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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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281 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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 thomcatr3t:
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from May 22, 2011. Pumped from cask into a 16 oz. pint glass at the Porcupine in London, Eng.

A: Dark red-brown in color. Nice 2 finger head that is nice and fluffy, looks like it will last.

S: Sweet bicuity malts. Not much going on in the way of hops on the nose.

T: I get all biscuit and caramel in this one. Some floral hops to round it out, but the malts steal the show in this one.

M: A little thin even with it being on cask. I can't imagine that the mouthfeel would be very good served from a bottle.

O: A nice malty real ale. Not the best beer I've ever had.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2011 02:54:04 | More by thomcatr3t
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I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "The Bottle of Britain"; "This 4.5% Kentish Ale was first brewed in 1990 to celebrate the Battle of Britain which was fought in the skies above Kent 50 years earlier."

One wag told me that its unofficial motto is "Spitfire - downed all across England!" Ha! If it is only "Kentish", what might a full-on Kent beer be like?

It was a small, 11.2-fl. oz. bottle, so I thought that I could invert it until the pseudo-cascade began and foam began approaching the top of my glass at an alarming rate. It settled into two puffy fingers of tawny head with good retention. Color was a solid amber (SRM = 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft, buttery quality, undoubtedly from using hard water in its production. Biscuit malts were also present and I watched the head slowly fall, leaving some nice lacing in its wake as I anticipated that first sip. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was bready, biscuity, buttery and slightly sweet. I am guessing East Kent Goldings hops for a mild grassiness. In keeping with the style, this was much more restrained than its American counterparts and as such, was a nice change of pace for yours truly. I rarely truck in either imports or bottles and so this was a rare treat. Its relative mellowness was like a cup of tea after that coffee porter. Warming, the taste took on a nice nuttiness that only enhanced its mellow flavors. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. Well done, lads!

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.