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Sainsbury’s Parkins Special Bitter

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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.35   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zacgillbanks (2562) - 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
wimpyjoe (4424) - 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 (1934) - 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 (4677) - 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 (36036) - 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]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
Can. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity grainy caramel aroma. Fruity malty toffee caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tommann (2861) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
500ml can. Pours dark amber with a medium head. Aroma is caramel malt and some grassy hops. Taste is mostly caramel with some grass underneath.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnfryd (11230) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2011
Can. Deep golden colour with a white head. Aroma is metallic, malt, hop, grass. Flavour is sweet, metallic, malt, hop, grass, caramel, apricot. Nothing wrong, but its boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2011
Can, thanks to fonefan. It pours a clear, copper body and a small, lasting, off-white head. The aroma has a distinct bubblegum and banana aroma, more or less like a German hefe-weizen. Quite weak though, and with a pleasant hoppyness in the far back. The hops are quite present in the flavor, but that’s just because the malts and yeast are quite subdued. Bubblegum, banana and some caramel too. Notes of apricot? Medium to thin on the palate, quite metallic in the end. Very boring, but quite drinkable. 101027

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
Clear golden with a small off white head. Fruity and malty nose with hints of caramel. Same goes for the flavor. Finished druity.

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