Hoppy, fruity golden ale.
Spirit of Kent celebrates the Kent Spitfire, a Mark IX Spitfire housed at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. It also recalls the "XXX Modification Depth Charges" that flew out of Biggin Hill in June 1944 filled with Westerham Ales. The "XXX Joy Juice" was racked into the unused auxiliary fuel tanks and flown over to the forward airbases in France click here for more details.
This golden ale is hopped with 9 different types of Kent bred and Kent grown hops in a total of 9 separate additions. That really is the Spirit of Kent - possibly the beer with the most types of hops on the planet.....?
To see the Kent Spitfire in action click here.
Tasting notes by Adrian Tierney-Jones, author of the Big Book of Beer:
"There was a distinct swing of the compass about the nose, as it touched all points citrus sweetness (mandarin), earthiness and pungent hop sack. The palate carried a refrain of similar mandarin sweetness (orange jelly for adults), a muscular earthiness (think big Burgundies), a slight note of almond and a dry bitter finish. A Spitfire garnishes the pump clip and I can think of no better analogy for this beer than the purring beauty of that aircraft’s Merlin engine when in full flight."
“This is the most varieties of hops that we have ever tried in one beer, and I think probably the most British hops ever used by any other brewer on the planet!” - John Keeling, Fullers Head Brewer about their Brit Hop beer with only eight British hops
LIVE BEER needs 12 hours to settle.
BREWERY FRESH beer is conditioned in the brewery and is ready to drink. It should be consumed within 5 days of opening.
USE BY DATE UNOPENED IF STORED AT LESS THAN 15°C - Minicasks Up to 28 days (see best before on base of minicask), Minipins 5 days, Polypins 5 days, Firkins 5 days
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUSTOMER TO RETURN THE CASK EQUIPMENT TO THE BREWERY
There is a £100 deposit for each firkin order to cover the cask, stillage, rubber mallet and stainless steel tap supplied to serve the beer. This is fully refundable on the return of the equipment within 30 days of delivery or collection. After 30 days the refund is reduced to £50. After 60 days there is no refund.
For further information please call the brewery on 01732 864427. Please see the delivery section for delivery days to your post code.
|Cyclops Tasting Notes|
|Smell||Hoppy, Lemon, Citrus|
|Taste||Smooth, Sweet, Malty|
|Bitterness||3 out of 5|
|Sweetness||3.5 out of 5|
|Malt||Pale Ale Caramalt|
|Hops||Kent Grown: Target, Goldings, Pilgrim, Sovereign, Progress, First Gold, WGV, Bramling Cross, Finchcocks' Hop X|
Write a review
Your Review: Note: HTML is not translated!
Rating: Bad Good
Enter the code in the box below: