Whitstable Bay Organic Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Whitstable Bay Organic AleWhitstable Bay Organic Ale

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 01-16-2003

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by Stephen63:
Photo of Stephen63
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured nicely but head evaporated before my eyes. Was left with thin coloured water after a couple of minutes.

S - As with most Shepherd Neame beers the hops are very distinct. Apart from that got some flowery aromas. Once the head had gone left with a weak honey-like nose.

T - Really quite bland unlike the other beers in their range. Some sweetness with a hoppy finish. Ok but nothing special.

M - Rather thin though good carbonation.

D - Fairly easy to drink though not looking for a second.

This beer is a resounding blandness about it. Not bad but not that good. Well down the pecking order of the Shepherd Neame beers for me. Not a great advert for organic beer, though I am not sure if I have tasted a good one of those.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of July 2013. I seem to recall that this was given to me as a gift. The label state that this is certified organic by the Soil Association.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with good carbonation. The orange is a little too vibrant. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that disappears in under a minute. Aroma of faint malt with hints of strange fruity yeast esters, stewed leaves and cardboard. Slightly sweet and distinctly harsh.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a very dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and cardboard. Horribly harsh and astringent, with weak hints of solvent and mould. A bone-dry herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a thin, watery body. Aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and vaguely fruity yeast.

Yuck. I generally hold a low opinion of Shep Neame but this really scrapes the barrel - disgusting. Looks unappetising, and the aroma/flavour are just vile. Harsh, dry and generally unpleasant. Weak body as well. There's nothing good I can say about this brew except to avoid it. Buy something good instead!

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Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty boring, and a bit sticky and one dimensional, typical bittersweet english pale ale/bitter flavour, some tea-like stickyness, and a touch cloying at the start, but dries out towards the finish (hops perhaps?), not really a fan, but not a total drain poor, i shared half it with a friend, and got through OK, although i was bored out of my mind.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden whith offwhite head.
S: Malt, honey, red berries.
T: Malt, bitter aftertaste (shortish), a whiff of honey, apricot.
M: Good. Light body.

Not as good as I rememberd. Still quite a nice beer. My memory says it was a great beer last time. Probably got to try it again.

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Photo of alex667gbg
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber color with a small-bubbled head, that soon disappeared.

S - Malty, citrus and hops. All thou not very impressive.

T - A quick sharp hoppy tone that dies off quick and left is a malty undertone. The bottle promised a bit more than it delivered.

D - A average beer, and at this price range, there are A LOT of other beers to enjoy. I would not recommend this beer, but do not cry if this is the only thing left on the shelf. Its drinkable.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of moley
2.72/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear 500ml bottle,best before Mar 09, drank early Feb 09. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass.

Very slight haze to the beer which is an orangey, light amber colour. The white head which originally sat on top soon turned into a thin crust before falling away to a collar and wisp.

The aroma wasn't anything huge, some hops and a yeasty wiff otherwise nothing.

If going organic means getting rid of flavour and taste then this beer is organic alright. What hints of beeriness I could find were OK, but I don't expect to have too hunt for flavours in a UK Bitter or Ale, they should hit you in an abundance from the start. There are suggestions of hops and malts but they are well hidden.

Doesn't taste or feel like a 4.5% beer, lacks body and depth.

Disappointed really. It is drinkable but it lacks character and any complexion.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Traditional Conic Pint Glass.

A - Pours a pale copper colour with a large bubbled head that dies quick.

S - Quite a distinct honey like aroma.

T - Not alot going on exept some sweet malts and bread.

M - Too low in body but ok with carbonation.

D - Would not recommend

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Photo of krunchie
2.09/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at 47.3F (just got a really accurate, deluxe liquid thermometer, woohoo :). I hadn't heard about this beer, nor the brewery, before so I thought I'd give it a shot, I like surprises. AND the bottle looked quite interesting!

A: Looks like Corona. And pee (same sh*t, right?). Golden yellow/orange, clear liquid. Worthless yellowish head that foams up a lot when pouring and disappears quickly, like soda. Doesn't start out too well...

S: Pretty decent. Smells a lot like a light european lager, like Staropramen or Heineken. Not very interesting, but not devastatingly bad either.

T: Unpleasant bitterness, but initially pretty OK. Reminds me of Heineken or Corona. But then - more bad bitterness. Taste of cheap adjunct lager. I'm NOT impressed, nor am I pleased.

M: Light body and quite poor carbonation.

D: Goes down almost like a lager, but not entirely. The taste makes it harder to drink.

Conclusion: This is a no-go. I don't recommend it. Too bad

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Photo of rec
3.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being an English Ale, the colour is unsuprisingly a crystal amber. The head seen during pour is close to two-finger, off-white, and soapy. Initially it looks rather impressive, but it rapidly dies down and dissapeares entirely without lacing.

The aroma is relatively up-beat with a distinct sweet farmyard-like honey aroma, and some zestiness about it too.

Flavour wise, it's far from complex but provides enough to keep you interested, however many may find it too sweet. Look for sweet malt and some tangy light fruits such as apricot.

The mouthfeel is almost champangne like due to the sparklig carbonation. I'm going to go ahead and call it harsh, but without that energy the sweetness in the flavour would come across as sickly-sweet.

This would make a great session beer, esspecially if you're a fan of the organic style and typical characteristics.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of joecast
2.01/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

going against my better judgement, i picked up one of these.
no dating + clear bottle = ???
500ml. 4.5%abv.

shows off an attractive bright amber color in the glass. medium carbonation, but the tiny bubbles dont manage to form much of a head and leave only slight lacing on the surface.

aroma is a bit tangy and sweet, with some slight floral tones. kind of like your generic epa i think. nothing out of the ordinary. gets a bit of candy sweetness to it after a while.

taste is weighted heavily towards the malty sweet. quite a bit too much for my liking. unbalanced. where some strong beers struggle to hide the abv, this one struggles to hide the sweetness.

so if not for the slim pickings of new intersting beers, i would have let this one pass. i wouldnt have been missing anything.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of safaricook
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sigmund
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample from 500 ml bottle, Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Organic Ale, ABV 4.5%. Courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger. Beautiful deep amber colour, low head (the bottle had been open a while, though). Malty aroma with toffee and caramel notes. Mouthfeel has a bit too much carbonation for my taste. Flavour has fairly bitter hops throughout, which dominate whatever maltiness there might be. Fairly dry and "dusty" finish.

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Photo of rarbring
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange-copper-light-amber beer, a very small off-white head leaving no lacing.

The smell is somewhat sweet and spicy, like white bread with dill sauce.

The taste has sweetness, like syrup on hard bread, a fruitiness, pears and apples, and a long bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather refreshing - on the verge of watery, a nice dry finish.

This beer has good bitterness, but is a bit bland.

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Photo of WGO
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apperence is golden amber with long lasting fine bubble trails. Thin creamy white head.
Aroma of freshly chopped wood, apples, citrus zest and typical sweet baked bread.
Taste is light with butterscotch, quite dry edgy finish.
Mouthfeel is balanced and refreshing.
Overall a fine summer pale ale.

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Whitstable Bay Organic Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.09 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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