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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
very good

192 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of dauss
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky reddish brown. Big fluffly yellowish-white head with fairly good staying power, lots of lacing on the glass. Roasted malts and dark fruits are in the nose with wood. Maybe it was aged in barrels or something. A very strong up front malt sweetness, roasty malts give it a very faint coffee flavor. Light hoppiness isn't
strong enough to balance out the malt. Finishes fairly sweet, with hints of the 6.3% ABV that lurks within, sort of like a barley wine, with a very slight sourness(possibly from wood aging, if they do it). Full bodied and great mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation. This is definitely very drinkable and a very tasty brew from England.

Photo of Finite
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red to deep ruby brown in colour with a tight, brilliant clarity. Medium fine carbonation releasing into a medium, surprisingly small head but creamy and lightly tanned. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Dull while cold but when warmer. Golding hops and alcohol resin, lacquer-like phenols. Hits of fruit and a smooth light cigar-like smoke.

T- Sweet toffee dark and medium roasted malts. Brown sugar, pine sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol phenols, Floral rosy hops, smokey undertone. Green bitterness of hops lingering on the palate.

M- Sticky, full bodied thick sweet malts. Delicate biting carbonation leaving a residual cleanliness of hop bitterness.

D- For a Full bodied beer you could probably session this which speaks alot for it despite the flavors. A great beer. I have a soft spot for this style but this is top class.

Photo of smanders
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a hand pull at The George in Spaldwick. Nothing better than a beer to go with pizza and the locals all raved about the Broadside Original.

This is a dark brown/red beer with an off-white head that smells like overripe fruit, toffee, and nuts. The taste is very sweet (caramel & toffee) with a little bitterness in the finish.

I wouldn't recommend this with pizza, but by itself, it's a respectable ale.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep, rich mahogony color with a 2 finger, light tan head. After head disspates a tightly bubbled, nice lacing aheres to the side of the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of sweet, caramel malt, slightly fruity, possibly apricots or currants.

Taste: Sweet caramel and fresh fruit flavors start then gives way to a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves the mouth slightly dry and wanting more.

Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and creamy.

I like this one a lot. An easy drinker that is worth seeking out. 6% abv is well hidden but could catch up if sessioning this beer. Overall a very good strong ale that I would buy again.

Photo of tweeder263
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber brew with a nice 1 finger head. Smells of beer, i thought i smelled a slight bit of skunk at first but if it was it left quickly. Taste of sweet malt ,nicely rounded out by hops very subtle.Goes down smooth nice sweet lingering aftertaste.Pretty good brew,wouldnt mind having a few of these bad boys around.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer that fit perfectly into my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. Beautiful deep deep orange red color. Very persistant head. Very creamy. Very intense carbonation which I'm afraid is going to ruin the mouthfeel, but it makes for a nice persistant head. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer.

Nice aromas for sure. Get a rich smooth maltyness that is mixed subtley with light citrus aromas. Don't think that's hops. I think that is the Southwold yeast!

Very nice flavor. Rich, smooth nutty malt backbone. Very strong and proud. Just underneath it all is a bit less than firm hop bitterness that does its part, but stays in the background. Just a bit harsh in the finish. Just a bit tart really. Not bad at this level, but its close to being a fault. I think this is from the Southwold yeast. I brewed a very similar beer with Southwold yeast and it had this flavor 10 fold. This one is much more subdued and mellow. An interesting citrus sort of finish. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is great!! Just right for the style. Not too thick, not too thin, just right. The carbonation doesn't affect the mouthfeel in the least. In fact it might make it just the right amount of lively.

In England they may call this a Strong Ale, but here in the states I call this a session ale. I could have many many many of these.

Photo of Iaido
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PolarBear3
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hopandbarley28
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Dantes
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: 1 pint, 0.9 oz. (500ml) crowned, brown, “custom-shaped” bottle that tapers at the bottom until flaring to a heavy base. “Best before 26 NOV 04.” Label lists it at 6% ABV. Blurb calls this a “...a fine heart-warming English Ale. Rich in flavours of malt and hops” and calls it “original ale.” No indication whether it’s bottle-conditioned.

Cost: $3.49 per bottle at Ramsey Liquors

Presentation: Poured into an Imperial pint glass at ~50º

Appearance: Body is chestnut-colored, shading toward brown. The pour generates a pretty fine, tight, beige head; but this quickly disappears. Held to the light, there’s almost no evidence of carbonation of any kind. After a couple of minutes, it appears still and a bit turgid.

Smell: Pretty traditionally malty, with an extra hop “pop” on the nose. Some odd fruity notes in the background as well. Uninspiring.

