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Adnams Innovation - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 11-12-2008)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 13:49:57 | More by kojevergas
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DanAM

New York

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:00:57 | More by DanAM
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Kyonashi

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

07-20-2014 00:21:43 | More by Kyonashi
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Dracook

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-29-2012 18:45:39 | More by Dracook
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Jah_Json

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-02-2014 06:20:32 | More by Jah_Json
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JavierGC

Spain

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-10-2014 17:58:06 | More by JavierGC
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 14:23:13 | More by CwrwAmByth
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dgilks

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 08:11:38 | More by dgilks
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innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-16-2014 19:55:30 | More by innominat
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JohnQVD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-21-2013 23:13:30 | More by JohnQVD
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-21-2013 00:39:58 | More by Kmat10
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-28-2013 10:09:28 | More by artemh
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-15-2014 07:45:58 | More by Vsarmatov
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 17:11:00 | More by beerdrifter
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 19:01:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:05:02 | More by biboergosum
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 09:57:33 | More by CrazyDavros
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:07:02 | More by wordemupg
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dcmchew

Romania

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 12:27:32 | More by dcmchew
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Hanglow

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-14-2014 20:31:10 | More by Hanglow
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Polasiuss

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-08-2012 22:32:21 | More by Polasiuss
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bark

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:49:29 | More by bark
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-18-2013 16:13:20 | More by FadetoBock
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rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 07:47:13 | More by windypete
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Adnams Innovation from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.