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Sainsbury’s Red Kite

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Sainsbury’s
Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marstons plc)

Style: Bitter
London, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2002
Tastes stronger than it is, bitter but pleasent flavour. Not bad at all

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4241) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2002
Average bottled ale (bitter?), with a very hoppy aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3598) - 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.

2.8
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, 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?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Clear bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pasteurised. Copper/red. Diminishing head. Trademark Wychwood aroma (yeast characteristic? - apple/toffee/cardboard) Medium mouthfeel. Slightly spicy. Medium length hop finish. Not unpleasant, just a bit boring.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7379) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (10171) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2004
A thin and quite hoppy bitter,an ok effort from Wychwood,nothing that different here.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, 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.


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