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Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale (Bottle)

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

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Malt, Cascade hops
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.
Says head brewer Richard Frost, “According to brewery records, Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it our oldest Classic Collection beer to date. Although we’ve rejuvenated it by using the modern hop variety Cascade, we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day.


3.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrh2254 (2) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
On first tasting this ale was really impressed. Whilst a little sweet and not as hopped as I would have liked it was very pleasant to drink and left a very nice aftertaste. No real aroma or smell but taste was excellent. Recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3240) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
bottle after day of checking out the South English surroundings, 500ml, 5.6%. pours bright golden with a white head. Aroma is dull, moldy, cardboard, old, malts. Taste of malts, weak grain, pilsener malts, at least i pulled this one out of the freezer, not it’s cold. This is however one of the first Ale’s not totally dominated by caramel and biscuitmalts. not that it’s suddenly a good beer....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaroMantic (30) - - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma features malts with some citrus and grass on the background. Tastes pretty much like a basic lager: malts, grains and hay. There’s a mild hoppiness and some pale ale like citrus, but not enough to really make a difference to an average lager. Low carbonation, medium watery body. Not bad, not special - decent and easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (746) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madnorwegian (138) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HerrBierkoenig (1115) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyrmir (5474) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olio (9200) - 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.
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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (784) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1869) - 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...


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