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

bottled
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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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aerosol999's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, - JAN 29, 2008
Appearance: Copper gold, low head Aroma: Biscuity, floral hops, golden syrup, honey, caramel Flavour: Griany and malty, with biscuit and toffee. Finishes dry with a clean lingering hop bitterness. Light fruity fermentation esters ( pear, apple, and some berry) Mouthfeel: Medium bodied prickly carbonation and mineral dryness. Overall: Sweet and malty in the aroma, malty biscuity and dry in the mouth with pear, fermentation easters. Finishes fry and moreish. Nice on all accounts except the clear bottle, hate that.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 15, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, fruchtig, nussig. Geschmack röstmalzig, leicht schokoladig. Karamell, fruchtig, nussig.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
njnut (156) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
Poured into shaker glass. A amber with small off white head and some lacing. Aroma is malty, as is the taste. caramel malts with hay and some nuttiness. Body is light. A good session beer to have with friends who may not like stronger craft beers. Great summer BBQ beer or after mowing the lawn beer. Not tremendous but enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamP01 (514) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pours a deep clear amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt and grains, mild fruity notes and light bitterness. Palate is a medium crisp body with good carbonation. Finishes with toasted caramel malt, grains, and a mild hops bitterness. Overall a good easy drinking session brew.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Smells like skunk rectum. Earthy. Slightly bitter. Not very good at all. Bleh.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (212) - SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2014
Clear Dark amber color with a small white head - aroma of caramel, malt, toffee, earthy hops - flavor of caramel and earthy hops - light body, decent bitterness, medium carbonation, earthy hops finish - good Irish ale easy drinkable

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tayeth (115) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 7, 2014
Bernsteinfarben, leict brotig-malziger Geruch. Der Geschmack ist dann dominiert von markanter Bittere, malzig-kantig. Das Bier ist aber durchaus süffig, im Hintergrund erkennt man auch Aromahopfen mit Noten von Gras, Heu und Zitrus.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gueuze (251) - - APR 6, 2014
Geruch herb mit Citrusnoten. Im Geschmack dann leer, aber dann kommen die Röstnoten durch. Starke (Röst-)Bittere zum Ende. Sehr kantig, aber gut.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hakonstjerne (5) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014 does not count
Minimal head. Good bitter taste and okay amber colour. Sweet taste of hops. Pretty average bitter.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackafholmes (37) - - APR 5, 2014
Variety pack from macro. Deep amber, almost red. No real head. Heavy carbonation, nice bite of bitterness but not my cup of tea.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blade86 (462) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 4, 2014
fuity and caramel aroma; medium(-) bitterness, light sweetness and sourness; medium body, thin little metallic feel, average carbonation, moderately long bitter finish; Overall: very decent beer, quite high drinkability


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