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


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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Bottle: Filtered.
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 (5451) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ippopodio (49) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Bellissimi colore ambrato brillante, limpido ed accattivante. La schiuma bianco crema completa l'opera. Al naso non molto intensa con i Fuggles a farla da padroneIn bocca è fresca ed amara, ma abbastanza equilibrata dai malti caramello. Il finale è secco ed amaro come ci si aspetta da una vera IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kto (391) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2015
0.5l bottle from a coop in bern. pours a clear amber with a small white head and some lacing. aroma of caramel and grassy hops, hemp. strong malty backbone, not too hoppy for an ipa; flavour of caramel, grass, bread. dry, mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
llkc (867) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2015
Duft smag duft lidt malt lidt grøn duft lidt sødme , smag citrus lidt blød fedme maltet sød bitter eftersmag

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rotaman14 (441) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - NOV 13, 2015
Clear copper colour, white head. Aroma is peaches and biscuits. Medium bitter, grassy taste, malty finish. Pretty dry throughout. Kinda bland and not really pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11963) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from Lidl, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Amber to copper with no head. Flat beer on the pour, there is a thin, tinny, metallic character to this. There are some fruity notes detected, apricot, peachy with an alcohol note. Just a little poor unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredd_an (224) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
Bärnstensfärg, med karamell doft & fin karamell i smaken tillsammans med beskan av humle, utgör den en enkel ren engelsk IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beauges (3) - Collie, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2015 does not count
Pours a clear amber with a decent lasting white head. Aroma is more on the malty side with caramel and raisin notes. Flavour is light caramel with a lasting spicy bitterness. Not a bad English IPA but could be better!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (3051) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle. Clear copper with an off white head. Aroma of Rowntree’s blackcurrant gums, boiled oranges, toffee, grass. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Tastes as it smells except for a metallic tinge that bothered me less after a few sips. Pretty bitter at the end. Odd and rather unwelcoming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jado (703) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2015
Pint bottle. Clear burnished bronze body topped with a thin but lasting white head. Aromas of raisins, biscuits, caramel, hay and orange zest. Taste is heavy on malty sweetness but lifted by and orange zest and spice note. Medium bodied. Long finish with a light fruity aftertaste. Not bad but could do with being dialled up a notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adamnase (252) - Kronoby, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Bottled, from Alko Pietarsaari. Pours clear amber with white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruits,bread. Taste is medium sweet with slight bitterness, caramel,malts, some berries. Medium body.oily, medium carbonation. OK

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