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


on tap

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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2005
Bottle. Toffee and faint hops. Good balance but leads into a chemical astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2005
Light-bodied, easy-drinking English session ale. Toffee colour, moderate head with some length. Zesty aroma - plenty of hops - and some caramel-type malt. Thin to medium bodied - a real quaffer. Light nutty flavour, with lively carbonation. Fairly ripples over the tongue. Solid unremarkable drinking. (Bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6000) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2005
Bottled. Deep golden with a small, bubbly head. Slightly toffee-aroma with fine hoppiness. A lot oc carbonation and notes of vegetables in the flavour. Rather dry and hoppy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
scotty (1083) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Bottled.Although this looks good..mid brown with a reasonable head that dies down slowly..canít say I like the overpowering aroma, thereís something artificial about it..that unpleasant character carries over to the palate canít say I found this to be "well balanced" as the commercial description says...no! sorry! dont like all that much!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle, several times. Frankly unpleasent bottled bitter with a distinct boiled aroma and flavour. Stop the pasteurisation!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012
Feb, 2005: Can. Boiled sweet aroma of pasteurisation. Some cardboard twang instead of fresh hops. A lively, slightly harsh carbonation. Already we know this isnít a fresh, natural product. But it is drinkable. Toffee notes are pleasant. Nothing is too aggressive or out of balance. This is more flavoursome than a global lager and just as easy drinking. Enjoyable, though not recommended as a quality drink. [2.5]
March, 2005: Compared with Pedigree this was slightly less attractive - but not by much. Boiled orange, toffee and plastic. Typical pasteurised Best Bitter. [2.4]
March 2007 Tasted with Pedigree [2.5], XB [2.6] and London Pride [2.8]. Hoppy. Very faint chocolate. Rusty notes. Earthy hoppiness evident throughout, though growing into the finish. Malt is dryer and less fulsome than the others. A pleasant ale, even in the bottle. Hop flavour has a good edge. [3.0]
Oct, 2012 500ml clear glass bottle from Sainsburys. Light-struck hop whiff on opening, but soon flies away to expose the leafy hops aroma - quite nettley and pleasant. Body is clean with a light but burpy carbonation. Malt is dryish, clean, not quite biscuit and not quite toffee, fairly bland, serving as a base for the hops which are there soaked into the beer, and lingering in the finish. Even though Iíve had this hundreds of times, Iím always somewhat surprised at how fresh and hoppy it tastes. Enjoyable. [3.1]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Aggressive carbonation and lots of hops and dry bitterness. Brown but big hop bubbles are nice. My son liked it, it was Ok for lunch, but only a so-so. Some citrus, a little carmel and malt, nuttiness and grainiess. Metallic on mid sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11291) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle conditioned. Amber to red colour with slight head. This has appeared in Bottle conditioned and pasteurised form and there is no doubt that the BCA is superior. Well developed smooth and rounded with a sweetish hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2005
Coppery color with big yellow vanishing head. Hoppy, mild caramel aroma with tones of some brown sugar. Watery start in flavor, ends to have nicely dry and bitter tones which last. Flavor has some caramel and roasted tones too, bitterness in the end is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YogiBeera (2543) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Quite spittable. Butterscotch taste.. Small frothy head, short lasting on this ligth brown brew. Toffee nose, not much going on here.

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