Published on April 4th, 2016 | by Martin Gray
Shepherd Neame India Pale Ale
Real Ale Review Ratings
okay just not exciting
Hailing from the tradition of 18th Century India Pale Ales, 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.
This India Pale Ale pours a deep, coppery red-brown with no trace of haze or sediment. Good white head which drops down to a foam cap. Tastes of light hops which sticks around long after the malt flavours have faded away. Fruitiness and nuttiness which overlays the bitter flavours. Overall, fairly bitter and on a par with similar British beers. At 6.1% there’s surprisingly little alcohol to be tasted or felt.
Its okay, maybe i have tasted too many more exciting beers of late. Thoroughly drinkable with a meal but not much flavour and at 6.1% it is a little strong for a session beer
Aroma: Sweet, roasted malts and a hint of nuttiness.
Taste: Light hoppiness which sticks around long after the malt flavours have faded away
Strength: 6.1% ABV
Brewery: Shepherds Neame
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