Crouch Vale Reviews




Grumbo
3.2
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Cask at the Craft Beer Co, St Mary Axe, London. Pours pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of hops, citrus fruit, floral notes, caramel, banana and sherbet. Medium sweetness, moderate bitterness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation. Finish is dry, fruity, slightly chalky.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RichTheVillan
3.5
Crouch Vale Eldorado
Cask at the Wellington; clear golden yellow pour with a bubbly white head, aroma has a hint of peach, taste also has peach along with some mellow sweet malts, some citrus.
Friday, April 14, 2017

SlackerMads
3.3
Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild
Cask at Charlie’s. Dark chestnut brown with a medium sized light brown head with good retention and lace. Brown sugar, light hazelnuts, twigs, mild syrup, dark rye bread, light roasted malt. Medium body, soft texture, light to medium sweet and bitter. Dry finish.
Monday, April 3, 2017

Holmen2
3.6
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
From cask at Charlie´s Bar, Copenhagen, 30.03.17. Clear golden. White head and lacing. Moderate aroma of American hops, tropical fruits, succade and flowers. Fruity taste of tropical fruits, succade, dried apricot and pale malt. Smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Holmen2
3.6
Crouch Vale Essex Boys Bitter (Cask)
From tap at Charlie’s Bar with JU, ES and IF 29.03.17. Pale copper. Off-white head and lacing. Sweet aroma and taste of pale caramel and malt, with a slight hint of moderate English hops. Low carbonation. Good drinkability.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Desverger
3.8
Crouch Vale Crackling
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - (this most definitely is not retired) pours dark Amber reddish brown with a small white covering. Aroma and taste is sweet caramel and toffee, with a plethora of dark dried fruit, slight nutty, nice hoppy backing, happy to have tracked down this elusive "whale" :)
Thursday, March 23, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.9
Crouch Vale Mosaic
September 13, 2015 - at Cask Pub & Kitchen - handpull cask. Abso gorgeous pint - brassy, clear, refractive, with a long lasting smallish mottled beige head; what the hell - 5/5 (I so rarely give those, but this looks a treat). Aroma is "ever so hoppy!" - quote to my wife: "this is amazing - you’d hate this! It’s like acidic cat juice - 9+!" Taste is ... really good, but the hop bitterness is way more muted, it comes across as a solid-plus golden ale with a lot of cereal (none in the aroma). Really mouthfeel - acidic, astringent, airy and a little chewy, decent handpull carbonation - medium finish, something of a grapefruit pith aftertaste - well done.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ostespiser
4.3
Crouch Vale Crackling
A bit tainted by the ever—present IPA curse ... Still enjoyable though!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cunningham
2.3
Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter
Clear nutty color with no head at all. Did not look that inviting. Decent intensity in the aroma. A bit light body and a soft carbonation level. Caramel malty and mild fruity flavor. Dull beer.
[Handpull at Queen’s Head in Chelmsford, England – shared with Rune a Sunday afternoon]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cunningham
2.9
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Clear golden color with a white layer on top. Moderate intensity in the aroma. Medium body. Soft carbonation level. Decent balance between sweetness and bitterness. Mild citric, mild fruity, herbal and malty flavor. Ok session ale!
[Handpull at Queen’s Head in Chelmsford, England - Shared with Rune]

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rasmus40
3.4
Crouch Vale Crackling
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 110317
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rasmus40
3.5
Crouch Vale Eldorado
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light hoppy - grass and fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 110317
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rune
2.8
Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter
Cask ale, half-pint, at Queen’s Head, Chelmsford. Bright copper coloured body. Naked surface, minimal lacing. Vague malt-fruity nose. Taste of caramel, bread and with a mild fruity bitterness towards the finish. Clean in the mouth. Satisfying, ordinary Brit bitter (Shared with Cunningham 19.02.2017).
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Nisse666
3
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
Bottle tons of the to Grumbo, region no 95, cons 2017-02-18 Göteborg AR: crisp bready, tiny aroma AP: clear coppery, frothy cream beige foam F: crisp bready, bread syrup, rich carbonatio, bitter juice
Saturday, February 18, 2017

saxo
3.3
Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild
Cask @ Dove Street, Ipswich. Medium head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, hops, fruits, caramel and has a nice bitter finish.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Camons
3.3
Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild
Cask @ The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, little caramel, wood, little hops. Flavor is light bitter, light sweet, malty, caramel, little chocolate, little fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, light sweet finish. 150217
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Rasmus40
3.3
Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild
Cask @ The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich. Hazy very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light roasted malt. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 150217
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

