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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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342 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-1998

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4.24/5  rDev +18.8%

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2.86/5  rDev -19.9%

$39.99 case at Shangy’s in Emmaus, PA
Best before Sep 14 11.2 oz bottle at 45 degrees/70degrees into standard pint
Aroma cold – none. Aroma warm slight earthy aroma of Kent hops
Head cold - small (2 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Head warm large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing cold good – partial rings of mostly tiny to large bubbles the length of the level change
Lacing warm good – partial frothy rings 4 mm thick, mostly tiny bubbles
Body orange/amber, clear
Flavor cold – none
Flavor warm – some. Earthy flavor of Kent hops with malt coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 3. Final weighted score: 2.8625
This bottle’s too cold. This bottle’s too warm. There isn’t one in my hotel room that’s just right. This isn’t my first dance with Spitfire and I must say it didn’t live up to my expectations. Both the flavor and aroma are very weak, not what I like in Kentish ales. It’s definitely short dated, sometimes marked on the bottle neck, sometimes not. This is not up to the usual standards of Shepherd’s Neame.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured pint from the Royal Air Force Club on Piccadilly by Hyde Park. No, you can't get in, but feel free to live vicariously through me if you must.
Clear amber with half-inch head (overpour in large pint, so head would naturally be thicker with a different pour/glass).
Subtle nose...but of musty English hops and biscuit...but not much.
Taste had reasonable malt and slight hops, but again, not much backbone. True to style, which personally I find underwhelming, but a pretty good beer.
Typical English pub beer for downing a few. Good but not great.

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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Metalbrew
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed originally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this English Ale is a standout brew that pours a dark amber color with a creamy white head that doesn't dissipate quickly. The taste is a tad hoppy, but not to the point of overpowering with plenty of bitterness and it's a refreshing and pleasant Ale that goes down quickly and demands a second sip straight away. The beer takes its name from the famed fighter aircraft that fought over the skies of Britain during the Second World War. One of the finest English beers I've tried in awhile.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head with some spots for lace. Gold color and nearly clear.

Creamy caramel malt start. Little hop nose.

This is quintessential mass produced pale ale from the UK. Low carbonation with a rich body, this beer leans to the malty side. I do catch a modicum of hop flavor in the swallow but it doesn't last long.

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1.5/5  rDev -58%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Schmidts
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with two fingers of tan, white head. Blood orange color Smells of Malts and earthy Hops. Tastes of Malts and marmalade, with nice earthy Hops and citrus. This is a world class Kentish Ale so glad it is in the states. I love the Plane and I now love the brew named after it!
Overall I give it a 4.50

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.