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


on tap

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (5144) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (4808) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garry_Evans (66) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4200) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog. On tap @ Green Lion Inn. A solid example of a regular bitter, just not enough to be impressive though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Deep amber appearance, not much of a head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. A smoooth taste which has malt and hops in the background. Distinctive Shepherd Neame taste. Pretty good.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Camons (10447) - 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

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