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Crouch Vale Brewers Gold - Crouch Vale Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crouch Vale Brewery Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2004)
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Reviews by philipquarles:
Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

50cl bottle BBE 6/2010. Pours slightly cloudy gold with a huge, fluffy white head that lasts. Very nice lacing. Brilliant slightly sweet malty smell with a light fruitiness that's hard to place. Grassy. Full, malty body with some nice citrus. Light, refreshing hop character that is grassy here again. Medium body. Drinks incredibly easily; very nice bitter.

philipquarles, Oct 22, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked up down South while visiting a friend. A former Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, so it comes with a pedigree....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale gold hue with slight haze and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light grainy malt with aromatic hop notes; hints of mango, tropical fruits and citrus. Also some earthy yeast and a touch of sweet honey.

Tastes of light malt with an aromatic hop character and a dry finish. Notes of mango, grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus, melon - a great blend of fruit flavours. Some sweetness, again resembling honey, with earthy yeast and subtle stewed hops in the background. A crisp, restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with good body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of floral hop notes and yeast.

Yum - light and flavoursome, the perfect hot weather beer. Great balance. The aromatic hops taste lovely; distinctive and fruity, while the malt and yeast notes complement the hops perfectly. The nose could have a bit more going for it. Closer to a pale ale than a bitter, but who cares about style when it tastes so good? Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

On-cask near Brick St. in London. The review is from notes taken back in April. Appeared a clear gold with no head, the glass is filled to the brim. The flavor is juicy with orange and grapefruit hops. It's very smooth with a similarly juicy aroma. It's a little different from most of the session beers I've had and that's a good thing.

tempest, May 29, 2009
Photo of MrKennedy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Light golden appearance, pouring with 1cm of foam that settles down to just sit with a small layer over the beer itself.

Beautiful aromas eminate from this. Fruity, guava, pear and exotic fruit aromas really shine. Smells fresh, even considering its journey.

Little bit of hop bite early to let you know they're there. Slight citrus flavour as well, backed by a bit of biscuity malt in the middle. Quite a balanced finish.

Solid mouthfeel, pretty well balanced to the style, which is more of a Golden Ale than a Bitter.

Overall, i can see why it won the Champion Beer of Britain, twice in consecutive years. A lovely, refreshing, complex and well balanced ale. After seeking a bottle or cask for about 5 years, it lived up to expectations.

MrKennedy, May 04, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours pale amber wtih a small quickly fading sudsy head.
Nose shows caramel, honey, floral and light fruity hops.. Big malt notes, pretty nice.
Similarly malt flavours, with honey, cookie dough and golden syrup characters. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Feels a little watery, carbonation could be higher.

CrazyDavros, May 14, 2011
Photo of dubsola
4.7/5  rDev +19%

Served from cask in the Wenlock Arms, Pride of Spitalfields and numerous other good pubs in London. One of my favourite beers - a good summer drink, easy to quaff but interesting.

Clear gold, minimal head, floral but not overpowering aroma. Citrus flavours and a medium-full mouthfeel. Rather refreshing.

A fine example of an English golden ale.

dubsola, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

Drank at the Cock Hotel, Wellington, Shropshire.

Golden, honey blond with a small whisp of a white head, which stayed for a while then left the scene.

Very floral in aroma, almost perfumed, not to my liking really.

Nothing great about its taste considering it did so well again this year with CAMRA awards.

All in all, a big disappointment for me, no real flavour to get hold of, I couldn't detect the Grapefruit, Melon or Pineapple hints, which it is supposed to have. The pub I had it in, is well known for its beer quality, so I don't think it was cellermanship that let the beer down.

I shall try it again sometime, if only to see why it keeps winning awards.

BlackHaddock, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Pale straw in color. White, small bubbled & foamy lasting crown. Malts & tropical fruits –mango- to the nose. Sweet maltiness & hop bitterness get along together in a well balanced performance. Slightly buttery in the middle. Medium body, soft carbonation. Dry hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Delicious session beer .

