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


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RATINGS: 65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15792) - 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 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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9191) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
From cask at Christian Firtal. Dark golden with a small white head. Aroma of grass, hay and nettle with a hint of toffee in the background. Drysh hoppy flavour with good malt balance. Refreshing and easy drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1460) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 3, 2015
Cask @Tree Folk’s (Rome). Pours golden with a medium creamy foam. Aroma is fresh fruits, apple, peach, lemon zest, chamomile, some malt, biscuits. Flavour is light sweet at first with a light bitter end, fresh and clean, good. Light body, flat. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (634) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2015
Pint at Westminster Arms, London. Floral hop nose. Copper clear beer. Thin but frothy head. Mouthfeel is thin with clean hop bitterness. There’s a touch of malt then.........long floral hop finish. Insubstantial but refreshing.

   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37013) - 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.

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