1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Master Brew Kentish Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

Not Rated.
Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

34 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.59%
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:
Beer added by: diablo14 on 11-07-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (56) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of charlatan
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Flyer
2.01/5  rDev -38.9%
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 Mark
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
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 vancurly
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 ....)

Photo of bark
2.82/5  rDev -14.3%
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 wl0307
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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 diablo14
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.