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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle. The colour is clear amber; the airy foam forms a one finger thick head.

The smell is very fresh, reminding me more of a fine lager than an ale. I noticed flavours of mint, mild malts and some honey.

The carbonation is balanced and fresh.

The taste is first malty and balanced with fruity notes, a mild bitterness and a full-bodied flavour that was all over my whole mouth. The next wave of flavours got notes of a fresh bitterness, flowers, and cucumber (yes!). There is a soft metallic dry touch to the bitterness. All those tastes are perfectly balanced. The great aftertaste got some honey, a clear and distinct taste of a kind of hops that I just couldn’t describe properly – I have probably never experienced it before; the aftertaste is very long, and it finishes with some pleasant flavours of diacetyl and fresh fruit drops.

Absolutely one of the best ales that I have encountered so far!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2000
Crisp, clean, great nose and a hop bite and aroma to die for. A pip out of the bottle, a dream come true as you sit in a pub savoring an Imperial pint.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (790) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2009
Applejuice colored, lasting head. Dry and very hoppy. Apparent bitterness well balanced by the dimunitive caramel and grassy resin sidetones.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4229) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2003
Reddish amber beer with a toffee/caramel and deeply alcoholic aroma. The flavour is a well hopped watery effort. Overall a good strong spring ale.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2006
Amazing hop aroma and flavour, a bit too light in body to stand alone. Perfect with food though. Very refreshing, very good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 They say "an early bird catches le worm" and this Neame Spring ale does thus. It’s a light brown/amber in colour and, for me, tastes like it looks - light, citrusy refreshing and slightly creamy. Very refreshing - bring on the Spring says I!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrtavora (25) - - JUL 13, 2012
Nice fresh nose that goes well with its spring theme. Well balanced taste notes and dry finish. Overall refreshing and somewhat predictable. Is that a bad thing? You decide

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Golden color, big head that’s creamy and a bit yellow. Lots of fresh cutrus hops in the scent, probably dry hopped. Good bitterness and a very refreshing hoppy taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2006
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. One of my favourite Sheps beers. Copper colour with rocky off white head. Beautiful hop flower aroma and Sheps yeast. A bit of a star this one. Some biscuit. OK in mouth but not with the fullness of the cask version. Superb hop flavour on end. Some caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (2398) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2013
Rating from 2010:
Dunkelgoldene Farbe, toller Geruch wie eine frisch geöffnete Tüte Doldenhopfen. Faszinierend grasig-aromatisch-frisch. Der Antrunk ist herb-hopfig, sehr angenehm hopfenintensiv. Im Hauptteil ist das Bier aromahopfig-herb, insgesamt aber leicht wässrig im Körper, dabei aber toll herb-aromatisch. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang, toll grasig-herbe Aromahopfennoten. Ganz leichte Ale-Töne, für meinen Geschmack aber etwas zu wenig, was auch dem dünnen Körper des Bieres geschuldet ist.
--> Sehr tolle Idee und tolles Hopfenaroma. So richtig toll frisch!! Aber insgesamt etwas wässrig neutral - außer dem tollen Hopfenaroma ist da nicht viel!
--> 12,13,12,10,12,12 - 11,85


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