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

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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Golden brown colour. Lasting, white head. Dry, hoppy taste with hints of fruit. Ending in a dry bitterness. An OK bitter. KI=6

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful light brown with a handsome, lightly creamy head. Very hoppy aroma and malty with a distinct dry bitterness.
What was that marketing slogan that offended German tourists in the UK? Does anybody remember? 290301

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (3257) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
Little white head. Amber colour. Aroma of hops, malts and caramel. The flavour is: Spicy hops, malt and some fruit with apricot notes. Medium lasting dry aftertaste. An average bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
amber colour and a good lacing head, toffee in the mouth and a good dose of yeast?, nice dry finish, not too bad just nothing special

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2005
Aroma: musty, hops, malt, sweetish, chocolate. Orange brown, light, clear, white head. Bitter, watery, mineral, salt. Mouthfeel: watery, dry, so so. Meaningful?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
50 cl bottle. No yeast in bottom. Reddish brown colour with a weak head. Very hoppy aroma. Malty flavour with some strong bitter and dry finish. Not a quite well-tasting ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15056) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
50cl bottle. Dark copper colour, lasting light beige head. Shep’s yeast and roasted toffee malt aromas. Bit dead in outh with yeasty red fruit finish. Some good hop and citrus on the finish too.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear amber, with a medium head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. taste is is fruity, fresh. Watery mutfeel, and a metalic finnish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. (£6.49 for a case of 12, guys). Dark bronze. Caramel aroma with some fruity hop and cardboardy pasteurisation notes. Not over-carbonated. Dry hoppy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottle: Crystal clear light brown-amber with a thin off-white head. Pasteurised... Slightly smokey toffee and subtle earthy hop aromas. Some grassy after-notes. Metallic, tangy, cardboard with a touch of smokey toffee in the middle and lots of woody, spicy hops at the end. Nice components, but pretty lifeless and a little harsh.


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