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

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RATINGS: 764   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
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Derbeth (271) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber colour, small head with poor lacing. Aroma is not very intensive, mostly of caramel, with spicy finish . Light but pleasant bitterness. Average carbonation, oily texture. It’s quite easy to drink, tastes good, but could offer something more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (36) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear, amber. Good dense off-white head, sticky lace. Grassy, malty, roasted sweet aroma. Smooth palate, medium carbons. Medium hops, malty sweetness, good bitterness, balanced. Nice ale. Spitfire Mk XXXs were flying with kegs under the wings at the summer of ’44, delivering Kentish beers to the lads at Normandy.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gwizdek1990 (13) - POLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Miedziana barwa, piana jasno kremowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, bardzo obfita, zostawia charakterystyczne krążki na szkle. W aromacie mocno wyczuwalny chmiel i lekka nuta cytrusowa. W smaku mocno goryczkowe później wyczuwalne smaki słodowe i lekka nuta orzechowa i karmelowa w tle. Średnio mocne wysycenie i mocna goryczka która chwile zostaje w ustach. Dodatkowy plus za etykietę kształt butelki. Kapsel jest prosty, ale po prostu piękny :)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tupungato (14) - POLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle from Lidl. Color is beautiful dark amber, very clear. Nice taste, a little sweet, with a definite spicy (?) finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2014


500 ml clear bottle bought at Market Place by Jasons in Mei Foo.

Clear amber colour; Two and a half finger head and crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and quite fizzy carbonation; Aroma of rich ale malt, with initial skunk (lasted for 2 minutes), strong caramel, burnt toffee, light chocolate, light molasses, thick bread, yeast and smelly grass; Light sweet taste of ale malt, with metallic, strong caramel, toast, burnt toffee, molasses notes, bread, tea biscuits, light yeast, lime, bitter hops and grass; Close to light body, quite slick palate; Mouth feel is fairly dynamic and malty Bitter. Taste is watery at fist but fairly slick and wholesome throughout. Very strong toast and burnt toffee in caramel background. Very low sweetness. Straight forward, like afternoon tea biscuits. Alright!... Hoppiness, minus the initial skunk, is light grass nose, lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderate and smart for a malty-astringent finish; Quite dry after taste. Easy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: A very solid Bitter, with fair body, good looks, wholesome malts, toasy burnt toffee taste, and smart hoppiness. Quite elegant yet straight forward, like enjoying a liquid tea biscuit. Nice one!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (263) - 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 (147) - 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 (240) - 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 (86) - 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 (146) - 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.


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