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

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RATINGS: 197   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.


Creedence's rating

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2013
500ml bottle enjoyed with friends. Pours a copper gold with almost no head that quickly dissipates. Looks flat and unappealing. Aroma is strongly of wood with a little toffee. Slightly cardboardy hops. Taste is a woody carboardy sweetness that’s overpowered by a metallic bitterness. Rough and messy and flat to finish. Metallic aftertaste dominates as well. Bad beer, very disappointing for a highly regarded brewery.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtu71 (36) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Short ivory head, some lace, clear amber. Fresh spicy aroma. Caramel, toasty, highly hopped. Crispy, juicy, watery palate. Nice IPA.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (5993) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma of malts, rich nutty notes and caramel. Flavour of malts, bread, nuttiness, harsh grassy bitterness, mild but unpleasant metallic notes and caramel sweetness. Some mild floral notes. Medium bodied and a dry malty finish. Too English for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Migmar (241) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Amber, thin head. Caramel, citrus, nuts. Medium sweetness, medium-heavy bitterness. Rather one-sided, yet smooth and enjoyable. Not really similar to beers I have grown to known as IPAs, but maybe it’s really closer to the original historic ones, as the brewery claims. Definitely very recognizably English.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sissio (537) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 15, 2014
Clear copper, cream head Light caramel, malts, hint of orange peel, resin Malts, cereals, Not totally pleasent bitterness and bitter aftertaste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (273) - FINLAND - JUL 14, 2014
A completely clear amber body with minimal off-white head. Nose has spicy and herbal hops accompanied by a strong caramel aroma. Taste starts with a caramelly sweetness followed by a smooth stern bitterness that lingers on the palate. Carbonation is fairly soft and the mouthfeel is on the fuller side. This is a nice simple classic IPA with a good balance of sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6522) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
500 ml bottle. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
Clear copper amber colour with a small foamy off-white head. Floral hops, mild bitterness, woody dryness, nuts and sweetish malt in the aroma. The flavour is pretty much the same. A bit more hoppy bitterness. Very English brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (997) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
.5l bottle from Alko Seppälä Pours clear amber with medium head. Aroma is citrus fruits, malts, pine, honey notes and hops. Flavor is mostly same. Bitter finish!.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (2109) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
0,5l bottle from Alko, Joensuu. Pours clear amber with a medium head. Aroma is malts with some hops and a hint of fruits. Flavor is slightly fruity malts with a very hoppy finish. Pretty much like any other Shepherd Neame, just perhaps a bit more hoppy. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (151) - - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from Fenwicks Newcastle. Pours deep amber shade, white head. An intriguing IPA - heavy and unusual chocolate flavours. Quite hoppy - a tasty and interesting beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monoroc (21) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Pours bronze clear color with a minimal head. Malty, a bit roasty aroma. Taste is very malty, missing a bit the hoppy flavour. Short lasting, medium bitter finish. Enjoyable malty Ale.


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