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


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RATINGS: 203   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.

SilkTork's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5179) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1369) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Appearance: Redish, amber brown. Crystal clear. Some off-white head.
Aroma: Hops and some malt, nutty.
Taste: Malt and nutty, good amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Basel), 500 ml, CHF 4.50
Info: 25/7-2014, 55/300M, BB: 31/5-2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (675) - FINLAND - JUL 27, 2014
Nummenrannassa. Good beer, not quite light I have used to know IPA to be, of course this is not supposed to be like that either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (722) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at home from Morrisons. Some head, but not too much. A medium brown colour. Perhaps a little haze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkopen (819) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, swetish fruits, nuts and floral hops. The flavour is caramel-malty, with notes of wood and fruits, and a moderately bitter hoppy finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2155) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2014
Easy drinkable (I) pale ale. Thin nut ale. Fon taste but too thin, lacking thickness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (1080) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle asda. Copper colour slight head. Aroma is caramel malts taste is same some spicy hops ok bitterness. Medium body. Ok stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtu71 (38) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (6043) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Migmar (245) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sissio (541) - 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

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