Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale

A mid-week treat. Shepherd Neame's Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale

My wife picked this up on the weekend, along with a handful of other different beers during her visit to another LCBO where they had a selection we've never seen at our LCBO.

Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale
The label has a pretty cool write-up:
This 4.5% 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 the Spitfire is a key symbol of the spirit of that time. 
I like it when there's a story behind the beer.

I shared this with my wife. I was a little afraid that she wouldn't like it, since the label says that it has a bitter taste, but she didn't mind it in comparison to other "bitter" beers she's tried.

The aroma was slightly sweet... the label confirmed it with "fruity, toffee".  I didn't pick up on the fruity.

I loved the colour — a dark amber. (looks a bit darker in the photo) Wasn't much head on it and the retention was poor.

The taste was slightly hoppy with a light bitter finish. As previously mentioned, the alcohol content is an average 4.5%.

Over all, I enjoyed it and I would definitely buy this again.

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