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

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RATINGS: 853   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11197) - 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.

3
   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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YogiBeera (2540) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2127) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 7, 2005
Creamy foam of good persistence. Determined red color, much limpid and little fizzy one. Medium scent and wrapping; not particularly decided but pleasant. Bitter and balanced taste, much English. Discreet persistence.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2005
Almost no head (white) on a medium copper body. Unremarkable aroma. It has a rather watery and bitter taste, which makes it rather insipid and unremarkable. Not a beer I’ll want to try again.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled. Weak aroma. Watery, insipid taste. Bitter finish. This beer was not enjoyable at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2005
Goldencoloured, and about 1cm white head, head disappears quickly, but a 1-2mm head is there until the end. Smells like hops and a bit of citrus. Soft and smooth taste of mango(?) fruit, as well as some wood (oak or alder). Wellbalanced, this was my favourite beer for a long time in my early beer drinking days.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11329) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 This beer is very good, despite the clear bottle!. Nice golden colour, and a good lasting head. The beer is as tasty as it looks. Maybe a little high in carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
Strong smell of skunky hops and burnt caramel. Decent bitterness, good lace and attractive copper colour, but the taste is a bit thin, clay-like, one-dimensional. Beats a Canadian brew any day. Would like to try it on tap.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2554) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2005
Tasted from the ’Clear’ bottle. Poured a deep copper with little, to no head and minor lacing. Aroma was of clean liquor, and spicy, fruity esters. In the mouth the carbonation bit at the tongue and overshadowed the minor toffee and toasted grain flavours. Little hop character, light body and a dry, forgettable aftertaste made for a disappointing beer. Clear bottles, pasteurisation and artificial carbonation took it’s toll on this one. Not the best from this fine brewery


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