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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 770   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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2003
Amber color with an ok head. Hoppy aroma with a touch of cocoa. Not much taste and a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
One of the better british bitters. Nice flower-aroma. Brown-red with a fine head. Bitter flavor. Ends a bit watery.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2003
12 oz. bottle Nice, shapely bottle, understated but elegant label. Someone has good visual taste as well as, well, taste. Whatever. Foams well on pouring, but subsides quickly into a thin, red-amber liquid that sits handsomely in the glass. A sniff yields little but a hint of sweetness, but a taste unveils a masterful balance of bittersweet hops and smoky malts. Neither cloying sugar nor overpowering bitterness to spoil this brew, the flavor fades delicately and evenly and leaves you wanting more. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2003
Amber color with i nice strong white head. Taste is a little weak and a little bitter hops taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Cask Conditioned
Fresh new cask. Amber color. Light malt aroma. Pleasant malt taste, maybe too weak body; partially balanced by the bitterness, but not enough aromatic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Good balance, tyical little real ale. A little timid for me. Slightly watery. More malt please. There is enough hops.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2003
From a bottle at the Bed & Breakfast that I was staying at in Torquay. Piss poor skunky beer in a clear bottle. Why do the english insist on using clear bottles. This might be good on tap. BUt stay clear of the clear bottles.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2003
Amber color, off-white head. Flowery aroma, moderately bitter with hints of burnt caramel.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
An average beer that gets above-average attention and I'm not sure why.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2003
This beer has a Amber body - hue with an acid initial flavor and a bitter taste and a light body.


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