1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Adnams Innovation - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Not Rated.
Adnams InnovationAdnams Innovation

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally brewed as a one off to celebrate the opening of our new brewhouse and our new distribution centre, it is now one of our permanent beer. The beer was created under the direction of our Chairman, Jonathan Adnams, whose instruction was to ‘Brew something to wow me’.

It came first in its class at the 2008 World beer awards and has also won a Gold medal at the 2008 BBI (British Bottlers Institute) awards.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 11-12-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BitterLover:
Photo of BitterLover
BitterLover

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

I bought this 500ml bottle of Adnams Innovation on a business trip to the UK back in April 2008. At the time, I didn't realize that it was a limited release -- I've just always liked Adnams products and hadn't tried this one. It's been waiting patiently at the back of my fridge 'til now (and I notice now that it's two months out of date -- shame on me).

I have to mention the beauty and subtlety of the bottle label. It's a black label embossed with these words:

"A VERY DISTINCTIVE
LIMITED EDITION BEER
BREWED TO CELEBRATE
ACHIEVEMENT IN BLENDING
STATE OF THE ART
TECHNOLOGY AND
CRAFTSMANSHIP
AN INNOVATION IN
ENGLISH BEER BREWING
PAST PRESENT FUTURE"

The word "INNOVATION" is printed in gold, with all the other words just embossed (i.e. no ink). It's a very striking label.

I poured the beer into a proper English pub glass. With the one finger head, the pour filled the entire glass. It's lighter in color than I had expected -- darker than straw but not quite amber. The head didn't last long, and there was no lacing.

The beer has a wonderful floral aroma with honey or honeysuckle notes. I can tell that it's going to be hoppy.

Wow, the taste is really nice. I like bitter beers, and this one delivers. It's malty up front, but soon delivers a hop wallop with a lingering bitter finish. The fact that it's out of date doesn't appear to have hurt it at all. I could drink these all day.

What a shame this one is a limited edition. I actually feel a bit privileged that I happened upon this one. At this point, this will probably be the last review of this beer.

01-04-2009 05:35:07 | More by BitterLover
More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-18-2013 16:13:20 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of innominat
innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-16-2014 19:55:30 | More by innominat
Photo of jazzyjeff13
jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. Picked up recently from a supermarket. The label mentions that this is part of Adnams' 'craft range', presumably to differentiate them from their more traditional line-up.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears after a minute or two.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of melon, white grape, citrus, grass/hay, fruity ale yeast, mild caramel malt and faint stewed hops. A twinge of booze in the background.

T: Tastes of fruity, spicy hops with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild melon, subtle white grape, grass/hay, a touch of pepper, ale yeast, delicate caramel and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a hint of alcohol in the background. A spicy hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Could be a bit more lively. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity hops, subtle leafy bitterness and vague yeast.

O: A rather nice little IPA - it hovers somewhere between English and American in character. Looks OKish, but the aroma and flavour are lovely with plenty of hop notes in evidence. Body is alright. Shame it isn't bottle conditioned, but goes down a treat all the same. A solid effort from Adnams and well worth sampling if you come across it.

08-30-2014 21:28:55 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

500ml bottle, with one very hard to discern front label, and one poor grammar-stricken back label.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of grotto-esque lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of mildly bitter floral, perfumed hops, some muddled citrus pith, understated pale malts, a soft, but persistent mineral character, and a further leafy earthiness. The taste is more prominent bready, doughy pale malt, a moderate, indeterminate citrus fleshiness, a somewhat boozy floral perfume hoppiness, and some soft, drying earthy leafiness.

The bubbles are average, and damned good at it, the body an adequate medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the hops crashing the party in a more or less weak manner. It finishes off-dry, with a softened innocuous grainy maltiness, which has to deal with an emboldened, astringently metallic, floral bitterness, combined yet with a lingering minerality.

One weird-ass American IPA, this. Sure, there's some usual suspect hops in the mix here, but they come to have little bearing on the overall perception, which is one of tea cozies and floral liqueur, at least to this camper.

