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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.


2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1732) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2011
[Cask at Neptune’s Hall, Broadstairs] Pale amber, slight white head. Unpleasant vegetable & green leaf smell. Better on tasting - it’s smooth and quite resinous with a slight sparkle. There’s some caramel and grass to offset the smell, but it’s still really not very pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2011
Cask conditioned handpump Dover Castle Brighton. An amber coloured beer with an off-white puddle of head and some lacing. A leafy hoppy nose but predominantly malty in the mouth. Easy going fruity berry notes. Perfectly drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2010
Cask - The Monument, Canterbury. Poured a clear, coppery amber colour with a frothing soapy white head. Tangy, biscuity malts, some caramel and earthy hops on the nose. A light acidity with the Sheps’ yeast character and a leafy dry bitterness. Medium in body, has soft carbonation and a shortish finish.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
25th May 2008. Mid brown ale. Dry and bitterish with a dusty and bitter hop finish. Not good!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Pint from cask. Amber body, not much head. Lots of hops and malt. Very sugary, but the hops cut through.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3566) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2009
Clear golden of color with a white head. An aroma of fruits, malt and sweet. A flavor of malt, fruits, weak hops and bisquit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2008
Cask. Clear and pale golden in coloured with almost no head. Quite refreshing with notes of malt, hops, caramel and fruit.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
Cask gravity @ Ølfestival Aarhus 2008 @ Charlies Bar.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lancing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is fruity - apple. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (160508)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Cask, JDW, 4th April 2008. Orange amber with a vanila & malt aroma and flavour. Average weight. A bit too like a vanilla soda and very forgettable.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
Cask Conditioned at Ølfestival 2008, Århus
Deep blond color, frothy head. The aroma is a bit soapy, and the flavor light and breadish. Too simple.


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