AtronSeige (436) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Toasty, hops, syrup, biscuit,
Appearance: Clear gold body with amber tones. Medium white head. Lacing.
Flavour: Medium bitterness, medium-light sweetness. Bread, lingering bitterness. medium floral hops.
Palate: Medium-light body. medium carbonation.
Overall: A lot better than what I expected from a beer with a football/soccer ball on it. Good bitterness.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
tommann (2445) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle, unretired and at 3.8%. Pours dark gold with a medium head. Aroma is caramel, tea and vanilla. Taste is caramel and boiled sweets. Donít know where the hops are.
wimpyjoe (2690) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Distinctive Neame texture, sweet hopped with a soapy texture and a healthy golden colour.
SarkyNorthener (1313) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber colour small white head. Hoppy aroma. A little hoppy and small amount of bitter.3.8% abv. One of the better masters brew bottles.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Available in 500 ml bottle in some lidl in Ireland. English hops. Colour clear gold. Nice beer.I recommend it.
berkshirejohn (4127) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
50cl bottle from Lidl, stated ABV 3.8%. Straw with a billowing off-white head; aroma of somewhat tired malts and English hops; soft with straightforward caramel malt flavours; and with a dash of hops gives a slight spice to the finish. Not bad for a bargain basement beer.
deanso (4508) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle shared with my brother.
Thin white head. Clear golden blond pour. Subtle bitterness.
BlackHaddock (3179) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear 500ml bottle, íThe Ten Hop Beer With A Kickí according to the front label: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard 1st Nov 2011, the bottle being best before Jul 2012.
Orangey, amber colour, clear and bright, on top a lovely full head of snow white bubbles, extra bubbles can be seen rising through the body to replenish the crown.
The smell is hoppy (well what did you expect?), but not overly so, those un-named varieties obviously counteract each other in the aroma department, as they did in the taste!
I thought I was going to get some sort of West Coast of the US hop monster brew, this isnít anywhere near that, in fact it isnít even a standard UK hoppy IPA for hop content. It isnít even really bitter, not even at the end of the mouthfeel.
Strange taste, the malts try and blend in with those aforementioned hops but donít really mix too well. Couldnít take to this beer at all, itís another of Shepherd Neames cheap supermarket brews and it shows. It seems to me theyíve found some old half sacks of hops and crystal malts: thinking weíll not waste these, lets brew another beer to fill supermarket shelves and make some easy dosh.
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unretired and retailing in Lidl at a quid a bottle. Clear brassy gold with a high, subsiding white foam. Aroma of butterscotch, typical Shepís flying saucer sherbet, some vanilla. Decent with that sourish mineral, Shepís thing; watery bitterness, rust, caramel. No hop flavours as such; just bitterness, maybe pine. Dull.
ralphdot (973) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
4.0% gold colour with a poor head, citrus hop aroma and taste, slightly too much hop.