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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001)
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3/5  rDev -18%

tjdrewry, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

beerinabottle, Jul 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Schmoog, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

kersjous, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Juanziac, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and beautiful copper color forming a medium and thin bubbled beige head. Medium retention and lots of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of caramel followed by citrus and flowery hops. Toffee and roasted malts. Fruity notes, a combination of grapefruit and grapes. Sweet bread and grass

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel and crystal malts followed by pleasant moderate hops bitterness. Strong notes of toffee. Citrus and grassy hops profile. Notes of grapefruit and red grapes. Finished by a dry and grassy bitterness

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Caramel bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Very pleasant and easydrinking British Ale

eduardolinhalis, Jul 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

wickerman1, Jun 30, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. This fine beer has the typical Kentish Ale-look with the golden/red-brown color. It’s quite easy to drink even though there is a lot of bitterness in it. Slight taste of some tangy butterscotch and toffee in the aftertaste makes the beer more pleasant to drink.

Alex-Alkis, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Boffone, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ant1, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mick_cooper, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

becsug, Apr 13, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes:

Smells malty with blackcurrant and blackberry fruity notes.
Head fades. Mouthfeel was initially very fizzy - I could have poured it more aggressively; smooth once it settled a bit.

Taste: slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue, bitter hops towards back and side of mouth, fruits and berries on the middle of the tongue. Burps citrusy-marmaladey hops. This is a really well balanced beer - the tastes flow and merge and balance each other beautifully.
I loved it.

Tomais, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GeeZaa, Apr 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

shardin, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tbone64, Mar 17, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How this one stayed off my radar for so long [I love a good pint of English Bitter] I'll never know, but there it is: a pint of Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger... it even sounds like a saucy sacrilegious poke at the ecclesiastical order. And we all know how much I love a good beer label euphemism mixing with satire, and beer... Ok as it turns out I looked at the back label of this beer and the name is disappointingly innocuous "It takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterburys"... Poo.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear Jersey caramel body with a boisterous beige foam on top. This screams of a classic Kentish Bitter, Oi!

S: Toasted toffee base upfront, followed by caramel notes and a nice earthy hop finish. There is a slight fruitiness in the hops as well - lemon.

T: Tasty toasted toffee biscuit toasts its way tracing a tantalising dance across my taste buds. Classic English Bitters are generally a malt/hops balancing act and this ale is no different. With flavours of; toffee, caramel, earthy and citric hops finished with a tea-like tannin in the finish. Tastes as English pub as an ale can get really.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: As English as shepherds pie and a Friday night biff-up followed by some hard slapper shagging/snogging. This brew really takes me back to my jaunt across the capital 'U' capital 'K', with memories of working menial jobs for little pay which all got spent on rent, beer and food, ahhh, those were the days. Anyway reality, you big douche, time to be in the present and presently this is a decent English ale, not the best, nothing like a Citra, St Peter's or Pride of Oxford, but nonetheless a good drop.

Food match: Traditional English fare: shepherds pie and a Friday night biff-up followed by some hard slapper shagging/snogging... and crumpets.

doktorhops, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

poskok, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

diverite, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Rayman68, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

houtappel, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

aorloski, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

leitmotif, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 06, 2014
Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.