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


on tap

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RATINGS: 199   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."

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snoworsummer (6147) - 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.

Garry_Evans (71) - 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

SlackerMads (3543) - 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.

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.

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.

hohops (1115) - 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.

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.

Camons (13398) - 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

elbernays (1702) - 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

Pizd (435) - 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!

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