Shepherd Neame / Bend Brewing Uncle Sam’s Independence Ale

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask: Special - Brewed as a collaboration between Shepherd Neame and Ronya Cornett of Bend Brewing Co. for JD Wetherspoon’s festival, July 2009.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, - JUL 8, 2009
Handpull @ ’Sporks Masque Haunt, Old St. Hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Sweet pale/caramel malts, a little honey, some grass and pineapple in the nose. Taste is much the same, a little sweet initially but still has a nice dry bitter linger and a pretty decent mouthfeel considering I was told it’s been on a few days. All in all I quite enjoyed it, even stayed for a few more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
Golden colour with a thin white head. Grapefruit and citrus aroma. Thin texture. Refreshing with the hops and grapefruit, citrus finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (23893) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2009
cask at JDW edinburgh ... hay amber ... thin creamy head ... grapefruit hop nose ... big bitter ... grapefruitt hop ... HUGE bitter linger... poured most of it away,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6410) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Hazy amber with a thin cream head; hoppy aroma; light, grassy hops flavour, prickly and slightly medicinal; some residual sweetness then a light hop finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2009
A Mes rate: cask at Baker St ’Sporks.
Attractive gold colour with a bubbly but lasting white head. Aroma is a little too sweet on the malt but the hops are pleasant enough. The flavour is muh better. A good earthy backbone with some faint honey notes play the supporting role to some enjoyable grassy hops. Good level of bitter and dry in the finish. Effortlessly drinkable and pretty tasty all round. Well balanced and nicely brewed. I think this beer is not getting a fair crack of the whip. It’s certainly better than the last brew Tonya did over here. Just what I needed for a quick lunchtime scoop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Cask at Banker’s Draft, Bedford (JDW). Gold with a large white head. Lemon hair oil aroma. Quite a pleasing sweetness in the taste with faint citrus and biscuit. Sharp bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (2057) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2009
Cask - The Bell (JDW), Norwich. Clear body and gold in colour with a medium, slowly dissipating white head that eventually leaves a scattered, lumpy looking film of carbonation. Citric hop aromas combine with grassy hops and a touch of sweetness. Bitterness leads the way in terms of flavour with some orange peel, otherwise fairly typical Kentish hop characteristics. Finish is dry and moderate, as is the body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Handpulled cask at JDW Watford and a far better second sample at JDW Hatch End. Gold with a thick white head. Restrained aroma of mixed hops. Predominately bitter flavour but more than a suggestion of stale kentish hops and maybe some cascade? Rather harsh IMO. Still, prefferable to Master brew/ Spitfire etc of recent years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8524) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Counting House (JDW), Glasgow 3/07/09. Deep gold in colour with a moderate white head. Summer fruit and citrus hop aroma. Flavour of sweet malts, with a touch of orange hop and dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14340) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Hazed gold with slight head. Slightly sweet standardish golden ale, some malty fruitiness with some apricot notes from the low impact hops.

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