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


on tap

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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.

   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 (6844) - 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 (2471) - 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 (14850) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The William Cazton, Tenterden, Kent. Brown amber beer with soft bubbly head. Light fresh spring beer in cask, a little thin and green but easily drinkable and restrained. Light hop finish and a grainy malt underbelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Pleasant, slightly burtonised, aroma. Spicy, hoppy taste with a touch of freshly cut grass. Easy to down. I like. Had two pints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
Cask. Darkl golden. Lacking aroma. Gentle hop flavour. Gentle hop flavour. Pleasent but unexciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (20683) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2004
Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Dark amber. Aroma of melon and cucumber left in the fridge for weeks. Medium sweet with estery, tea-like hoppiness and light, sparkling mouthfeel. Notes of strawberry jelly as well. Watery finish with low bitterness. An odd bird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Cask Conditioned. Royal Standard, Wooburn Common. Fruity with a hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Shepherd Neame's spring brew, made with early season hops. Slightly softer than the Shpeherd Neame norm (although still hoppy by most standards) and the hop character is rather more grassy. The overall effect is a somewhat less assertive and thinner beer than most Shep's offerings. Easy drinking, but, overall, not as impressive as many other Shepherd Neame beers. Better, of course, from cask than from (pasteurised) bottle. Handpump, The Railway, Faversham, April 2003.

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