RateBeer
overall
42
69
style
Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Percy0103 (297) - MEXICO - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. A clear chestnut beer with a big foamy white head. Aroma is of malt, wood, alcohol, spices and te. Taste is a little sweet with a mild finish. Fizzy finish and with a malt characeter. Very drinkable, yet it makes me feel like I’waiting for the true ESB character to show up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikaLukanainen (174) - POLAND - AUG 4, 2015
This one is legend... wait for it. I’ll skip the part about the appearance for the obvious reasons, though quite decent head retention is worth mentioning. The aroma, not being too strong itself, is the strongest side of the beer. Red fruity notes are mixed with some tea, herbs, delicate caramel tones and biscuits. The taste is on the hoppy side as the herbal bitterness plays a major role here but still you can find some fruity and bread accents somewhere in the background. The beer served me well as a session and easy drinking relax helper, although the taste could be more definied even in the bitter style terms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1857) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
Aroma: Some hay, nuts and fruits, not very dominant smells.
Appearance: Clear deep copper brew, an off-white, foamy head, good lacing.
Taste: Initial malt character, bread, porridge, some apples and bitter oranges, a good clean bitter finish.
Palate: Medium to high carbonation, medium body, soft texture a long dry finish.
Overall: A well balanced brew, straight and no fuss.
Note: Bottle 330 ml Reviewed 2011-04-20.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Michcio (110) - Gdansk, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Barwa bursztynowa, klarowne, piana niezbyt obfita i trwała. W aromacie nuty ziołowe, lekko opiekane słody, troszeczkę karmelu, lekko niepokojąca nuta maślana. W smaku już wyraźniejszy diacetyl, nie jakiś ogromny, ale przeszkadza. Poza tym ziołowość, lekki karmel i herbata, lekkie owoce. Wodniste niestety, goryczka średnia, herbaciano-liściasta, trochę brakuje wysycenia. Jeden ze słabszych angoli z Lidla, przeciętne, ale bez tragedii.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
majkelr (237) - Lębork, POLAND - JUL 29, 2015
W aromacie chmiel, karmel, ziołowość. Goryczka średnia ziołowa, bardzo przyjemna. W smaku czerwone owoce, herbata, ciasteczkowa słodowość. Piwo wytrawne, lekkie, ale nie wodniste.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ivardo (96) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015
**************************************************

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mariuszek (570) - Gdynia, POLAND - JUL 27, 2015
Clear, amber color, medium but lasting head, some lacing. Aroma of malt, some fruity notes and herbal hops. Herbal and malty taste, medium bitter finish. Average ale..

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HerrBierkoenig (618) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: Jan 2016, Pours clear amber liquid, small white creamy head, Aroma: malty, biscuit-toffee, fruity-apricot, strawberries, but overall mild and not much intensive, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, malty, caramel-toffee, mint, some fruitiness, Palate: light body (bit watery), soft to average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long malty aftertaste, Overall: fine drinkable bitter, bit watery, strange hints of mint in the taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reeej (59) - Suwałki, POLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Butelka 0,5l. Kolor brązowy, można powiedzieć że kolor whiskey, klarowny. Piana prawie zerowa, koloru ciemnego beżu. W aromacie czuć przede wszystkim chmiele i gdzieś daleko nuty karmelu. Smak zdradza od razu gatunek piwa. Dominuje głównie słodowość, później mamy karmel i na finiszu nuty kawowe. Nasycenie w sam raz. Nie jest wodniste. Bardzo pijalne i lekkie, więc jak na ten przedział cenowy, to polecam.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lecvered (19) - - JUL 24, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours copper colour with white head dissipating slowly with nice lacing. Gentle cabonation. Lots of toffee with digestive biscuit and some white pepper on the nose. Light to medium mouth feel. Toffee, light orange citrus, pepper with hop bitterness. Finishes dry, hoppy. Tasty, nicely balanced Kentish ale.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 90


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50