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

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common

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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."


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Spitfire is a great example of a best bitter. Kentish fruity hops are offset by maltiness, with some floral notes throughout. No need to be snobby - I’m not a fan of some other shepard neame brews, but spitfire is a safe bet which is often underrated. It’s ruined by poor cellaring and pipes in some pubs, and can taste pretty cheesy, but it usually does the job on a cold afternoon. Quite high ABV for a bitter, but this is subtly done.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Camons (5800) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2013
Cask @ Mabel Tavern, London. Pours golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, light grass. Flavor is malt, caramel, nuts, grass. Medium body, soft carbonation. 190913

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
elbernays (461) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 24, 2013
Brown foam head. Flat watery slightly acidic finish. Slight notes of fruit as it goes down - peach maybe. Dry finish. Okay just

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
(Cask): Deep amber with a small, creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, floral notes and caramel. Big malty taste with floral, caramel, biscuit and earthy flavours. Not bad at all!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (1788) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Dark amber beer with small head and decent lacing. Aroma of floral malts. Taste is sweetish malts and a little spice. Decent, better than the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2802) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Cask by handpump at The Doublet, Glasgow - clear amber, thin creamy beige head, fruity, malty aroma, excellent film of lacing, fruity, sweet, malty, nicely balanced, carbonation low to moderate, easy to drink

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
back (1314) - Holstebro, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2013
Kobber skum hvid Humle citrus malt urt Bitter moderat sød lidt Vandede flad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Cask a The Wheatsheaf, Yarmouth IOW; brown, hints of gold, thin yellow tinted head; mild hoppy aroma; dry fruity flavour, moderately bitter, with some earthy hops; an ok regulation bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Draught. This is a pretty average pub bitter than goes down easy and smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jd543 (397) - SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2013
Amber/red with an off-white head. Malty aroma. Taste is light sweet, a bit sour and tangy. Oily texture. Not great.


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