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

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RATINGS: 794   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.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fluxing (317) - POLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Kolor bursztynowy, idealnie klarowne. Piana wysoka, powoli opada, zostawia gruba warstwe i calkiem niezle oblepia szklo. W zapachu karmel, owoce, lekki chmiel, lekki karton, aromat malo intensywny. W smaku polpelne, dosc slodkie, karmelowe, owocowe, wyraznie metaliczne. Calosc jest bez wyrazu, niewiele sie tam dzieje. Goryczka niska, aromat angielski, lekko zalegajaca, polaczona z cierpko-alkoholowym finiszem. Wysycenie za wysokie, przeszkadza.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adasko (412) - Poznan, POLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Very weak and delicate aroma of caramel, malts and a little bit of hops. It’s dark amber with ruby reflections. Almost no head. In short and quickly evanescent taste it’s quite bitter, with notes of malts.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kamil_ (351) - POLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Clear, amber colour. Frothy, lasting, white head. Aroma of caramel and hops (herbal notes with hints of citrus and resin). Low to medium bitterness. Medium body. Taste is hops. Decent bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (407) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Faint malt and caramel aroma. Razor thin head if any. Has a quick hit of bitter/sourness but ends on a clean note. A mild mix of caramel and malt in the flavor. A reddish brown color with mild carbonation. A pleasant brew but not exciting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pomko (200) - UKRAINE - JUL 11, 2014
Pours a crystal clear honey amber with a fizzy beige head. A really malty caramel aroma wafts from the glass. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is grainy malty sweet

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KrOliK (31) - - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Clear amber color. Average foam with poor lacing. Smell of malt, carmel and a little bit hops. Taste of malt with bitter and hoppy finish. Good to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VDuquerroux (312) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle, 500mL. @Camping Courte Vallée, Airvault, France. A clear amber beer with a medium off-white head. Medium persistence. Aroma of caramel, roasty, spicy, herbs. Medium refreshing bitter, light sweet. Pleasant, but "unidimensional". Medium body and texture. A bit fizzy. Light bitter finish with a toffee note. Overall, a good herbal, bitter beer. Refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mfish (2) - - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
Dark amber, auburn, clear. Has fruity, hoppy aroma, much better than typical real ale. It still has quite sweet malty aroma. I hoped it’ll be more bitter and deep. Body is light to medium. Carbonation is rather soft, but gives really pleasure sensation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
terefere (223) - Durham, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours amber, clear, small head, some lacing. Aroma of toffee, fruits, hint of hops. Taste of hops, wood, caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
realadam (76) - HUNGARY - JUL 4, 2014
Beautiful amber colored, sparkling beer with a hoppy and bubblegum aroma aroma. Slightly bitter taste with a long, hoppy aftertaste. Too watery for me.


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