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


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RATINGS: 68   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (44143) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008
Århus2008. From cask. Pours clear and golden orange. Light hoppy aroma, nicely fruity/floral and inviting. Flavour is mild floral and bitter with a light acidic bitter touch. Subdued sweetness and mild spice note. Ends light fruity. Smooth and nice to keep sipping from.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2008
Cask at Ølfestival, Århus, 2008. A golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet malty with light notes of grass. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of grass and citrus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23725) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (23363) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
25th May 2008. Mid brown ale. Dry and bitterish with a dusty and bitter hop finish. Not good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (19369) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
Cask at The Jamaica Inn, thanks to Alastair. Pours clear, golden-brown with a fine, white foam head. Lightly toasted malts in the nose with subtle fruits. Light sweet flavor, some toasty malts, faint leafy bitters, faint ripe fruits. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Light sweet finish, bread, mild fruit, light earthy bitterness. A very basic bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17352) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Cask at the Cask & Glass, London, 09/05/13. Clear golden with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and leaves a swirl. Nose is malt, caramel, light orange, sweaty socks, hint of spice. Taste comprises caramel, bread dough, light hop presence, biscuit, touch of sugar. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. Average - safe bitter ... yawwwwn!

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