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Master Brew Kentish Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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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

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Ranking:
#41,537
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
47
pDev:
15.41%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Flyer
2.01/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The crystalline caramel color was the best thing about this beer. The head was weak and soap-like, foretellling the relative lack of carbonation. Overall, it has less taste than an American macro. There was a passable hoppiness to the aftertaste, but not nearly enough to save this. The least you can expect from a beer like this is to be crisp and refreshing when you're hot and thirsty (which I was), but it wasn't refreshing, and the hops had more of a mushy taste than a crsip taste. Give me a Miller Genuine Draft over this any day.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.03/5  rDev -38.7%
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 EmperorBevis
2.44/5  rDev -26.3%
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 petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Ruds
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

Note - bottle clearly states 4.0% ABV, not 4.4% as listed above (change request sent)

Pours to an amber/gold - light brown colour with a small head

Smells of well . . . Shepherd Neame ! Their beers tend to have a similar aroma in my opinion, quite clearly English hops, I'd guess Fuggles is involved as a slightly earthy/grassy smell comes over?

Tastes of light malts, light hops, slight (and ever so) citrus taste

Mouthfeel - refreshing and a dry hop aftertaste

Overall - a pretty average beer, not one to get excited about. Might be from England's oldest brewery but there's a heap load of guys who have been brewing for a fraction of this time coming up with far superior ales in the UK !

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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 bark
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is deep amber; the airy head is very low.

The weak smell got notes of minerals and meat with some sour notes

The aroma hops dominates the taste, giving it a fruity/chemical flavour. There isn’t much of body here. The aftertaste is a bit sweet with traces of bitterness and fruit flavouring.

The carbonation is very feeble, making the beer almost stale.

A real disappointment: Probably, the cask was a few days too old.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2012.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of roasted malt with dry, fruity ale yeast, caramel and stewed hops. A hint of ripe cheese.

Tastes of roasted malt with hints of caramel and a dry bitterness. Notes of fruity yeast, roasted grain and leafy stewed hops. Decent hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick, prickly and astringent - leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and stewed hops.

A fairly typical Shepherd Neame brew - pedestrian. The roasted malt and house yeast dominate the taste/aroma, but there is little in the way of aromatic hops. Lacks depth, and the mouthfeel is thinner than it could be. A bog-standard bitter; drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emmbrook
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PartyBear
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as a light red copper, with a nice big fluffy white head, and it sustains a decent level of carbonation throughout. It is quite floral in the aroma with a nice strong malty caramel base from the crystal malts and a slightly metallic hint. The taste is very citric and floral, with some nice bitter hops, and a subtle sweetness in the back. A very drinkable bitter, pleasant enough but nothing groundbreaking but this is what Shepherd Neame have always produced and they do it well.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mick303
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.32/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Master Brew Kentish Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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