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Adnams Explorer - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-01-2004)
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Photo of aquatonex
1.45/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was all excited about my first cask-conditioned beer! Oy gevalt!

Found out after the fact that cask basically means flat and warm beer.

So, came in a 16oz glass looking rather like someone pissed in it and handed over shortly after. No head, no carbonation. Actually it tastes like seltzer that was left out forever, so it has that weird carbon dioxide aftertaste throughout. Smelled like skunk, some hops. However, people around me akinned the smell to 'feet'. Taste is bitter and watery. There wasn't much there. Mouthfeel, I couldn't get past the bitter grossness that was lingering forever. Drinkable? Not by me.

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is how it went down. If you're the kind who likes warm flat feety beer, then this one is your style.

aquatonex, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.3%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Dracook
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Dracook, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Stimack
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was able to give this a try on cask last evening. Was a dark yellow color with amber highlights and a small white head that had pretty good retention and left a little lacing. The aroma seemed to be quite malty with some citrus highlights from the hops, also was able to notice a slight off sour tone? The taste we fair with a bread like malt taste, that finishes a bit sweet. The malt was off set by a hop taste that was a little difficult to pick up. Over all it is a fair brew, glad I gave it a try but one I would not get again.

Stimack, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of bruindre
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

bruindre, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Kirk
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Kirk, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast receding two finger head,it has aromas of pale malts and some feint fruity hops,it has an average mouthfeel which really is pretty light and the aroma definately comes thru on the taste which really is quite bland but drinkable just not a standout beer in my category.

ADZA, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head quickly dissipates to just a rim ring above the straw coloured beer. The nose is chalky leading me to expect a yeasty taste. There are some banana esters but no hint of the grapefruit mentioned on the bottle.

After a disappointingly watery start a pleasant light but warm Belgian flavour kicks in with hints of a spice I can't place (nutmeg perhaps?). Yeast is not a big factor. Then the hops kick in and I am treated to the grapefruit flavour, not bold or sweet, understated but welcome all the same. Then we're back to the original flavour but with a hint of popcorn. I'm quite surprised by the subtlety of the nuances here.

Rather watery and flat to start, it took a bit of getting into and even then left the mouth rather dry, yet by the end of the bottle I was wishing I had another!

charlatan, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Dentist666
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've obtained Adnams Explorer Chilled ABV 5.0, it looks the same as Adnams Explorer. Orange/amber beer with rapidly vanishing head, only ring remains on the surface. Weak smell of citrus and watery but balanced taste with pleasant citrus and hop palate. Crisp and invigorate beer.

Dentist666, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Bix
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Bix, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

WesM63, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden pale brown, good clarity, white cap of froth, lace

Aroma: citrusy hops, slight sourness, blonde ale maltiness, melon, bit of sulphur

Flavor: up front grapefruit-rind flavor which stays throughout, somewhat balanced by a mild malt sweetness, slight off-taste of rancid butter, rounded bitterness, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of green hops and a tart yeastiness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Nice summery ale. Crisp texture and quite refreshing. West Coast hop palate makes me think of the summer I spent in the Portland, OR area!

GreenCard, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of damndirtyape
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

damndirtyape, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jmccraney, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of TomRB
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

TomRB, May 11, 2013
Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

EdmundBlackadder, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kaelingirl, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 5.5% not 4.3

Pours with a light amber body, fairly heavily carbonated. Fuzzy off white head forms, inch thick, settling after a minute or two at about a centimetre, fair overall retention

Smell, served chilled but I let it warm till room temp. to expose all of the beer's little nuances at differing temperatures.
Initially chilled there is only subtle aroma, some slight muskiness, little bit of fresh wort around in the background. As it warms some english hops, little bit of dms, fair whiff of malt biscuity alcohol

Taste, familiar adnams malt and hop bill, some acidic hop bitterness, very noticable alcohol for a beer of this abv. Estery booze on the finish, crisp mouthfeel with lingering malt on the palette

A solid ale, nothing particularlly exciting here, the prelevant alcohol also means its probably not the ideal session ale either

cypressbob, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

MacStinson, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jwps214, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2012, so it's a little out of date. ABV is stated as 5%. The label commands that it should be served chilled (though I let it warm a little) - I suspect that this has been created to appeal to lager drinkers. A blonde beer brewed with chinook and columbus.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber hue with medium carbonation and slight sediment. Forms a smallish head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing. Aroma of light malt with mild notes of grapefruit and aromatic hops, accompanied by fruity ale yeast. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of light malt with subtle aromatic hops and a dry finish. Notes of mild grapefruit, citrus, and ale yeast. Slightly sweet. A faint, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body for the style. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of yeast with hints of aromatic hops.

Nice - exceeded my initial expectations. Light and refreshing, with a subtle but distinct aromatic hop character. Would go down only too easily on a warm summer day. Worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time I have had the bottled version. Different animal to the cask beer I drink when in Southwold.

This blonde beer should be cooled before serving, which is unusual for a British beer. The New World hops Chinook and Columbus give the beer its name.

Light and refreshing, it is, but the bottle says citrus and grapefruit aromas, not sure I got those, but overall, a fine beer for a hot sunny day.

BlackHaddock, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Old Comber Vineyard, Comber..

Poured a light golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to light layer.. fair amount of carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, vanilla hints, grassy, some light lemon notes, sea saltiness, spicy / pepperiness, light basil notes, faint corn hints, some floral hops, rubbery traces...

Taste – Light spicy / grassy hops, some faint toastiness, biscuity malts, some honey sweetness, peppery notes, floral, definite salty hints, light fruits (lemons, apples, light grapefruits)...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light bodied. Pretty drinkable and refreshing - a nice summer beer...

Overall - An OK beer... nothing too exciting but quite drinkable.... worth a try...

mdagnew, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since Feb. 2006 this beer has become a regular instead of a summer seasonal, and the new bottled version has gone up in gravity to 5.5%abv. (just like what happens to Broadside)!! I guess it's targeted at overseas markets? The beer uses a blending of "Chinook and Columbus hops from the New World", and self-defines as a Blonde Beer. Coming in Adnams' trendy-shaped 500ml brown bottle, it's filtered and pasteurised. BB 17 APR 07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: dark orangey golden to pale amber in colour, coming with a restrained layer of off-white froth which retains the tight texture alright; very gentle carbonation. Looking not bad~~
S: most enticing hop aroma prevails despite a flow of salty sulphur: sweet fruitiness of tangerine combines with a flowery scent of hops, backed by a firm backdrop of Chinese green-bean paste (as in lots of Belgian pale ales) and candy-ish malts. I don't know why, but the mixed nose is immediately reminiscent of Greene King's Fireside for its sweet, fragrant hoppy edge and the candyish maltiness. Not very traditional-English, I must say, yet enticing enough.
T: slightly sharp-textured, burned-sugary malts and fragrant hops approach together, followed by a moderate mid-flavour of (faintly) grapefruit-zesty citrus-fruits, a mild tinge of diacetyl, and dried-floral hoppyness towards the aftertaste, where a green-tea-ish bitter taste+scent linger well in the dry-ish finish.
M&D: softly effervescent on the texture, refreshing but with a good backbone of medium-plus flavour profile. Not at all like the 4.3% cask-version I tried in the past, the bottle tastes more fragrant and fuller than the cask-conditioned blond bitter. I even wonder if this should be entered as a different beer altogether? Overall, not as impressive and tasty as Adnams SSB and Broadside, but a different, "concept-brew" to add to the traditional protfolio of Adnams.

wl0307, Aug 14, 2006
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Adnams Explorer from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.