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

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, - MAR 16, 2013
500ml dark bottle from Morrisons. Attractive retro label for the current fashion of reviving old recipes - particularly IPA recipes. This is a spanking good beer. The malt is cleaner than one would expect from a retro recipe - but I think Sheps are using their marketing wisdom to simply put a spin on a modern beer. I have no doubt they consulted an old recipe, but they used modern ingredients, modern technology, and modern thinking to adjust the recipe. The malt is clean and toffee flavoured, the hops are brisk and tidy, and the yeast is non-existent. There’s no character here. There’s generous hops and malt, combined in a straight forward traditional manner that has been popular now for over ten years. So this both old fashioned and very modern. And tastes more modern than old fashioned. There’s not much of interest, and there’s certainly no character. But it’s a good, drinkable beer. And there’s nowt wrong with that.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hideipa (21) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Cuivrée et translucide, de léger arômes herbeux et de malt caramel s’en échappent. En bouche, on ressent une amertume d’intensité faible à moyenne s’accompagne une douce saveur résineuse et maltée. Le corps est léger ce qui rend la sensation en bouche plutôt liquide. La finale laisse encore une fois une faible amertume qui s’éclipse avec déception.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nassoro (31) - Neuchatel, SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Light on some and suspiciously clear. Color is good but something is off. Hops don’t seem quite right. Not bad overall

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2015
cereal, caramel, grass, herbs, raisin, orange, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, bitter, not a good beer, to much on bitter side of hop and not a very interessant grain bill..

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackradioboy (72) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons. (£1.50) I'm not a Shep fan. They make horrid beers IMHO. This is surprising, for it's a reasonable effort - not fantastic, but drinkable. Fairly bitter and sharp with a bit of milk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DerJontte (11) - FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Boring. A friend who’s into IPA said it’s more bitter than IPA’sin general, I think it’s less bitter. Go figure...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2690) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
Clear orange, white foam ring remaining. Sweet aroma, sour candy. Does not smell too much as an IPA, but taste is great. Not too overwhelming bitter, just enough. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. (Arnhem 201504)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Milter (266) - Nyborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2015
En meget kedelig IPA. Ikke sammenhæng mellem pris og kvalitet - men en IPA kan dog aldrig ned til.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpkeskinen (334) - FINLAND - APR 16, 2015
Drank from a bottle. Quite ok. The hops are a bit too rough. The taste has, in addition to the usual ipa stuff, some smoke, maybe caramel too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (214) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Real pleasant surprise this one looks lively in the glass hippy and well balanced spit on IPA notes of toffee and caramel a great example of an ipa

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mihstudzinski (14) - - APR 4, 2015
S?abo ukryty alkohol w smaku i zapachu. Kolor bursztynowy. Piana sredniopecherzykowa. Do zapomnienia.


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