Master Brew Kentish Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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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:
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Added by diablo14 on 11-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
14.85%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
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Photo of rocketcat
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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 josanguapo
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Narcos 2x08. Very watery with a tasteless bitterness. It could be very drinkable if its flatness didnt bore so much. Just some lemon notes, not much else

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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 stevoj
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: amber, clear.
Head: white, fine-bubble, unfortunately, very quickly reduced to a thin film.
The delicate aroma notes of lemons, plums and next bit of caramel and toffee.
Taste: Very poorly, only butterscotch, and maybe somewhere at the bottom, very gentle lemon.
Gentian: slight, soft, but at the finish.
Saturation: high tweaks in the language.
Alcohol: retracted.

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Photo of emmbrook
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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 Beer_Rabbit66
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Florya
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Kind of light brown lear body with big foamy white head thats fucks off to nothing quick

There is almost an aroma the small shining light from this ordeal some sweet barley in there

The taste or more the lack of it a slight menthol flavour and mostly like beer soap

Very thin & very fizzy

a big old pile of bollocks

AVOID!

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Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Johnq1964
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mick303
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Morrisons (£1.50):
Amber to orange colour with a massive, three fingers tall head that is foamy in texture and rises a lot after the drink has been poured. Clear & lively looking.

Some caramel malts at the start with a sort of metallic aroma and some vanilla hops. There was also a few grassy notes and a bit of toffee coming together to give a sweet aroma.

Light malts and sweet flavours to begin, namely some caramel and perhaps a touch of vanilla from the nose. There was a sort of bitter, earthy taste around the middle and a touch of fruit at the end.

Light medium and as expected a pretty smooth beer on the palate. Carbonation was noticeable but nothing overly strong and there was a dry, semi-bitter finish. This one was pretty standard overall on the palate but it wasn't the most well balanced.

A standard ale with quite a nice aroma and a good bit going for it but the flavours, although nice, were a nit muddled and not balanced well which the beer suffered for in the end. Carbonation was perhaps a little strong and the head was almost out of control when I poured the beer resulting in a bit of spillage after a fairly gentle pour.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Dentist666
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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 petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.3 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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