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Shepherd Neame / Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Amber Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Special - JD Wetherspoon Spring Festival 2012.
Yuseff Cherney from Ballast Point, voted ‘Small Brewery Of The Year’, at the 2010 World Beer Cup, has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to re-create this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This amber-coloured beer is inspired by traditional English strong bitters, but is as American as it can be. A rich complexity is provided by the four types of malt used, while American hops give this beer its fruity richness and unique, floral aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8765) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2012
Well crafted ale with a good body and a strong bitter flavour that feels nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zombeer (59) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
a nice dark beer that feels stronger than it is. Pick up a six, you will feel good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Brewed for JD Wetherspoons Spring Beer fest 2011 and slightly different at 5.2%. Looks quite nice, amber frothy head decent lacing. Smell muted but nice, floural hops, decent malt backbone slightly doughy. Taste is similar but hoppie rthan I expected, especially at first. Mellows out nicely and you get some sweet citrus and biscuity finish. Once again, I find almost all Cask ales to have amazing mouthfeel and this was no different. Smooth with perfect carbonation. Overall a very good beer, nothing exceptional but I would def have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2011
Cask Handpump at the Waterhouse JDW, Manchester 27/03/2011 Pine hop aroma. White head. Amber coloured with some alcohol present. Bitter with a hint of dryness and roast malt in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2011
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. Poured a clear, dark ruddy amber with a lacing creamy off-white head. US grapefruit & orange hop aromas, bright, aromatic and crisp. Nutty, toasty malts underpin a fresh American hop overtone - pine & marmalade. Soft & rounded with a gentle spritz, light to medium body with a decent length finish, quite dry & quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2011
[Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading] Amber (appropriately!) with a large creamy head and a soft, foamy mouthfeel. Flowers dominate from the off with soft, sweet caramel behind. Growing flavours of green apple and new leaves. Restrained bitterness in finish. OK, but the unripe notes jarred somewhat. Felt it should have been better than it actually was, and would be interested to try the US version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4408) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Cask @ The Counting House JDW. Medium dark brown colour with a good beige head. Malty aroma. Ash & sweet malty flavour. Smooth with bitter aftertaste. Slightly disappointing. This is a premium bitter rather than an amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13374) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2011
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber to copper with white head. Both rich in malts and laden in hops, this is a pleasantly dry beer, pretty full and fragrant, bitter, there is a tartness and it has been lightly Spooned, but the quality remains. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
Hand pulled at the Briar Rose, Birmingham. Piney hops: APA style. Thick and fluffy in the mouth. A hint of choc, or maybe orange. Not as hoppy as I wanted, but well balanced with pepper in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6065) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Golden amber with a loose cream head; fresh fruity hop aroma; full of juicy hops in the mouth, seemingly green and not too bitter with some ginger spice; the finish is dry, lingering and lightly bitter. Very nice.

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