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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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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3128) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2009
50cl bottle. Pours a clear golden color. White head that lasts. Hoppy aroma, fruits. Caramel and hoppy flavor, nice and refreshing brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5009) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2009
500 ml clear bottle, from Systembolaget, thanks to OleR! ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden colour, big white (possibly slightly off-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. "Dusty" and moderately bitter finish. No masterpiece, but refreshing and highly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (794) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2009
Applejuice colored, lasting head. Dry and very hoppy. Apparent bitterness well balanced by the dimunitive caramel and grassy resin sidetones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Deep golden color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, grass and some wood. Flavor of light roasted malt, caramel and an evident hoppy bitterness. Those early Kentish spring hops are clearly coming through in both the aroma and the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2009
A bit too light and a touch of cardboard notes on the finish that make it seem odd. Not a great beer, but quite tasty! :)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3027) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. It poured a dark clear golden liquid with a medium foam and nice lacing. Smelled of some kind of tree, oak maybe. Also grassy hops. It had a weak taste, a bit maly with some hops, not much bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (824) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 29, 2009
500 ml bottle. Golden yellow colour, creamy white head. Sweetish malty aroma with notes of citrus fruits and honey, and plenty of hops. The flavour is caramel-malty, fruity, with a dry hoppy finish. A refreshing bitter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnoaksson (693) - , SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
Vildvuxen beska i ett organiskt överdrag. Upplevelsen är naturnära, intensiv. Tyvärr är smaken något tunn och undandragande. Den viktiga balansen kommer till korta. Annars helt klart gemytlig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 3, 2009
500 ml bottle, 4.5% abv. Crystal clear deep golden to pale amber colored. Stable two-finger dense white head. A nice ashy, almost tobacco-ish malt aroma up front, followed by a scent of fruit and some earthy hops. Fairly dry malt flavor, light peppery with medium bitterness and a faint fruitiness. Good body strengt for a 4.5% beer. FIne bitterness in the ending. A very likeble Bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle. Deep golden colour with a white head. Aroma: hops (almost like sticking your nose in a bag of english hops), grass, citrus, toffee, nuts and pine/wood. Taste: hops, grass, caramel/toffee, bread, nuts, light fruitiness, earth, lightly metallic. Typical Shepherd Neame beer, but I like the fact that you can really feel the hops in both aroma and flavor. One of the better Shepherd Neame beers that I have tried.


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