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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtronSeige (459) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 23, 2013
Aroma: Cut Grass, toffee, roastiness. Appearance: Clear, dark copper. Medium, slightly creamy, long lasting, off-white head Taste: Medium-high bitterness, light sweetness, grain, dry finish, light grassy notes, Palate:medium body, light carbonation, Overall: A nice Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)! 500ml bottle, poured.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2001
A bit on the thin side but still quite nice. I used to drink lots of this stuff. Nice malt and hops balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2004
(Can) = Fairly strong cherry/berry aroma. Amber color as you can see. Sweet malt and hops flavor - slight bitterness and berry aroma is much subtler with the taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Off-white cramy good looking and lasting head. Clear amber body. Roasted malt and grassy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and a good deal of hops flavor. I think a visit and a talk to the people at this brewery would be great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (1745) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2007
A real english beer, fresh and hoppy, with a real smooth aftertaste . This is a good session beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (2731) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2007
Crystal clear brown colour and thick bubbly head. Aroma of hop and lightly roasted malts. Taste is slightly bitter but not mouth drying. Malty, hoppy and slightly spicey in flavour. A great bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 Great session ale this one, tastes what an ale should do and recommended. Very much has a malty taste during the pint, but thats good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (363) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
500 mL Bottle. Deep gold body with an off-white frothy head that settles to a tenacious foamy layer lacing the sides of the glass nicely. Sweet malt and caramel dominate in the aroma with tangy hops. Sweet malt and tangy hops make up the flavor with a hop bitter aftertaste that lingers in the finish with a note of caramel, hints of brown sugar and crystal malt, and with a nice smooth mouth feel. England, you’ve got an ace with this one.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamedra (385) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Lehké karamelové aroma s chmelovým závojem a zemitým podkladem. Pěna je krémově hnědá, jemná a utváří velmi brilantní čepičku. Barva samotného piva je krásně měděná. Pivo dělá celkově velmi dobrý dojem na pohled. Chuťově je pivo příjemně hořké po celé své délce, tato hořkost je protklá karamelovými tóny a má příjemný sladký.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013
For the sake of declaring an interest in reviewing this beer, I must declare that I love bitter. I love it, I love it, I love it. It is the beer of my heritage and I could easily be convinced that it flows through my veins. This beer is a beer I had known up until now but reputation only. I am pleased to make its acquaintance. It appears as a rosy ripe apricot amber with an off-white head. It smells of those same ripe orchard fruits and the beautiful balance of classic English hops and sweet roasty malts. There are aromas of biscuity, bready malt and I can truthfully state that if I was able to control it, it would be one of the last things I would want to smell before I die. I wonder if I can get my wife to smell of this beer? (he asked rhetorically) The flavour is a carbon copy of the aroma with full, fluffy mouthfeel and definite Fuggle and Golding about it. This is nicely balanced beer and quite wonderful. It was intially sweet but dried on the palate and finished... eventually. The impression it left was one that demanded an immediate and panicked search for more. Is that not what beer should be about?


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