India Pale Ale (2012- ) - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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India Pale Ale (2012- )India Pale Ale (2012- )

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BA SCORE
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StJamesGate on 11-09-2012

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by Hoppsbabo:
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber.

S: A stocky, almost vegetable like stockiness. Hoppy but nothing fragrant. Citrus as it warms.

T: Ooh, aggressive. It's bitter but not hoppy fragrant. Has a bit of caramel and hints of that classic English gingery, prickly, butterscotchness. There's a bit of amonia too. As it warms I get some earthiness and also some cardboard. Not a lot of malty fruit and just hint of citrus. Gets better as it warms but I wouldn't go as far as to say it's nice.

O: Didn't enjoy this beer at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. ABV stated as 6.1%. Picked up recently from Morrisons. Described on the label as a historic ale that is heavily hopped with Fuggles. I've been looking forward to trying this since I heard about it - SN have recreated an English IPA in a manner that is supposed to reflect the original style. I don't know if it's based on an old recipe, but the labelling has a traditional feel to it.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light hop notes with notes of white grape, melon, pear, grass, faint citrus and subtle spice. Underpinned by a hint of caramel malt and fruity yeast esters. A whisper of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a grassy hop character and a dry finish. Notes of white grape, melon, grass/hay, spice, fruity ale yeast, faint caramel and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with some subtle candy flavours and a mild hint of diacetyl in the background. A restrained, earthy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and faintly spicy, with pleasant carbonation. Body is OK but a tad insubstantial. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter stewed hops, grass and faint fruity yeast esters.

A reasonable stab at an English IPA, and a shade better than much of SN's output. The hops are certainly on display, with a dominance of fruity, grassy notes in the aroma and flavour. The malt is rather weak and very much relegated backstage. The twinge of diacetyl is disappointing but not entirely surprising. The style is captured quite well, but it would be nice if the malt were more prominant. In addition, the appearance and body are OK but not outstanding. A fair effort from SN, and worth trying, but don't expect to be blown away.

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This IPA poured as a clean copper/amber colour and formed a decent creamy off-white head.
Very light aroma of grass and subtle faint citrus.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a grassy hop character and a dry finish. Nicely attenuated, with some subtle candy flavours and a restrained, earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a pleasant level of carbonation.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle: BBD Jan 2014, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 27 Aug 2013.

Really took to this brew.

Looked fine, orange hue to it's amber/gold body, on top a full and lasting head.

Hoppy aroma, both spicy and fruity, with a mild malt ester in the nose also.

The taste is hop bitter, but not dry, the malts rearing their heads to make this a fairly sweet IPA compared to most: the hops however do rule the taste.

Nice body depth and the 6.1% ABV suited the beer well: overall a very pleasant beer and a lot better than I expected (some of Shepherd Neame's bottled brews have been poor to say the least)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palest amber-gold with lumpy, creamy froth that fades fast but trails.
Fresh orange marmalade nose with some sugar cookie dough underneath - bright but simple.
Toasted peanuts, whole wheat crackers, dried apricots then tea, tobacco leaf and Seville orange rind hops - very Fuggle-y.
Stale Jaffa cake finish and lingering birch bark bitterness. Medium, slight chew, salty.

I've got SN pegged as resolutely mediocre, but hope rises anew to see historical recipes with throwback labels. Too pale, smells good, too toasty but serious IBUs: all together, a bit above the usual if not exactly compelling. Good effort - for them.

Photo of interzen
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml poured into a pint glass

Look: Deep, coppery red-brown with no trace of haze or sediment. Good fingers-width of white head which drops down to a foam cap over time. Some lacing left behind, but nothing extensive. Not massively fizzy.

Smell: This is definitely an English-style IPA, no doubt about it - hops are well in the background and the main smell is one of seet, roasted malts and a hint of nuttiness. This isn't the sort of thing that's going to assault your olfactory system so you're going to have to try pretty hard to discern anything other than the 'basics'.

Taste: Again, more malts with a light hoppiness which sticks around long after the malt flavours have faded away. On top of that, there's some fruitiness and nuttiness which overlays the predominantly bitter flavours. Overall, fairly bitter and on a par with similar British beers.

