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


on tap

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   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.

   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 (16719) - 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 (4534) - 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 (7119) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2007
(Cask/Real Ale at The Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Göteborg) Clear copper color, small tan head. Fruity, sweet and quite hoppy scent. Nice complex hoppiness, also fruity and sweet taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2007
Aroma gives caramel malts with some floural hops. Taste is similar a bit toasty at times which i didnt expect, a very uninspiring basic ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
[cask at JDW] Slightly floral nose, background malty caramel aromas medium body, touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6158) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 (Cask at Rugby Tavern, Bloomsbury, london, 23 April 2008) Copper colour with brief, white head. Fruity, floral nose with orange, mandarin and grass. Fruity, fairly dry taste with orange, hints of toffee and butter. Fresh floral hops in the finish. Refreshing and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Humble Plum, Soton. Slightly malty with caramel and vanilla aromas, yeast and apple. I was suprised by the lack of hop presence in this - just making a slight appearance in the finish. Not interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13737) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Cask at Sun Inn Faversham, Kent. One of Sheps better seasonal beers. Good lemon citrus hop nose and a refreshing citric flavour with flowery hops. Still the usual Sheps slight yeast taste, but still pretty good

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