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

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RATINGS: 761   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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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 (105) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (211) - 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 (2814) - 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 (242) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Clear deep copper brownish pour with a thin off white to white head and very light sticky lacing .... aroma is of toffee and light toasted malts with plenty of caramel malts ..... taste is of toffee, light toasted and caramel malts and has a nice light bitter bite to it .... earthy and malty with a nice front to back bitter bite that lingers for a bit in the finish ..... bet this is delicious on nitro

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (2540) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Tap at Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere. Originally rated 2011. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, bitterness and malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
bottle. Copper with one finger head. mild caramel malt base. medium hops with light bitterness. Pretty solid bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle @ Caravan. Aroma is quite hoppy, earthy and fruity, light malt note. malt note. Flavour is caramel, light bitter hop note, nice balance.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matstrange (53) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Lovely dark colour with a nice amount of head on pouring. Very very hoppy in flavour but still pretty refreshing. Only downside is its very gassy, more than necessary I think.


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