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

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RATINGS: 812   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.
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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Lighty body, a bit watery. Very simple one dimentional bitter flavour without much going for it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minamizawa (44) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2004
It has a golden cobber color and a light airy head, that diapears rather quickly, but holds a small one on top. The aroma is like carmel with a hint of coffe. The taste is round and mild with side tastes af coffe and carmel.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2004
Deep copper colour with a pretty dense head. Earthy hops in the aroma. Limited malt profile in flavour with initial bitterness more than I had expected. Pretty clean bitter finish. Not a bad drop as a sessional - but not outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
A sedimented, bottle-conditioned bitter beer. Beyond the hops, I thought Spitfire failed to maximize its potential. Dry with a properly bitter aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2004
Amber, clear body. Off-white fizzy head, mostly lasting, fairly lacing. Spicy and ligthly malt aroma. Moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly bitter and moderately long finish. Fizzy mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2004
Orangebrown with firm beige head. Apples and cinnamon in the nose. Cellar tones and some raisins. Softly hoppy flavor with hints of malt and almonds . Bitter flavor that dies quickly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2004
White head, bronze coloured beer. Malty, toffeeish flavour with traces of minerals well balanced by hopped dryness. Long lasting bitterness. A premium quality bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2004
clear dark amber color. very small white head. aroma was quite chemic and not very pleasant, but flavor was good: caramel and malts with a distinct dry hoppy finish. Reminds me a bit of Newcastle Brown Ale (for good and bad)

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2004
I found this ok. Medium bitterness, slightly minerally. Mouthfeel could be better. This beer overall would be better if they bottle conditioned it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12988) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Bottle
Brown amber colour, quickly vanishing bubbling white head. Fresh grassy hop aroma. Watery carbonated mouthfeel. Hoppy flavour with hints of coffee. Bitter finish. Waiting for to get a cask version pint! (7/4/8/3/14 3.6)
Bottled 0.3l
Copper-brown color, tanned head. Toffee notes in the nose. Caramel flavors with bitter and roasted base. Nice long bitter aftertaste. (6/3/6/3/12 3.0)


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