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Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale (Bottle)

Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A pale, golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale, brewed with 100% pale malt and the choicest East Kent Golding hops. This was a hugely popular ale in its day and has now risen Phoenix-like for the modern drinker to enjoy.
There is a legend at Shepherd Neame that Brilliant Ale was inspired by the vision of the bright early morning sun sending its golden shafts of light through the brewhouse window and onto the oak mash tun, inspiring the brewing team to brew a beer that echoed these hues. Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale which has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of time for the modern drinker to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2016 Bottle from Alko. Pours golden with a little white head. The aroma features pale grainy maltiness, floral hoppiness and a touch of citrus fruitiness. Taste is initially lightly sweet and malty, later hoppier and more bitter, though subtly rather than assertively. Flavours of hay and grain, citrus fruits, floral and citrusy hops. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and low to moderate in carbonation. Decent standard British ale: balanced and drinkable but lacks sharp edges and perhaps also character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madnorwegian (123) - FRANCE - APR 23, 2016
Nice color, but lousy almost non-existant head. Almost looks like cider. Nice aromas almost toffee-like. Pleasant flavors, not too bitter. Refreshing carbonation. But overall not really my style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HerrBierkoenig (1030) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2016
0,5l bottle, from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, BBD: 08-2016 Pours clear golden liquid, medium frothy white head, fell down quickly, Aroma: malty, caramel, light floral, Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, malty, caramel, herbal, floral, Palate: light to medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, abrupt malty aftertaste, Overall: nothing exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyrmir (5247) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle at Uplands. Golden with white head. Aroma is malty, grassy hops and quite clean. Taste is malty, slight sugars, grass and hay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olio (8793) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2016
50 cl bottle. BBE 08/2016.
Pours clear pale golden color with a large white head. Toffee and hints of honey on the nose, mild malt notes, sweet orange and subtle hop. Flavor is sweet malty with hints of toffee, hay and some subtle fruity notes. Slick palate, strong carbonation, sweet, somewhat artificial honey finish. Clean and inoffensive but not my cup of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (684) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
0.5 l bottle from Alko. Dark golden colour (clear). Small head too. Taste is surprisingly malty. I didn’t quite expect it from such a pale ale. This is not bitter or otherwise hoppy. Just the taste of pale ale malts. Not like modern golden ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1780) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle, 0.50l, courtesy of Saska. Clear amber color with medium creamy white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, grass and herbs. Taste starts with light sweet toasted malt and honey, follows herbal, fruity and earthy with moderate bitter finish. Light to medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Not really brilliant, but good enough...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (4534) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle from Damian. Clear golden colour with a stable head. Lively carbonation making for a nice sight as well as a refreshing drink. I am having this slightly above what might be recommended serving temperature, mind you. Yet no off notes present, only clean English style hops, with grassy and flowery flavours. Rather bitter, with malt providing only background. Sessionable and flavourful, clean and well executed. Good work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (416) - - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle from somewhere in Estonia. Pours a clear light copper with medium to strong white head and lots of bubbles. Nose has lots of malt, hay, caramel. Hay, bubblegum, resin. Not too sweet, not too bitter, just a bit salty and lightly sour. Light body, average carbonation and a bitter finish. A standard good Kentish product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padchenko (229) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 16, 2016
Pours golden amber with small white head. Barley malt and hops and sweet caramel. Low carbonation. Tasty and enjoyable

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