This Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale was first brewed in 1990 to celebrate the Battle of Britain which was fought in the skies above Kent 50 years earlier. The beer is named after the legendary Spitfire aeroplane designed by R.J. Mitchell. The versatility of the aircraft and the courage of its pilots were essential to victory and were a key symbol of the British spirit of that time.
It pours a glowing amber with generous aromas of tangy malt, soft raisins and sweet oranges, freshened by the floral, grassy notes of three different Kent-grown hop varieties being flowery Target, tangy First Gold and orange-fragrant East Kent Goldings. It has a fine foam head which is maintained well and lasts. In the mouth, the finely balanced flavour opens with a rounded malt before the almost spicy hops follow through to provide a complex, multi-layered finish. It is very smooth throughout and has no sudden surprises which can leave it lacking to some drinkers.
This ale is brewed by Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewer in Britain. The bottle has their name and the date of 1698 moulded into the glass, which is when the brewery was founded. The Spitfire beer is nicely packaged, even down to the Red, White and Blue roundal of the British Air Force on the bottle top.
|Contains:||Pale Malt, Kentish Hops|
|Closure:||Bottle Top, 500ml|