For my last beer in Cornwall, it’s only fitting that I try another ale from Britain’s oldest brewery …. in Kent. Shepherd Neame have been brewing since 1698 and they’ve got quite good at it. Their ‘Late Red’ (dedicated to Sara Jarvis, on her birthday) Autumn Hop Ale is another fine example.
Beautiful rich mahogany in colour and hints of dried fruit on the nose. Like a lot of Kentish brews, it’s heavy on the hops, smokey caramel on the palate and strong bitter finish. Spring may be on the way in Cornwall, but down in Australia it’s Autumn that’s approaching and I shall be approaching Australia tomorrow night.
Here’s Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues with ‘Forever Autumn’