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


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.

SarkyNorthener's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (1414) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - APR 15, 2014
amber medium head hoppy nose malty light caramel roots fruity medium bitterness light spicy lityle fizzy not long final

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. High fluffy white lasting head. Clear dark amber golden gody. Roasted malt hay bread caramel aroma with some dried fruit in the background. Dry bitterness dominates the flavor but sweet malts is also present. High carbonation. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, dunkle Früchte, hopfig. Geschmack nach dunklen reifen Früchten, malzig süß, hopfig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melkart (238) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 3, 2014
Aroma is hop and malt. Taste is spicy and bitter at the end. Refreshing and nice drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (832) - SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco (£2.39):
Light malts, some caramel makes itself known soon after along with some earthy malts and English hops with a slightly nutty aroma rounding things off. The beer is quite subdued on the nose & fairly basic.
Caramel amber & a thin, bubbly head that is an off-white colour that turns to a very patchy lacing after a few seconds. Clear with some small bubbles rising to the surface.
Earthy malts and light hops that features some sweetness from a little butterscotch and some caramel too. There is a bitter taste throughout with strong malts & a part fruity, part nutty taste.
Medium to full bodied, smooth & slightly nutty with medium carbonation and a touch of spice on the palate. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and the beer is a bitter one from start to finish.

Traditional tasting beer as you would expect from such an old recipe. Not a bad taste but not that exciting either. It was drinkable but it’s not one I’d pick up again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Small offwhite head doesn’t last. Clear brown body. Earthy floral metallic aroma with malty cocos notes. Very little aroma. Dry-sweet floral caramelly taste with watery notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry watery resiny cocos aftertaste with soft caramelly notes. It’s very low on flavour, and not really all that drinkable, so overall this is not a winner. No obvious flaws, though. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly web order.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freiksenet (81) - - MAR 25, 2014
A: Amber, transparent. S: Some mild malt, earthy hops. T: Malts start, some very mild bitterness, ends sweetish with some hops. M: Quite light. O: A very British beer, hops are hard to taste after all the IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crlnts (59) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Lasting small white head. Good bubbles. Light amber, transparent. Light carbonation. Taste is stale, bitter. Bitterness of an IPA without the aroma. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2803) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottled 50cl. Nicely remaining creamy lightly tanned head. Spicy earthy hops. Remarkably leafy with caramel throughout. Medium to full bodied. Good lacework. Balanced. Hints of candied apricot and light orange sneaking in. A chiefly British ESB to my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vells (542) - LATVIA - MAR 17, 2014
IPA? srsly? nononono.. ohh.. and then I saw style - english strong ale - thats more appropriate. Simple brew, simple drinking beer. Some maltiness, some decent hops (not for IPA), bit fruitiness. Quite dry finish Mostly sweet with some bitterness in finish. Not bad, but too boring

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