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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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327 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Clear gold colour. A bit overcarbonated. Three finger, creamy head of excellent retention.

Sm: Fresh creamy scent, barley, hops. The toffee scent advertised is missing.

T: Hops, hops, more hops, and barley. Horrible finish. I can't place it - but I know it's awful. Terribly built. I guess the awful finish is balanced against the body well (at least they match!).

Mf: Almost dusty. Certainly musty. Sandyish. The finish (at least in texture) gets a bit softer.

Dr: A damned disappointment, especially coming from Shepherd Neame, a brewery I've enjoyed in the past. What happened?

kojevergas, Mar 09, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

soupieman, Jan 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

rderedin, Apr 12, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -34.1%

Luiscorreia, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Long813
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Half an inch off white head that dissipates into a fine film leaving only the slightest of lacing. Clear bronze coloured body

S: Grainy, slight malts and hint of caramel.

T: Very grainy, with some malts to finish it off

M: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Leaves with an extra dry finish.

D: I did not feel the flavours were well developed here. It's not that hard to drink, but I wouldn't buy this again.

Long813, Oct 11, 2009
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2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

aztraz, Jun 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Limanuljaska, Jul 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted as a cask conditioned offering in The Travellers Rest, Bebington, The Wirrall, UK on 1st September 2005.

A bit dissappointed with this English bitter.

Appearence was decent enough, with a nice amber colour and good head. Smell dissappointed with little to write home about, and the taste was much too sharp for me. Of 5 new bitters tasted on that weekend, this was the weakest.
Great pub, by the way!

JohnfromDublin, Sep 06, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Poupae, Jun 12, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Came in a uniquely shaped bottle with comments on how it was brewed in honor of the battle of Britain. Pours with a solid thumb and half finger of head that looks slightly creamy. The head itself laces like crazy and retains quite well. The beer itself is a crystal clear brown however the carbonation looks to be a little be excessive. Still, impressive thus far.

Smell: Everyone's favorite four legged mammal returns, because this stuff is skunked. I am catching some dry hop scent with a touch of barley and caramel, but it is mostly buried by the skunk sadly.

Taste: The beer starts of with a mild fruity taste with a touch of caramel, it then turns to a bitter bland malt and fruit flavor which is then instantly taken over by dry and bitter hops that leave the beer tasting like hay mixed with dried fruit. It's one of those beers that isn't average to taste, but has cons that balance out the pros.

Mouthfeel: It leaves the mouth fairly dry and while the aftertaste is not that strong, it does overstay it's welcome. Also this beer has way too much carbonation going on. I also find that the beer transitions between flavors poorly.

Drinkability: This stuff isn't very refreshing because it is so dry. Not only that, but the excessive carbonation makes this beer very gassy. It doesn't go down that smoothly and doesn't sit well. I wouldn't be able to drink more then one, and frankly at the half way point I don't want to keep drinking this stuff.

Final Thoughts: I though after seeing this beer pour, this was going to be a winner. However, as the skunk took over and the carbonation leaved me belching every couple of minutes I was disappointed. I dunno, I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone, unless they really enjoyed a dry taste.

TheHammer, Apr 15, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a .5L bottle into an appropriately sized full pint glass.

The body is a mostly clear reddish brown amber. The head rises up to about 1 finger before sitting there for a while. Sticky and resilient, it forms rings of lace that are connected by delicate spiderwebs, one ring for each sip. The glass is a beautiful thing to behold.

The aroma brings with it notes of caramel and toffee in the foreground. Accompanying these malty characteristics are fruity esters and some earthy notes from the yeast and some grassy hop aromas with a touch of bitterness. The taste, unfortunately, falls considerably short of the bar set by the nose. Generally harsh on my palate, I find that the unpolished malt profile overpowers the desirable fruity esters and even the grassy hops that should combine to be focal points of this beer.

While the body and carbonation of this Spitfire Ale are pretty much on point, the harsh feeling and flavors that I find make the drinking experience generally unpleasant. Unfortunate, because I was really excited after the aroma and appearance were so damn good.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 04, 2011
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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.