Shepherd Neame Spitfire Kentish Strong Ale

Shepherd Neame Spitfire Kentish Strong Ale

Rated 3.456 by BeerPals

Brewed by Shepherd Neame Limited

Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Originally produced in 1990 as a Battle Of Britain commemorative brew, Spitfire is now a permanent feature on the Shepherd Neame cask conditioned ale portfolio. Spitfire Premium Bitter has a full malt and hop flavor with a well balanced and lasting aftertaste.

ID: 943 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank4051
Overall Percentile92.4
Style Rank44 of 735
Style Percentile94
Lowest Score1.8
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.497
Weighted Score3.456
Standard Deviation0.554

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  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Poured a fairly thick off white creamy looking head and has a clear dark amber appearance, sort of a rusty look. Aromas of strong spices, hints of cinnamon, toffee and dark fruits (plums, raisins). Flavours of earthy and resin hops, strong spices again but quite bitter and refreshing. Barley is also evident as well as dark roasted malts and toffee. Hints of cinnamon comes around in the finish with a dash of caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, little bit chalky, warming sensation. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Pretty good stuff.

  • CHOPZ 7238 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Had this one many times before, but just realized, I had not rated this one. Written "Glorious 2012" on front label. Pours a clean deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head that lasts a while and creates thick patchy lace. Big caramel malt nose with hints of coffee and nuts. The hop does come out as well, to add some grass notes to the aroma. The taste is a bit milder though with all of the things found in the scent. Light dry-bitterness with the hop finish, and a tad of that rusty water that I do not like (from whatever hop they use). Still, a pretty easy-drinking, mildly creamy, malty-hoppy, session brew.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pretty standard and available english pub brew, especially in my parents area of the world, Hastings and Sussex. Well balanced english ale, almost always found cask, some light fruity yeasts, light bodied, some light fruit and flowers... good.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I tried this on board the Queen Mary 2 during a transatlantic Crossing.. It poured a chestnut amber with a malty aroma and a hoppy finish. There was a generous head tha lingered The mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable. Definitley worth a try.

  • MRHANGOVER 126 reviews
    rated 3.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Never had a bitter before, let alone an extra special bitter. I didn't knew what it was so I thought it was horrible. But now I know it was an ESP I can appreciate it a bit more. Colour was orange with little head. Taste was harsh bitterness, no fruityness or anything the label promised me. Let's just say I'm not really into bitters.

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Burnt orange in color and average in quality and flavor. Really, nothing to write home about, but not offensive either. Not a specially good bitter much less and ESB.

  • KAIJAPSKA 67 reviews
    rated 2.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 4

    Promises a lot because of the brewary, but I find this a let down in reality. For an ale, it feels meek in every department. From lacking aroma to being very flat.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    500ml bottle Best before feb 2010. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with very active carbonation. Has a thick,rocky off white had with great retention and lacing. Looks great! Smells of tangy malt and bitter hops. The taste is some spice at first with hops coming through and the aftertaste is bitter hops. Very clean, crisp and drinkable.

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. A deep amber to amber brown ale with a large creamy head that had a good retention and left great lacing. The aromas has a marked hoppy character and hints of acidity ( citrus ? ). The mouthfeel is very smooth with a well done balance between malts and hops. A light bodied ale; very drinkable.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    I've had a couple of bottles of this sticking around for a while so I decided to try them. A clear golden red in colour with a tan head. Caramel maltiness dominates the aroma with some citrusy tones. The flavour has similar qualities, with a nice bitter end.

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