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


on tap

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RATINGS: 909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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jmprdood's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmprdood (37) - - JUN 15, 2013
Pleasant aroma, not much head. Brown and clear but not a lot of body. Still though, a sturdy ale with pleasant hop and balanced malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoctorHU (27) - UKRAINE - OCT 9, 2015
Beer is a deep amber color. Froth high and dense. Malty taste rather dry, with hay and grass aroma and a little caramel. Bitterness serious pervasive, gradually fades into the floral aftertaste. Compelled by a thoughtful and unhurried savoring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kita (1544) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear deep amber color with thin soapy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, herbal, citric and caramelly. Taste starts with light sweet toffee and citrus, following is refreshing sour herbal and fruity, mouthfeel is dry and mild spicy, while finish is moderate bitter.Light body, thin texture and average carbonation in palate. Just a thirst killer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChtiBreizh (258) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 2, 2015
Amber with a thin frothy head. Caramel, bread, light hops. Medium to low sweetness, dry and light bitter finish. Average to soft carbonation, light bodied and watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strangebrewer (1014) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
can 4.2%. Poured clear dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma of toasty malt. Medium-light body, average carbonation, tart finish. Flavour is sweet and tart, caramel malt, slightly woody, bitter hops with an astringent feel. Lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raistlin (200) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenJensen (1314) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
A light hop aroma characterize this English bitter. It is a typical English bitter with a distinctive flavor of hops and a slight taste of caramel malt. The taste of ginger is also significant and at times a little too intrusive. It’s a good all-year-around ale in addition to being easy to drink will also be good as the party beverage. The finish is very lengthy and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mingos (52) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Briliant amber coloured beer with a one finger off-white head with decent retention and good lacing. Aroma: intense and sweetish; malty, with notes of tobacco, apple, brown sugar and wood. Taste: faint, medium dry with a dry finish; malts are noticeable with a brown sugary sweetness, then there are herbs. Bitterness is earthy and herbal, not too intense, but still dominating over the faint taste. Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly on the watery side. It’s an OK beer, but slightly unbalanced. The taste was so weak that the beer seemed watery, the bitterness dominated over the malts. Too bad, especially since the aroma was really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corkyrory66 (965) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2015
Premium kentish ale, avec des nuances de bitter, créée en 1990 pour les 50 ans de la bataille d’Angleterre, et ses légendaires Spitfire. Niveau abv de 4,5 %, et contenance de 50 cl (bravo …). Couleur auburn un peu caramel et ambre foncé, à la clarté nette. Bulles fines par centaines vives, surtout le long des parois. Mousse beige claire très crémeuse, stable à 3 mm. Arômes de caramel, butterscotch, toffee, malt grillé, houblon, pointe de baies rouges. 1ère bouche soyeuse à veloutée, à la belle entame sur un malt un rien fumé et houblon. Arrière-bouche qui détaille le grillé sur plusieurs registres. Très beau, avec une pointe de poivre blanc en fin de bouche. 2ème à la texture très souple, et au bel équilibre. Arrière-bouche bien prégnante, ample. 3ème au très bel ensemble, riche et plein. Arrière-bouche plus fondue, mais avec toujours ce fumé très fin, et un peu de bois brun. Longueur qui développe le toffee, le houblon, les épices. Jambes groupées, marquées, un peu huileuses. Levure intégrée. Alcool bien pour le genre, il soutient les saveurs. Finale dans le style, et qui garde une belle texture. CONCLUSION : bière très correcte, en mémorial 1940. Les Spitfire se réjouissent particulièrement de cet honneur.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
minutemat (2783) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Original bottle-conditioned 4.7% 500ml bottle (1996), shared @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Sep 15, thanks to Mike for this dusty relic. Pours clear amber with frothy white head. Musty cardboard aroma following to the taste with some watery cobwebs and watery vinous sour. Average rating given. Will re-rate a fresh bottle when I get an opportunity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
___Steve___ (26) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Starts with caramel brown sugar aroma that is sweet at first and then offset by an oak wood scent. Clear filtered bubbly orange brown colour. Thin foam with little to no head. Upfront sweetness the latellr develops into a lingering after taste of brown sugar. The bitterness of the Hops come well after the swig is swallowed, kinda grassy mild and we’ll balanced bitter sweetness.

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