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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going down the Adnams road again. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Beautiful polished amber color, topped with fine head and retention on top. The nose is fruity, nutty, and has some "raw" malt sweetness. That leads to a flavor which is dominate of a duet of malty and fruity notes. Accents of pineapple work into the profile. Some butterscotch and toffee crisp appear as the beer warms. The flavor is a little raw at first, eventually smoothing out to become more pleasant and and more fun to drink. Overall, it's a fine choice to drink broadside.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SmashPants
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: A large dark brown 500mL bottle with a decent label. (3.5)

Appearance: pours out a dark red-brown in colour with a moderate amount of fine carbonation visible. A fantastically thick and creamy one-finger beige head hangs about for quite a time, with great lacing. Looks good. (4.5)

Aroma: definite notes of earth and resin, some bread malts and a touch of some sweet alcohol - perhaps sherry. (4.0)

Taste: a fantastic combination of the characteristics on the nose - earth and resin with bread malts and heavy fruits. (4.5)

Aftertaste: some sherry comes through in the aftertaste, along with the full profile on the palate lingering for quite a time. (4.5)

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough. (4.0)

Overall: one of the better beers I have had to date, and certainly one of the best English Bitters. Generally I find English Bitters way over-priced and pretty boring, but this one is full on flavour and a very decent price. An equivalent price of 24 x 330mL case for AU$55 (2014) is almost unheard of for something this good. Surely this must be an introductory price, as this is a new ale to Queensland...

Photo of BeerIsland
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at Hunger & Thirst in Lancaster PA. This was an excellent presentation of a classic beer. Very pretty dark brown and heady in the glass. Malty but not sweet, also caramel flavors but not sweet; very well balanced. I almost thought I was drinking a heavy lager, this beer was so smooth.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, dark brown, 16.9 oz bottle, "Best Before 25 Nov 2004" on label. Sampled on 12 Dec 2004. Pours a chill hazed garnet mahogany body with a small, but longlasting, beige head that leaves some nice patch and sheet lace.
Aroma is very floral, with a strong caramel background.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low medium carbonation. Very clean, with a mineral note that is ideal for the style.
The taste begins with a leafy, hops bitterness that is floral(lilac?). Caramel and buttery toffee offer up a solid malt backbone, and pear and apple notes are picked up midway through. Some hints of mineral that were noticed in the aroma add to the sublime complexity. Finish is clean, with a floral hops aftertaste.
Very well executed English Bitter. Though past the freshness date, it has been stored well and exhibits no hint of oxidation. Wonderful brew from the "Sunrise Coast" of England.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, fresness date of 03 Feb 05, pours nice dark almond with some reddish hues. Tan head leaves medium lacing. Tasty, malty British style ale. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and understated, a nice warming everyday ale, fine session quaffer.

Photo of fdrich29
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with ADNAMS raised in glas on both the front and back bottoms of the bottoms of the bottle. Best before 26 Nov 04.

I paused briefly after opening the pop top bottle cap on this beer, which was long enough for foam to come spewing out the top the bottle. It hung precariosly from the top, but never dripped down the side of the bottle.

Poured a reddish brown with a nice frothy head with more lacing that I expected, which coated the inside of the glas. I could have sworn I smelled a bit of maple coming from my glass as the sweet ale arrived to my lips. Smooth, sweet and very easy to drink, a fine product from Sole Bay Brewery.

Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Quiet smooth malty flavour, quite a nice caramelly roasty flavour, a bit sweet, but balanced by a decent bitter finish, i kn dof like it, quite smoooth aswell, decent.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark amber with 2 fingers of tan that melted to barely a ring of lace.
Aroma is a typical British Ale yeast and sweet amber malts. Very warm, soft comfortable aroma. I keep stealing another sniff with each sip from the glass and linger over the scent long enough to go...Mmmmm.
Taste is very malty...lots of dark toasted malts that are moderately sweet. Break to a drying hop on the finish but never enough to overpower the wonderful toasty malts that are the base of this beer.

Photo of findlayfan
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle (Best before 26 Nov 04).

Clear mahogany body with nice off-white 1" head (when poured into 22 oz. glass), which dissipated fairly quickly.

Not much lacing but quite a bit of carbonation.

Pleasant, sweetish smell; lots of malt with a bit of caramel.

Quite drinkable--wish I'd had more than one bottle available--even on a warm June evening. Would likely be even more enjoyable in the spring or fall (or even winter).

I will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly obscured brown that inches towards maroon. The head is full of large-bubbled pockmarks, frothy and tan.
Aromas of candied apples draped in tobacco, earth and Fuggles.
It smells sweeter than it probably is. It starts off with a rye expression, coupled with a sedate toastiness. It rapidly migrates towards sweet and fruit as this enters its middle. Plum jam, green raisins, apple peels and chewing tobacco. The remarkable part of this, is that it retains enough earthy and dry character to remain balanced, if not leaned in that direction despite the fruitness. Closes with a burst of walnuts, then directs itself unto the smoked herb hopping. Not especially bitter, just....right.
Medium in stature, with microscopic carbonation.
This is a nice one.
For sure.

