Adnams Explorer - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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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
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-16-2006 20:57:52 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-14-2006 19:26:47 | More by wl0307
3.71/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-26-2013 20:17:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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
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
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
3.13/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
11-18-2009 09:05:13 | More by ADZA
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a dirty gold with a surprising sticky foam head. Had the last inch in the glass for a long time before finishing, and it still retained a bit of a ring.
Disappointing nose on this. Some honeyed grain. That's it.
For the style, this is better than the usual fare. Grain and bread up front. Then some clean bitterness. A bit of a honey, but the bitter shoves everything out of the way. Palate clears with malt and bitterness.
A little soft on the palate. Want a bit more carbonation to help clean off the bitter.
Overall, not bad. Clean bitter beer.
01-01-2013 06:39:06 | More by OtherShoe2
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-26-2012 22:20:14 | More by jazzyjeff13
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
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.6/5 rDev 0%
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...
08-23-2006 11:31:22 | More by mdagnew
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Another hand pump cask ale, while visiting friends in Andover, England.
Dark gold color, thin but tight foam with okay retention and lace.
Smell is more hoppy than alot of the ales we have tried, citrus and grapefruit aromas.
The taste jumps out with hoppiness up front, tangy citrus starts then solid backbone of malt finishes. Body is medium, good mouthfeel, dry and clean finish.
A nice, fresh summer brew that was enjoyed immensely.
09-16-2012 23:28:52 | More by BigBry
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
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
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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