Pours a deep, clear copper colour with little visible carbonation. The head is small with fine bubbles.
First sip: Mild sweet malts that fade away quickly, with a light but very long lasting hops. There is also a faint fruit flavour, with a fainter nutty taste. Medium mouth-feel, with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.
This is a yummy beer. It's your typical English ale, in that it needs to be kept cool but not icy cold, because it gets better as it warms in the glass. And those hops just go on forever without being all WAH HOPS! like some IPAs. There's nothing wrong with lots of hops but I don't think making your beer taste like raw pine resin is a Good Thing. (Looking at you, Urquell) I do appreciate the understated but endless hoppyness of this brew. And it has a nice beer burp.
Thing 1: It really does get better as it warms
Thing 2: Vintage Cheddar
Thing 3: IPA and Vintage Cheddar while watching the Bathurst 1000 car race = a good afternoon.
India Pale Ale
Shepherd Neame & Co, Faversham Brewery.
Same again. sir? Oh yes!