jjsint
3.3
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Handpull cask at the Three Horseshoes, Stapleford. Very light gold. Straw really. A bit of white head floats on top. Aroma is surprisingly light with suggestions of soft citrus. Tastes much better though... crisp and bitter with tangerine and tropical fruit lingering for the long finish. More citrus and some mango in the aftertaste. Not a world beater but good sessionable cask ale. You know what you’re getting.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

john44
3.5
Crouch Vale Apollo
Cask Pint at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London in Aug 2010 - Gold in colour. Very Hoppy; oily resinous hops. Fruity; citrus grapefruit and orange. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Citrus fruity hops over sweet malts. Very drinkable. (2010-08)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

john44
3.5
Crouch Vale Sovereign
Cask Pint at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London in May 2010 - Burnished Gold in colour. Fruity; grapefruit and tangerine citrus. Hoppy; grassy and spicy (peppery) hops. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Good fruit/hop/malt balance. Sweet citrus fruits and balancing delicate hop bitterness. Very drinkable. (2010-05)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

john44
3.8
Crouch Vale Amarillo
Cask Pint at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London in Feb 2010 - Pale yellowy gold. Citrus hoppy aroma. Very citrus-fruity (grapefruit, lemon & tropical fruits). Very hoppy (floral & grassy hops). Solid Malty base (sweet malts, caramel). Very citrus fruity hoppy throughout. Dry bitter hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced; tangy citrus fruits, grassy hops, sweet malts. Enjoyed this a lot. Lovely beer. Nice pint! (2010-02)
Sunday, January 29, 2017

bdleedahl
3.1
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
Decent body for a light ale, better than most for the style. Nothing off, no complaints, just nothing special.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

john44
3.2
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Gravity Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2016 (Day 3), Olympia, London Aug 2016 - Clear Yellowy Gold in colour. Good foamy white head. Excellent lacing. Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Spicy; peppery. Hoppy; grassy hops. Malty; bready malts. Very bitter citrus fruity spicy hoppy throughout. OK but too bitter. (2016-08-11)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

minutemat
4
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
Cask @ The Salopian. Pours clear amber, thin off white head. Taste smooth with good fruity moments, peach apricot they all get a look-in. Very good and flavoursome for a golden ale.
Sunday, December 11, 2016

minutemat
3.4
Crouch Vale Anchor Street Porter
Cask @ The Salopian. Pours dark brown, off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, dark malts. Taste is smooth, dark malts, chocolate, light sweetness, liquorice. Nice porter.
Sunday, December 11, 2016

jjsint
3.1
Crouch Vale Amarillo
Handpull cask at the Kingston Arms, Cambridge. Deep gold, clear with almost no head. Smells vaguely of citrus and peaches but there’s a spicy/soapy hint. Very bitter throughout and not particularly balanced. The Amarillo hop is left to run rampant. Bitter soapiness in the long finish. It’s alright but quite messy. Too many problems to justify a higher score.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Sigmund
3.5
Crouch Vale Amarillo
500 ml bottle, from Ales by Mail. ABV is 5.0%. Golden colour, low white head. Pleasant aroma of spicy and fruity Amarillo hops. The flavour is mid between sweet and dry, with juicy and spicy hops throughout.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

madmitch76
3.4
Crouch Vale Posh
6th October 2016
Craft 100. Clapham. Cask. Clear gold beer, thin pale cream colour head. Palate is light and fairly dry, decent fine carbonation. Nice condition. Trace of something sulphurous here, nowt too serious. Mild pale malts. Tangy hops, mild orange - tangerine and a little peel. Light lemon. Dry finish. Decent.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sigmund
3.3
Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter
500 ml bottle, from Ales by Mail. ABV is 3.8%. Clear copper colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Nice lacing. Aroma of malts, hints of toffee. Slightly dry flavour, fairly distinct earthy hops, bitter finish.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Towey1989
3.6
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Cask at Den Engel, Leek. A clear pale golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, peach, slight fruit esters, some pale malts and subtle grassy, floral hops. Taste of orange, peach, subtle pineapple, some fruit, slight bready malts and subtle grassy, floral hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish fruity finish with a bready malt aftertaste. A sweetish, fruity beer showcasing the Amarillo hops used. Maybe a little more bitterness but otherwise very sessionable. Good.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Grzesiek79
4.3
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
Super pachnace zlociste piwko z minimalna pianka, zlota i mglista barwa. Cudowny zapach passiflory. W smaku ananasy, landrynki, nieco wanilli iraz miodu akacjowego, wszystko wzbogacone subtelna goryczka w tle. Przyjemne delikatne ale zarazem wyraziste. Polecam
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Crouch Vale Posh
Gravity dispense at Craft 100, 06/10/16. Clear golden with a well appointed off white head. Nose is earthy fruits, straw, light sulphur notes, caramel. Taste comprises orange peel, light perfume, straw, melon. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close. Ok bitter.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

