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

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
fiulijn (21214) - 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.

3.3
SaintMatty (7525) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2010
Cask (Giddy Bridge JDW, Southampton) - Copper coloured. Fruity cake and spicy malt in the aroma. Spicy malt, caramel and dried fruit in the taste with a bittersweet and fruity finish.

3.3
wheresthepath (2395) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
[Polypin from the brewer’s own stall at the Winchester Farmer’s Market] Dark amber, negligible white head. Caramel and fruit up front with hints of chocolate and flowers and lots of twigs. But quite nice twigs actually - it’s reasonably well hopped and has a crisp, assertive earthy bitterness at the end. More autumnal than Christmassy, but a reasonable ESB nevertheless.

3.2
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 05/12/2002 Amber coloured with some alcohol and malt flavour. Fruity with a slightly dry whisky finish.

3.1
johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2003
A brownish ale very suitable for Christmas drinking.Quite fruity but nothing really outstanding.

3.1
BeerViking (5044) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2010
Cask at JDW in Feltham, pours a dark amber with a fine off-white head, not terribly aromatic but what there is is malty and faintly spicy, chewy body with notes of peach, burnt caramel and cloves. Roast fruitcake and bitter finish.

3.1
fonefan (51092) - 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]

3.1
berkshirejohn (6655) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Cask at the John Russell Fox (JDW), Andover. Reddish chestnut with a dense cream head; sour fruity aroma; soft in the mouth with a fruity malt flavour and a dry, earthy, nutty, finish. A decent Christmas ale, but not a patch on the IPA served next to it.

3
SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2003
Cask Fresh @ JDW's Sun, Redhill, Surrey. Pale gold colour - crescent moon of loose bubbles. Green apple aroma. Sticky pale malt with gentle sweetness - citric hops play on the top, gently at first, becoming bolder and louder into the finish. Some fruit up front which returns in the finish - apricot, apple, a touch of pink grapefruit. Long dry finish - citric tang. Medium mouthfeel, a little sticky but also pleasantly tingly.
Mine was 5.0%, had Strong Ale on the pump and was in the American Pale Ale style. New recipe this year?

3
Leighton (22307) - 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.


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