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Asda Mainbrace IPA

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Asda
Brewed at Shepherd Neame

Style: Bitter
Leeds, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Mainbrace India Pale Ale.
This exquisitely smooth ale boats a light, malty flavour and is brewed with locally grown hops and chalk filtered mineral water drawn from the well of Britain’s oldest brewer.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sad24 (43) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
More like a bitter than an IPA. Malty but not hoppy at all. Disappointing. Quite dark appearance. Not an IPA for me

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westkyoto77 (441) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 4, 2014
Bottle from Seiyu, Katsura. Huge white soapy head sits atop a clear dirty amber body. Metallic aroma of rust, fruit and burnt malt. Pretty high carbonation, wanted a bit more depth in the mouthfeel. Biscuit, toffee, sour fruit. Decent British ale I suppose, but a bit too dishwatery for mine.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonMoore (1807) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2014
Bottle - amber with slim soon gone white head. Metallic malty aroma. Metallic malty taste. Not enough hops. Not an IPA. Not the best, but reasonably drinkable despite high carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
matstrange (36) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Frothy at first pour but dissipated fast leading a lovely amber colour. Brewed by Shepherd Neame for ASDA this isnt as strong (nearly 2% weaker) than Sheps own IPA and doesnt have the same distinctive IPA flavour you’d expect. Simply not hoppy enough for my taste and gassier than it needs to be. Stick to other IPAs.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from the the seething, malodorous, fag-ash and urine-scented hellhole that is Fosse Park Asda. Never again. Although I did get IDd purchasing this. BONUS POINT. Standard Shep’s Weetabix, rust, strawberry cream and hop cone scented/flavoured fayre with hints of Somerfield Bitter, digestive biscuit, butter biscuit and aluminium. Pours wet with a gently fizzing brownness capped with white. Some orange, Earl Grey, wet cork on the nose, which is pleasant enough. Acceptable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jinroh (266) - ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2014
500 ml bottle from Seiyu, close to Komazawa Park. Pours clear amber, initially with a nice foamy head - but that doesn’t last at all. I was actually expecting not bitter but British IPA - but well, got to live with what we’ve got. Aroma is quite weak there are some metallic malts, some sweetness. Taste is actually much nicer than the aroma. It has a bit of citrus, nice fruitiness and slightly sweet malt backbone. Aftertaste linger on in bitterness, not too strong bitterness. Quite well balanced. Didn’t really expect too much from this one at first - but it is actually quite nice!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from Asda and drunk at home. Clear mid brown colour with a lasting beige head. Shepherd Neame yeast aroma. Toasty malt. Deep citrusy aroma. It’s a typical Sheps bottled beer. It’s an ok bitter. Fruit is pretty good. Some bitterness on the finish. OK, just a bit empty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HampshirePhil (111) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
500 ml bottle - very dark colour but clear and with strong carbonation. White frothy head and weak aroma. Nice taste but not exceptional.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled 30/12/13. A classic brown coloured beer with pretty much no head. A decent tasty and balanced beer. High enough hopping and sugary malts. Old fashioned but tasty and well constructed. Any pasteurization is well hidden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2182) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2013
500ml bottle from Asda, Dunbar. Golden amber pour, thin white head that doesn’t hang around. Aromas of dried fruit and caramel, touch of biscuit. Thin, with a light bitter finish. OK as a bitter, not an IPA at all.


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