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Sainsbury’s Red Kite

Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marston’s)

Style: Bitter
Holborn, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Beneath its glorious Ruby glow lies a beer bursting with the heady aroma of crisp English hops and a vigorous swoop of malt and oats. Red Kite teases the tongue with flavours of fruits & spices and a full smooth warmth which satisfies to the last. -Commissioned by Sainsburys to design and brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
Bottled, 500ml, pasteurised. Red amber with short lasting white head. Working my way through some old bottles and realised I hadn’t rated this one. Tjin and slightly cardboardy body, the aging hadn’t gone so well. Still hints of hoppiness and a cereal like malt body with a slightly perfumed background. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2003
Tawny coloured with a white, bubbly foam - this starts OK. Juicy malts are accompanied by an odd musty flavour. Wychwood always use clear glass bottles even for the bright supermarket lights - is that wise?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2006
Regularly picked up at Sainsbury’ Kidlington, though haven’t noticed it much for a while. A reddy brown coloured bitter that has plenty of hoppyiness about it, but it’s a bitter that has no real stand out charactersitics but otherwise is absolutely fine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
The involvement of oats in this beer is interesting. Oats used to be a common ingredient of beers, but hasn’t been so for some years, apart from stouts and porters where they add a certain smoothness and head retention. Some Scottish beers, such as Red Cuillin, contain oats, and this could well be an attempt to copy a Scottish beer style. It is a pleasant and refreshing bitter with a nice hoppy tang in the finish, but is otherwise unremarkable. Less oats and more barley would be appreciated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4654) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2002
Average bottled ale (bitter?), with a very hoppy aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2002
Hops are subdued, malt dominating all aspects of this beer. Chestnut in colour with shortlived head, butterscotch flavours with rough earthy notes and a grainy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2002
Tastes stronger than it is, bitter but pleasent flavour. Not bad at all

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2004
A thin and quite hoppy bitter,an ok effort from Wychwood,nothing that different here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2003
slightly sterile aroma, pours with a dark copper hue and off white head, fairly bland and sterile flavour, bitter finish, not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2003
Light hoppy grass aroma. Red in colour with a small head. Light carbonation. Massively hopped taste with questionable balance. Initally sweet with a bitter after taste.

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