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

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RATINGS: 817   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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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pkbites (695) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Lovely orange pour. with beige cream head. Malty aroma, but only lightly so. Flavor is lighter and watery, very unexpected. Very scant hop presence. Had on tap @ Rhubarb in London.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (165) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
bottle @ friends. Appearance: pours clear amber with ok soapy white head with some acing. aroma/taste: grain, caramel, bread, toffee and hints of floral notes. palette: low to medium carbonation, medium body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, medium duration, dry finish and an oily texture. Overall: easy drinkable bitter

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (173) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Clear amber with healthy off white head. Nose is malty grains and herbal hops. Same for the taste, some toffee, caramel, fruit, mildly bitter. Tastes like a bitter should.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thompson (357) - - DEC 25, 2014
Small whiye foamy head.... clear red/orange colour... smell malty hops some sweetness. Taste little bitter malty grainy.. from bottle drank at home

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (612) - CROATIA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle; pours clear amber with a thin khaki head; aroma of caramel and yeast; has a caramel taste with yeast and hints of citrus and spice; bitter finish; decent enough bitter

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (730) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
440 ml can. Clear copper with thin white head. Smell is caramel malty with fruit and earthy hops. Taste is malty with bitter hay, earthy hops. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
gustavofnd (56) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DEC 14, 2014
Não é uma boa cerveja, é meio aguada, não vale tomar novamente. No fim de gosto de algo torrado ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Randy4Beer (248) - - DEC 11, 2014
Copper coloured with a medium sized white head. Lots of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles. Aromas of caramel malts, breads and grains. Medium bodied palate. Tastes are bready malts. Earthiness. Overall, not bad but I could live without ever having another.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
500ml CLEAR bottle. Amber pour. Skunky aroma to start, also some toasted grains. Marred by skunk though. Flavor is less skunky. Very mineral watery, fruits, herbs, savoy english yeast. Nothing compelling.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bewyder (139) - FRANCE - NOV 28, 2014
Brune claire ambrée maltée, plutôt amère. Finalement trouvée peu goûteuse derrière l’amertume. Bouteille achetée chez Intercaves, Noisy-le-Grand, France, bue le 14/12/2013.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper/amber with thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, and brown sugar. Medium body with medium caramel sweetness upfront leading into a nice hop bitterness and a dry finish. One of the better English bitters I’ve had


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