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Withens Pale Ale | Little Valley Brewing Ltd

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Withens Pale AleWithens Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Little Valley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-21-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by StJamesGate:
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3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy goldenrod with a loose white head that fades fast but clings and sheets. Faint corn husk and lemongrass nose. Lactic sherbet malts with mild lemon and hay hops. Tight end, vaguely bitter finish, light, round, little fizz.

Why use Cascade but then go easy with it? I miss the zing, but I get what it's about. A soft easy weak summer drinker.

+.5 on drinkability for being sub-4%.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: One of four ever-rotating Guest Beers on sale at the Wakefield Labour Club (a.k.a. 'The Red Shed') during a recent trip back home to England.

Colorful white & green “V” shaped Pumpclip had the words ‘Organic Withens IPA’ inside an orange oval, the word organic is much smaller text than the rest so I omitted it from the beers description in the DB. Listed at 3.9%ABV. Freshly tapped the day before.

Appearance: Served with the aid of a sparkler, as befits the location of sampling and the brewery, the presentation was good. A light straw colored golden body with a tightly compacted bleached white head which settled a liitle too quickly and soon broke. Nice slake like lacing though. Perfect conditioning, served at its peak and fresh.

Nose: From the Handpump this had a very refreshing nose, immediately detectable without getting too close. Fruity, floral and hoppy with some fresh orange in the back end.

Taste: Flowery hops at the start meld with a lightly toasted malt base. Light bitterness in the finish. Citric sharp lemon in the middle, with peeled oranges in the finish. Hoppy start and a fruity finish. Impressive stuff, for a UK-IPA that is.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with a really solid footing which adds great Drinkability to this one. The freshly tapped Cask added to the lively spritzy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Easy drinking with enough taste to keep the interest level well into and past three or four Pints, a nice session brew.

Overall: A solid performer, with good balance. A lovely well-hopped UK IPA from a local West Yorkshire Brewery which I had not tried before. Nicely put together.

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Photo of Antiantianti
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of brendan13
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a 500ml stein with a solid inch of white head a top a slightly hazy golden liquid. Head slowly falls away leaving patchy lacing.
S - Smell is light citrus fruit hops and some yeasty notes.
T - Light citrus fruit again on the taste along with a sour note, a very vauge maltiness.
M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.
D - This is OK...only just. The do say it's not a traditional IPA but it really is much more like a English Pale Ale. And mediocre one at best.

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Photo of wl0307
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Organic, bottle-conditioned, 500ml brown glass bottle. BB 31 May 07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: dark yellowish golden in colour, pretty clear ; the fluffy white foamy head retains its thickness on top of gentle streams of tiny fizziness underneath.
S: a slightly sour+musty+pineapple-ish yeasty note of bottle-conditioning yeasts upfront, on top of an enticing flowery scent of (the bottle says:) Cascade hops (like elderflower cordial+lychees), but much milder in strength and thickness than its impact on most Amercian pale ales that I've tried; citric/orangey fruitiness closely behind. Overall refreshingly fruity and nice, with a light-bodied maltiness as the second fiddle. P.S. The sulphurous note reveals after a good swirl--not too strong but unmissable.
T: tangy, dryish and sour-fruity citric/grapefruit zests prevails on top of quietly intensifying biscuity pale malts; slowly the bitter aroma of flower petals and mildly tannic edge of grapefruit peels develop, before hitting a lemony+chewy hoppy finish with well-lingering bitterness.
M&D: very light-bodied but not too thin on the mouthfeel, perhaps due to good inputs of bottle-conditioning yeasts and soft carbonation. Alas, the hops are not tuned to the optimum, making the whole flavour slightly duller than the aroma suggests. Maybe the cask version tastes better. Not a bad attempt at bottle-conditioning, though~~

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Withens Pale Ale from Little Valley Brewing Ltd
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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