GONZALOYANNA, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

fmccormi, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

vinicole, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Mark
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

Had this champion beer of Britain at the famous real ale pub the Wenlock Arms in London. Color is a medium gold, head is not much and lacing is wispy and sparse. Body is very clear. Fresh citrus aroma of grapefruit. taste profile is also citrusy and grapefruit is at the fore. Finish lingering yet smooth. Well balanced and refreshing. Is it the champ to me? No, but it's a very nice beer. Worth seeking out.

Mark, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Cask at the Ipswich Beer Festival 2004, gravity dispense. The hops are what it’s all about with this light and refreshing golden ale. Would benefit from being served at a slightly cooler temperature than was the case at the IBF. Lovely hoppy aroma and flavour, notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Recommended!

Sigmund, Oct 22, 2004
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a bright golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to thickish covering with good thick edging that creeps up the glass.... barely any carbonation bubbles.... some good lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Big blast of tropical juicy fruits to the fore (mango, lycees, grapefruit, some light pineapples traces) followed by sweet floral honey, light biscuity malts, quite grassy hops, peppey notes, some toasted nuts, light marzipan traces...

Taste - Good peppery and grassy hop bitterness up front followed by juicy fruits (bitter oranges (marmalade?), grapefruit, apples), lightly toasted biscuit malts, toasted bread notes, buttery, light honey sweetness, faint metallic traces, floral...

Feel - Sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and thirst quenching - one of the most quaffable ales i've had in a while...

Overall - An excellent example of a British session bitter... definitely recommended...

mdagnew, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Geert, Jun 24, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -3%

Lively white gold with a rimming snow white head whose films holds and leaves big rings. Giant mango-orange-melon nose - mouth-watering! Some grainy sourness and a toned down tropical fruit sweetness, a lactic hit, and mild citrus hops.
Juicyfruit finish and tart linger. Light to medium, crisp, soft.

A very drinkable blonde, but body lets it down - forces it to be a summer ale when it's really a big pale ale trying to break out. A shame it doesn't live up to that giant nose. Good, but knowing CV, could have been great.

StJamesGate, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

KevinRailton, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

CwrwAmByth, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Handpump pint at the Pride of Spitalfields.

A: Clear gold body; finger of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Light floral hops and pale, distant, biscuity malt. Crisp + refreshing.

T: The hops start things off, followed by some smoothly sweet malt and a clean, slightly bitter finish. Simple + good.

M: Smooth, light body with moderate (for cask) carbonation.

O: Solid, fresh, light bitter. Very nice, and easy to drink.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

wl0307, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of timmay41
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Served at The Peasant in Islington, London

A: Pours a golden yellow, very translucent. Topped off with a bright white one-finger head. Good lacing for the first half the pint, though it dissipates significantly later on.

S: Hoppy, with malty richness. Some floral scents, like summer flowers. Really distinct compared to other English bitters I've tried so far.

T & M: Slight hop bitterness up front, followed by excellent malt character, turning a tad bitter again with the aftertaste. This beer just tastes good, as unhelpful as that is. Though the body is very light and it goes down easily, the malt and hops linger on the back of the palate; remarkable staying power.

D: Just about every British real ale is a session beer, but this two-time Supreme Champion of Britain is a standout. I had two pints and the character continually evolved.

timmay41, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a centimetre of white foam head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a slightly hazy body of pale gold.

Smell - 4.0
Biscuity pale malt, a little diacetyl (acceptable), sweet apricot and melon, hop spiciness.

Taste - 4.0
A good example of subtlety in brewing. Biscuity, slightly toasty English malt provides the base, softened by a gentle buttery flavour and a little sweetness. Then comes the hoppy mid-palate of tropical fruit and spiciness, followed by firm bitterness and a dry finish. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light bodied with gentle carbonation, making this a very smooth drink, easily consumed by the pint.

Overall - 4.0
I think this is yet another indication that English golden ale is a style distinct from bitter and deserves it own classification. This is one of the better of the style, supremely drinkable yet interesting right down to the bottom of the glass. This was lovely from the bottle, I can only dream how amazing it would be as a cask conditioned real ale.

LittleCreature, Apr 10, 2011
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