Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask handpump at The Library, Cowley Rd, Oxford 18.04.13 Pours warm gold, white head, good clarity. Stinging bitterness, really lasting bitterness. Very dry, the initial sweetness swiftly subsides to leave a very dry, bitter roof of mouth. Grapefruit bitterness, real mouth wakener. Is this the best, most hoppy, bitter beer that I have ever had from Vale, I think so, there is a Vale feel about this but it also feels quite brave, pushy and assertive the sort of beer I’ve always wanted Vale to do. At 3.8% this should be a regular it would be up there with Dark Star Hophead. A7 A5 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1
Cask conditioned handpump Old Bank Northampton 29/04/13. A golden beer with a bright white head and klace. Very hoppy sharp with lots of bitterness and a great deal of grapefruit. There is an odd acidity to this though which makes the extreme hoppiness very disjointed. A definite flaw which probably is down to conditioning rather than brewing but even so.....