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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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332 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | 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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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Draft pint at The Firkin in Toronto.
Dark orange/light brown with slightly off white head. Good looking pint with long lasting foam.
Some caramel malt and hop smells.
Light in smell and flavor, slightly nutty and grainy, citrus finish.
Low carbonation, medium mouth feel, smooth and slightly creamy.
A decent, session pale ale, as expected.

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in two times in half pint glass from 500ml bottle (Tesco), temperature 12°C.

Look: Deep amber colour with thick persistent off-white head

Smell: malt and fresh fruit

Taste: caramel and grassy, very pleasant bitter aftertaste

Feel: medium carbonation, medium body, quite dry and pleasant

Overall: pleasant drink, not particularly overwhelming and complex (not a bad thing) like all the beers from Shepherd Neame

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.28/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.52/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4.65/5  rDev +30.3%

Drank in two servings from a Half pint glass in Northern Ireland (UK). Poured from a 500ml bottle at 8*C.

Appearance – Dark amber with minimal carbon activity in the glass. A single finger of cream head that dies fairly quickly to a lace cover and leaves web lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell – Heavy musty and bitter hop aroma similar to coffee filters is the first and most dominant aroma. This is followed by oak and pine wood.

Taste – There is a clear burnt toffee like taste that combined with the bitter coffee element makes this beer taste rather like a coffee cake however in this beer there is a final bitter folourish that is really quite special. At the back there is a final phenolic smokey spice that, to continue the metaphor, is just icing on an already well make cake.

Mouthfeel – Reasonably full in the mouth and rather creamy! This beer has long lived linger and a lovely pinch that tingles in the gums and back of the throat for ages. A cracking overall sensation.

Overall – This Ale is really special. It is very like a bridge between a standard Ale and a good Bitter. This beer pleases, excites and satisfies in equal measures. I can best describe this by saying it is a great ambassador for British brewing.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep clear amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt and grains, mild fruity notes and light bitterness. Palate is a medium crisp body with good carbonation. Finishes with toasted caramel malt, grains, and a mild hops bitterness. Overall a good easy drinking session brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.