Shepherd Neame Generation Ale
Well what a pleasure – to get a chance to review a beer that’s been brewed to celebrate the history of one of the country’s foremost brewery. Generation from Shepherd Neame marks five generations of the family at the helm, with five hops and five malts.
A sizeable 9%, it was left maturing for a year before release, so you are getting alovely spicy, dried fruit character. Vanilla, raisins, sultanas mix with chocolate and orange, which in turn mingle with hints of coconut and sweet spice.
Add in a rich and honeyed golden syrup note, and you can see the effects of the malt mix and hop roster – East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Challenger, Target and Cascade – yep, you read it right, there’s an English Version of this enthuaistic citrus-infused hop.
With just 3000 individually numbered bottles, and the fact that it comes cradled in a smart wooden presentation box, this is ideal for gifts and special occasions.
9%, £17.50, Shepherd Neame shop & online shop