Adnams Explorer - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4.8/5 rDev +33.3%
With apologies to a previous reviewer who no doubt had this beer from the same cask as I did (at the Moan & Dove), this is an absolutely stunning cask beer, one of the best I've ever had outside of the UK.
It was neither warm nor flat -- that's just ignorance, I'm afraid. I enjoyed several pints, which were all served cool and had plenty of life in them.
Admittedly, the beer poured just slightly cloudy, but I wouldn't be surprised if it cleared up fully by the following day. The nose was loaded with an earthy, sulfury aroma that is common in real ale.
This is a hoppy ale -- by English standards, anyway. I don't know what the hops are but the bartender thought they were Cascade. I don't think so, but they did have an American flavor to them. They weren't citrusy, however, as I usually find Cascade to be.
This is a must try for lovers of cask ale or hopheads -- just don't expect the ridiculous hop rates of an American IPA.
01-08-2005 17:06:49 | More by SaucyJack
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick, pillowy white head.
S: Aromas of minerals, pine, leather, lemon, lime, bitter orange, fresh herbs, and biscuit present themselves on the nose.
T: Notes of tobacco, leather, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, herbs, pine, cedar, biscuit, crackers, white pepper, and caramel fill the mouth. The finish is earthy, herbal, and a bit resinous with pine, orange, grapefruit, herb, tobacco, and biscuit flavors really standing out as the beer fades.
M: Medium-bodied, firm, and initially dry, though it does grow sappier on the fade. Carbonation is prickly at first, but quickly evens out.
O: An excellent bottled English ale. To me, beers like this serve as proof that the English really need to start bottling and exporting more of their ales. I think classifying this as an American blonde ale, however, is a bit of a mistake. The character of this ale is too English, and in terms of aroma, flavor, and texture, it still feels too much like an English pale ale to me. Still, this is a great ale from a great brewery.
05-14-2014 20:56:03 | More by mrfrancis
4.18/5 rDev +16.1%
A: Pours gold with a medium white head, some nice spotty lace, looks like a light bitter.
S: Grass and some tropical fruit, a bready malt character.
T: Bready malt met with an excellent hop play. Balanced with some pineapple, grass and hay from the hops. Tart at times, a very nice hop attack.
M: Light-bodied, a real easy drinker, crisp and clean.
O: A real nice pint, it started off slow but ended well. Liked this one quite a bit.
03-04-2013 03:05:59 | More by Halcyondays
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Had on cask at the Whitelock pub in Leeds England. Fairly typical ale appearance - slightly hazy gold with a rather thick and lasting head. Aroma was light and malty. Flavor was a wonderful mix of malt with hints of caramel balanced by a solid grapefruit-rind bitterness. The mouthfeel is where this beer shines - really full and smooth - borders on sensuous. The overall blend of flavors and exceptional mouthfeel made this a very drinkable beer - I had several as the night wore on. I wish we could get session-type beers with this much character in the US on a regular basis. This was a treat.
09-15-2009 22:57:15 | More by aaronh
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Hazy gold color with a small white head that left fine traces of lacing. Good bitter tinge upfront with a smooth malty presense. Floral citrusy nose. The malty, slightly creamy texture lingers throughout the mouth. Hints of citrus and a clean balanced finish made this a pleasure to drink. I had a four hour layover in London and hopped on the Underground to a pub in Earls Court for a quick pint. I feel I made a good choice considering the selection on hand.
09-23-2009 10:58:35 | More by jbro434
4/5 rDev +11.1%
On Cask at Dr. Duncans in Liverpool:-)
Dark golden/amber with a small white cap of foam that leaves a bit of lacing, but dies quikckly. The aromas are maltier than other Adnams offerings, but their staple citrus hoppiness is still in the mix (albeit in the back of the mix). Taste is bready and malty up front with some chewy hop flavors in the middle and a very malty, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light but substantial and drinkability is good as well. Another good'un from Adnams.
11-16-2004 18:40:49 | More by francisweizen
3.91/5 rDev +8.6%
Explorer sits somewhere in the range of dark yellow and pale orange as far as color. It's got a hazy thickness in its body. The head is not quite a finger tall, and retention is good but not great, but the lacing left behind is fantastic; thick, patchy rings of yellow-tinted foam cling densely on the glass.
There's a distinctive mild mustiness to the malts on the nose, and it's earthy in a way. It finishes herbal and grassy with some citrus, though not as much as boasted.
The flavor is where this beer develops. It's distinctively British in a gentle, unoffensive metallic note and somewhat herbal quality. The surprise is the hefty dose of hops I wouldn't have expected from the aroma. This is a nice, hoppy blonde for sure.
