Up And Under Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 03-03-2011

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. The label has a rugby theme going on.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A burnt copper colour with medium carbonation and good clarity. Yields a decent head of off-white foam that lasts for several minutes. Aroma of burnt, roasted malt with bitter notes.

Tastes of roasted malt with a smooth bitter finish. Burnt notes and hints of leaves and herbs. Possesses that ubiquitous 'Shepherd Neame' background flavour, which I attribute to the yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation; leaves a slight dryness on the palate. Aftertaste of roasty bitterness.

Pretty good - not a world champion beer but nicely balanced with a decent flavour. Would be happy to sink a few of these. Worth sampling if you encounter it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear 500ml bottle, poured into a UK pint sleeve in Sep 2011.

Dull Ruby red body, thin white covering for a head.

The smell was of roasted malts, semi-sweet.

The taste was fairly dry but with a malty front, brown toast malty rather than sweet molasses malty.

I struggled with it, the 4% ABV didn't seem to sit right and although it's colour was fine it didn't back it up with any depth or rich flavours one could shout about.

A fairly boring brew all round.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a surface non-finger head, very thin and without cream. Retention is nonexistent. The colour is a dark amber, certainly non-transparent. The beer is lively and appealing in spite of its poor head.

Sm: Caramel, dark fruit esters. Not detecting the roasted malts claimed by the label. It's a strong scent.

T: Body is hoppy as per the nose; the roasted malts do punch in a bit but not significantly - which is probably a good thing judging by their flavour. The balance is the main problem with the beer, in terms both of mouthfeel and flavour. The open packs a significant thick punch but lacks the flavour of the latter acts. Very few bittering hops are present; though the body is well built, just maybe not for the style claimed by beer advocate. I like it, but it needs to be more focused. It's complex but messy.

Mf: Delightfully coarse at some points, but bearing an artificial smoothness in others. Wet but not refreshing, and strangely dry just on the end bit. Something is clearly off, and the mouthfeel doesn't seem in tune with the flavour of the body.

Dr: Fairly priced but not a great beer. Worth a go for fanatics of the style, but don't expect anything special. This seems to be true for most beers I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chestnut, slightly reddish coloured beer with a generous head. It has a nutty, biscuity, slightly herbal nose. It is well carbonated with an initial biscuity, slightly roasted malt flavour before rather herbal hops kick in. Then the roasted malt flavour lingers on the tongue. All in all a solid ale. Having had one bottle previously I'm not sure why it has taken so long to try number two.

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Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Lidl supermarket, coming in a clear 500ml bottle, BB Feb. 2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark russet hue, light carbonation, a frothy off-white beer head sustains very well and leaves tight lacing behind.
S: sweet grainy and toffee-ish malts with a touch of roastiness combines with dark fruit notes, sour and sweet, as well as a little dusty. Very pleasant and predominantly malty.
T: a light-bodied swallow of delicate brown malts, roasty-dryish, balanced by a tad chewy and spicy undertones of hops, where the bitterness lingers nice and long, along with the dry-ish mouthfeel and roastiness as of bitter-sweet roast tea plus root herbs, as well as traces of sour-ish dark fruits (only just).
M&D: lightly effervescent on the mouthfeel, this medium-bodied malty ale is supported well by the hoppiness and benefits greatly from the good quality roasted malts. A very quaffable bitter even in its bottled version - I've never tasted any Shepherd Neame's cask ales that resemble this one, but I think the cask version is definitely worth doing.

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Up And Under Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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