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

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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2007
500 ml bottle. Dark amber, vanishing off-white head. Sweet, fruity malt. Dry, metalic finish. A bit watery. Not very bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2007
[Tasted in 2004.] An orinary english mainstream bitter, which they have a lot of, but indeed it is not bad, just only some forgetable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (20240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
A rubycoloured ale, with a fruity maly nose, and a drying bitter fruity flavour

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (4935) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2007
Crystal clear brown colour and thick bubbly head. Aroma of hop and lightly roasted malts. Taste is slightly bitter but not mouth drying. Malty, hoppy and slightly spicey in flavour. A great bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2007
Average. Pours a clear, fizzy reddish copper with decent lasting soapy head. Aroma fresh and hoppy, rather like a weaker version of Late Red, flavour tangy orange, roast malt, sharp hops, good balance. A bit llacking in something, mouthfeel a little thin. Short sharp hop finish. Drinkable but nowhere near as good as the other SN brews I’ve tried.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnyboy72 (1) - Whitby, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
Though I have had the imported bottles of Spitfire here at home, I think it is best enjoyed from a freshly poured pint (especially from BLOOMSBURY TAVERN). More orangey than it’s other ale couter-parts, with just enough of a frothy head. Nice hoppy taste with hints of caramel and bit of fruit, all with a nice bitter end. Classic English Ale!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
Bottled, provided by Chris McKim from the Brew Kettle @ RB Cleveland gathering 3/10/07: Supposedly "brewery fresh", but apparently it doesn’t do well with flourescent lighting. Storage condition between Chris & the provider is possibly suspect, but we’ll go with what we got! Amberish w/ a thin, white head. Skunky @ first, minerally aroma, w/ some caramel & english yeast character (doughy). Toasty malt flavor w/some caramelly notes. Dry finish & lightly bitter. Thin body, dry m/f, low carbonation. Fortunately this wasn’t a complete skunk’s ass, but it sort of overwhelmed what little bits fo complexity there might have been between malts & hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2880) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 11, 2007
This beer is like a big budget movie, the ads look great, the actors are perfect yet somehow it flops. Poured beautifully, lovely orange/amber glow and a frothy head, but the head dissapeared within 30 seconds, the flavour was weak and a fast dissapearing aftertaste, after trying Bishops Finger, I was expecting an encore, but instead got the illigitimate son

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2007
(50 cl bottle from Systembolaget) Clear light borwn color, fluffy beige head. Hoppy aroma, also caramel malt and some fruitiness. Buttery, grainy and sweet malt taste. Medium body and bitterness. Aftertaste is caramel, coffee and grains.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
sunevdj (3846) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Pours a clear, dark amber. Smells of caramel. Very sweet with (too much) caramel flavors. Medium to light bodied. Slightly oily. Caramel and bitter finish. I used to really like this one for it´s toasted malt flavors.... Now, not so much. Maybe I should try one in a can or a bottle I know to be fresh.


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