Brewed by Vale
Style: Bitter
Brill, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle condtioned.
Full bodied and full flavoured with fruity/nutty undertones.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt and crystal malt. Fuggles and Challenger hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2008
Cask at 3 Judges Glasgow ... Copper ... sweet fruity malt nose ... juicy ... little caramel ... bitter linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Medium copper, white head. Marmalade, honey, leather aroma. Animal mineral malt, candy hops. Not what I would call a clean tasting beer, but there’s a good amount of interesting flavor. I dig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2007
A Sim rate (cask at Nottingham BF): Nice copper / amber colour. Tastes bitter and so very ordinary. Bitter finish. Watery palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2007
Cask at the Jolly Anglers, Reading. A warm sunny day, so a chance to sit outside on the bank of the River Kennet and fully appreciate the incredible colour of this beer - brilliant copper, with fiery red and orange tints as it catches the sun, topped by a thin white head - an exceptional sight. Pleasant aroma of oranges; fruity and dry to start, then a juicy fruity burst; leading to a dry and bitter caramel finish. Excellent, but I would have preferred a stronger finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
Cask conditioned at the Cornubia, Bristol 4/4/07. Copper coloured with faint aroma of sweet malt. Flavour of sweet caramel with a dry finish. A solid, if unspectacular session bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Cask at Wellington Arms BF ’07, Bedford. Orange amber. Malty aroma. A fruity sourness in the taste and a late bitter finish. Above average session beer. 9/11/10 Same location. Aroma of hair oil malt. Earthy taste. Some bitterness. Needed a trace of sweetness. Rating: 6,4,5,3,11:2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9843) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Amber brown with a big fluffy foam. Aromas are caramel and toffee malts with oranges and yeast. Flavours are malty with a juicy fruitiness. Dry and nutty towards the finish with a pricklly carbonation. Earthy, peppery hops on the finish with a bitter aftertaste with some metal. Pretty good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2006
Cloudy golden with a small white head. Almost no aroma. Watery with some generic malt caramel and a bit of honey. No bitterness whatsoever and very little hop presence. The bottle label proudly said “Hand Crafted”. I say buy a machine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle from Real Ale. Clear, glowing amber with orange notes and a big white head. Well-balanced aroma of caramel fruit and citrussy hoppiness. Taste of raisins and toffee. Good bitterness. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. One of the more complex bitters I have tasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2006
A mid orange-brown coloured beer, with a weak white head. A light aroma of hops with a slightly fruity hint. The taste is dry with a light bitterness. The flavour is of dry hops along with a fruity element that comes through from the nose. The aftertaste is dry and hoppy. (Draught - Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk)

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