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

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RATINGS: 947   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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.
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imaragingbull's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. BB Jan 2013. Pours clear bright amber orange with decent off white tight bubbled head being somewhat resilent. Aromas of light toffee, grains, bread, hints of munich malt and a light melanoidan character, almost wort-like. Hop character diminished by age, however a subtle spruce, floral grassiness character still remains Medium light body, medium high carbonation, a bit spritzy towards the finish. Butterscotch, toffee, complex melanoidan, burnt toffee character. Malts linger on with an estery mineral-like yeast character and a back-seat hop bitterness.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1291) - DENMARK - JUN 30, 2016
Denne ravrřde řl har en frugagtig og humlet duft, og smager en smule krydret med en humlet/bitter eftersmag. Lavet i anledningen af RAF 70 ĺrsdag.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fules (500) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 16, 2016
Közepes, sokáig tartó hab. Vörösbe hajló borostyán szín. Malátás, picit karamelles illat. Íze kesernyés, icipicit karamelles, és kifejezetten fanyar. Utóíze a komlóról szól, de nagyon hamar elillan. Közepesen testes.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
midovark (343) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUN 15, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Deep amber color, quickly disappearing head. Piney, malty aroma with fruity scents. Bittersweet taste with short finish. Light to medium body. Nice brew for a macro beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rostetti (80) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Aroma has grass, hops, caramel. Taste is sweetly bitter, grassy and very hoppy. Very good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1880) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 6, 2016
On Tap, @Paco´s Beer III, Oviedo, 06/06/2016 Color ambar, sabor maltoso, caramelo, cuerpo medio.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkanu (50) - Iasi, ROMANIA - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle is quite nice, label is quite nice, appearance is quite nice. Beer is drab, and that’s an overstatement. Somewhat artificial, though faint hoppiness, Some caramel and orange peel in the taste, but it’s all there is. I can’t see why this would be rated as bitter, seems more like a red ale to be, and not a great one. Not bad, but expect no fireworks.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MetalMurphy (352) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 31, 2016
bottle @ supermarket. amber colour, normal body, low carbonated, hoppy, caramel, fruity, spicy in the end

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
s00sl (231) - - MAY 27, 2016
Slightly above average at any of aspects, mediocre aroma, mediocre taste and appearance. Boring beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jice (264) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 13, 2016
Intéressante. Nez, gout et aspects en adéquation avec l’étiquette. Pas mal.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Night_Cap (57) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2016 Bottle 500ml. Served at room temperature. Pours a clear amber. Head is large, foamy off white and lasts very well. Aroma is of grains, bread crusts, biscuits, toffee, earthy hops and light notes of orange marmalade and gooseberries. Flavour is a light earthy hop bitterness with grains, caramel, oranges and light notes of buttery biscuits in the finish. Light bodied with a watery texture, soft carbonation and short, dry finish.


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