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Late Red | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2003

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. Described on the label as a red autumn ale.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that disappears within a minute. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of roasted grain and stewed hops. Distinctly malty, with a whiff of vanilla in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitterness. Notes of roasted malt, grain and stewed hops. The standard fruity yeast flavour that is common to every Shepherd Neame brew, along with a faint hint of diacetyl. Quite dry, and slightly harsh upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of bitter caramel malt.

Hmmm, so-so. Pretty malty and with decent balance, but deadly dull. There's just nothing to hold your interest; another hum-drum ale from Shepherd Neame. Pass.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear 500ml bottle, best before Aug 09, drank Nov 08.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.

Deep amber reddy coloured beer with a good off white foaming head (at first).

Claims to be an Autumn Hop Ale, there was a hoppy aroma, but not very strong, I detected more sweetness like moslasses and caramel/toffee.

Tangy and spritzy, it tastes almost sharp and with a dryness that bites. It gets drier in the aftertaste as well.

The rear label says it is rich, well it isn't in my opinion, it is a bit watery for a 4.5% brew with very little depth of body.

Not the best beer from this brewery, that I believe produces too many average beers instead of concentrating on their better, core products.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival

Pours with a rich copper body, thick dense egg white head... patchy though, a strange looking head. Some patches of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, immediately hit with a whack of fresh english aroma hops soaking in freshly boiled egg water. Sulphurous notes, some biscuity malt, a few tea like tannins

Taste, crisp hop bitterness followed by a chunk of crisp biscuity malt. Not very well blended though, they come your palette in waves. Some slight sulphurous notes once again which really lets it down

Let down by the off flavours and aromas. I dunno if the cask was a bit pokey or its just the way the brew is

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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pous a reddish brown body with medium quality white head. ]
Aroma is somewhat grassy and some fruity notes.
Some muted bitterness. Nothing special.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of 5EKF
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mark13
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 05-2016. Aroma of toffee, herbs and strong iron. Beautiful dark red coloured beer, clear. Light tan, two fingered head, reduces to flat. Quite nice lacing. In taste british malts - caramel, toffee, but not very sweet. Earty and herbal aftertaste. There’s also very nice and slightly diacetyl. Full bodied, but refreshing. Medium herbal bitterness, grows during drinking. Carbonation is too strong at beginning, then turns very soft and dissapears. Alcohol isn’t sensible. Very nice, sessional beer, but with iron.

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Photo of Sharpee1937
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong tasting and quite hoppy.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer by a pint at a Shepherd Neame's tied house, Bloomsbury Tavern, nr. the British Museum, Central London. I had to sneak away from the smoking crowd on the ground floor of the pub and take refuge at a small seat by an open window on the first floor, as the air was so bad because of the smoking crowd downstairs and surely nobody could smell anything but cigarettes...

A: dark-amber hue with a deeper copperish hint, coming with a loosely-formed fluffy white beer head looking even a bit like an entangled cobweb~~ very low carbonation detected.
S: lightly fruity and floral hops upfront, against a deeper-scented caramel maltiness. Not very pronounced the nose is, though subtle aromas are detected when trying harder.
T: a mouthful of caramel flavoured malts, with an expanding, slightly tartly sweet raisin or ripe berries-like flavour of fruity malts which are nonetheless quite light-bodied, underlined by a tinge of fruity hops at the back--not very complex but enjoyable; leaving a malty overtone with a lingering, leafy bitterness in the end.
M&D: lively mouthfeel throughout and remaining smoothness on the palate. This autumn bitter shows a healthy balance between semi-dark malts and mild fruity hops, though it's not as flavoursome as thirst-quenching. A mild malty brew for my taste.

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Photo of Martine
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarbring
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear red/brown ale with an off-white head, little lacing and small curtains.

The smell is mostly malty, toffee, nuts, salt bread.

Starting with brown bread, some crust, oranges, grass and nettles. Tasting quite hoppy.

Medium low carbonation, spritzy, watery, medium low body, a dry finish.

A fresh brew, some more hops than I had expected.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper colour, very thin head that disappates quickly. Lightly hoppy in the nose, with bready, slightly nutty malts.

Nutty, bread malt flavour. Light, fresh citrusy hops. There's a mild buttery taste in the background. Comes off maybe as more of a red ale than an EPA.

Nice, mild carbonation. Nice session beer.

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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EPortJake
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a bright amber with a head that quickly subsides to a thin ring of small bubbles
S - malt, biscuit with a floral hint
T - not surprisingly, malt biscuit. Hint of toffee followed by caramel. The hops come through on the farewell but do not linger too long. Fairly dry finish.
M - medium bodied, fairly heavily carbonated with a dry finish.
O - A decent tipple which I would buy in the bottle again. I would make a beeline for a draught pint though because the bottle version was a little too carbonated for my liking.

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Photo of BeerDetective
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average beer for this brewery, I much prefer the Spitfire. This was quite nice tasting, and the nose was good, had some nice hop aroma and a little bit of fruit. The taste had a little more fruit to it than I am used to from a bitter, but it was a bit thin on mouthfeel.

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Photo of bark
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is dark red-brown. The low head is beige.

The smell got notes of caramel, plums, toffee and some sharp bitter notes. It is not perfectly balanced.

The taste is as unusual as it is interesting: It includes matured flavours of toffee, wood, cheddar cheese and roasted nuts. The aftertaste is dry with notes of citric bitter notes and butter.

The carbonation is fresh; the liquid is a bit creamy.

A very nice, hoppy beer. Could be a bit more balanced, though.

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