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


on tap

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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldPeculiarHen (14) - East Yorkshire Coast, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2007
Not much aroma to be enjoyed. Provides a golden red colour when held up to the light. Soft on the palate, malty and hoppy taste. Lingering aftertaste, however overall enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle. Copper colour with an off-white head. Light fruity and floral aroma. Quite nice bitter flavour. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
A dry, hoppy bitter with a nice lingering finish. Good, drinkable, goes down easy and I’d drink it often if it were available and not expensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2370) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
Canned sample. Amber in colour with medium carbonation. A nice slightly sweet caramel malt aroma, along with some estery British yeast, and mild spicy hops. Fairly fruit forward in the mouth, but has enough rounded malt and mild hop bitterness to provide a little balance. The carbonation is a bit too strong, and the body is a bit too watery, but not bad for a canned bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (3806) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Clear bottle, 500 ml, purchased at the LCBO on September 29 2007, savoured on October 3 2007; eye: copper, extremely clear, slight effervescence, tan head that disappears rapidly, a bit of lacing; nose: domination of the grainy malt; mouth: starts in hops, then the grainy malt appears and takes all the place, return of the dry bitterness, light caramel, finale in grainy malt with the return of the hops, slightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, grainy malt, not much carbonation, light astringency; overall: better than I expected FRANÇAIS Bouteille transparente, 500 ml, achetée à la LCBO le 29 septembre 2007, savourée le 3 octobre 2007; œil : cuivrée, extrêmement claire, très légère effervescence, mousse fauve qui disparaît rapidement, un peu de dentelle; nez : domination du malt granuleux; bouche : début en houblon, apparition du malt granuleux qui prend toute la place, retour de l’amertume sèche, léger caramel, finale en malt granuleux avec un retour du houblon, très légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, corps moyen, texture granuleuse, peu carbonatée, légère astringence; en résumé : meilleure que mes attentes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours amber with small quickly dissapating head. Aroma was slightly skunky with malt. Tastes dry, and skunky with hops, but lacks complexity and character. Medium body with a little carbonation and a clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle from Asda. Aroma is caramel malts, slightly skunky hops but mainly grassy. Taste is similar, a bag of tricks that have just not went right.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2007
An ok bitter. Floral hoppy nose, good bitternes and som fruitness along with the typical caramel. It is of course inferior to the bottle-conditioned ones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2844) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Amber/copper color with a light tan head. Malts, grass hops, and slight skunk. Flavor is a nice bitter with some malts. Grassy hops are rather noticeable. Light body. Solid, not amazing. Re-rate: Had this on tap at The Globe, Hong Kong, and was much better than I remember. More malt, more hebal, and a more noticeable, but still light hop finish. Easily drinkable and mighty refreshing. (Up from 2.9)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Copper, low density head. Smell is skunky with some hops. A mix between body odor and moldy marijuana (as was mentioned before). Taste is very metallic, grassy, a bit of hops. Medium-lightly bodied, low effervescence. A little caramel. Bitter finish lasts somewhat.

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