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Whitstable Bay Organic Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Whitstable Bay Organic AleWhitstable Bay Organic Ale

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003)
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured nicely but head evaporated before my eyes. Was left with thin coloured water after a couple of minutes.

S - As with most Shepherd Neame beers the hops are very distinct. Apart from that got some flowery aromas. Once the head had gone left with a weak honey-like nose.

T - Really quite bland unlike the other beers in their range. Some sweetness with a hoppy finish. Ok but nothing special.

M - Rather thin though good carbonation.

D - Fairly easy to drink though not looking for a second.

This beer is a resounding blandness about it. Not bad but not that good. Well down the pecking order of the Shepherd Neame beers for me. Not a great advert for organic beer, though I am not sure if I have tasted a good one of those.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:56:27 | More by Stephen63
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3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
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2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of July 2013. I seem to recall that this was given to me as a gift. The label state that this is certified organic by the Soil Association.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with good carbonation. The orange is a little too vibrant. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that disappears in under a minute. Aroma of faint malt with hints of strange fruity yeast esters, stewed leaves and cardboard. Slightly sweet and distinctly harsh.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a very dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and cardboard. Horribly harsh and astringent, with weak hints of solvent and mould. A bone-dry herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a thin, watery body. Aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and vaguely fruity yeast.

Yuck. I generally hold a low opinion of Shep Neame but this really scrapes the barrel - disgusting. Looks unappetising, and the aroma/flavour are just vile. Harsh, dry and generally unpleasant. Weak body as well. There's nothing good I can say about this brew except to avoid it. Buy something good instead!

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle

A – The color is deep copper or light amber, with a distinct orange tint. It is very clear. The head is thin, pure white and made of tiny bubbles. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S – The aroma is mainly of earthy and fruity hops. I detect traditional English hops, unsurprising in a beer from Kent. There is a bit of bready malt behind the hops. No yeast or alcohol notes are apparent. Overall fresh and crisp impression.

T – The taste is dominated by the English hops, more flowery than earthy. The bitterness seems accentuated by hard brewing water and the result is almost soap-like and a bit harsh. Very clean and well-brewed, but a bit one-dimensional. Not many other flavors get past the hop bitterness.

M – Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish. No alcohol burn.

O – A clean, well-made and traditional English ale. For me it is a bit harsh and one-dimensional in its hops bitterness to be given truly high marks.

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2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber color with a small-bubbled head, that soon disappeared.

S - Malty, citrus and hops. All thou not very impressive.

T - A quick sharp hoppy tone that dies off quick and left is a malty undertone. The bottle promised a bit more than it delivered.

D - A average beer, and at this price range, there are A LOT of other beers to enjoy. I would not recommend this beer, but do not cry if this is the only thing left on the shelf. Its drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Traditional Conic Pint Glass.

A - Pours a pale copper colour with a large bubbled head that dies quick.

S - Quite a distinct honey like aroma.

T - Not alot going on exept some sweet malts and bread.

M - Too low in body but ok with carbonation.

D - Would not recommend

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 13:39:02 | More by eric5bellies
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber with a nice frothy head.

S - Big whiff of skunk escapes the bottle immediately on opening, followed by some fruit, toffee, butter and citrus.

T - Malty butter-toffee stands out the most, but with a decent lemon hop backing and finish. Fairly sweet and good bitterness, but without a lot of depth.

M - Medium body and sharp carbonation.

D - OK drinker, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange-copper-light-amber beer, a very small off-white head leaving no lacing.

The smell is somewhat sweet and spicy, like white bread with dill sauce.

The taste has sweetness, like syrup on hard bread, a fruitiness, pears and apples, and a long bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather refreshing - on the verge of watery, a nice dry finish.

This beer has good bitterness, but is a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 16:25:58 | More by rarbring
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United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Although this beer was fine, I had the feeling I'd had it before. I know I had never tried it, but it just seems like a dozen other pale ales. There's nothing distinct about it--except the fact that it's organic, and that counts for something.

A: orangeish in color, small head upon pour

S: fine enough, but nothing distinct

T: same as above--bitter/sweet mix is balanced well

M: moderately carbonated, goes down smooth

D: nice drinkable beer, certainly wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out either. Gets a 1/2 point bonus b/c it's organic.

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1.95/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Organic Ale, the label looks pale and boring.

A: Golden amber - nothing special.

S: Hops, bit of a funky smell. A faint smell of flowers.

T: Hops! Dry. Malty.

M: Plain.

D: It feels like this beer misses somehting. I would have liked a little more bite to it - it tastes almost like american adjunct lager with extra hops. This one I wont by again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 17:47:09 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Whitstable Bay Organic Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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