Taste: Somewhat unusual. The first few deep quaffs seem pretty standard: mostly toasty malts with some interesting hoppy notes. I can’t identify the specific hops, but they don’t taste quite like the traditional British ones. As this warms further, I think the experience deteriorated a bit. The odd, fruity aroma notes manifested themselves in a slightly sourish way on the palate. This sensation seemed to increase as the beer warmed. The same thing occurred in a second bottle, but they were both similarly dated and from the same source, so further samples are probably warranted. Finishes a bit metallically.

Mouthfeel: Some other BA reviews suggested this is bottle-conditioned, but I don’t think so. There were no lees in the bottle, and the carbonation, while not visibly apparent, was quite strong and somewhat rough. There’s a decent amount of flavor and body, but there’s still a bit of thin-ness in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I have to give this fairly low marks for drinkability. While a decent beer of which one could drink a fair amount, this is somewhat expensive and there seem to be many other better options. I think the cheaper Fuller’s 1845 (still $2.49 around me) is far better, and the similarly priced Royal Oak is also superior.

Backwash: I was very happy to find this beer, because I like Adnams on draught, and an Adnams pub was one of my favorites in London (it’s gone now). However, this was somewhat of a disappointment. First, this really isn’t much like a bitter. It’s more like a hoppy brown ale/winter warmer. I don’t think the hops are traditional UK varieties. Considering some of the other great bottle-conditioned beers I’ve had lately from Fuller’s, Freeminer, and O’Hanlon’s; this isn’t quite up to snuff. I’d certainly give it a try if I saw it on draught, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find this.

Photo of AEK
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Deep autumnal red accompanied by an off white, ever so slightly tanned head.

S. Roasted malt, toffee, banana.

T. Winey, pruney notes, possible bitter chocolate and banana, slight hints of cough candy sweets, fruity malt with a good hop bitterness.

M. Full bodied and slightly carbonated.

D. I admit that this beer is not my favourite tiple nor is it my least favourite by any means. A good, robust brew from Southwold that is a good session drinking beer, be careful how you go though, at 6.3%ABV give it the respect it deserves.

Photo of gbarron
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from one of those very cool 16.9 oz. Adnams bottles. Unfortunately freshness dating on this bottle (Sep 05) tells me this one is past it's prime already. I better hurry and guzzle it down!

A - dark brown color, hazy. Head is a nice off-white, slightly tan, lots of small, tight bubbles. Leaves very nice lacing.

S - aroma is thick with yeasty bread and diacetyl. Lots of toasty, caramel malt smells. Green apple as well (acetaldehyde?). Plums. Hint of alcohol. Hop aroma subdued, maybe some earthy notes.

T - buttery/diacetyl all the way. Like a very strong Bass Ale. Malt sweetness -- toffee, caramel, yeasty -- followed by a very tart, tangy hop bitterness. Balanced beer, but tilting towards the malt. Almost a little salty. Beer does not appear to be spoiled, despite the freshness date. Maybe showing a little age. Hop flavor is not very apparent - bitterness is a little spicy, what hop flavor is there is focused on the earthy side.

M - medium to medium thin, carbonation is average. A little chewy, though, sticks around in your mouth long after. Tart, not dry.

D - very tasty brew, alcohol, while in the nose, seems to be fairly well hidden in this one. At 6%, a very quaffable "strong" ale. Has that unique Adnams tangy flavor. Keep up the good work, lads.

Photo of ecoastman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generally, Engish ale isn't one of my favourite styles but this one is probably one of my favourites so far. I'd have another.

This beer is dark with a nice red copper hue. The head starts thick and dense but recedes to a spotty layer with some nice lacing.

It has a very clean nose - almost too clean. There is some nice faint caramel maltiness that is balanced well with hop. The aroma improves as it warms up to release some nuttier tones.

The first thing that is outstanding is the smooth mouthfeel. The soft start transitions to a watery, yet slightly creamy feel into light courseness in the finish. Like most English Ales, the carbonation is on the lower side but this one isn't too flat.

The flavour is like the smell - very clean. The malt is light and not too sweet - some mild caramel, molasses tones. The finish is more prominent with enough hop to give it a good low-level of grapefruit bitterness which lingers well after the drink.

Photo of oracle
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gravity poured cask. No CO2 or Nitro was harmed in the pouring of this beer. Delivered in a traditional engish pint glass.

Beer was medium-to-dark mahogany with no head what-so-ever.

Nose was all vanilla, fruit and oak. Strong alcohol presense.

Taste was superb. Very complex. Strong malt with many other flavors mixed in, mostly fruit (plum) and some oaky flavors as well. Long drawn out finish.

Absolutely outstanding.

