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India Pale Ale (2012- ) - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +11.3%
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)

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3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of altmer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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India Pale Ale (2012- ) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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