Shepherd Neame brewery was established in 1698 which purportedly makes them Britain’s oldest brewer, a rather incredible feat if you ask me. They have a variety of different beer lines now including the Spitfire range and the Whitstable Bay series, however, this IPA is from the their classic collection of beers. I picked it up in Lidl, who currently have a couple Shepherd Neame brews, and it comes in at a rather hefty 6.1% ABV.
Visually, the beer pours a clear brown, amber colour with a thin white head. The nose of the beer is quite malty with touches of grapefruit mixed in as well. Much like the aroma, the body is particularly malt forward. There are lots of burnt sugar and toffee flavours present. On the finish you get that classic bitterness found in British hops and while the beer is a little on the boozy side it is still quite drinkable.
A quite note on the bottle art: A classic label for the classic collection. It gives off a proper old school vibe and I can imagine the label as a pump clip very easily.
For under a couple of quid I think this is a really solid beer. It is very much an old British style IPA with the malts coming to the forefront. Which is a contrast to the popular American style IPAs at the moment which push forward the fruit flavours or grassy and piney notes depending on the style. That said it is certainly lovely drinking and a pleasant change to my regularly scheduled boozing. You don’t become Britain’s oldest brewery without making some nice brews!
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- Hops: Fuggles
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: 40
- ABV: 6.1%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!
- Purchase Location: Lidl
- Purchase Price: £1.99