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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
Spring Hop Ale
A blend of Kentish Early Bird hops together with natural well-drawn water, and pale malt produce a finely bittered seasonal spring ale.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11988) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Clear amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 280112

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14113) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ Too many Geuze’s - only one toilet , Ulfborg 2012. Pours clear golden with a bubbly white head. Straw , peach and marmelade. A little thin mouthfeel. Clean and dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14243) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, malt, nuts and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4936) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle. Deep golden colour with a white head. Fruity and hoppy nose. Malty background with fruity and hoppy flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (9036) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle: Deep golden, clear,small foamy layer; typical "english" mix of fruits and caramalt in the nose, here with a small amount of aromatic hops underneath; pretty light bodied, dryish bitter-sweet flavour; slightly lingering dry hoppy-fruity finish. Not bad, but the impression of a very light body dominates.......

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
(bottle) Clear, amber colour with a fluffy and slightly tanned foamy head. Slightly sweet cara-malty nose with subtle fruity notes and a distinctive touch of grassy and perfumed hops. Moderately sweet flavour, light bodied with a crisp mf. Mildly caramelly malty and citric taste with grassy hops; sweet and slightly bitter hoppy finish with grassy notes. I do not like the aroma, but the rest is okay. 05.V.11

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle from Morrisons. Oh look, it’s another Shepherd Neame caramel bomb. Moved on already.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2010
Bottle from Sainsburys. Pours a deep golden colour, good sized white head. "Skunky" aroma when opening the bottle, not unpleasant though. Nice hoppy aroma in the glass, grassy and slightly woody notes. Light mouthfeel, moderately hoppy flavour with hints of toffee, with a moderately bitter finish.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
Serving date: 2009-03-09. Best before: February 2010. Served in snifter. Deep golden orange. Big off-white uneven and rather thick head. Medium amount of lacings. Plenty of bubbles in the liquid. The smell is mostly of dry earth and fresh carrots. Boiled root vegetables, especially cauliflower. Chestnuts. Some hops, mostly sharp floral resins (like sucking on a newly picked dandelion) and restrained citric notes. This is not pleasant at all. Very strange and edgy. Mild sweet fruit aromas up front (grapefruit, pears) This part is quite nice, then it gets worse. A weird and unpleasant mix of metallic flavors, dry loaf, some faint malts, something roasted and very strange sharp hop aromas (again, floral resins). The finish is surprisingly bitter, but there’s nothing to balance it so it just feels out of place. It ends with a very long - and this is not a good quality in this context - aftertaste of dry earthy minerals and more floral resins. The finish is actually really bad, and it gets worse towards the end. Medium body, plenty of carbonation (too much). It feels bland. This is as close to awful a beer can get. The only positive qualities where the appearance and the fruity flavors just in the beginning. The rest ranges from weird and out of place to very unpleasant. Maybe this was a bad bottle, I don’t know, but I really did not like this one. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nisse666 (4508) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
2008-04-12, bottle, a bit to thin for my palate, frit, green hops, grass, honey


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