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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
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?

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a 500ml can served at 12 degrees Celsius into an English pint glass. Best before date: 30.11.2017

Look: The beer pours a clear medium amber with 2cm of tan, puffy head that fades into a partial film in 1+ minutes. Decent lacing.

Smell: Faint and well-balanced as nothing seems to stand out. Boring. An unpleasant metallic note. Some spicy and floral hops... maybe a bit of earth as well.

Taste: Moderate strength and malty. Faint floral and earthy hops. An unpleasant adjunct quality. The finish is quite faint, medium length, and on the bitter side.

Feel: Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth with an unpleasant mouth-coating quality. No apparent alcohol.

Overall: Dreadfully boring I'm afraid. Mediocre in looks and not worthy in terms of aroma and flavour. The beer gets better as it warms so I wouldn't recommend drinking it cold.

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2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
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!

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Could have been the age on the bottle, but tasted very off to me. Very yeasty. All brewers should have a bottling date...

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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