Master Brew Kentish Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale
BA SCORE
13.3%
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3.28 w/ 45 ratings
Master Brew Kentish AleMaster Brew Kentish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by diablo14 on 11-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,574
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
45
Liked:
6
Avg:
3.28/5
pDev:
14.94%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of rocketcat
4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right amount of sweetness, tastefullness and abit bubbling feel. Right choice for sweet beer moments.
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Makea, mutta sopivasti. Sopivan aromikas ja hieman kupliva tuntuma. Makean oluen hetkiin oiva valinta.

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Photo of Mark
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of chel29
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Daredevil
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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 ....)

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Photo of diablo14
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the beer available on the trade show floor at a recent conference I attended in London. Overall, pretty good and it was served a little colder than a typical English Bitter so it was a little more refreshing for lunchtime.

Appearance is a little lighter than most bitters with some good carbonation and a little less cloudy than I expected.

Aroma was very malty and refreshing.

Flavor was also quite refreshing. Light, some bready malts, a little hops. Quite well balanced.

Overall aver good beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured pint from the Royal Air Force Club on Piccadilly by Hyde Park. No, you can't get in, but feel free to live vicariously through me if you must.
Clear amber with larber than usual head for cask (this was a first pour off a new cask).
Nose is light, but definitely towards the floral end of the hop spectrum.
Taste was particularly fruity in the malts. Not much depth, but reasonable for the brand. Underwhelming, but typical English pub beer for downing a few. Good but not great. Better than Spitfire at least. In the bottle it is probably not worth trying at all.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Pours reddish deep amber in color.Crown is white small size bubbled,foamy thin layer.Pretty good retention leaving a collar while slowly dissipates.Clear appearance.On the nose:slightly caramel malts & subtle floral hints.Mildy toasted malt flavor with an smooth bitterness.Medium/low body & moderate carbonation.Finishes quite bland.Quite refreshing.Label indicates 4.0% ABV

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Photo of fullsweep
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL from a clear bottle, poured into a pint glass. (NOTE: my bottle says this is 4.0% ABV, not the reported 4.4% listed here.)

A: great brownish-copper colour. Foamy bubbles coming up from underneath form an off-white head of 1 finger or so. Dissipates quickly leaving only marginal lacing.

S: caramel malts with earthy/metallic undertones.

T: again earthy, not much in the way of fruity/sweety, which is okay but leaves this bitter somewhat unbalanced.

M: moderate to low carbonation (which is okay for a good bitter), moderate body with a stickiness to it.

D: would definitely drink again.

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Photo of dgilks
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a relatively small but smooth, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Non-descript toffee malt with a slightly metallic edge. Average.

Nutty, rich and enticing toffee flavoured malt. Some earthy hop but this is malt driven and pretty good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent, malty ale with some hop sharpness to add bitterness and balance. Nice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear 500ml bottle, drank 6 months before its due by date. Poured into a Uk pint sleeve glass.

Large bubbles in a white head sat on top of a sparkling light brown/amber body. The head got thinner and thinner as the beer was consummed, leaving only a collar and a wispy covering at the end.

Hops for me won the aroma stakes, malted biscuits coming in second and last, couldn't find anything else, but this isn't a complicated brew.

No strong, powerful flavours here, just a pleasant mix of Kentish Hops and Crystal malts which produce a typical Southern English Ale/Bitter.

The bitter eliment within the flavour stays long enough in the mouth and I found this beer very easy to drink and enjoy, as I have done often in the past.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with one finger airy head. Nice aroma of hops, taste is also mostly hops. This is what I think of when i think of Bitters. well done, and very good.

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Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint, served in Shaker. Amber colour, hazy, tiny tanned head, retained some lacing. Fruity aroma with hints of Maris Otter malt and Golding hop. Tasted malty, bitter with notes of wheat, long charcol finish. Smooth texture, body thick for the low ABV, no real carbonation. Overall slightly watery but quite a lot of character for the strength.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Dentist666
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange beer with good off-white head, lingering for a long time and leaving lots of laces. Rich smell of caramel malts and dark fruits, tones of herbal hops (the smell is quite tpical for kentish beers). Taste is watery, somewhat citrusy with standard for the style soft bitter finish. Drinkable beer, but not having its own face.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Simple refreshing sweet tasting ale.
Look is a smart bottle and pours neatly to a lovely dark brown copper / amber colour.
Smell is sweet hoppy and toffee, appetising!
Taste; clear crisp, dry, bitter with a light fruity hint.
Feel is smooth and plesent, with a bitter after taste but lingers plesently.
Overall a plesent ale to enjoy. Nothing too special.

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Photo of charlatan
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.32/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It sounds like the name of a new Iron Chef style brewing show where Sam Calagione battles against Jim Koch for the Iron Brewer crown, which is a hat shaped like a Spiegelau IPA glass: Master Brew... Kentish Ale! [said with a pause in the middle with an overtly ridiculous American movie trailer voice] However it isn’t. It’s just a beer. A beer by Shepherd Neame nonetheless but still a beer [I so wanted to see “Master Brew Kentish Ale” on the T-box, but oh well *pops open bottle*].

Poured from a you-know-what-size-it-is into you-know-which-receptacle, aka 500ml/nonic pint.

A: Clear auburn-copper body with a foamy off-white 1 cm head that wont actually just quit. I don’t know how Shepherd Neame do it but all their beers look exactly the same, least the ones I’ve tried... just as well it’s a good look for an EB. 7/10.

S: All their aromas are similar too... do you reckon Shepherd Neame distribute the same product in different packaging and the joke’s on us? I swear I had a Spitfire the other day and the aroma was exactly the same... toffee/caramel malts, fruity/earthy hops and a restrained tea leaf tannin in the background. Straight up English Bitter goodness right ‘ere! 7/10.

T: Verbatim what I wrote for Spitfire applies: “Balanced flavour here; the hops add a citrus tang and the caramel malts come through on the back palate”... Shepherd Neame I like you but you are seriously ‘aving a larf. If I could taste a point of difference this one has a bolder herbal bitter note in the finish but otherwise this brew is a definite bed mate to Bishops Finger and Spitfire, the fact that those other brews are decent reflects on this similarly tasting brew. Metal note implies some classic copper vats used in the brewing process and a slight distraction. 7/10.

M: It’s not all “good news goats” with a carbonation that is distractingly “burpy” for lack of a better descriptive, body is mid to light and spot on though. 5/10.

D: Not bad as usual Mr. Neame. This is a decent enough EB that doesn’t wow but at the same time it doesn’t disappoint either - it’s like the ale version of long-relationship sex - gets the job done. My only gripe is how gassy it is - it certainly doesn’t facilitate the ‘slamming down pints Dave Lister style’ drinking that I know and love, I’ve really had to pace myself with this one, maybe that was Shepherd Neame’s plan all along... 6/10.

Food match: That not-so-old English classic: Chicken Tikka Masala with Biriyani and a Naan of course!

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 13.3% out of 100 with 45 ratings
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