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Adnams Innovation - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
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)
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Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is announced as Adnams' version of American IPA!
Pours golden orange beer with decent head, poor lacing. Quite good aroma of pine pitch, honey, herbal hop and malt. Full-bodied smooth beer. There is citrus, apple, honey and perfect hop in taste. Nice carbonation and crisp palate are guaranteed. Very attractive Strong Ale!

Dentist666, Mar 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

innominat, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Rabae6
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Rabae6, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -20%

Dracook, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

eric5bellies, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +6.7%

vinicole, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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?).

FreshHawk, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerdrifter, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of gnikola
4/5  rDev +6.7%

gnikola, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

rarbring, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +6.7%

windypete, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of DanAM
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

DanAM, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Chemister
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chemister, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

bark, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

StJamesGate, Mar 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hanglow, Jul 14, 2014
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