Feel: Medium body and bitter from start to finish. At 6.1% there's surprisingly little alcohol to be tasted or felt.

Overall: A bit 'meh' - as a supermarket IPA it does the job since it's pretty easy to get hold of. Along similar lines, this is probably about as 'traditional' a British-style IPA as you're likely to find. That being said, there are better examples of the style out there and they're not the sole preserve of the trendy craft breweries either. A good 'default' pint but nothing much to write home about.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bière & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foam head (w nice thin bubbles).
Smell : fruity aroma.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity malty and hoppy flavors, with bitterness finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style India Pale Ale.

Photo of flyingpig
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Tesco (£2.39):
Caramel amber & a thin, bubbly head that is an off-white colour that turns to a very patchy lacing after a few seconds. Clear with some small bubbles rising to the surface.

Light malts, some caramel makes itself known soon after along with some earthy malts and English hops with a slightly nutty aroma rounding things off. The beer is quite subdued on the nose & fairly basic.

Earthy malts and light hops that features some sweetness from a little butterscotch and some caramel too. There is a bitter taste throughout with strong malts & a part fruity, part nutty taste.

Medium to full bodied, smooth & slightly nutty with medium carbonation and a touch of spice on the palate. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and the beer is a bitter one from start to finish.

Traditional tasting beer as you would expect from such an old recipe. Not a bad taste but not that exciting either. It was drinkable but it's not one I'd pick up again.

Photo of Lemreway16
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shepherd Neame have created some of the finest beers and ales in England so obviously personal taste dictates a pecking order. Excellent smell and as with all their beers a good looker. If I have a reason to rate it lower that Spitfire, Early Bird et al it is that it is probably too strong. In my opinion English Ale and Beer is at it best in taste and flavour at between 3.5 & 5%. This is a specialist beer rather than a refreshing hoppy/malty IPA.

Photo of dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-dark orange, one finger head, low(ish) retention.
Smells of toasted malts, fruity and midly hoppy.
Mildly sweet toasted malts, close to caramel, dark biscuits. There's a light fruitiness, mostly a hop-induced citrus, some apricot, low peach and faint raisins. There's a mild nuttiness, quite a spicy character but a bigger earthy feel throughout. Hops are nice and leafy, reminding of dry tobacco and citrus peel, with a nice bitterness lingering in the aftertaste, but darker, not fresh as in other English IPAs. A nice showing of the Fuggles hops.
The body is chewy, going to creamy, with just enough carbonation. Perfect for a session beer, although it has quite a rough and dry aftertaste.
Great example, high grades.

Photo of Tapioju
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Do I sense minerals, even soap, in the taste? Weird - or maybe I just have used to enjoy different hop profiles. From the tap, this one, so the reason might ne there, too. People have described the taste as nutty, with a nice malt body. Maybe so, but it might just not be my cup of tea. Bitterness and aesthetics are ok.

Photo of wl0307
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, at 6.1%abv. only; BB 04/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear, light chestnut brown colour, coming with a light beige foamy head retreating fast to a thin blanket, on top of a mixture of large and tiny fizziness.
Smell: spicy and faintly earthy hops, toffee-ish and semi-nutty malts, edged by a wee touch of prunes and fruit esters; given a good swirl, more pronounced nutty malts come forward. Overall, the hop content comes actually milder than the maltiness, always with a sound level of acidity aside. Interesting.
Taste: quite effervescent initially, the foretaste is full-bodied malty yet without too much sweetness (signs of a decent level of attenuation), immediately contrasted by an uplifting flavour of earthy-grassy bitterness, toffee-ish & tea-ish undertones, and mildly chewy tannins; the finish has a bit more spicy notes and a lingering, dry-ish herbal/earthy bitterness to linger nicely.
Mouthfeel & Overall: lightly carbonated, smooth on the palate, moderately flavoured with a good malt backbone and a moderate level of hop bitterness, while hop flavour is not too assertive, either. All in all a decent product by Shepherd Neame, and I’d look forward to try the cask-conditioned version.

India Pale Ale (2012- ) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.