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


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.
Abv lowered from 5.5% to 5.0% in 2003.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts. Challenger hops.
A dark brown hoppy ale, bitter sweet with an aromatic nose.

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fonefan (53043) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Masque Haunt, 168-172 Old Street, Old Street, Greater London, EC1V 9BP.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, light to moderate hoppy, warm citrus, orange - citrus, light spicy ! Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, light light notes of chlorine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101228]

madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
5th January 2008
Flat as a pancake one dimensional brown beer. Tastes of nothing in particular. Poor.

omhper (26040) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Cask conditioned at Akkurat, Stockholm. Nut brown. Lemony nose. Sweet and full bodied with soft, yet simplw malt structure. There’s some grassy hops and a rather bitter finish. I didn’t enjoy it at all, mostly due to the citric, lemony aroma.

Leighton (23093) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Cask at the Tyburn, JDW. Pours a clearish, amber-gold with a soft, off-white head. Toasted malts and ripe, lightly tart berries in the aroma. Somewhat of a rich flavor, with some sour malts, grapes, and orange peel. Light to medium in body with very soft carbonation. Finishes with mild warmth, faint citric bitters, some light dryness and light bread. Nothing special.

fiulijn (21523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
<i>Cask conditioned at The Castle, Furnival St., London</i>
Amber color; frothy head. Light aroma. Very good caramel flavor, some sweetness, light nuts, strong bitterness; in the final there is a fruity and even a bit earthy touch. Very well made.

harrisoni (19709) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Pigs Ear BF. Slight haze, copper/amber colour with bubbly off white head. Slightly sour aroma. Bit appley. Some sweetish malt, straw. Bit rubbery.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
Cask at The Pommelers Rest, London. Dark amber, beige head. Chocolate and fruit aroma, some licorice. Fruity flavor, hops and some swimming pool.

imdownthepub (15650) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle Conditioned. Brown beer with short head. Malty and fruity, but quite flat thin and cardboardy. A musty finish, a pretty dissapointing beer.

Desverger (14040) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2012
([email protected] Sir John Oldcastle, London) Pours a dark amber colour with a minimal offwhite head. Weak malty toasted fruit in aroma, taste of bitter orange fruit malts and minimal hop character with bitter finish. Ok.

leaparsons (10906) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2002
Dark tan with a light fruity aroma. This had a good degree more hops bitterness than the typical Xmas beer. The balance isn't quite right and it is pretty thin in body. Shame really.

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