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Master Brew Kentish Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale

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78
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34 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: diablo14 on 11-07-2003)
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Florya
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Florya, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

harpus, Apr 09, 2014
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!

EmperorBevis, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Dracook, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Johnq1964
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mick303, May 11, 2013
Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

napetry, Mar 15, 2013
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.

flyingpig, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 27, 2012
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.

jonb5, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Dentist666
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.

Dentist666, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24%

petluo, May 16, 2012
Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Hanglow, May 04, 2012
Photo of chel29
4/5  rDev +21.6%

chel29, May 02, 2012
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

szmnnl99, Mar 28, 2012
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 !

Ruds, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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.

david18, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Sep 09, 2011
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

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 29, 2011
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.

PartyBear, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
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.

fullsweep, Dec 13, 2009
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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 07, 2009
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Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.