter to Watercress Best
A hint of locally produced watercress gives this smooth-drink bitter a unique and attractive flavour. Named after the Watercress Line heritage railway, which passes by the brewery at Alresford.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (12169) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Brown with white head. Biscuity, cereal malts lead the way with this beer, twiggy hops, leafy, dry notes, a hint of chocolate perhaps. Pretty dull unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (5513) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
Cask at the Prince Arthur (JDW), Fleet. Chestnut with a tight cream head; biscuity aroma; sweet biscuity taste with a slight twiggy bitterness; and some tea to finish. Rather plain and boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Junction Inn, Southampton. Watercress Best 4.2%. Pleasant soft bitter with chocolate notes and a fruity aroma. Good, though fairly average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6302) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2013
Cask (Watership Down, Freefolk) - Copper coloured. Peach, papaya and dried fruit in the aroma. Tea, peach and apricot in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6361) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Whoa, looks like this oneís been out of commission for a while. Cask @ Wetherspoons in Hammersmith. The pourís light amber with a tiny white head. The aromaís honeyed bread, spring rain meadow, crisp breakfast cereal. The taste is light lemon shortbread, some white grape. Delicate orchard fruit flavors. Nice light malt body. Some cake. Floral herb finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, this is actually pretty good. Understated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Impressively lacy half at The Merchant Beer Festival, Rugby. Slight yellowish haze. Opens with an unsubtle gust of watercress pepperiness. And thatís not a hop metaphor, itís the real thing. Not unpleasant, but completely one-dimensional. A touch of biscuity afters. Sourish. Zzzz. Bonus point for stirring something unusual into the mash tun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
Cask conditioned @ The Black Boy, Winchester. Pale copper. Lightly malty aromas with a slight toffee/biscuity aspect. Some general herbal hop aromas which may have came from the Watercress added - although when I drank it I didnt realise any unusual ingredients had been added. Slightly sweet with a relexed bitterness. This was quite pleasant but the sweet malty focus based on pale malts doesnít really excite me.

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