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Shepherd Neame / Fat Heads Yakima Sun

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival.
Matt Cole, from Fat Headís Brewery, has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery (Kent) to brew this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This golden-coloured beer is based on a British recipe, yet hopped with American varieties, resulting in a tropical fruit aroma which leads you to a slightly nutty, malty flavour and a pleasing citrus hop finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Aroma: Hints of citrus hoppiness with a nice malty aroma, nutty if I had to label it. Appearance: Clear dark gold with a thick white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Light sweetness with hints of bitterness that build across the tongue. Very nice, and not too strong. Palate: Medium body, light, crisp texture, lively carbonation, with a long, mild finish. Overall: This is a nice, solid beer, well developed and balanced. Iím not blown away, but could certainly see putting back a few of these. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
[Cask at the Falcon (JDW), High Wycombe] Deep gold, large white head. Lots of flowers and pine with just the right amount of bitterness at the end. A resinous mouthfeel with a dry finish. One of the best at this Wetherspoons festival - a good mix of American flavours and British balance, just what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
(Growler Pour) - Labeled an ESB at the brewery. The American hop strains are really on display with this beer. It starts with a big blast of Citra hops, and pours a pale amber with a full white head. Mild malt flavors, with hints of biscuit and bread, which is quickly overpowered by the hops. This is a really nice drinking sessionable beer. I can easily see why fans of traditional ESBís might be taken back by this beer, which almost hits the hop levels of an APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 cask at standing order ... sharp golden yellow ... soft creamy light hop nose ... zezty citrus fruits ... creamy light malts ... light tropical hop linger tk 2 next day ... much the same. nice clean crisp hop 3.7 again

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjj16 (14) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
time to get some yankees rating this! tough style 2 have smell great. terrific hops bite upfront followed by bitter british bite featuring some subtle nuttiness. outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear honey-gold with a faint head. Bready straw aroma. Medium sweet flavor, dough, light toast, bit of earth and hay. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, sugary finish, light woody citrus bitters. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1291) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Gold with a lively white head in the peak of fresh condition. The US hops are unmistakable (if a little under used). Unlike some people, I thought that this was quite a decent effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
On tap at brewpub
A solid but unremarkable release, this beer might be dull because I find it hard to get overly excited about golden ales. It is sessionable and light on the palate yet somehow I still donít find myself wishing I had ordered a full pint. Perhaps that is the curse of a brewery cranking out too many solid beers and raising expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - The golden bronze body shimmered with a soft white head providing some contrast. Tropical notes were a little bit different than your typical golden ale. This feels more Caribbean than some cheap yellow lagers.

Flavor / Palate - Bitter tangerines were the first of a series of sweet sensations. Lemons and a buttery finish wrap up a decent beer. Like biting into a fake piece of waxed fruit it has the feel of something out of place. You can tell it is a Fat Headís release though; the citrusy IPAs are not that subtle. All around this is a good collaboration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9939) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Cask, Highcross, Leicester. Golden with an off-white head. Aromas are mixed tropical fruit with dominant pineapple. Biscuit malts with zesty citrus and soft spices. Some buttery notes with woody aspects. Flavours are crisp citrus with peppery, pithy grapefruit bitterness. Sweet tropical fruit with a nice yeasty, soft palate. Dry on the aftertaste. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump High Cross Leicester. A light golden beer with a white head. Slight in the nose. Good citrus flavours but with a UK like creaminess. A tad chewy at times but the hops do shine after a while with Cascade flavours to the fore. A tail of two quarters really in this half pint as it certainly picked up, with even some spicy hop entering the aroma.

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