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


on tap

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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Theis (14936) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Cask at Århus Ølfestival 2008. Clear light yellow - small white head. Very anonymos, almost no aroma, a very light taste of, grass, flower hoppy, light light citrus, not much body, almost no maltyness. Very close to pure water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (12650) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Cask ar Aarhus beerfestival. Frothy white good mostly deminishng head. DArk yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderte bitter finish. Oily palate. Standard cask-bitter, lacks grassy hopps I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11827) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
Cask @ Aarhus, 2008.
Pours clear amber with a fine, bubbly, lightly off-white head. Aroma is mil, some caramel, light citric hoppiness. Low carbonation. Flavour is a bit perfume-like, pretty dry, some apple and a good dry aftertaste. But actually rather dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
Ølfestival, Aarhus, DK. Cask/real ale. 170508. Malty and with floral hop notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2008
Copper with a good head and a sweet caramel scent. Bitter with some sweetness at the end. Malty with some hops and dry finish. I rather liked this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in the ’Spoons Real Ale Festival. Not long since I had this in a bottle and thought it was poor. This was much better. Copper with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma and taste with some bitterness. Ordinary but OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2008
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (21621) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
Cask @ Bishop’s Arms, Malmö. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy white head. Malty fruity aroma with hints of hops. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with hoppy hints. Fruity malty finish with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Cask hand-pump at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Golden colour with a cream head; aroma of hops and malt; sweet malt flavours with some fruitiness; slightly bitter and acidic finish - it felt like it was taking the enamel off my teeth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street ’Spoons. Pretty awful. Not my thing at all. Nor are most beers from this brewery. Just doesn’t sit right for me.

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