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Shepherd Neame / Terrapin Tree Hugger

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Altbier
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Real Ale Festival 2013.
Brian Buckowski has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to re-create this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This deep amber-coloured beer is brewed in the style of a German Alt Bier, resulting in a herbal, spicy hop aroma and notes of caramel and toffee in the flavour, balanced by the perfect amount of bitterness.
Hops used: Hallertau Hersbrücker, Hallertau Mittlefrüh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1825) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2014 Cask. Amver body. Medium white head. Malt and herbs. Spice caramel. REd fruit, Alkaline, some tang. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (10626) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Cask at foot of the walk. Pours copper, dry, smoky toffee, sweet, light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Deep Amber in colour. Malty; toasty malts, toffee, caramel. Hoppy; spicy herbal hops. Fruity; light citrus. Sweet bitter toffee malty meets spicy hops. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 213. Amber with a slight, off-white head. Full bodied and sweet, with plenty of caramel and a hint of grassy hop, before a gently bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Cask at a JDW establishment - in think the Metropolitan Bar in London. Pours clear amber-gold with a creamy, off-white head. The nose holds bread and light toffee. Light to medium sweet flavor with more bread and mild bitter leaves. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Further bread and toffee to finish with slight bitterness. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Fairly bright amber, settling haze and sizeable off white head. Musty sweet nose. Fairly skewed initial taste, earthy herby hop and overripened berry bitterness. Overall it’s fairly sweet, clean and citrusy threaded with a similarly sandwiched finish. Odd tang of roasted cheap leather on the finish. Bloody weird. You could probably pass this off as a bitter if the taste met in the middle more often.

Cask, Standing Order, Edinburgh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Cask half pint at JDW, Victoria Station, London. ABV was 5.0%. Brewed at Shepherd Neame. Dark amber to brown colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma and flavour of toffee and caramel, but the beer is not very sweet. Very moderate bitterness, a bit disappointing for an "American" guest brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 25 October. Poured a clear dark copper colour with a dense, off white head and excellent lacing. Malty aroma with hints of raisins and floral hops. Initial flavours of grassy hops, biscuity malt and dates. Finish was toffee, chewy malt and straw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
16th October 2013
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Clear amber beer with a small pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, a little dry. Smooth dry malt with a little unsweet toffee. Okay orangey hops. Light minerals. Minor bubblegum ester. Mild bitterness. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Cask at the Greyhound (JDW), Maidenhead. Copper in colour with a scummy looking cream head; herbal aroma; sharp herbal bitter taste, then a soft caramel body; the finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Very drinkable, but I wouldn’t recognise this as an Altbier.

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