Shepherd Neame / Port Brewing Grumpys Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: American Pale Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - J D Wethersppon festival, Autumn 2009.
Tomme Arthur is considered one of the greatest craft brewers in America and has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, Kent, to brew especially for this JDW beer festival. This is a classic example of an American West Coast Extra-Pale Ale, brewed with English barley and no caramel malts, allowing the freshest and brightest hop flavours to really shine through and create a decidedly snappy and dry finish. Hops used: Amarillo, Bramling Cross, Brewers Gold, Phoenix

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5711) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
JDW Rochester. Soft malt with a varied and slightly muddled hop top. Hops grab too much attention with no clarity. A lot of noise for little signal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
Cask in the new crown, southgate. Alround rating: Fairly big centenial hop like nose, Citrusy with the pale malt only just showing, a hop showcase. I had 2 1/2 pints of this so it must be good but i have to say i was expecting better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton A golden coloured beer with a white head. The aroma has nice lemon lime and grapefruit notes. Lovely citrussy hop notes in the mouth with lime jelly notes. Fresh clean and well balanced. Good hops but theres no overkill. Instead very sessionable Score 3.7
Subsequent rating also scored 3.7.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn (6407) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
Cask at the Babington Arms (JDW), Derby. Amber with a low, dense, off-white head,leaving lots of lacing; aroma of pine resin; silky smooth in the mouth and full of resinous hops; short well-hopped bitter finish, leaving a pine resin aftertaste. In one word - piney - if thats a word!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8519) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar, Bristooll 29/10/09. Golden in colour with a decent white head. Citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma with some balancing malt sweetness. Easy drinking, with juicy fruits, a hint of caramel and a dry, citrus hop finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 Handpull @ several Sporks...Personally, this is exactly what I want when I walk into a pub. Pale gold with a thin to fluffy white head (depending on where). Quite a fresh citric hop burst in the nose falling back on a pale malt base, which I prefer over caramalt sessionably. Taste is bittersweet with lots of fruit, almost like biting into a fruit salad chew, pineapple and citrus hops and a pale malt character to back it up which ticks all the boxes for me. There?s such a fine line between over hopped and under balanced but this seems to work just fine for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (14335) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Pale gold with white head, beautifully laced. Initial aroma is of fresh barley and hops, leading to a sharp, lemony, grapefruit, floral pale ale. Lovely citrus notes right through to a bitter finish. light and easily drinkable, I really quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (2056) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2009
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. Clear gold with a medium, lasting creamy white head. Grapefruit hops on the nose, some lemon and then a big hit of mango. Citrus fruit and floral hops on the palate, a really delicate fruity bitterness, some grassy bite in the finish. Not too full-on or complex but well-rounded. Nice, light and balanced mouthfeel, with an average length finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Rayners Lane. Pale gold with a thick unsparkled white collar. Pungent US hops on the nose and the flavour does not dissopoint. Not a full on hop monter but has a lovely complex floral/citrus balance and a great, slightly oily mouthfeel. Its not in the same lleague as last years Stone/Shep colaboration but is still a very classy effort and much more of a session drink. It is creatively brewed and subtely different from any british version of this style that Ive sampled. I have tried a couple of less impressive pints of this at other spoons since but will seek out more and urge others to do so if their first impressions were dissopointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in Spoons BF 09. Gold with a small white head. Hoppy aroma. Taste has grapefruit hoppiness and some malt. Sharp bitterness to finish.

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