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Brewed by Vale
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Aylesbury, England

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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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A sunshine coloured pale hoppy ale


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Old Bank Northampton 29/04/13. A golden beer with a bright white head and klace. Very hoppy sharp with lots of bitterness and a great deal of grapefruit. There is an odd acidity to this though which makes the extreme hoppiness very disjointed. A definite flaw which probably is down to conditioning rather than brewing but even so.....

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7473) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Cask handpump at The Library, Cowley Rd, Oxford 18.04.13 Pours warm gold, white head, good clarity. Stinging bitterness, really lasting bitterness. Very dry, the initial sweetness swiftly subsides to leave a very dry, bitter roof of mouth. Grapefruit bitterness, real mouth wakener. Is this the best, most hoppy, bitter beer that I have ever had from Vale, I think so, there is a Vale feel about this but it also feels quite brave, pushy and assertive the sort of beer Ive always wanted Vale to do. At 3.8% this should be a regular it would be up there with Dark Star Hophead. A7 A5 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1


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