Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

BA SCORE
82
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425 Ratings
Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
15.15%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
83
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of Jtee
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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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Photo of chicagoish
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squeezyq
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gtjwilding
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An English classic

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eberesford
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At it's best on tap in an English pub. The export version is slightly heavier with a higher abv. This means it is not quite as perfectly balanced but still a fine example of a best bitter. I was put off by the cans, but all in all better than the old bottled version of the export version.

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Photo of dipso123
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice session beer with a bit of toffee, fruity yeast esters, and a spicy note that seems like it might be a hint of peat-smoked malt.

The Shepherd Neame website says this beer is 4.5% packaged and 4.2% on draught. The 500ml cans all say 4.2%, so all the better IMO.

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Photo of metalspice
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of josanguapo
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

In Cerveceria Internacional, in Spitfire pint glass. At lunch, with russian salad + bratwurst + fabes. Very drinkable and balanced, with a zesty finish that lingers for very long in the palate leaving you thirsty for more. Really addictive

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mthomp081
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rukeli76
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of windowside
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hanyuu
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Macamah
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Boo-urns
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Martine
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.63 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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