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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-28-2005)
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

A. Clear light brown, bubbly. It has a bubbly head and some lace.

S. No real scent to it.

T. Very flavorful beer. Malty and smooth. Has a bit of a bubble gum flavor to it. There's also a lemon/lime-Sprite kind of taste.

M. Bubbly and tingly on the palate.

O. Very smooth and easy to drink. Balanced, even if a slight bit dry.

02-25-2012 01:45:05 | More by Amalak
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United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's just out of date. ABV is stated as 4.5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. A subtle aroma of sweet, fruity caramel malt with hints of yeast and stewed hops. A faint buttery note in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of toffee, faint hints of aromatic citrus and a vague yeasty fruitiness. A mild stewed-hop bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of alcohol/solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a little slick. Good body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity caramel malt.

Not bad; a decent bitter (as the label says, a classic). Slightly sweet, with subtle flavours that blend well. But it's a bit boring - if something more exciting was on offer then I'd probably pass this over.

02-07-2012 23:15:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Thick very creamy quarter inch heavy white head. Amber brown body. Dark fruit smell. On the tongue this is dominated by a bushel of apples with a dark musty dank cellar quality with an element of sourness before there is a lengthy lingering bitter quality. Somewhat dilute, this is not as well balanced nor with as much definition as I would expect as its parts just don't create a very good clean whole.
Still decent enough but it ain't Adnams's Extra is it?

10-16-2011 10:24:45 | More by Zimbo
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Adnams; don't know about the name but these guys (or girls) know how to make a decent drop (The Broadside being the other brew of theirs I've tried). Let's get straight to business as I'm a big English bitters fan and my beer is tantalising me with it's English bitter ways.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: It's got a great brown ale look and feel to it. A rusty dirt coloured body with a very tasty creamy looking half centimeter head that beckons to the tasty creamy looking head lover in me... wait a sec, "head lover" sounds wrong... ahhh f**k it, I do love good head!

S: You've got toasted biscuit and toffee malts with an odd (almost minty?) character... maybe it's the hops? Let's find out head lovers!

T: This brew is malt central. We've definitely met our quota of malt here; toasted biscuit, caramel, toffee, we've got you covered. The classic bitter back note is easier on the taste buds than what we typically find in modern APA's and IPA's, but hey that's just how they did it in those days. It's a good, decent English bitter we have on our hands, something you would find in ye olde pub in Sussex or Kent.

M: Decent and ale-like in the mouthfeel; light carbonation with a medium body. Easy on the palate.

D: It's down to the dirty now - how does this compare with the other English bitters I've tried? Well it's not quite as tasty as the Pride of Oxford, however it does take the Hepworth & Co "Sussex" bitters to the cleaners. Bear in mind though that Pride of Oxford isn't indicative of the style and if I was choosing a "typical" English bitters out for a friend who wanted to know what an English bitters is then Adnams would be the pick. Two words: English bitter.

Food match: I would match this with a pie or Cornish pastie, some mash potatoes with gravy (or tomato sauce) and peas. A classic English meal for a classic English bitters.

09-30-2011 09:06:53 | More by doktorhops
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Adnams The Bitter, ABV: 4.5%.
500 ml can, 18.90 SEK (inc. refund) at Systembolaget.

A: It pours a hazy amber or caramel-coloured liquid, with a big, off-white foam. Some retention. Both cans I had opened up like volcanoes, even though I tried to be cautious.

S: Pungent fruity, spicy and slightly burnt aromas with notes of malt, toffee, dried apricots, mandarins, herbs, dry apple cider and more toffee.

T: Butterscotch, freshly baked bread, malt, fruity hops, dried apricots and mandarins, flowers, herbs and spices. It's like drinking creamy caramel.

M: A very creamy and smooth feel. Medium-sized body and bitterness. Great drinkability.

