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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10860) - 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 (20325) - 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 (7475) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Cask conditioned at 2 Brothers in Rochester. Characteristic hand-pull head with such delicate meringue creaminess, a little darker color than anticipated, quite rusty. Thin hop and a syrupy malts in the aroma. This is a soft and subtle session brew that does not overly impress, but is eminently drinkable. It gains some nice earthiness further in the glass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5319) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 April, 2003: <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/27/275 Brewers, Rochester. Light and dry with an acidic quality. Brewed using only Early Bird hops - a variety of Goldings that ripens early. There’s a mild russet apple quality to the beer. [2.7]
April, 2004: Shepherd Neame Brewery. A hint of lemon amongst the incredibly oily hops. Malt is subdued compared to the dripping hop oil. Tasty. [3.2]
Good Friday; March, 2005: <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/47/474 Sun, Faversham. Fresh dusty bitterness. Gentle orange fruit. Touch of toffee. Nice aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Less bitter and more flavoursome than the Masterbrew. Nice. [3.3]
April, 2006 <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/146 Anchor, Faversham. Lovely condition. Nice beer, but just too lacklustre. Dull. [2.3]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (5918) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2002
cask conditioned. Light bronze color, no head. Light bodied and not overly hoppy. Quite boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7068) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2001
had it on tap in london in april. a little too light perhaps but all the flavour there is clean, hoppy and aromatic

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