Master Brew Kentish Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: diablo14 on 11-07-2003)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Morrisons (£1.50):
Amber to orange colour with a massive, three fingers tall head that is foamy in texture and rises a lot after the drink has been poured. Clear & lively looking.

Some caramel malts at the start with a sort of metallic aroma and some vanilla hops. There was also a few grassy notes and a bit of toffee coming together to give a sweet aroma.

Light malts and sweet flavours to begin, namely some caramel and perhaps a touch of vanilla from the nose. There was a sort of bitter, earthy taste around the middle and a touch of fruit at the end.

Light medium and as expected a pretty smooth beer on the palate. Carbonation was noticeable but nothing overly strong and there was a dry, semi-bitter finish. This one was pretty standard overall on the palate but it wasn't the most well balanced.

A standard ale with quite a nice aroma and a good bit going for it but the flavours, although nice, were a nit muddled and not balanced well which the beer suffered for in the end. Carbonation was perhaps a little strong and the head was almost out of control when I poured the beer resulting in a bit of spillage after a fairly gentle pour.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2012.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of roasted malt with dry, fruity ale yeast, caramel and stewed hops. A hint of ripe cheese.

Tastes of roasted malt with hints of caramel and a dry bitterness. Notes of fruity yeast, roasted grain and leafy stewed hops. Decent hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick, prickly and astringent - leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and stewed hops.

A fairly typical Shepherd Neame brew - pedestrian. The roasted malt and house yeast dominate the taste/aroma, but there is little in the way of aromatic hops. Lacks depth, and the mouthfeel is thinner than it could be. A bog-standard bitter; drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.

Photo of Ruds
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

Note - bottle clearly states 4.0% ABV, not 4.4% as listed above (change request sent)

Pours to an amber/gold - light brown colour with a small head

Smells of well . . . Shepherd Neame ! Their beers tend to have a similar aroma in my opinion, quite clearly English hops, I'd guess Fuggles is involved as a slightly earthy/grassy smell comes over?

Tastes of light malts, light hops, slight (and ever so) citrus taste

Mouthfeel - refreshing and a dry hop aftertaste

Overall - a pretty average beer, not one to get excited about. Might be from England's oldest brewery but there's a heap load of guys who have been brewing for a fraction of this time coming up with far superior ales in the UK !

Photo of Flyer
1.98/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The crystalline caramel color was the best thing about this beer. The head was weak and soap-like, foretellling the relative lack of carbonation. Overall, it has less taste than an American macro. There was a passable hoppiness to the aftertaste, but not nearly enough to save this. The least you can expect from a beer like this is to be crisp and refreshing when you're hot and thirsty (which I was), but it wasn't refreshing, and the hops had more of a mushy taste than a crsip taste. Give me a Miller Genuine Draft over this any day.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich caramel color with golden highlights. Thin but creamy head leaves sheets of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pale and crystal malt. Very bready and some buttery notes as well. Classic, resiny hop bitterness also noted.
Flavor of light tofee with a little hint of dark fruit and some roasted nuttiness.
Mouthfeel starts somewhat malty and has a very "cream ale" feel that finishes with a mellow but well rounded bitterness.
Drinkability is solid. Alittle more watery that my preference but a good beer.

Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear 500ml bottle, drank 6 months before its due by date. Poured into a Uk pint sleeve glass.

Large bubbles in a white head sat on top of a sparkling light brown/amber body. The head got thinner and thinner as the beer was consummed, leaving only a collar and a wispy covering at the end.

Hops for me won the aroma stakes, malted biscuits coming in second and last, couldn't find anything else, but this isn't a complicated brew.

No strong, powerful flavours here, just a pleasant mix of Kentish Hops and Crystal malts which produce a typical Southern English Ale/Bitter.

The bitter eliment within the flavour stays long enough in the mouth and I found this beer very easy to drink and enjoy, as I have done often in the past.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Pours reddish deep amber in color.Crown is white small size bubbled,foamy thin layer.Pretty good retention leaving a collar while slowly dissipates.Clear appearance.On the nose:slightly caramel malts & subtle floral hints.Mildy toasted malt flavor with an smooth bitterness.Medium/low body & moderate carbonation.Finishes quite bland.Quite refreshing.Label indicates 4.0% ABV

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the beer available on the trade show floor at a recent conference I attended in London. Overall, pretty good and it was served a little colder than a typical English Bitter so it was a little more refreshing for lunchtime.

Appearance is a little lighter than most bitters with some good carbonation and a little less cloudy than I expected.

Aroma was very malty and refreshing.

Flavor was also quite refreshing. Light, some bready malts, a little hops. Quite well balanced.

Overall aver good beer.

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Kind of light brown lear body with big foamy white head thats fucks off to nothing quick

There is almost an aroma the small shining light from this ordeal some sweet barley in there

The taste or more the lack of it a slight menthol flavour and mostly like beer soap

Very thin & very fizzy

a big old pile of bollocks

AVOID!

Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is a deep clear amber, a signature of the brewery's beers, however the minimal head left no lacing whatsoever, little visual ambience in the beer, nothing like the beautiful Spitfire from the same maker. Fruity aroma with slight hints of sulpher that does not off put. Slightly roasted malts are on the palate with fruity hops as well. A decent beer but Spitfire is far better in my book.

Photo of Florya
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is deep amber; the airy head is very low.

The weak smell got notes of minerals and meat with some sour notes

The aroma hops dominates the taste, giving it a fruity/chemical flavour. There isn’t much of body here. The aftertaste is a bit sweet with traces of bitterness and fruit flavouring.

The carbonation is very feeble, making the beer almost stale.

A real disappointment: Probably, the cask was a few days too old.

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint, served in Shaker. Amber colour, hazy, tiny tanned head, retained some lacing. Fruity aroma with hints of Maris Otter malt and Golding hop. Tasted malty, bitter with notes of wheat, long charcol finish. Smooth texture, body thick for the low ABV, no real carbonation. Overall slightly watery but quite a lot of character for the strength.

Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: White frothy head, which leaves nice lace. Amber colour, clear.
S: Toast & marmalade, herbaceous notes
F: Light toasty malt profile, touch of green hop, some medium bitterness.
M: Medium to light body. Fairly short
O: A good after-work pint. Nothing too spectacular, but pleasant nonetheless.

Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Johnq1964
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chel29
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of PartyBear
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as a light red copper, with a nice big fluffy white head, and it sustains a decent level of carbonation throughout. It is quite floral in the aroma with a nice strong malty caramel base from the crystal malts and a slightly metallic hint. The taste is very citric and floral, with some nice bitter hops, and a subtle sweetness in the back. A very drinkable bitter, pleasant enough but nothing groundbreaking but this is what Shepherd Neame have always produced and they do it well.

Photo of Daredevil
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice example of an 'ordinary' refreshing bitter ... the bitterness is in harmony with the light fruityness (peaches, macadamia nuts) .... this brew demonstrates the high overall quality of Shepherd Neame (if only they would stop brewing the licenced lager piss ....)

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Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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