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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)

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166 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 372
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 15
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-1998

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by Zimbo:
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3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More reddy orange than brown, this had a light fluffy whispy head. Nice nose with an encouraging combination of spice, caramel and a dash of raisin come together to make me think of a freshly toasted hot crossed bone. This impression begins well to the taste bit it diappears as this beer stretches and then thins out before an encouraging slight tablet type quality at the end which is just a little too late to make up for the disappoinment of what it could have been or was.

Could have sworn this was better even when it was released as a bottle conditioned ale but sadly those days are long lost. A shame such a lacklustre beer should be named after such a great fighter. If it was up to me I'd rebadge it Boulton Paul Defiant.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this one at Cork'n Ale back home in Saginaw,Mi,poured a nice copper color with medium head,has a hoppy aroma.Pretty dry ,appetizing taste with some nice bitterness.Very nice medium body,very drinkable,should have gotten more than one,I will be looking for more ales from this brewery for sure.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. clear bottle (wide w/thin neck) with a sharp looking label and foil sheaf.

Appearance: A crystal clear golden-red with a frothy, healthy head.

Smell: Hints of fresh malt and hops.

Taste: Lots of bold and traditional pale malt flavours. Clean and hoppy with high carbonation fizz. Slight sulfur flavour, as a Pils or Lager.

Notes: A classic Pale Ale and now, affordable. Most of Shepherd Neame's brews have dropped in price in order to compete with the wide varieties of U.S. beers, one would assume.

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Photo of MuthaDuckie
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bottle pours a chill hazed dark amber body with an offwhite head that stays at one inch in height. Patchy lace adorns the English pint glass.

Aroma is biscuity malts, soft floral hops, a hint of toffee, and some ripe pear.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, having a smooth carbonation and a slight mineral water texture that I prefer in many English ales.

Taste has a prevailing dryness characterized by a floral and spicy bitterness. Biscuity malt has some toffee sweetness and balances well. Finishes with a mild floral hop aftertaste.

An enjoyable and sessionable English ale. Wish I could find this one locally.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pale malt and meadow smell

Taste: sweet caramel, fresh meadow, toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly dry bitter end

Overall: A solid, dry, and easy to drink English Pale Ale. I would get this again, but would not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. Medium amber colour, about an inch of thick head that dissolved into a think layer. A few flecks of lacing.

Incredible nose to it, so much going on here. At once malty and caramel, the next is rye bread and tea leaves. Smells terrific.

The taste didn't quite live up to the promising nose, but it was still quite tasty. Hoppy and bitter throughout, a good finish of herbal hops and tea, with an ephemeral malt and caramel flavour at the beginning. A solid pale ale.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but well carbonated.

Not a bad little English ale, almost leaning towards the bitter end of the spectrum. Not nearly as complex as the nose indicates, but still highly drinkable. Would be good for a football watching night.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Spitfire has a big British malt nose with some biscuit, earthiness, treacle and a hint of ripe fruit.
It pours brilliant copper brown under a rich, softly bubbled 1" foam cap that produces thick lace.
British malts also shine on the palate with creamy dryish biscuit, a hint of chocolate, light fruit, becoming slightly sweet in the middle with light fruit proceeding to a mild bitter and fruit on the finish.
Medium body, medium low carbonation

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stephenlee
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2012. Brewed to commemorate the battle of Britain and the plane that won it.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear reddish-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of roasted malt with burnt notes, hints of caramel, butter, stewed hops, citrus and grass. A pleasing combination.

Tastes of roasted malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, caramel, and stewed hops with a hint of citrus. The bitterness is slightly harsh and has a leafy character. A buttery diacetyl note lurks in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and rather astringent. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

A classic British ale. It might not be the best beer in the world but it's a fine example of an English bitter. A good depth of flavour with subtle bitterness, even if the aroma is better than the taste. One of Shepherd Neame's more worthy offerings. I would be happy to sink a few of these - definitely one to try if you have the chance.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, red copper colur; minimal head fades fast

Aroma: sweet toffee malt; hint of spice, peach; mild hops in the background

Taste & Mouthfeel: burnt caramel; full flavour for a light bodied beer; getting some peach/nectarine flavour; very clean; just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness and leave a lasting finish

Overall: a surprisingly interesting beer that would be great for a session

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Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of RickyS
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave18576
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoppy, sticky, slightly syruppy, and bland in the end, its OK, but lacked something, nice and drinkable though, give it a go.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tux_alin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Siddhartharora
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, clear bottle, nice Spitfire bulls-eye cap. An ode to the Battle of Britain, with that so English of constructs, the pun: hence, the 'Bottle of Britain'...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy, somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a random drooping tree canopy of lace around the glass in its retreat to the Tube. It smells of bready biscuit malt, and bitter grassy, floral, dusty hops. The taste is more of that same bitterness up front, the slight mustiness tinging the grassy and earth character. Underneath, and not lagging by much, is a sturdy cereal/biscuit graininess, one which tugs nicely at the palate. The carbonation is present, but pleasant enough, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the crisp grain and hops riding out in splendid unison.

Well, the see-through bottle had me feeling a wee bit trepidatious, but that was soon dispelled - this is a well-balanced, yet still decently flavourful EPA - not a lot of that makes it to my 'hood.

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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