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Shepherd Neame Early Bird (Cask)

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

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask; Seasonal - February to May.
Early Bird Spring Hop Ale is brewed with the Early Bird single hop variety - hence the name! This light gold beer is full-bodied, distinctive and refreshing as a spring day, with a malty undertone.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (1261) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Cask at a Shep neame pub in Dorking. Clear copper pour with a few bubbles. Aroma is weak biscuit malts, hay and sligjly floral. Smooth taste. Some floral hops, weak malts. OK.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (1345) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
Cask, clear daek amber, small creamy offwhite head. Light caramel aroma. Malty, caramel flavour, hoppy notes. Sweetish. No carb. Not impressive but refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5571) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 10, 2015
Cask half pint at the Cask and Glass, London Victoria. Copper colour, moderate white head. Typical Shepherd Neame house character in the aroma, a special combination of malty and fruity. The flavour is fairly dry, some malts with nutty and biscuity notes. A little more of the Early Bird hops would not hurt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (368) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2015
Pint at Westminster Arms, London. Floral hop nose. Copper clear beer. Thin but frothy head. Mouthfeel is thin with clean hop bitterness. There’s a touch of malt then.........long floral hop finish. Insubstantial but refreshing.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1459) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Bit of a watery palate, hint of citrus coming through the typically dull earthiness that seems to characterise nearly everything Shepherd Neame do. Boring brown British bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyLion (518) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
Cask @ The Clarendon Leicester. Bright copper colour. Tight white head. Looks good. Tastes a bit watery, sweet malts. medium bodied and nice slightly hoppy aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (1006) - ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Cask. Copper ale with a decent white head. Biscuity nose. Slightly watery in taste, imparting a slight spice (ginger?) and some sweet malts. All a bit "bleh". Not bad, but not great.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (11654) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Cask at the Cask & Glass, London, 09/05/13. Clear golden with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and leaves a swirl. Nose is malt, caramel, light orange, sweaty socks, hint of spice. Taste comprises caramel, bread dough, light hop presence, biscuit, touch of sugar. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. Average - safe bitter ... yawwwwn!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (402) - - APR 24, 2013
Subtle taste of hops, malt and fruit. Very light and drinkable. Good if you’re having a few.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5530) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 22, 2013
Cask at The Mason’s Arms, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear amber with a big white frothy and long-lasting head. The aroma is weak malty leading to an uber malty, medium to weak bitter flavour. It’s one of those liquid Ovaltine drinks, with some nice smooth bitterness on the palate. Ideal for a session.


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