This beer is consistently crisp in a light body with a moderate smoothness and a semi-dry finish as hops linger on the tongue.
05-04-2013 00:44:42 | More by Brenden
3.89/5 rDev +8.1%
A: A light golden colored beer with a white head that has plenty of staying power and some good lacing.
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.
O: Easy to drink and very balanced. Refreshing, and I would look for it again if it was more available. I don't know how long this has been on the shelf, so the hops may have faded. If this was fresh, I'm sure it would be a fantastic beer.
05-21-2013 04:20:38 | More by BikingDutchman
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
500ml bottle. Do they actually grow Chinook and Columbus hops on the American East coast? Huh.
This beer pours a clear medium golden straw colour, with one finger of loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low-lying seawall of lace around the glass as it rashly subsides.
It smells of pale grainy, somewhat bready malt, some mild Rocky Mountain spa mineral notes, a bit of mild orchard fruitiness, and soft floral, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, some biscuity, lightly toasted breadiness, a smidgeon of tangy citrus, and more tame leafy, and kind of peppery, hops.
The carbonation is pretty laid back, the body a decent medium weight, a tad watery, but generally smooth in deferential consolation. It finishes off-dry, the gravitas of the guest star hops coming more fully round on the lingering bready malt.
One of the better blonde ales I've come across, but it is an admittedly weak category to begin with. Anyhoo, the introduction of foreign flora into a native bio-environment has been accomplished with typical English understatement. Successful - yes, but you have to be patient, wait, suffer a wee bit, and then all is revealed, to somewhat of a less than tumultuous eclat.
10-17-2012 02:28:27 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Obviously a different beer from the 4.3% cask ale. Brewed with American Chinook and Columbus hops. Golden colour, large foamy head. Pleasant hoppy aroma and flavour, both with notes of citrus and dry white wine. Bitter finish. Okay beer, but Id like the malts to come through too.
11-19-2006 22:49:41 | More by Sigmund
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
I was quite excited to see this on cask at Nicholson's during a recent pub crawl. Golden color, however this seemed to be pretty clear for a cask ale. Thin white head disappeared very quickly. Some good amounts of lace were on the sides of the glass as I drank. Nice citrusy aroma. Plae biscuit-like malt combined with citrusy hop flavor. Good balanced amount of bitterness. Low carbonation. Missing the creamy mouthfeel that I am used to for a cask ale. Very drinkable beer. Good flavor, just missing some of the cask elements that I enjoy, and have experienced.
02-21-2005 17:06:31 | More by Bierguy5
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Received a full pint at the Blue Anchor in Hammersmith. Body was a hazy butterscotch yellow. sudsy foam on top (no room for a head).
Smell was fresh and very lightly fruity.
Taste was malts and grapefruit. Not grapefruit like a West Coast IPA but a mild grapefruit flavor. Mildly bitter and highly drinkable.
Mouthfeel was smooth and rather creamy. This is only the second cask real ale I've had. I like, but maybe dagerously drinkable.
08-11-2007 10:21:42 | More by Cresant
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Pouered from a half-liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed blonde in color, with a nice whipped egg-white head of foam.
Aroma-Subtle hop note
Taste-White grapefruit, mineral note, 'dusty' hops, dry finish. Good flavor for a sessionable brew. A fine match for a hunk of aged English white cheddar.
10-14-2012 17:40:10 | More by hosehead83
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
I am not sure if I would class this as an English Bitter, this is a very light beer, pale ale possibly.
The beer poured an amber colour into a pint glass, initially creating a white head but this quickly disappeared to leave some suds.
The nose was mainly dominated by hops, with a secondary fragrance of grapefruit. This theme of hops continued to dominated the taste, this time it was followed by a sharper, more citrus aftertaste. The feel of the beer was light-medium, not my favourite, but given the style of this beer it was about right.
Overall I found this a very drinkable, excellent summer beer. However this is not much better than others of similar style, but I have tasted a lot worse.
06-09-2007 08:09:11 | More by kmacphail
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.78/5 rDev +5%
The first of the 4 beers I got from the Adnams shop in Southwold following a tour of the Adnams brewery. Because of the voucher for a free bottle of beer that came with the tour this was free (being the most expensive of the 3) which always a nice bonus.
A great blonde beer, golden in colour, and when served chilled extremely refreshing and quite easy on the palate. A perfect beer for the summer.
06-26-2011 13:44:19 | More by CwrwAmByth
Adnams Explorer from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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