Shepherd Neame / Fat Heads Yakima Sun

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


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival.
Matt Cole, from Fat Heads Brewery, has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery (Kent) to brew this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This golden-coloured beer is based on a British recipe, yet hopped with American varieties, resulting in a tropical fruit aroma which leads you to a slightly nutty, malty flavour and a pleasing citrus hop finish

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Cask Pint JDW Fest Autumn 2011 in Nov 2011 - Golden in colour. Fruity; tropical and citrus fruits. Hoppy; grassy hops. Malty; light malts, caramel, hint of honey. Good fruit/hop/malt balance. Sweet fruity balanced by mildly bitter citrus hops. Very drinkable. (2011-11-05)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (9992) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
Hoppy craft brew but one with a varied mix of fruits of its pleasant taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
5th October 2011
Hamilton Hall Spoons. Clear gold beer, small white head. Smooth dry palate, a little soft. No carbonation! Clean pale malt with some sweetish hops. Slightly sherbetty citrus. All pretty subtle. Dry finish with minerals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
On tap at brewpub
A solid but unremarkable release, this beer might be dull because I find it hard to get overly excited about golden ales. It is sessionable and light on the palate yet somehow I still dont find myself wishing I had ordered a full pint. Perhaps that is the curse of a brewery cranking out too many solid beers and raising expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - The golden bronze body shimmered with a soft white head providing some contrast. Tropical notes were a little bit different than your typical golden ale. This feels more Caribbean than some cheap yellow lagers.

Flavor / Palate - Bitter tangerines were the first of a series of sweet sensations. Lemons and a buttery finish wrap up a decent beer. Like biting into a fake piece of waxed fruit it has the feel of something out of place. You can tell it is a Fat Heads release though; the citrusy IPAs are not that subtle. All around this is a good collaboration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1787) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
(Growler Pour) - Labeled an ESB at the brewery. The American hop strains are really on display with this beer. It starts with a big blast of Citra hops, and pours a pale amber with a full white head. Mild malt flavors, with hints of biscuit and bread, which is quickly overpowered by the hops. This is a really nice drinking sessionable beer. I can easily see why fans of traditional ESBs might be taken back by this beer, which almost hits the hop levels of an APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Aroma: Hints of citrus hoppiness with a nice malty aroma, nutty if I had to label it. Appearance: Clear dark gold with a thick white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Light sweetness with hints of bitterness that build across the tongue. Very nice, and not too strong. Palate: Medium body, light, crisp texture, lively carbonation, with a long, mild finish. Overall: This is a nice, solid beer, well developed and balanced. Im not blown away, but could certainly see putting back a few of these. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8517) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 4/10/2011. Golden with a slight white head. Fruity aroma with some grassy hops. Flavour had solid, cereal malts with contrasting citrus fruit and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2298) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
[Cask at the Falcon (JDW), High Wycombe] Deep gold, large white head. Lots of flowers and pine with just the right amount of bitterness at the end. A resinous mouthfeel with a dry finish. One of the best at this Wetherspoons festival - a good mix of American flavours and British balance, just what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump High Cross Leicester. A light golden beer with a white head. Slight in the nose. Good citrus flavours but with a UK like creaminess. A tad chewy at times but the hops do shine after a while with Cascade flavours to the fore. A tail of two quarters really in this half pint as it certainly picked up, with even some spicy hop entering the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Gold with a lively white head in the peak of fresh condition. The US hops are unmistakable (if a little under used). Unlike some people, I thought that this was quite a decent effort.

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