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Adnams Innovation - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 11-12-2008

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.
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Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Kyonashi
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Jah_Json
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of JavierGC
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The third of my four beers purchased from the Adnams shop in Southwold, though I also tried some during the tasting session with the brewery tour guide.

A very refreshing IPA, strong scent of hops too, which goes with the hoppy taste expected of an IPA. A quite citrus-y touch too.

Refreshing, and excellent in the summer though not my favourite style.

Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a smooth, creamy, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Sulphury aroma with some earthy hops. Mild citrus. Not that great.

Slightly musty but that fades to some caramel malts and a lovely fruity hop profile. Not really American with it being more of a hard fruit and earthy hop character. Mild bitterness. Nice enough.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Simple.

A nice enough beer but it comes across as nothing more than a hoppy ESB. Somewhat unique but it lacks something.

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

strange brew here, paler in color for the style, looks and smells a bit like some funky yeast too, maybe age is a factor here, but to me its as much a hoppy wheat as it is an american ipa. very english in the grain bill, some stale sweetness and some copper hints, while the hops are more bittering than flavoring. the carbonation is excellent though, and the lighter medium body and creamy texture make it really nice going down. its not the most flavorful brew ive come across, but its got a curious yeast complexion that is both bready and slightly saison-esque. hops finish quick, and the alcohol shows through just a touch in the finish. a strange brew that doesnt really fit neatly into any category. some of these english craft operations are starting to do some pretty unique stuff, and while this one isnt all the way successful, its a cool bridge of styles, and quite refreshing.

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour, one finger white head, fast to a very thin somewhat sticky lacing.
Smell of sweet oranges, low caramel, spicy leafy hops and a tinge of flowers.
Bitter citrus start, jam-like with a mild caramel maltiness. Faint peach and dry petals. Earthy and dry leafy English hops, kinda muddled.
Medium body and carbonation, crisp finish, hoppy aftertaste.
Still an English IPA by my standards, decent but not very interesting in any way.

Photo of KristijanG
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev 0%

It's good but not great, big hops not huge, no solid malty backbone

Photo of djura
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Adnams Innovation from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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