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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Can & bottle: Pasteurised. Nitro keg as Spitfire Smooth.
Premium Kentish Ale.
Originally produced in 1990 as a bottle conditioned 4.7% premium bitter as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.
A full malt and hop flavour with a well balanced and lasting aftertaste.
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (250) - POLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Aroma: a pinch of citrus and pine, herbs and caramel. Appearance: clear amber color, nice white head. Taste: medium bitterness (herbs), there is some iron, caramel, bready, quite watery and dry. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, herbal finish. Overall: Not bad bitter, the worst thing is of course the iron taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MojKufelekPL (129) - Wrocław, POLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Piwo o ładnym bursztynowym kolorze i trwałej, gęstej pianie. W aromacie mieszają się nuty słodowe, karmelowe i trawiasto-ziołowe. W smaku wyraźnie goryczkowe, ziołowo-owocowe uzupełnione delikatną ciasteczkową słodyczą. Całość dość lekka. Wysycenie średnie, jak na styl dość wyskokie.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kacyper (233) - Lublin, POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
500 ml, bottle (of course). Aromaty słodowe, karmelowe z lekki diacetylem który nie przeszkadza mocno. Piana nawet ładna ale szybko opada do obrączki. Piwo bursztynowe klarowne. W smaku słodowe, z nisko do średniej goryczką.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBoom (79) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Nice, white head. Light, amber colour. In aroma, carmel and hops. In taste sweet with low bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregus (139) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Butelka; Bursztynowa barwa. Aromat karmelowy, biszkoptowy, lekko orzechowy i ziołowy. W smaku jest słodowo, karmelowo, z orzechowym posmakiem. Goryczka niska.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (989) - FINLAND - JUN 11, 2014
.5l bottle from Supermarket Lutakko Pours clear copper with medium head. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is hops, some roasted malts, sweet malts, bready notes and nuts. Flavor is mostly same + some raisin and hint of plums. Nice beer!

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (1463) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear, amber colour with a dense, off-white head. Aroma was typical SN; their yeast, caramel and some malt character. Flavours were initially boiled sweets, straw and a fake, pasteurised note. Finish became highly bitter, but not in a good way; really metallic, with little else going on. I’m sure this tasted better when I was 18...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lore (969) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 6, 2014
clear amber colour, one inch beige-ish creamy head; aroma of caramel, some bread, grass and hints of dried fruits; taste is the same with some less perfect metallic-cardboard like note; easily drinkable

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nike (950) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
12oz bottle, typical English bitter Ale. Light brown pour, caramel aroma; medium bitterness, light sweetness and sourness; medium body, definitely balanced. Only 4.5abv, good brew to drink a few of.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shot (103) - Westerville, USA - JUN 1, 2014
From a bottle. Pours copper with a thin, lacy head. Thin aromas of malt and banana; yeast. Taste is mild--a bit of banana and clove; slight malt sweetness, bready notes, and then a whisper of citrus before a dry bite of hops. Light, peppery mouthfeel. Not a horrible ale, but not exceptional. I wouldn’t avoid this one, but I wouldn’t seek it out either.


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