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Sainsbury’s Parkins Special Bitter

Brewed by Sainsbury’s
Style: Bitter
Holborn, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml cans.
Originally described as a "A traditional bitter brewed in Leeds." Confirmed that it was brewed at the "Tetley" brewery in Leeds. However, since the closure of that brewery, production has moved elsewhere, to a location that Sainsbury’s refuses to divulge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (3767) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2016
Can from sainsburys, wednesfield. Dark copper beer with large cream head. Aroma of malts and toffee. Taste is malts, light toffee and some dry earthiness. Dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AshtonMcCobb (4817) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Can thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - amber with a decent head. Nose - faint toffee and general maltiness. Taste - slightly more flavour than brown water. Some sweetness but no bitterness. Palate - light bodied with a creamy but thin texture and it falls away quickly after that. Overall - brown water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Can at home. Pours clear amber, nose is sweet toffee, glue, taste is floral, toffee, quite sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (8678) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2015
440ml can from Sainsbury. Pours clear copper with a thick bubbly white head. Aromas of malt, stewed apple and metal. Taste is sweet, malty; thin, watery finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
edsspoon (838) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Can - copper with a large foaming, slightly off white head and a lively body. Aroma of peach and lemon with some mild caramel. Taste of caramel, grassy hop, lemon and peach with a light bitterness to finish. Light body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zacgillbanks (4013) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Can from Sainsbury’s, Washington. This dark golden beer pours with a foamy white head. It has a rich malty and slight burnt toffee flavour followed by red fruit and currants on the slightly thin bodied finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (7626) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Not as bad as you might expect from a supermarket own brand. Copper with very little head on it but it has a smooth texture with light toffee notes. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joe19612 (2430) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
Can. Copper bronze colour with a thin white head. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, the taste is all malt with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 440ml can. The tag-line is now "A traditional bitter brewed and canned in the UK" - so may not be from Leeds any more. Poured gold with a loose cream head - a reasonable looking bitter; but unfortunately there’s not much that’s good to say about it otherwise; grainy aroma; weak caramel malt flavour; and some stale hops to end with.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fonefan (42424) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2011

Can 500ml. @ home.

Clear medium orange - amber yellow color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, caramel, metalic. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, molasses - caramel. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light metalic. [20110316]

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