Shepherd Neame Spitfire Amber Kentish Ale – English Bitter at 4.2% ABV

Shepherd Neame Spitfire Amber Kentish Ale English Bitter at 4.2% ABV (C$4.29 at Okotoks Co-Op, 500 ml, best before 31-Mar-2020, acquired 12-Sep-2019, reviewed 12-Sep-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of loose pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thick persistent cap, spotty soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: bready caramel, pomes and drupes, raisins. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter slightly metallic finish. (3/5)

Sometimes it’s nice to go into a beer with zero expectations, because you end up finding hidden gems you didn’t expect. Other times, not so much. This is an Ordinary Bitter – with the emphasis on “ordinary”. There’s nothing wrong with it (other than a slight metallic note in the finish), but it very much is what it is: a basic pint at t’pub on the way home to t’missus. In 1950. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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