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


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
Cask; Regular.
Light copper hoppy bitter.H eavily hopped with traditional varieties producing a thirst quenching beer with pronounced and pleasant hop aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18704) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
Cask at the Hop Pole, Aylesbury, 28/02/15. Clear golden amber with a decent off white head. Nose is bitter dark fruit, toffee, biscuit, spice. Taste comprises toffee, dark malt, spice, biscuit, dark fruit notes, tea leaves. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Rating best vale ipa for want of another alternative. Fruity and hoppy with a little tingle. Golden amber colour. Quite a decent session ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2834) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Cask at the Three Cups, Buckingham. Golden amber, clear with decent white head. Muted aroma of orange peel and caramel. Candy-like sweetness tempered by a basic hop bitterness. A nice balance. Long finish decent mouthfeel for a low ABV bitter. Pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. Unassuming but certainly more than the sum of its parts. A decent session bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1861) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Cask at The Antelope in Surbiton. Floral aroma, nice balance of hops and biscuity malt, some butterscotch and citrus. Decent enough session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2258) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2013
Cask at the Falcon (JDW), High Wycombe. Light amber with a moderate white head and a light fizz. A few flowers, a little lemon, and some biscuit before a slightly dry, moderately bitter finish. A bit thin, a bit dull, needs more aroma hops. I continue to be unimpressed with Vale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6372) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Cask at the Crispin, Wokingham. Golden amber with a tight white head; floral hoppy aroma; light and fresh with a hoppy bitterness and a malty body; then a biscuity finish. A straightforward everyday English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Hop Pole Inn, 83 Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England HP19 9AZ.

Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111204]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (480) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 The brewery claim this to be a new recipe and it is, to be honest a great improvement on the old one; much more hoppy and with a more balanced palate than the old version. Now called Vale Best IPA and although it wont please the IPA Nazis, I quite enjoyed it. For comparison, I am leaving my old rate below. Mid-amber and very thin with little more flavour than that provided by the bittering hops. Short faintly bitter finish. Slight aroma of English hops is its only saving grace. Quite a poor example of the genre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2012
Cask [email protected] Baron (JDW), Hinckley. Copper draped finely with white. Rust, biscuits and caramel aroma; some sticky hopcone and jellied fruit as it warms. Dabs of strawberry, raisin, caramel, baked bread and digestives. Fresh and attractive malty BB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerstalker (1) - Cenac et St Julien, FRANCE - JUN 7, 2012 does not count
A great session bitter. At 3.7% this is a finely balanced ale with a complex flavour and good finish.

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