India Pale Ale (2012- ) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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India Pale Ale (2012- )India Pale Ale (2012- )
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by StJamesGate on 11-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Ant777uk
1.87/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Used to be a Belgian Tripel fan, now loving the IPA's...looking forward to this...

Head goes down quite fast, deep red ruby colour...

Aroma is a bit overtly malty, not that much hops and citrus or apricot coming through...

Fairly good balance of flavor, though much too heavy and dubbel like for an IPA...not the best example...and not a beer a would buy again...

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Photo of hdtrice
2.22/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MikeKSmith
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Tapioju
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Do I sense minerals, even soap, in the taste? Weird - or maybe I just have used to enjoy different hop profiles. From the tap, this one, so the reason might ne there, too. People have described the taste as nutty, with a nice malt body. Maybe so, but it might just not be my cup of tea. Bitterness and aesthetics are ok.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of matias-
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Dithyramben
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too malty, definitely not for me.

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Photo of steverx8
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of psm90
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This IPA poured as a clean copper/amber colour and formed a decent creamy off-white head.
Very light aroma of grass and subtle faint citrus.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a grassy hop character and a dry finish. Nicely attenuated, with some subtle candy flavours and a restrained, earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a pleasant level of carbonation.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, well, well, well... (well) what do we have here from Shepherd Neame, aka “The Other SN” or “Not Sierra Nevada But Its English Cousin”... an India Pale Ale with a fancy old school label that was first introduced in 2012 - how’s that for anachronism from Britain’s oldest brewery? Pretty good I say. Anyway what I’m expecting from this English style IPA (as opposed to the now default American style) is a malty forward ale with what I hope are English driven hop flavours such as: Earthy/floral and if we’re lucky - tea leaf characters... well here goes something.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into nonic pint.

A: Presents a clear spot-on SAE/ECE amber (think turn signals on a car) body with a decent tight 1 cm Ecru head, which dissolves slowly to leave a thin lace cover on top. A decent head for an English beer to be sure. 8/10.

S: Aroma is a mixed bag - strangely has the aroma of Gin up front followed by sweet toffee candy malt, a grainy centre and a hint of light earthy floral hops in the background. Nothing leaps out at you, just a pubish (like that of a pub, mind out of the gutter you) English IPA “Move along sonny” *in my best Pommy cop accent*. 6/10.

T: Sweet toffee/caramel malts are almost in your face but not quite, the mid palate is a bit ‘meh’ there’s not much going on past the malt, finishes with a slight medicinal herb bitterness. The whole flavour profile could do with an added hop character - something more floral or tea-like, as it is there’s nothing exciting enough to warrant a second purchase [wow I’m really getting snobbish with my beer recommendations these days]. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a tad watery for the style, with a light English pub carbonation - TL;DR Body weak, fizz good. 6/10.

D: Well it started out good with the appearance... too bad that’s the lowest weighing in my scores... otherwise TOSN* has done little to impress this almost outright beer snob, aka me [now]. Which is a shame because I usually enjoy TOSN brews, just felt a bit short changed by this soulless cash-grab of a brew [wow I’m really becoming a complete cynic these days]. Recommendation: Get Spitfire instead. Spitfire is great. 6/10.

Food match: If-I-had-a-son-I-would-name-him Stew.

*Read my introduction ppl.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of priley
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and coupled with a double stout as part of a premium (price mainly) ale range in Tesco
It looks the part with its bottle and Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
But the aroma belays a distinct lack of hops
& very little flavour

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Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Jadan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flyingpig
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Tesco (£2.39):
Caramel amber & a thin, bubbly head that is an off-white colour that turns to a very patchy lacing after a few seconds. Clear with some small bubbles rising to the surface.

Light malts, some caramel makes itself known soon after along with some earthy malts and English hops with a slightly nutty aroma rounding things off. The beer is quite subdued on the nose & fairly basic.

Earthy malts and light hops that features some sweetness from a little butterscotch and some caramel too. There is a bitter taste throughout with strong malts & a part fruity, part nutty taste.

Medium to full bodied, smooth & slightly nutty with medium carbonation and a touch of spice on the palate. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and the beer is a bitter one from start to finish.

Traditional tasting beer as you would expect from such an old recipe. Not a bad taste but not that exciting either. It was drinkable but it's not one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Abnaxus
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Samzzzy
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vaughtex
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Catalin90
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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India Pale Ale (2012- ) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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