Joe Ferro (@FranchiseFerro)
Ahh. Beer and history. allow me to get my nerdgasm on....
Today's liquid lunch takes a leap across the pond. Shepherd Neame's Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale. This actually combines a few of my loves, sort of, military history and beer. The Spitfire Kentish Ale was produced in 1990 to celebrate the Battle of Britain which was fought in the skies over Kent 50 years prior, hence the Spitfire name. [Author's note: The P51 Mustang was much cooler] Enough with the history lesson, let's drink.
Spitfire has a nice copper color on the pour. Almost no head, bad pour on my part for sure, but a nice lacing on the glass. Good mouth feel with a mellow malt and a bit of hop. A nice peppery flavor. Three Kentish hops are combined for a nice balance. It has a subtle, lingering, rusty spice aftertaste. Similar to a Scottish Red Ale in over all flavor. At 4.5% ABV you can put down a bunch of these. Going to give this a Ferro Factor of 3.5.
You can grab a pint on draft of this fine Brit offering down at the English Cellar Ale House 165 Angell St in Providence. Check out Spitfire here and here. God save the queen and all that. Cheers!!
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