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

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RATINGS: 807   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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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 (12933) - 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)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11258) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Perfect golden amber body with a small white head. Rich aroma with honey and some burned caramel. Initial flavour is acidy, which turns into hop bitterness. Long lasting burned/bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3058) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
Clear dark amber almost brown colour with an off white frothy head, that was mostly diminishing. Floral hop aroma that followed through to the taste, light firm body, soft bitterness and a short finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2004
Pours clear brown with a medium off white head. Decent retention due to the medium carbonation. Not much aroma, bit of floral hops and toffee malt. Smooth, though a little thin. Nice sweet start with a bitter mid and finish. Slight toffee and grassy hop aftertaste. A nice english bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
anonymous is the first word that comes to mind, when I try to descripe this beer. Nothing fancy, just an average ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2004
Spitfire is a brownish ale, with a little toúch of toffee. A remarkeble ale.


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