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

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RATINGS: 846   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1357) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.3.2014. Malts, toffee, biscuit and caramel in nose. Smells like bitter. Quite light taste with toffee, caramel, ripe fruits, with bitter finish. Light, decently carbonated. Dryish. Ok bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekboniek (172) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Butelka. Barwa bursztynowa, klarowne. Aromat miodowy, karmelowy. Niewysoka goryczka. W tle pojawia się chmiel, owoce. Wszystko jakieś takie przytłumione.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FunkyF (280) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2015
Burk från SB. Kopparfärgad med tjockt beige skum. Söt, lite kryddig doft. Ganska vattnig och besk men med lite sötma och citrus.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBlueSky93 (354) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. (BLOODY CLEAR BOTTLE AGAIN) Pours Amber with strong, 2 finger head, medium carbonation. Aroma of cannabis...to be honest, smells like cannabis, tastes like cannabis...with a bit of biscuit malt and some light hoppiness. Not great.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
flemmingwillum (1069) - Nysted, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
Rating #1057, flaske fra Netto Nysted. Teaktræsbrun øl med luftigt skum. Aroma af karamel, men lidt utydelig. Meget bitterhumlet smag med lidt karamel. Lidt ubalanceret smag og meget ensformig. God, cremet fylde. Ikke noget jeg ville ofre penge på en anden gang.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koshack (426) - Gdańsk, POLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Piana drobna, kremowa, szybko opada. Zostawiła ślady na szkle. W aromacie zdecydowanie chmiel. O ogrzaniu w drugiej nucie lekkie nuty karmelowe, ale pachnie wytrawnie. W smaku wyczuwalna goryczka plus gorzki karmel. Piwo jest wytrawne. Wysycenie średnie, dość dobrze się pije.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KoNrRiI (683) - Århus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2015
0.5 bottle. Clear, copper color and a medium, white head. Aroma of hops, flowers, tea, and some cannabis. It is nice but most of its intricacies can only be felt when simultaneously compared to a radically different brew. Taste is somewhat malty although hops are quite prominent too; a little bit of caramel, some grass - quite simplistic to be honest. Light body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is medium long and granting that some malts and butter are present the hops predominate nevertheless. Overall a mediocre beer. Not much could have been expected of a regular, English bitter but notwithstanding, it is a disappointment even for its style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Giochaurand (141) - FINLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber copper with medium head. Aroma is malts and hops. Taste is bitter malts, grass, resin and hops.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (1677) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Decent bitter in brown, not clear bottle. This brewer has such a huge portfolio it is hard to believe that they are serious about craft brewing.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rammer (319) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 4, 2015
Very boring and uninteresting flavor and taste. Just bitterness, very few other flavors. Weak finish.


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