Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
Cask: Regular.
"A distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale, with all the hoppy aroma you’d expect of a beer brewed in the heart of the hop country. Well balanced, with a taste that’s been described as "wonderfully aggressive, tinged with sweetness". "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (7254) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2002
Bottled(500ml). -excellent beer, good hoppy aroma, and great taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2010
Cask at the Cask & Glass, Victoria, London on 20th April 2010. Copper with off-white lacing head. Hoppy and fruity with tangy citric kick. Zingy mouthfeel and fruity citric finish. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ambro206 (360) - ITALY - APR 10, 2016
Bevuta dal cask del pub del birrificio. La birra si presenta ambrata con riflessi ramati. Schiuma con bolle un po’ grossolane, niente di strano considerato il servizio. Al naso un pizzico di mela verde e frutti rossi. In bocca si apre poi ad um ventaglio ampio che spazia dal biscotto al amaro erbaceo, sottile e gradevole. Molto equilibrata. Un po’ di astringenza finale. Carbonazione pressoché assente, corpo medio/leggero. Buona beva.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2002
big earthy hoppiness, heaps of juicy crystal malt, mellow yeast fruitiness, and a fat, bitter, spicy finish - everything i like in a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2007
Cask@The Freemasons Arms. Golden colour, not much head. Aroma is really fruity, hoppy and also has some hints of caramel and nectrar. Flavour is fruityhoppy and quite nectarish sweet. Big wooden notes as well as slight honey is also present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6770) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 10, 2015
Cask half pint at the Cask and Glass, London Victoria. Deep amber to brown colour, moderate white head. Moderate malts and hops in the aroma. Tingling hops in the flavour, very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 June, 2004: Ye Arrow, Rochester. Hoppy session bitter. Given a choice between this and Greene King’s IPA, I would choose this. Quite a decent body for a 3.7%, and good traditional English hops. Conversation lubricant of a high standard - but not a beer to think about. It’s a beer to drink rather than contemplate! [2.8]
Dec, 2004: Mabel’s Tavern, Kings Cross - a Shep’s pub. Head to Head with the <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=4144&FanOfID=4383> Bitter. Fresh, hoppy and spanking. Excellent condition. A wonderful session beer. London Xmas Crawl. [3.0]
Oct, 2006: The Monarch, Gillingham - a Sheps pub. I regularly drink this, but haven’t made any notes for a while. This is a lovely, hoppy bitter beer. A great session ale - full of hop flavour. Hops lack fragrance, but are full of earthy bitterness. Solid. [3.6]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luxgeoff (1) - LUXEMBOURG - AUG 28, 2009 does not count
A good well balanced bitter, which I drink regularly at the Coach and Horses and other pubs in Whitstable. Always consistent and satisfying, if never outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 Cask-Conditioned at 3.7% ABV. Looks like your average run-of-the-mill bitter. Not much aroma at all. First impressions are that this is slightly flat, though I’m doubtful that it’ was out of condition as the pub has a good repuation for keeping real ale. Hoppy & bitter as a slight sweetness, perhaps a little watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2003
Usual Shepherd Neame light malt aroma, very pleasant! Amber hue and slamm off white head. Hoppy bitter taste that is long lasting. Has quite lively carbonation and a dry finish.

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