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38
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style
Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, - JAN 29, 2008
Appearance: Copper gold, low head Aroma: Biscuity, floral hops, golden syrup, honey, caramel Flavour: Griany and malty, with biscuit and toffee. Finishes dry with a clean lingering hop bitterness. Light fruity fermentation esters ( pear, apple, and some berry) Mouthfeel: Medium bodied prickly carbonation and mineral dryness. Overall: Sweet and malty in the aroma, malty biscuity and dry in the mouth with pear, fermentation easters. Finishes fry and moreish. Nice on all accounts except the clear bottle, hate that.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinivini (1973) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 25, 2017
Clear amber, moderate off-white head. Caramel, biscuit and floral hops on nose. Light to medium body. Bittersweet taste. Decent malts. The hops seem to be not fresh anymore. Still a nice bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
Another rating that has disappeared. This is getting frustrating. Have had this on cask and out of the bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frightts (4) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2017 does not count
Aroma was malty, some sort of fruit I couldnt quite get. Appearance was a dark Amber with very thin white head. Not much carbonation. Taste was toasty at first, very malty. Light to medium bitterness. Overall Spitfire went down well and tasted okay. Nothing exciting but not too bland either. An easy to drink beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DonGregorio (272) - POLAND - APR 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber beer with small off-white head. Aroma of malt, biscuit, caramel, hints of vegetables. Taste is light sweet, light to medium bitter, biscuit, caramel, malt, herbs. Light+ body, average carbonation. Rather flawed and boring.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cokemonkey11 (768) - - MAR 29, 2017
Skunk bottle. Unpoured. Scent is light bitter pale ale. Taste is bitter and light notes of hops but noting interesting. About 50 IBU of straight chemical bitterness. Finish is dry. Fine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geolgau (127) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - MAR 23, 2017
0.5 Bottle. Pours clear amber. Aroma: malts, smoke, earthy hops. Taste has low sweetness. Flavors are not very pronounced and follow the nose. Dry and bitter long finish. Nothing special.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NordicV (2256) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Stlfat. Brnstensfrgad l med grddigt smutsvitt skum. Doft och smak r brdig med maltighet och lttare kryddiga toner. Lttare metalliska toner i smaken.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
naivepegasus (371) - USA - MAR 20, 2017
Pours a yellowish orange with about a finger of slightly off-whtie head. From a distance, a slightly skunked odor, coming closer its a bit more brown sugar and sweet malt. The flavor builds into a nice warm raisin with a bitter start and finish. Better than I expected (I was worried about the clear bottle with the initial odor to be honest, thought it might have skunked). But its a solid malty beer, if you want a English style session beer with some mild ESB notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrh2254 (75) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Golden colour. Pours with a thick head. Quite sweet , medium bitterness , toffee notes, little too sweet for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JtanK (490) - Krakw, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Old review before making ratebeer account. Incredibly average. Not much to say.


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