Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Bottle: Filtered.
Hailing from the tradition of 18th Century IPAs, which relied on generous hopping to protect exports during arduous journeys, this modern incarnation retains the strength, body and strong hop character which is synonymous with this beer’s provenance.

A glorious showcase of the distinct, heavily hopped beers for which Shepherd Neame is famed, India Pale Ale delivers potent bitterness, offset with generous amounts of pale ale malt to deliver a balanced, yet uncompromising brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gehbe (265) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAY 21, 2016
Look: Light amber, clear, head is small and not very long lasting. Aroma: Very week aroma. More malty/caramelly notes than hoppy/resinous notes. Taste: Fairly sweet and somewhat malty, not really balanced out by hop bitterness. Not much complexity. Mellow hop bitterness in aftertaste. Palate: Medium body, not too much carbonation, no excess alcohol. Overall not impressive, I won’t buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erling1000 (597) - - MAY 21, 2016
A copper IPA with low light head. Aroma is malt, caramel, light raisin. Taste is bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (1137) - NORWAY - APR 30, 2016
Flaske. Klar kobberfarge. Lite karbonert med hvit skumtopp. Smaker gjær,karamell,furunål og tropisk frukt. Ren og frisk smak Meget behagelig

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjogro (2851) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 At Jim/John is back tasting. Clear orange amber with white head. Sweet grain, bitter tea leaves, orange flavored tea, sugary. Light sweet medium bitter. Very dry, yet sweet. Bitter leaves (tea), reminiscent of the bock style, which I don’t like. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (11250) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of malts, biscuit, light caramel. Flavour is light to light moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (4066) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Clear amber with short lasting off white head. Quite fruity with peach and orange, cardboard, some roasted malts, lots of bitter herbs and hops, toffee. Light sweet and medium bitter. Medium bodied with slick feel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2016
BB 08/2016 Clear deep amber copper generous white head. Lots of biscuit and bready malt, earthy, floral hops. Moderate bitterness with sweet malt taste. Low fizz though quite lengthy finish, enjoyable traditional English IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALIBALI (787) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2016
Riecht und schmeckt tatsächlich absolut britisch. Der Malz ist allgegenwärtig und Hopfen (englischer!?) wurde auch ausreichend verwendet. Besonders der schlanke Körper und der schön lange und dezent herbe Nachhall begeistert. Ein Gentleman Beer. Im Strongbows Kiel vernascht (aus Bommels Fläschen). 5,50Euro.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
taximania (2) - - MAR 23, 2016 does not count
Reasonable carbonation on pour. Amber coloured ale with fast dissipating heaand a lot darker than most I have tried. Forgive me for this as I have the defendant to hand and am trying desperately to imitate some of the smells conjured up by the beer smiths on here. I get and earthy caramel smell with a faint hint of candy. I also get a smell of my sweaty socks that have been discarded on the bedroom floor for three days. And also a smell of must,a definite musty smell surrounded it’s persona. Taste is rather average for an Ipa and I much prefer the Marstons Old Empire bottled offering. In a pub atmosphere I also appreciate the devils backbone on draught. Taste was of malt and caramel and a little on the sweet side for my palate As one reviewer already mentioned this brew bothers me somewhat !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (7882) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle. It’s an amber beer with a white head. The aroma is citrusy hops and caramel malts. The flavor is citrusy hops with floral and malt notes. Bitter hoppy finish.

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