India Pale Ale (2012- ) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

India Pale Ale (2012- )India Pale Ale (2012- )
BA SCORE
3.48/5
70 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#38,983
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
70
pDev:
13.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm always a bit worried when I try a Shepherd Neame beer since I can't say I've really enjoyed any of the 6 or 7 I've tried on cask and in bottles. This one is a bit more intriguing since at at 6.1% it seems to be making an effort at a bigger English IPA as opposed to the bathwater garbage like Green King's IPA. But what do you actually get here? In many ways, you are getting a imperial bitter. Nose is not big, and I'd like to see a much bigger dry hop addition, but it is basically classic EKG/Fuggles stuff. Taste is fruity malts like a bitter, with the distinction of having a bigger profile and more bitterness which contribute to a longer finish. Overall, not great, but better than most of this brewers beers.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ant777uk
1.87/5  rDev -46.3%
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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3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. All biscuit malts, earthy hops, and, for a bottle, well done low-ish carbonation to fill the body out nicely.
Standout? No...
Beer geek territory? No....
Good beer? Yes.....

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India Pale Ale (2012- ) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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