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


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (544) - - APR 24, 2013
Subtle taste of hops, malt and fruit. Very light and drinkable. Good if you’re having a few.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (6749) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MalcolmTucker (913) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2013
Cask at Auctioneers. The aroma instantly identifies this as Shep Neame beer. Another poor beer in this brewey’s traditional style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4431) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2013
Cask by handpump at The Auctioneers, Glasgow - clear golden, thin creamy off-white head, pungent meadow hop aroma, good lacing, non deScript malt flavour, grassy hop aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12303) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
From cask at Christian Firtal. Dark golden with a small white head. Aroma of grass, hay and nettle with a hint of toffee in the background. Drysh hoppy flavour with good malt balance. Refreshing and easy drinking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
Cask@The Red Lion, Copenhagen - amber pour with small white head. Light hoppy notes, some toffee, nutty nuances with a biscuity caramel malt base. Pretty decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (7656) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2013
Golden with a small frothy head. It has the familiar Shepherd Neame soapy hop aroma and a small fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lowenbrau (2943) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2012
On cask at "La Abadía", León. Soft herbal and malt aromas. Pours light copper, clear, with thin white head, non persistent, good lacing. Light body and flat carbonation. Taste is malty, herbal and slightly bitter. Dry finish. Stronger taste woud be appreciated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pale amber color. Small white head. biscuity caramel nose. Light berry fruits. The taste is shortbread, sweet spun sugar. Malty, bruised apples and some sweet cherry. Light/medium body. Soft carbonation. Pretty simple but well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Cask handpull, The Freemason’s Arms, Covent Garden, 04/04/12. Ornately laced copper. Muted, just-rubbed jellied orange hop nose. Watery but with clean sherbety hop; digestives, aniseed. Light green hop, floweriness on the burp. Dab of minerals, vomit. Thin and bland as the bottle really.

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