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Master Brew Kentish Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.89%


Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: diablo14 on 11-07-2003)
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Mark

California

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.

Serving type: cask

01-13-2007 04:17:05 | More by Mark
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Daredevil

Switzerland

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 ....)

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2006 19:00:47 | More by Daredevil
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diablo14

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorites from shepherd neame, which i guess i designed to showcase the wonderful local kent goldings hop. what you get is a great session beer full of delightful hoppy flavors. almost like an english style pilsener.

light bronze in color, it pours with a beady thin head that stays till your done. zesty citrus aromas, with some caramel and a marvellous noble hop scent. medium bodied, with a gentle carbonation, its fruity, with a little orange present, subtle malts and a long bitterness that has a geat taste and pleasing finish. not as bitter as saaz or cascade, but still has the bite you want and goes extemely well all together. ive drank this fresh, and a little past its use by, and it hasnt lost anything over the time which is an exception to most beers.

a fantstic beer to drink at any time. kentish ale is not necessarily the best or most complex of the genre, but never fails to be an enjoyable drink worth trying if you ever see it around.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 06:04:33 | More by diablo14
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 19:46:51 | More by david18
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 18:58:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL from a clear bottle, poured into a pint glass. (NOTE: my bottle says this is 4.0% ABV, not the reported 4.4% listed here.)

A: great brownish-copper colour. Foamy bubbles coming up from underneath form an off-white head of 1 finger or so. Dissipates quickly leaving only marginal lacing.

S: caramel malts with earthy/metallic undertones.

T: again earthy, not much in the way of fruity/sweety, which is okay but leaves this bitter somewhat unbalanced.

M: moderate to low carbonation (which is okay for a good bitter), moderate body with a stickiness to it.

D: would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:36:46 | More by fullsweep
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dgilks

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a relatively small but smooth, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Non-descript toffee malt with a slightly metallic edge. Average.

Nutty, rich and enticing toffee flavoured malt. Some earthy hop but this is malt driven and pretty good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent, malty ale with some hop sharpness to add bitterness and balance. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 08:59:39 | More by dgilks
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 08:56:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: cask

07-02-2004 01:39:18 | More by CRJMellor
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: cask

08-31-2012 17:29:10 | More by jonb5
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a short and fat 500ml clear bottle, BB June 06, at 4%abv. only.

A: served in a straight imperial pint glass, pretty tight froth comes with the beautiful, clear dark amber hue, against a abundantly fizzy body; the cap of foam sustains really well, to my surprise, leaving equally tight but uneven lace along the way.
S: as I slowly pour the beer a semi-skunk note comes through, but fortunately disappears fast... upfront it's fruit-dominated malty, along with a slightly vanilla aroma, some molasses and caramel, and a bready-grainy and apple-ish+citrusy hoppy note, a combination even reminiscent of an unfiltered Czech Pilsner!
T: pretty grassy bitter and dryish upfront, with a mild maltiness reduced to the minimum level; the hop flavour is packed of tannin-like spiciness and wild-plant leafy characters, leading to a long, bitter, but rather clean finish.
M&D: slightly sharp, gassy mouthfeel, but quite clean as well, quite suitable for this rather bitter but light-bodied beer, although it proves a bit too thin and even watery in the end. Overall this is a rather refreshingly "bitter" bitter, not having the richer flavours I hope for but easy-drinking enough. Still, this is yet another beer with appearance and aroma outweighing its flavour.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 18:57:24 | More by wl0307
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle with freshness date Feb 2009 is fairly light coloured with an amber hue. A fairly insubstantial head has formed around the rim of my glass.

The nose is sweet and fruity, with rhubarb and blackcurrant springing to mind. That makes it sound more sour than it actually smells though. In the mouth it is less sweet, with carbonation hitting home first before a blackcurrant tinged herbal bitterness takes over. I like this but it would be better if it were rather bolder.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 22:19:11 | More by charlatan
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Dentist666

Russian Federation

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange beer with good off-white head, lingering for a long time and leaving lots of laces. Rich smell of caramel malts and dark fruits, tones of herbal hops (the smell is quite tpical for kentish beers). Taste is watery, somewhat citrusy with standard for the style soft bitter finish. Drinkable beer, but not having its own face.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:02:14 | More by Dentist666
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vancurly

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 05:38:56 | More by vancurly
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 19:03:28 | More by flyingpig
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 14:49:16 | More by PartyBear
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:21:12 | More by jazzyjeff13
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bark

Sweden

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.

Serving type: cask

02-04-2006 21:07:44 | More by bark
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

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 !

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 15:25:58 | More by Ruds
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:46:08 | More by EmperorBevis
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Flyer

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2007 20:29:25 | More by Flyer
Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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