Photo of kegerator
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown color with a decent 1 finger head that sits around for a good bit of time.
smell is sweet, sweet rasins and fruity esters come through.
taste reminded me of simple sugar soaked raisins. very port like in its sweetness. slight carmel notes. it is sweet but not overly sweet
its medium bodied, smooth with a slightly creamy texture to it.
nice beer overall

Photo of psm90
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rjimlad
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper colour that's almost clear. Head dissipated quickly with no lacing but there could be a temperature issue there as it came straight from the fridge.
Aromas were caramel and hop but not quite leaping out of the glass. Flavour is caramel, toffee and a bit bready with a crisp bitter finish. Not super complex but still tasty. A risk of booziness but restrained enough not to spoil the balance and mouthfeel. Not the best strong ale but enjoyable and relatively inexpensive.

Photo of Stephen63
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nice head that stayed around for a bit.

S - Caramel with hoppiness and currant fruits.

T - Excellent, like a decent strong ale there is plenty to contemplate here. The sweetness is balanced by the hoppy finish. Hard to pick out individual falvours but many present.

M - Slightly on the lively side of carbonation but nicely balanced.

D - A great tasty brew although the ABV means caution should be exercised.

If there is a cask version this needs to be found...

Photo of Guinness4me
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Once I got past the appearance of "muddy lake water" in my glass, it wasn't that bad of a beer. The head was a bit soapy and faded quickly.

The smell was very perfumed and slightly citrus. I wish I could place the exactly perfume, maybe honeysuckle? Very light smell for such a muddy beer.

The taste was simple but pleasant with flowery hops, slight malt and tasty yeast. I noticed no offensive aftertaste and little bitterness.

The mouthfeel was a little bland to me without sufficient carbonation. Maybe I got an old bottle. I'd find it hard to stomach too many more of these.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adnams’ Broadside Original Ale is a good English beer that makes me want to visit the UK and tour the pubs of London.

It pours clear orange amber, brown with a 2.5 finger head that leaves a trace of white lace.

The smell is a very pleasant strong fruity hop aroma that hints of acetaldehyde.

It is smooth bodied w/a fine light carbonation.

The taste starts out malty sweet, but quickly dries leaving a mild resiny hop bitterness.

Adnams’ Broadside is a good example of the English Pale Ale, enjoyable, but not my favorite beer style. A beer I think would be much better on cask, in a London pub on a warm, rainy summer afternoon.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The return of this beer to the LCBO shelves this winter allows me a chance to review it as I missed out last time, so here we go.
A clear ruby liquid emerges from the nicely designed bottle, cascading into the glass forming a robust off white head. The retention is quite admirable it and runs the full length of the drink albeit in a diminished form. Admirable amounts of lacing cling to the glass marking the steady decent of the brew.

Smell the beer reveals powerful whiffs of burnt sugar and caramel followed by the characteristic fruity aromas (candied cherries, raisins and dates) one comes to expect in British ales. Floral hops modestly perfume the beer mixing nicely with subtle nutmeg spiciness. As we near the bottom of the glass hints of alcohol and slight off smells of vegetable begin to creep through.

Rich malt is the backbone of the flavour here and it is prevalent throughout. Balancing this is the astringency provided by some of the darker malts and more potently that of bitter hops. Spicy notes such as nutmeg and cinnamon mixed in honey give nice warming flavours and blend well with the puckering bitterness. Toasty almonds add a final touch to the illusive malt palate.
The rich malty character belies a very light refreshing body with a slightly rough edge due to the high bitterness.

A solid example of a British ale great and at 6.3% ABV good for warming one up this time of the year.

Photo of Dracook
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of amicar
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. A red- tinged brown with a creamy dense head that is of mild- medium size. Smell is wondefully complex; musky, lighly hopped aroma, some nice roasty things in there. Slight fruitiness on the nose if you look for it. More intensity of smell than most beers I've had. Taste is a nice mix of base malt and an appropriate degree of roast malts underneath giving way to a sharp little hop bite when the slight seetness fades. Good slick fullness in the mouth and stays in the mouth for a long time. It has all the intensity and complexity I love in a world- class beer, but a light enough hand in it that I could find a lot of these empty in a night. If all the bottles are this good (especially for $1.79/ pint bottle), I'm stocking up.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to be confused with the regular Broadside, the Strong Original weighs in at a healthy 6.0 % ABV - high by English standards. A nice dark chestnut color it fills the glass with a reasonable sudsy head upon pouring which dissipates slowly. Full aroma of malty - fruity notes. Good body as you might expect, strong rich flavors - orchard fruits, malt, caramel, some citrus hop. Rewarding to drink. One of my favorites on this visit.

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: A clear reddish look with light carbonation. It pours a thick beige foam.

Smell: The smell filled the entire roam just after i uncapped the bottle. Extremely strong with clear fruity and sweet aromas.

Taste: A malty, quite bitter taste with strong traces of fruit. There is a small sweetness and that grows as the other tastes dissappear. Leaves with a alcoholic and fruity taste.

A very easydrunk beer, balanced and well tasting.

Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.