10-28-2012 02:05:02 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Rabae6
Rabae6

Chile

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-02-2014 03:26:04 | More by Rabae6
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours clear amber with a small head.
Nose shows resinous, earthy and herbal hops, with a vague fruity character (grapes?). Also quite a lot of doughy wheat shows through. Very different, almost seems like a hoppy weizen.
Flavours are a little rough, an unchallenged metallic bitterness is the main feature throughout, although there is a little wheat and herbal hops underneath.
Body is quite watery.

11-09-2010 09:57:33 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of JohnQVD
JohnQVD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-21-2013 23:13:30 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of Dracook
Dracook

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-29-2012 18:45:39 | More by Dracook
Photo of BlackHaddock
BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Brown 500ml bottle packaged in a cardboard box made mostly from 100% post-consummer recycled waste. The tag on the neck of the bottle said 'Bottle No 7576'.

My daughter brought me this bottle, in the summer, should have been drank before the end of October, so it is almost two weeks out of date!

Poured into a pint sleeve glass (chilled as requested on the package).

Golden cum tangarine orange colour with a very slight haze through the body. A very small off-white head soon disappeared into a scummy wisp, pity.

Picked up a hoppy aroma straight away, it also dominates the taste (hops that is).

The ingrediants are listed as: Malted Barley, Malted Wheat, Boadicea, Styrian Goldings and Colombus Hops, Water and yeast.

It does have a light feel considering its 6.7% ABV, that must be the wheat content I suppose. Fairly high in the carbonisation stakes, but not fizzy, just a little lively for a UK bottled ale.

The 6.7% is well hidden although it does appear in the aftertaste as the mouth drys a little.

I can't understand why this beer had such a short storage life. No one else is ever going to review it, what a great shame.

11-12-2008 20:32:37 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of eric5bellies
eric5bellies

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey colour, with a nice two fingered white head that reduces to a thick film.

S - Really nice hoppy flavours and citrus aromas.

T - Slight apple at first and heads into a nice hoppyness with the piney notes that takes over and then slides into a maltiness.

M - Medium body and light top medium carbonation.

D - Well this will suprise you without doubt and its well worth a try.

03-05-2011 14:55:39 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of vinicole
vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-30-2014 15:10:10 | More by vinicole
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

A - Golden orange color with a decent sized, foamy off-white head. Recedes fairly quickly. Very limited lacing left over.

S - Both malt and hop scents are full and jumping out of the glass. Good amount of citrus hops. Decent amount of caramel and apple. Candied fruit kind of smell.

T - Nice balanced caramel malt and apple taste. Also a little honey. Faint hops (probably due to age). They provide a bit of citrus and pine/floral flavors. Had a caramel apple and autumn taste. Really well balanced as a whole between the caramel malt the fruitiness and the slight citrus. The caramel/apple dominate but the slight hop flavors come in at the end, usually on the back of the palate.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Quite smooth and somewhat drying.

D - Superb aside from the ABV. It is very well balanced and goes down smooth. The problem is that it has more of a taste of a session lower ABV beer but the ABV is a bit too high to be that kind of beer.

Notes: Ok so apparently my review may be slightly skewed in that it is an older bottle (reviewed in Feb. 2010), but the best buy on the neck says 06 Feb. 11, however other reviews say their best by was in 08, so take this for what it is worth. Would have loved to try this fresh as it is still good with a bit of age (albeit probably not what the brewer intended). Really good and balanced beer, but the ABV is a little high to be a session beer (although the alcohol taste is not present). All that said, like one of the reviewers before me said, this is quite possibly the last review of this beer. That is quite a shame. It was a good beer from a good brewery. If there are any odd bottles left over or they brew it again pick it up (although the odd bottles may be going bad sometime soon?).

02-25-2010 20:30:05 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of beerdrifter
beerdrifter

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear amber pour with a tinge of yellow. Two finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is disappointing. Very subdued and grassy, more like a Belgian IPA with just a hint of hops. Lots of tart, almost sour apple in the taste along with a yeasty grassiness also reminiscent of a Belgian IPA rather than an English or American IPA. Very herbal and fruity with hints of pine and tea with a caramel sweetness that doesn't quite overcome the tangy, bitter hop bite. Very dry, crisp, slightly fizzy finish. If this had been a blind tasting, I would have bet the house that this was a Belgian IPA. Not a bad beer, but it's definitely not what I was expecting.

