Visiting my 2 local Sainsbury's today also dissappointed. One didn't even have the hunt beer shelf up yet! Apparently the current refurb has got in the way. Up the road I found the beer but, embarrassingly, I had to ask where it was. It certainly wasn't next to the usual beer. It was at the front of the store hidden behind a rack of house plants! Pic:-
On to the tastings! I'm pairing beers up, a little unfair, but adds a bit of fun.
Round 1. Beers 1and2.
White Lady v. Prodigal Sun
The White Lady is described as a wheat beer. Its not. At least not what I think of as a weissbier. Point deducted there. But this is a really clean drinkable beer with a caramel malt taste. No orange peel or coriander for me. As the first beer hunt beer it gets a 5/10.
Prodigal Sun. Pear drops! The Sainsbury's website (link above) says this is a blonde beer. No its not. The bottle accurately describes this as a "light amber beer". I am a fan of WilliamsBros. Their March of the Penguins (stout) is great and their Caesar Augustus was a winner of the hunt last year. Their Profanity Stout was also excellent but, alas, not many customers of Sainsbury drink stout.
I think this is a good bottled beer. The ABV is 4.1% and at that level its quite a challenge to get a bottled beer with a bit of body and flavour. It may be a bit too fizzy (actually a character that Penguin has also picked up). Its a shame. Point knocked off. Citrus? No. Pear drops I sware. 7/10
WINNER PRODIGAL SUN