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

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (1867) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour beer with small head. Biscuit aroma. The taste is a lot of biscuit with some hops and some citrus notes. Medium bodied. An OK beer but for me the biscuit aroma and taste is too predominant.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lobs_ols (75) - LATVIA - AUG 29, 2014
Transparent red gold, strong white head. Hoppy, spicy aroma. Caramel, toffee, bitter notes - but not quite IPA bitter to my taste. Good, though. Nice spicy caramel finish. I could do with another.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hantti (17) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2014
To my taste this is a quite basic IPA. Not special in any way, but not bad either. Would hope for some "twist" in the taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (1619) - FINLAND - AUG 26, 2014
A dark brown beer, a head is medium and blond. The nose has caramell, some wood, berries. Basic brittish. Taste has caramell malts, some wood and fruits, medium bitterness that dries the taste almost dry. Medium bodied, surprisingly also some alcohol. This beer is filled up with basic brittish nuancees, but nicely fresh.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Psytron (1308) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Very mild smell of hop. Copper colour, white head. Aroma of hop, plastic. Medium bitter, flat carbon. Oily texture.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sarpa (864) - FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle 50cl from Alko @ home. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Caramel, nuitty, floral hops aroma. Caramel, bready malts, grass, bitter, slightly metallic flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flensburger (4) - Hamburg, Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
A classic India Pale Ale: amber in colour, really strong and malty aroma. intensively bitter at the same time, the bitterness offers some hints of citrus and pine. Long lasting finish! Still it comes well-balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ERB92 (263) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2014
Fruits, caramel and some floral hops in the aroma. Amber with a white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice English Strong Ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
minihame2 (203) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 6, 2014
Pours amber with a small, light tan head. Light hoppy aroma with some pine notes. Taste is bitter but not too overpowering, other than that it’s somewhat weak. Mouthfeel is soft, slight carbonation. It lacks a bit as both an IPA and an ale, and as a combination of the two it’s not too impressive. Alright for sure, but nothing to write home about. For the price (3,5eur a bottle) I’d say it’s not worth it.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Case (239) - GERMANY - AUG 2, 2014
Pours clear copper with almost no head. Aroma is faint malt. Taste is caramel with a bit of bitterness towards the end. Watery, bit metallic. Yuck.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3141) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
50cl bottle from Alko. Mahogany color, thick white head. Nutty, sweet bready aroma, some caramel. Flavor has dark bready notes at first, followed by strong nuttyness, biscuity malts. Bitter, nutty finish. Well hopped beer. Fill bodied, dry. Enjoyable stuff.


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