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

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews


LED40's rating

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (80) - - JAN 11, 2012
500ml bottle. Decent brew served super cold (maybe a bit too cold). Hops upfront in the smell and taste but not too much more can be detected....possibly a bit of citrus fruit. The palate is thin to medium but the after taste lingers for quite a while. Nothing very special about this one but worth a try.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikaLukanainen (164) - POLAND - AUG 4, 2015
This one is legend... wait for it. I’ll skip the part about the appearance for the obvious reasons, though quite decent head retention is worth mentioning. The aroma, not being too strong itself, is the strongest side of the beer. Red fruity notes are mixed with some tea, herbs, delicate caramel tones and biscuits. The taste is on the hoppy side as the herbal bitterness plays a major role here but still you can find some fruity and bread accents somewhere in the background. The beer served me well as a session and easy drinking relax helper, although the taste could be more definied even in the bitter style terms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1835) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
Aroma: Some hay, nuts and fruits, not very dominant smells.
Appearance: Clear deep copper brew, an off-white, foamy head, good lacing.
Taste: Initial malt character, bread, porridge, some apples and bitter oranges, a good clean bitter finish.
Palate: Medium to high carbonation, medium body, soft texture a long dry finish.
Overall: A well balanced brew, straight and no fuss.
Note: Bottle 330 ml Reviewed 2011-04-20.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Michcio (79) - Gdansk, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Barwa bursztynowa, klarowne, piana niezbyt obfita i trwała. W aromacie nuty ziołowe, lekko opiekane słody, troszeczkę karmelu, lekko niepokojąca nuta maślana. W smaku już wyraźniejszy diacetyl, nie jakiś ogromny, ale przeszkadza. Poza tym ziołowość, lekki karmel i herbata, lekkie owoce. Wodniste niestety, goryczka średnia, herbaciano-liściasta, trochę brakuje wysycenia. Jeden ze słabszych angoli z Lidla, przeciętne, ale bez tragedii.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
majkelr (216) - Lębork, POLAND - JUL 29, 2015
W aromacie chmiel, karmel, ziołowość. Goryczka średnia ziołowa, bardzo przyjemna. W smaku czerwone owoce, herbata, ciasteczkowa słodowość. Piwo wytrawne, lekkie, ale nie wodniste.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ivardo (101) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015
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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mariuszek (540) - Gdynia, POLAND - JUL 27, 2015
Clear, amber color, medium but lasting head, some lacing. Aroma of malt, some fruity notes and herbal hops. Herbal and malty taste, medium bitter finish. Average ale..

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HerrBierkoenig (581) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: Jan 2016, Pours clear amber liquid, small white creamy head, Aroma: malty, biscuit-toffee, fruity-apricot, strawberries, but overall mild and not much intensive, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, malty, caramel-toffee, mint, some fruitiness, Palate: light body (bit watery), soft to average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long malty aftertaste, Overall: fine drinkable bitter, bit watery, strange hints of mint in the taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reeej (56) - Suwałki, POLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Butelka 0,5l. Kolor brązowy, można powiedzieć że kolor whiskey, klarowny. Piana prawie zerowa, koloru ciemnego beżu. W aromacie czuć przede wszystkim chmiele i gdzieś daleko nuty karmelu. Smak zdradza od razu gatunek piwa. Dominuje głównie słodowość, później mamy karmel i na finiszu nuty kawowe. Nasycenie w sam raz. Nie jest wodniste. Bardzo pijalne i lekkie, więc jak na ten przedział cenowy, to polecam.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lecvered (14) - - JUL 24, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours copper colour with white head dissipating slowly with nice lacing. Gentle cabonation. Lots of toffee with digestive biscuit and some white pepper on the nose. Light to medium mouth feel. Toffee, light orange citrus, pepper with hop bitterness. Finishes dry, hoppy. Tasty, nicely balanced Kentish ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cokolwiek11 (121) - - JUL 23, 2015
light amber clear beer, white head with mid and big bubbles dont last long. aroma: strong fruit esters, some caramel, hint of coffe? minimal diacetyl. taste: light sour, medium bitterness. starts malty, biscuit/caramel, than sour fruity flavour and grassy bitterness. And hint of coffe again. Palate: light to medium body, pretty high saturation. Bitterness is a little bit lingering and astringent.


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