Brewed by Nene Valley
Style: Bitter
Oundle, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask. The warm copper colour raises expectations of a full flavoured beer and NVB delivers this and more. There is an excellent balance between the pale ale malt flavour and a hint of roasted and caramel flavours from the crystal malt. The hops have been specially selected to provide a subtle spicy aroma and refreshing bitter aftertaste.

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leaparsons (10906) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Cask, Broood, Leicester. Hazy golden brown with an off white head. Sweet caramel and biscuit with grain. Nutty black tea with spices. Mellow lemon with a woody, peppery finish. A bit homebrew in character but OK.

FatPhil (17491) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2017
Draught (Maypole, Cambridge)
Dull rotten malts in the aroma, rotten leaves. Sweet messy malts, again rotten. Watery and flat palate. Too rotten.

jjsint (3651) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Handpull cask from the Three Horseshoes, Stapleford. Tawny brown with a tiny bit of head. The aroma lowers my expectation: a bit of caramel and crystal malt just like the description said. Meh. I take a sip and change my mind. It starts sweet and a trifle yeasty but soon changes. There’s a nice sharp woody bitter, underpinned by malty notes but still packed with flavour. The finish is long and bitter, but there’s still a note of sugary agave nectar in the aftertaste. I like Nene Valley’s more forward-looking beers but usually struggle with their more traditional stuff. This is an exception.

Theydon_Bois (21791) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2016
Cask at GBBF’16, day two, 10/08/16. Golden copper with a well appointed egg shell white head. Nose is earthy fruit, faint smoky whisper, straw, biscuit. Taste comprises dusty fruits, bread, light toffee, orange peel, earthy. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close. Decent bitter.

Mr_Pink_152 (5905) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
Bag in box from brewery, drunk at a party. Copper Amber colour with an off white head. Malt and light fruity caramel aroma. Taste floral, light sweet, berry and light bitter finish.

fonefan (52906) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 28, 2016

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2016, National Winter Ales Festival (2016), The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE24 8JE.

[ As Nene Valley Bitter ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, malt, light to moderate hoppy, citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, pale malt, sweet malt, light citrus. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20160219]

ladnewton (2091) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
Cask at the Cambridge Blue, Cambridge on 12th April 2016. Coppery Amber with off-white ring-and-film affording scant lacing. Caramel malt aroma. Malty and fruity in-mouth with soft berries. A floral touch. Finish is floral, mildly citric and malty. Light-bodied with a zingy mouthfeel.

MrBlueSky93 (535) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle from the Brewery. It’s hard to make a Bitter special, there are so many out there, so many average bitters, it’s hard to find something special; this was one that stood out a little. It may not look all too special, it may not smell all too special, but subtle tastes are what make this a really great Bitter. It pours deep copper, almost chestnut in colour with A few millimeters of an off white, creamy head. The aroma wasn’t all too jaw-dropping, caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. It looked and smelled like a simple bitter. But it tasted, far, far better. Initial caramel, as expected, then some lightly roasted malts provide an earthy, nutty, malt base, then comes some dark fruits, and what followed was a slither of citrus, lemon and orange adding a real twist. A really great Bitter, one I’ll definitely sip on again!

imdownthepub (15638) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Ostrich, Peterborough. Amber with white head. Light malty beer, biscuity, some sulpher notes adding some depth with a salty character. Fruity later on, hints of peach and dry leaf hop. Pretty reasonable.

madmitch76 (26845) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
10th July 2012
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Light haze on this gold beer. Light dry palate. Tiny bit of lemon in the mild citrus. Mild minerals. Very dry finish.

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