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


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RATINGS: 236   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.

SilkTork's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5252) - Rochester, Kent, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StueyD (1205) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
A copper coloured beer with a thick and frothy white head. a light, malt led aroma, hints of caramel and nuts, this is followed by pithy citrusy hop aroma that lingers. Dry mouthfeel. A dry caramel malt taste to start, then a mouth filling hop flavour, loads of pithy grapefruit and lemon, then a piney and grassy taste that adds an extra bitterness. The finish is lingering and pithy citrus hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 15, 2014
0,5L bottle. Pours clear copper with beige head. The head stays. Aroma is malt, caramel, grass, citrus. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, citrus, nuts, metallic notes. Finish is sweet and nutty bitter. Overall: ok brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
torejh (8) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 12, 2014 does not count
500 ml bottle. Pours golden amber with a small white head. Lots of caramel and some fruits in the aroma. Malty taste of caramel. Mild hop flavours. Proper carbonation. Some bitterness at the end. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kronebryg (1073) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
Steely nose with caramel, medium body and sine length. Taste id still caramel and lavning sine hoppe charackter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dohny (268) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Fruity and caramel aroma. Caramel also in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (2088) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Aroma fruity English hops. Clear amber colour. Taste clean hoppy, moderate bitterness, fruity, light sour and light caramel. Okay English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cuso (4961) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Amber color with medium white head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Caramel malt with bitter hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1698) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Pours amber color, white head. Aroma of pear, apples, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, apples, pear, medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (762) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2014
Fľaša. Bledšia jantárová farba, biela pena. Vôňa sladová, karamelová, železitá. V chuti vínovosť, kyselkavosť, jemne ocot, trošku karamelu. V pozadí horkosť. Nič extra.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arek (165) - Zielona Góra, POLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle 0,5 l, ASDA, Bournemouth, England, UK. Miedziane piwo o grubej, puszystej, sztywnej i trwałej pianie oraz łagodnym, owocowym aromacie. W smaku gęste, początkowo słodowe i owocowe a następnie chmielowe z wyrazistą i długą goryczką na finiszu.

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