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Adnams Explorer - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%


Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-01-2004)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (5% ABV) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date stamp was 2178:13:44.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a bit of orange to it. Thin white head across the top, occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Quite a lot of American hop smell here, which seems to be what they were going for. Mostly grapefruit, but a hint of lemon citrus.

Taste: Very hop forward and hop dominating. Unbalanced towards bitterness with just the barest amount of malt underneath it all. The malt comes across as biscuity, not balancing enough though. Hop flavors are mostly grapefruit, pine, and a hint of skunk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good in that it cleans the palate, but not fizzy. Just a hair thicker than water underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Let me tackle drinkability first. Not very drinkable. One is enough as it has too much in the way of hop bitterness and not enough in the way of hop flavor and malt backbone balance. Overall, I think this beer is not in the right category. It's not an American blonde, but rather, a UK take on an American India Pale Ale, but without enough malt. It's too hoppy to be an American Pale Ale, and it's not a Blonde either. Given the hop bitterness of this one with an emphasis on the US based hops, it's more like an unbalanced AIPA. So overall I don't think it works well. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:00:51 | More by damndirtyape
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Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin head and ring around the glassthat left slight lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and light minty spiciness, slightly sweet. Flavor follows with biscuit malt, grassy, lightly citrus hops with a light minty, floral component that persisted into a nice malty hops finish. Light to medium bodied. Apparently inspired by American beers, this does have a bit more spicy hopping, but still adheres closely to the malt centered British styles like an ESB. Nicely malty and balanced.

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S: Smells pretty balanced with grassy and slightly citrusy hops.

T: Tastes very balanced between sweet malts and citrusy hops. The hops have a fruitier flavor than the aroma suggests.

M: Light body expected from a blonde ale. Seems pretty fitting for the style - not too light but definitely not heavy.

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Adnams Explorer from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.