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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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296 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-1998)
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Reviews by sommersb:
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4.11/5  rDev +15.4%

Tasted On: 01-08-2013
Freshness: Best by 07-2013
Packaging: 500ml clear bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received as a gift

Hmm, first review with new .25 increments...this is a brew my brother got in the UK for me

Attractive pour, with a clear bright amber beer capped by the tall, rocky off-white head. Both head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smells are crisp and clean; light malty sweetness of toffee and some breadiness, plus hay and spices from the hops and yeast.

Taste starts with sharp grassy hop notes. It's malty as well, but not overly sweet -- a nice balance here with the moderate bitterness. Spice flavors on the back end of the taste.

Mouthfeel has a light to medium body, with a high level of carbonation. Finish is bready and a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall I really enjoyed this pale ale -- a very well-balanced session beer.

Thanks to Billy for this one!

01-08-2013 19:30:53 | More by sommersb
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

03-30-2003 06:54:51 | More by oberon
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-01-2013 20:32:08 | More by cam477
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3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

02-21-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-06-2014 21:08:10 | More by TTripp725
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

07-30-2010 23:35:22 | More by merlin48
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

02-20-2014 14:14:01 | More by tigg924
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

01-20-2010 23:34:29 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-23-2012 18:44:41 | More by Marius
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-07-2012 13:42:33 | More by innominat
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-04-2012 14:51:09 | More by fionn13
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

07-07-2011 23:24:42 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

05-06-2012 23:05:07 | More by BGDrock
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

01-01-2013 06:07:21 | More by Keegan
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-30-2011 23:24:42 | More by Dave18576
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

04-04-2002 16:48:45 | More by rastaman
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

01-20-2014 05:17:31 | More by acurtis
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United Arab Emirates

1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

07-10-2014 17:59:52 | More by Siddhartharora
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Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

10-13-2011 23:04:58 | More by biboergosum
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2.45/5  rDev -31.2%

A: attractive copper colour with good lacing although not much head. 3.5

S: I think this might be skunked but I get some flowery, earthy and spicy notes in there. 2

T: Has a very earthy taste to it. Also substantially bitter, more so than is expected for a British beer, almost like an IPA. 2.5

M: not bad. 3.5

D: I'm really finding it hard to drink this (didn't end up finishing the bottle or even getting close). 2

I reviewed anyway because if the beer is skunked it's because of the bottle. Punk IPA also had similar earthy hops but was sooo much better than this and cheaper.

06-04-2010 10:10:04 | More by Daniell
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%

Aggressive carbonation and lots of hops and dry bitterness. Brown but big hop bubbles are nice. My son liked it, it was Ok for lunch, but only a so-so. Some citrus, a little carmel and malt, nuttiness and grainiess. Metallic on mid sip. Medium mouthfeel.

03-06-2005 02:04:48 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a dark amber. Decent enough head settles down quickly to a film on the edges. No lacings.

Orange fruit on the nose. Hops give off a bit of spiciness. Strong english malt character with obvious Kentish hops.

Orange comes out again on the tongue. Hops are peppery providing a decent amount of bittering and some good citrus freshness. Sulfur comes through as it should in a Kentish Ale.

A decent, if not extraordinary ale, wouldn't be my first choice.

12-10-2007 00:15:05 | More by CanuckRover
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-03-2012 04:37:24 | More by traumaqueen
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-24-2013 14:23:12 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.88/5  rDev +9%

On cask at the Speaker in London. I had a half pint with the lunch crowd and a bad of "pork shavings." It appeared clear orange, filled to the brim. The ale has a big nutty, walnuts and cashews along with sugar cookies and digestive biscuits. A bitter British hops aftertaste with dry toast finish close out this tasty beer.

05-03-2009 22:54:08 | More by tempest
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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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