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Sainsbury’s Firecrest

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Sainsbury’s
Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marstons plc)

Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml clear glass bottles.
Contract brewed for Sainsbury’s.
"A delicate golden colour, Firecrest explodes with a bouquet of cirtus aroma, balanced by a crescendo of juicy, tart malt and a spice of final bitterness."


mik82's rating

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mik82 (34) - - DEC 8, 2005
500ml, special offer in Sainsburys. I reckon I must have got a bad one. Yellow colour, head quickly dissipated. Citrus aroma, taste a bit thin. Not much malt or hop flavour, taste a bit off. I do remember trying this before and it being much better,


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OllieBBommel (1075) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle@tasting (2003), 50cl. Head: off-white colored foam. Color: orange. Aroma: overwhelming, citrus. Taste: bitter, sweet. Palate: mild, watery, some bitter, lasting. Overall: ok

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011

Bottle 500ml. clear glass

[ Vintage BBF 0505 ]. Clear medium yellow amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, oxidide, paper. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, toffee, malty, oxidide. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110615]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20302) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2011
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is brady malts, some fruits, mild oxidized notes as well as some toffeeish notes. Flavour is sweet malty, toffee, mild oxidised notes. Mild cardboard as well.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
an Orange coloured ale, with a citrusy hop aroma and a drying orangy bitter flavour

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (13529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2006
Bottled. Clear, golden with a dense, white head. Malty aroma with some fruityness and alcohol. Alcohol-saturated flavor with malt, fruity hops and thats it. Seems like the ABV is the goal with this beer, but it shouldn’t be necassary to let it be this pronounced. Warming and medium to thin mouthfeel, and the alcohol comes through in the finish as well. Drinkable but not too successful. (060815)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7379) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2006
500ml Bottle from Sainsbury’s 14-04-06. Nice clear golden appearance and for a pasterurised beer not too bad , pretty good bitterness and the hops are quite present throughout, quite easy drinking despite the abv and a reasonably decent beer all told.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2006
Bottled. Deep golden, small head. Fruity and syrupy, sweet with rounded mouthfeel. medium bodied with notes of metal and honey as well as some grassy hops. Fails to catch my interest.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1052) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Great colour, gold with a nice white head, leaves good lacework. Lovely fresh fruity nose, with soft malty undertones. Palate is nice and bitter, with hops to the fore, malt is there lurking in the background, and while it’s a tasty brew, it could be a tad better balanced. Still a very nice surprise...surprised at the low overall % score.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2005
Somewhat sharp, yeasty nose. Pale orangey gold with a cream head. Mouthfeel is a bit thin albeit goes down easy. Taste is pleasant enough, but a bit uninspired. Finish is too sharp and astringent for a quality strong ale (cf Fullers Golden Pride - a ripper), and leaves an underwhelming soapiness at the end. Overall a little disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3718) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle, at home (040205). Dark golden with a white head. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter.


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