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

bottled
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RATINGS: 766   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBoom (89) - 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 (148) - 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 (997) - 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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (1526) - 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 (994) - 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 (114) - Westerville, Ohio, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (221) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Pours dark amber, very clear, a pure white one finger head. Aroma- hops, some caramel, malty. Taste- hop bitterness, toffee and caramel, malty- almost chocolatey undertones. Bitter finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2817) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
A delicious bitter! This style usually does not travel too well when coming from England and the ones we make here are not on par with theirs. Aroma was caramel malt and not much else. A little thin. Pour was a nice hazy dark gold with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was delicious. Toffee, caramel and sweet malt. Nice carbonation which I’m sure the Brits don’t like. Don’t like English beer as a whole, but would love to try some good bitters fresh because of this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Reddish brown with thin white head. Nose is roast malt with traces of treacle and citrus. Taste light sweet and medium bitter. Moderate carbonation. Finish fairly long and bittersweet finish.


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