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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2002
A low abv bottle conditioned bitter from this enterprising Buckinghampshire microbrewery. Vale Brewery started in 1995 by the brothers Stevens, and have already acquired a few CAMRA awards for their cask ales. It’s uncommon for a British Bitter with such a low abv to work well as a bottle conditioned beer, but the brothers are careful to put in some sweet wort to give the fresh yeast something to work with. The result is very impressive - the closest thing I have yet encountered to a traditional British Bitter in the bottle. This tastes fresh with a delicate balance of fruitiness and hoppy bitterness. Mmmmmm!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2004
Cask @ Green Dragon & The Rising Sun, Haddenham, UK Backlog 14 Aug 2004
A very nice session beer.Would this be at my local there would be several long sessions indeed. Quite complex for its strength, with some slight butterscotch and nuts. Finishes off with a nice hoppy aftertaste that calls for more of the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (13232) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2003
Cask Conditioned. Mid brown beer with light head. Impressive fruity malts with some nutty notes. Fresh good drinking ale.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Simple upfront with distinct fruity aromas. Light cakey/vanilla sweet flavour despite being quite dry, almost immediately obliterated by the bitterness then leaving a chalky feel with a hint of residual sweetness. A decent session bitter.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2008
Cask at 3 Judges Glasgow ... Copper ... sweet fruity malt nose ... juicy ... little caramel ... bitter linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2004
Cask at Babington Arms, Derby (JDW). Bright brown, hint of head, liked the hoppy finish with a real sort of hedgerow berry fruit taste - not blatant but just enough to make you go ooooh. Better the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 2004 rating: Bottle conditioned from Wycombe Wines, High Wycombe, Bucks. 500ml. Interesting malty and nutty ale with notes of honey and some dusty hops thrown in. It works well for a bottle conditioned bitter. (3.5/5) 2009ish rerate, entered 2011. Bottle conditioned again. An orange colour, sparking clear, a thin tight white head. Subdued fruity aroma. Smooth easy drinking fruity bitter. About as good a bottled beer as you are likely to find for the strength. (3.3/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2009
Cask handpump at The Regal (Wetherspoons), Cambridge. Clear copper with a good-sized head. Cereal and hops in the scent. Some carbonation, a bit dry. Caramel and biscuit malts in the mouth. Quite nice at first but then turns quite bland.

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