O: A classic British bitter, pimped with an extra 0.8% ABV to suit local alcohol habits (or something like that). It's got just enough creamy caramel flavours and just that amount of body and bitterness (not too light, not too much) to be a great session beer. Now I feel like having fish and chips, or beans on toast.

08-30-2011 22:58:21 | More by stjaernstoft
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2.9/5  rDev -21.8%

Promising start when it poured a hazy caramel with a thin head and some fine lacing. Not much aroma except for some hop resin and slight citrus.
Flavour is citrus and hop, loads of grapefruit bitterness. Quite boozy and drinkability is compromised by this. Some grassiness and subdued breadiness. I was a little disturbed by a slight soapy taste that bothered e when I identified it. I think this is a pretty average bitter.

08-05-2011 10:13:05 | More by rjimlad
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

Had on tap in the White Horse pub in Chelmsford. Served in an adnams pint glass on an adnams coaster, overall a very adnams atmosphere here!

Not an amazing bitter, it's very dry and not a great example of the style to be honest. Too much hops leaving it quite unbalanced for my taste.

A very 'meh' drink overall. I would order it again if there were no other ales but I would always choose somthing like Doom Bar over this.

06-26-2011 13:39:09 | More by CwrwAmByth
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear amber-copper pour with quickly fading two finger head and nice lacing. Pretty typical English Bitter nose with lots of biscuity malt, subdued fruity herbal hops, and a strong aroma of tea and rye bread. The taste follows suit with fruity, herbal tea, and bitter hops up front, balanced nicely by solid bready, nutty, caramel malt with hints of vanilla, rye bread and a touch of metal. Smooth bitter finish and the low ABV make this pretty drinkable. I've heard a lot about Adnams and they're a solid brewery, but still nothing that really jumps out to me.

05-21-2011 15:14:55 | More by beerdrifter
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle into Gouden Carolus goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. My bottle clearly shows 4.5% ABV, NOT 3.7% ABV as in the description.

A: Pours an amber-copper with a one finger head of poor retention but decent cream and thickness. Appealing.

Sm: Caramel, hops, barley. Lots of caramel, in other words.

T: Slick open to caramel and hoppy barley. Maybe a bit of chocolate but it could be overflow from the caramel. Ironically, it's far from bitter. The balance favours the latter half. Well built but longing.

Mf: A bit too wet and surprisingly smooth for a bitter. The smoothness does complement the taste, however.

Dr: Low abv, good taste. An excellent session beer.

02-27-2011 20:08:29 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

500ml bottle, consumed December 2010, BBE September 2011.

A - Copper colour, small head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light covering and lacing.

S - Pleasant floral hop aroma, some light malts.

T - Fairly hoppy taste, bit of malt; nice mild bitter.

M - Perhaps a little much carbonation, otherwise quite light.

D - Quite a drinkable standard mild English bitter.

12-19-2010 03:01:31 | More by Wattsox
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Burnished bronze and rub red in colour, medium head with reasonable lacing, cloudy with fine carbonation.

Sweet cola-like smell with hints of toffee and brown sugar.

Smooth buttery toffee and caramel malts, some burnt malt showing in the background. A mild floral hop bitterness is faintly in the background.

Soft, low carbonation, smooth, medium body mouthfeel.

11-04-2010 10:51:49 | More by Finite
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a very pleasant burnished bronze colour, with flashes of red through it. Head is fine and filmy, and leaves beautiful patterns of lacing down the inside of the glass.

Pleasant English hop fragrance on the nose, giving some resin and wood flavours, with a darker lilt of tobacco leaf. A bit of caramel maltiness as well, that balances it. Pretty nice.

Very smooth on the palate, with some burgeoning grain sweetness through the front, before a welcome addition of bittering hops cleanses the back, and gives a much needed balance. Slight hint of marzipan on the very back. Feel is very pleasantly smooth, with just a leavened hint of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew, and a mild but pleasant English bitter. Not a very robust one, but it's nice enough.

09-29-2010 09:38:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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