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Shepherd Neame Spitfire (Cask)

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

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unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. ABV of cask version reduced from 4.5% in 2009.
"Premium Kentish Ale".
A Best Bitter. Originally produced in 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. It is Shepherd Neames best selling cask ale, supported by quirky Second World War-themed advertising.
"Lingering malt and hop flavour, with a well-balanced, lasting aftertaste."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-24-14- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a copper color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a lightly toasted smell as well as a big aroma of toffee and a grainy smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter fruit smells as well as a bit of a more earthy and herbal hop aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a lighter toasted malt and bready flavor mixed with a light caramel and toffee flavor that procures an overall crisp taste. Along with these flavors are some lighter hop tastes of a more earthy nature. The sweeter flavors of caramel and toffee begin fading producing a very crisp taste overall. With a bit more of a herbal and earthy hop coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a pleasant and crisp, lightly toasted malt and moderately bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic for the moderate flavors of the brew and for the crisper feel making for one very refreshing beer. Overall – A refreshing and easy drinking, crisp brew. While not a flavor powerhouse it is quite easy drinking and enjoyable. A great session style brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2076) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Much appreciated ESB since 1990, to commemorate the Battle of England in World War II, hence the name. Beautiful warm amber colour, thin head as expected from an English cask-conditioned bitter; caramelly character with buttermilk (diacetyl), apple, orange, grassy hops; soft maltiness with a long but not very sharp, leafy, elegant hop bitterness, very satisfying. Above average bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (350) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Cask at the Ship Hotel, Weybridge 25/7/14. Pours brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Mild bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiammanghilla (619) - Genova, ITALY - JUL 3, 2014
Spina @ tartan. Ambrata con bella schiuma. Classica ed in stile ma davvero godibile! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Cask. Pours copper with thin, creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, dates, floral notes, and faint caramel. Flavor is dry malts, light bitterness, and faint dark fruit notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2186) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Cask at Wharf Rat. Pouts hazy copper with almost no head. Tastes like light, delicate malt with some floral notes, light citrus, and a hint of dry, sour grapes. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like light malt, grapes, a little musky and nutty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garry_Evans (31) - HONG KONG - MAY 31, 2014
On tap at the Beer Bay, Hong Kong. Nice and hoppy but too carbonated. As good as you can get for a bitter in HK ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Clear orange/brown with a medium sized white head. A bit low on flavour; nutty, earthy, wooden, light grass, caramel, light bready. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation light/medium sweet and bitter. Nothing fancy, but easy to pour down.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3833) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Draft @ Brewhouse Pub. Aroma is quite hoppy, earthy and herbal, nice malt note. Flavour is a but dull in comparison to the aroma, more watery then expected. Prefer the bottle.


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