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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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302 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ThinkAgain, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

arkanu, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

aztraz, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Ok - this has never happened before - wiped the BB Date with my thumb to remove condensation and removed BB date!

Pours completely transparent amber, fluffy white head two finger head. Lacing sinks on swirl.

Caramel on nose.

Taste is malt driven, caramel and some toffee, England all the way, however, moderate to significant hop bitterness kicks in. A metallic twang is unwanted, but makes itself known by end of bottle.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, light carbonation but an unwanted zing creeps up.

Overall, not a bad example, but not a great one. Need more malt. Will not buy again.

heygeebee, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of yossarian
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

yossarian, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

MEP, May 27, 2012
Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -15.7%

petluo, May 16, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
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

BGDrock, May 06, 2012
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´11. Deep copper color. Crystal clear appearance. White, small bubbled, froth. Close & dense head with fairly good retention. Nice lacing. Moderate citric & sweet malt aromas. Floral touch. Sweet malty upfront followed by smooth citric. Clean bitterness & gentle palate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Big beer!!

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of killianf
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

500ml bottle into tulip pint glass

A: Pours a ruby-tinted amber colour, with a 1-finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Crystal clear and mild carbonation.

S: Malty, some toffee and fruity notes, maybe caramel. Hops too, with a grassy or floral aroma. I got a slight metallic note too.

T: Fruits and toffee on the tongue immediately, with a hoppy bitterness to balance. A definite metallic taste on the finsh, aftertaste and burp.

M: Light bodied and thin, not too carbonated, smooth and easy to drink. A fine session ale.

Overall: Nothing really wrong with this beer, I'm glad I picked it up, but I don't think I'll be trying it again too soon. Worth a try for a fan of English Ale, but it probably won't be the best you've had.

killianf, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ElGallo, Mar 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

szmnnl99, Mar 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

WeissBoy, Mar 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of NForr
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Nice looking red ale, clear, small head.

Musty hops aroma. caramel, some alcohol, some sweet scents.
Bitterness hits first, then that musty earthy taste I smelled. No sweetness.

Goes nicely with my curry - although I completely ruined it, damn pressure cooker...

Not the best English ale I've had, but not bad

NForr, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

RoryOMoore, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

jeffbrew, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

davidmturner, Jan 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

samEBC, Jan 21, 2012
Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.