Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale

This 4.5% ABV ale is from the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Kent, England. It takes it's Spitfire Ale name from the fighter plane used by the British during the Battle of Britain in World War Two. It was first brewed in 1990 which was the 50th anniversary of the battle. In a sad pun, they then put "The Bottle of Britain" on the bottle. The cap is the British circular airplane insignia. 

The beer pours a dark amber and copper in color, but still highly translucent. There is a tall, foamy head, off-white in color. The aroma has some skunkiness, apparently due to the clear glass bottle having been exposed to too much sunlight before it got to me. Underneath there is hay, straw, caramel, toffee, herbal and spicy. The taste follows the aromas, lots of caramel, a fruity tang, herbal notes, along with a quite bitter and dry grassy finish. It drinks easy and refreshing, nicely carbonated. Overall very enjoyable, anyone want to donate so I can try it fresh out of a tap in England?  Thanks!

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