PMgep
2.5
Crouch Vale Amarillo
Old rating, transferred to ratebeer. Golden color, white head. Some hoppy flavor but missing something
Friday, October 7, 2016

teorn88
2.9
Crouch Vale Posh
cask at craft 100. It pours a clean golden color with a small white head. Aroma is grainy sweet fruity and lightly farty. Taste is medium sweet and grainy with notes of fart and starch and light grassy green hops. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, meh
Thursday, October 6, 2016

jackl
3.2
Crouch Vale Posh
Cask @ The Harp. Medium amber pour with a creamy head. Nose is a touch muted. Mild bready malt. Some hay. Light accents of citrus fruit and mild cheese. Flavor is fairly well balanced. Nice biscuit ballast. Light leafiness. More citrus comes through on the finish. Light body. Soft texture and carbonation. Very quaffable. Good stuff.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

ippopotamo36
3.4
Crouch Vale Posh
Handpump at the Harp in London. Ancient golden color quite clear with a frothy beige foamy cap. Nose: quite malty with a pungent and generous spicy hoppiness. Mouth: a bit watery, session orientation and evident peppery finish (hops). Solid! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, October 2, 2016

AndyRumsey
3.4
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
On cask at Woodbine Inn Waltham Abbey, Essex. Very good condition.floral, citrus aroma. Clean pale malts. Clear golden colour, white head. Moderately bitter. Medium body.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Iznogud
3.6
Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter
Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Malty, toffee, caramel, bread, some fruit. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied. Nothing spectacular, but a good bitter.
Monday, September 5, 2016

jmgreenuk
3.6
Crouch Vale Amarillo
Cask at the Alma Inn, Harwich. Poured a clear straw colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is big citrus fruit grass bucket hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a crisp refreshing, light fruity hop bitter, light pepper spice palate. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Werckmeister
2.9
Crouch Vale Amarillo
0,5l bottle at home shared by 3 from alesbymail. BB May / 2017. golden clear color, small white head. smells buttery, light cardboard, peppery, light sweetness, hints of fruits. medium body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes honey, citirc, peppery, tobacco, leathery, a bit old hoppy, even bit alcoholic. finishes medium bitter with honey, tobacco and light cardboard. rather harsh bitterness, overall not a fan, maybe I got an old bottle, but not a fan.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

redders1974
3.6
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Golden lasting head with lacing peach bittering hops fruit sweetness very decent blonde ale
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

rlgk
3.6
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Sample at GBBF 2016, Tuesday. Clear golden beer with a bubbly head. Fruity hop aroma, citrus, grass, herbal notes. Hoppy herbal flavor, citrus, grapes, hay, floral notes. Quite nice.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

MrTipple
3.5
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Grain and cereal malts, light bread, some citrus fruits. Clear gold, small, frothy, white head. Light sweet. Intense, juicy, lightly sweet citrus fruits. Excellent Golden Ale, very fruity in aroma and palate.Cask at GBBF16, Olympia.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

ekstedt
4.1
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Cask at GBBF 2016. Clear golden, white head. Bready malt, some fruity notes, floral and herbal hops. Light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Benzai
3.1
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Sampled @ GBBF day 1. Clear yellow golden color, average sized white head. Smell and taste malts, lightly hoppy, hop bitter, bitter. Slight citrus hint maybe. Ok body and carbonation.
Monday, August 15, 2016

daniele
3.6
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
cask oro decisa nota lupolato filo resinoso agrume piacevole beva finale amaro
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beerhunter111
2.7
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Gbbf. Klares hell goldgelbes Bier. Geruch leicht hopfig, helles malz, zitronig. Geschmack mild hopfig, helles malz, uninteressant.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Smithld1
3.5
Crouch Vale Yakima Gold
Cask at rake. Pretty good. Sherbety. A bit inoffensive but perfectly doable for a sesh.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

minutemat
2.7
Crouch Vale The Golden Duck
Cask @ The Salopian, Shrewsbury. Pours a misty gold, thin white head. Aroma is grassy, fruity. Taste is, sadly, a bit lifeless.. glimpses of soft toffee fade too easily. End of the barrel perhaps.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Desverger
3.4
Crouch Vale Summer Drop
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - pours dark Amber with a white head. Aroma and taste is toasted malty, toasted bready malts, slight nutty and some great herbal twiggy hoppy notes, caramel malts, solid bitter finish! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, July 22, 2016