09-01-2011 17:11:00 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of rarbring
rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer is slightly hazy amber, an off-white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is weak but pleasant, apples, nuts and some old grass.

Medium sweet, toffee, brown bread, some fruit acidity, ripe apples, nuts and a good grassy bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, small soft bubbles, smooth and refreshing, a good dry finish.

A nice well balanced beer, that actually more reminds me of an English IPA or ESB. But that is not a bad thing.

06-05-2011 20:08:18 | More by rarbring
Photo of windypete
windypete

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 07:47:13 | More by windypete
Photo of DanAM
DanAM

New York

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%

Fine. Seems like a misguided attempt for a british company to produce an american style ipa. Overall not a terrible beer, but it basically tasted to me like an unbalanced beer that shot to be a bit bitter without more more complexity. I didnt hate it but was it worth bring back to the USA in my suitcase? No.

06-27-2013 02:00:57 | More by DanAM
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -36.2%

Bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland and poured into a Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger head of little cream, nice thickness, and fair retention. Clear gold-light copper colour.

Sm: Light caramel and malt. Bleh.

T: Bittering hops clash with poorly handled malt in the body. The alcohol comes through far more than it should, a very unpleasant effect. This beer tries to be complex but ends up unbalanced and off-kilter. Poorly built for the style. Where are the bittering hops on the climax?

Mf: Smooth but coarse where it needs to be. Wet. The mouthfeel does match the flavour, which isn't a good thing in this case.

Dr: Expensive and pretty crap. Avoid. It is refreshing for the ABV, but the only thing this beer innovates is a new bad taste.

06-01-2011 13:49:57 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Chemister
Chemister

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-21-2014 18:11:19 | More by Chemister
Photo of bark
bark

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

The colour is pale amber; the liquid is clear. The low off-white head sinks slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is dry and hoppy. Grass and hay. Some yeast and minerals. Hints of canned fruits and melon.

The taste is very malty in an English way. Canned exotic fruits and some matured cheese. Hints of wax and stearine. Full bodied. Fruity aftertaste with a growing elegant bitterness and ripe apples.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles small. The liquid is smooth.

A fine and hoppy strong English ale. Do I recognize those fruity flavours from other Adnams beers?

04-24-2011 17:49:29 | More by bark
Photo of Kmat10
Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-21-2013 00:39:58 | More by Kmat10
Photo of StJamesGate
StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours glowing orange-tinged gold with a fast-fading creamy white head. Musty, oily, spiced orange nose of English hops with some caramel. Batch loaf malts with some papaya hints and barley sweets, then aggressive Ricola, gingerbread and sandalwood hops with hints of nectar, starfruit and Noble spice. Sweet comeback and a spicy, overripe pear (or white grape skin, as another review said) linger. Medium, chewy, slight burn.

Definitely an English IPA.

Interesting! Hops come on strong but not at all American (in spite of the Columbus). Great interplay of spice and sweeter undertones. Doesn't clear easily, though, so pair with something fatty.

Also bottled as Marks and Spencer Southwold Winter IPA

03-16-2011 20:57:39 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Hanglow
Hanglow

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-14-2014 20:31:10 | More by Hanglow
Photo of wordemupg
wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%

500ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/13

A golden orange with a slight haze, lots of slow tiny bubbles feeding a tight long lasting cream colored foam that ends up as a thin film leaving plenty of random lace on the way down

S smells like marmalade and caramel, there's some herbal notes, bubblegum, wet grass and hay with some orange creamsicle, some sugar coated cereal in there to

T a little citrus but the hops aren't all that strong, malty caramels and sweet grains, defiantly not an American IPA like its listed but decent nonetheless

M full for the color and the little bubbles cream it up a little, slight bitter bite and the booze is well hidden, earthy herbal finish

O more of a strong ESB then an IPA, I think its a little faded even with a BB date over a year from now would make this one nearly a year old I'm guessing

it was worth a try but I doubt I'd buy it again, maybe a freshness issue? perhaps a two year BB date? either way its a little basic

02-01-2013 23:07:02 | More by wordemupg
Photo of SimonTHGolfer
SimonTHGolfer

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-31-2013 17:47:14 | More by SimonTHGolfer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Adnams Innovation from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.