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

bottled
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RATINGS: 783   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Think I got more caught up in the name and anticipation, hoping for something really great. Not an utter disappointment by any stroke. Quite good as a matter of fact. Great? Well, I do like the malt and hops used quite a lot. Wish I knew the varieties used as I would like to revisit. Had to dig to get a bottle that was sheltered as I was very worried about the clear glass. On cask? Sure, send me there .....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
Reddish-copper colour. Aroma of mild caramel with slight metallic notes. Dry, malty flavour with a good hop balance in the finish. A good but unexciting English ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2003
Deep copper in colour. Aroma of caramel, slightly sweet, some hops. Flavour was rather light, with some fruit and hops. Finishes fizzy, with a light bitterness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
Deep, bright bronze. Aroma is minerally, slightly caramelly. The malt-accented palate is caramelly, quite chalky, with a late hoppy dryness. Decently balanced but just not that interesting. A visitor to Ontario who sampled our supply of English ales might be forgiven for thinking that all English beers taste the same.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
Very nice thick head, egg white, some fruits in the nose, but to the mouth, very thin, with metallic notes (drank at 10C), malt doesnt cover that defect...more along the lines of other Brit commercial beers

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
clear copper, off white head. fresh fruity aroma with hitns of melon and apple and some leafy hops. some nice caramel sweetness and a mild earthy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Dark burnt sierra colour, thin white head - stable. Flowery aroma with hint of sweet malt. Slightly bitter taste with a malt balance and hoppy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2003
(Clear bottle) Copper color. Small but thick head. Good lacing. Weak aroma of toffee, hops and maybe coffee. Quite skunky with some metallic hop notes. Hints of toffee with an ok bitterness in finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4524) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
(5oo ml Bottle) Pours a copper body, active carbonation with a slim almond head. Nose of hops. More carbonation in the flavour than hops? Smooth with slight malt showing through at the end. Average.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2003
Orangy amber with light beige head. Faint hop aroma. Subtle body and flavour. Decent mild bitter.


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