(6.0% ABV bottle)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Broadside pours a slightly hazy, deep copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and slowly drops to a wide collar and whispy surface covering, all the while leaving some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers earthy, leafy, and grassy hops over a caramelish malt. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a very fine and natural (bottle-conditioned), moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and rouses the tastebuds. Caramel/toffee/nutty malt dominates the flavor, accented by a thin thread of yeasty fruitiness (cherries) and earthy, woody, and grassy hops. It's really well-balanced by a solid bitterness that never steps beyond its supporting role, but anchors the entire production. It finishes dry with some subtle alcohol, a note of yeasty fruitiness, and a residual bitterness that leaves the palate refreshed and ready for food or more beer. Quite tasty!!! And a surprisingly drinkable ale considering it's 6% abv (the draft version is 4.7% abv)! The alcohol remains almost completely cloaked throughout. A bit strong for an all night session ale, but maybe one to get you started! Well worth trying.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half finger of head on a hazy, brown colored body.
The aroma is a complex blend of fruit and bread. Apple, plum, wheat bread and fruitcake.
The taste is bready and fully loaded on malt, but avoids becoming too sweet. A little lemon bitter in the background.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
A hefty beer with great flavor.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Rich copper hue with some slight haze and a small off-white head. Caramel malt aroma dominates, some fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. Caramel continues into flavour, combining with strong bitterness, but caramel still dominates. Some alcohol warmth noticeable. Light floral component detectable behind caramel and bitterness. Good body and low carbonation, creamy texture.

Overall strong and warming yet very pleasant drinking. Perfect for a session beer on a cold day. A strong beer with the caramelly maltiness either barely dominating or holding the assertive bitterness in check.

Photo of Idris
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am self-confessed big fan of the ESB style. I find it to be a highly underrated style, with balanced and, I dare say, often nuanced flavor profile. This beer presents as a clear ruby-tinged brown brew with an off-white head that quickly retreats, leaving a billowy island in the center of my tulip glass I utilize for evaluation. Sweet malts, very subtle dark fruit, and a hint of breadiness commands me to take a sip. Malt sweetness, a hint of hop spice, and candied fruits abound in the palate, with a finish a touch dryer than anticipated. Medium mouthfeel, no obvious flaws, and the desire to have another (which really is the hallmark of a good beer). Well done.

Photo of smurfyou
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've grown to really like this brewery. The Broadside tastes, to me, very much like an English bitter ale should. Smells great, like sweet bread. It has a rich caramel malt flavor with just enough hops to make it bitter, and a somewhat dry finish. I find it tastes best when its out of the fridge for 20 minutes (like most beers I suppose). I think mine was around 6% abv, so I need to double check. According to BA its only 4.7. I could be confusing it with the SSB. Anyway, a great beer - only the price is keeping it off the session list.

Looking forward to visiting Southwold. Seems this beer would be great from a cask.

Photo of Samp01
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown amber with a small quickly fading beige head. Aroma is of toasted caramel malt, very fruity and yeasty. Taste of toasted caramel malt, fruity, yeast, breads, some toffee flavor and mild earthy hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, yeast, fruity, bready with some earthy hops bitterness, ending has a lingering caramel malt and toffee aftertaste. Overall a good, flavorful and pleasant drinking brew.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky copper with a small off-white head.
Aroma shows lots of malt, with caramel, sultanas, golden syrup, brown sugar and figs. Some earthy hops noticeable in the background.
Flavours are very powerful, with loads more caramel, sultanas, dried fruit, nutty notes, sharp alcohol and roasted malt. Old ale territory. Hops seem to show up more here than in the aroma and contribute to a lengthy, mildly bitter finish.
Smooth rich body with low creamy carbonation.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty classic ESB. Served cool at 55º into a tulip glass. Tawny reddish copper color, an attractive jewel tone color. A half inch of off white foam rises and leaves behind a good coverage on the surface, with random spotty lacing.

Lightly fruity and mildly sweet apricot nose, hints of sugar cookie and fruitcake as advertised on the back label.

Sweet grainy flavors with a hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Some light fruitiness, apricot and melon rind notes. Supple feel, mellow and smooth, not too sweet. Simple but well put together and enjoyable. Overall a solid ESB, lives up to it's benchmark reputation.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany with a deep tan colored and big soap bubble-like head exudes lace and leaves a minor film on the pint glass.
Aroma is caramel, hexnuts, some biscuit and butter with a spicy hop profile. Very lively beer, this cask is just right !
Flavor of sweet malt, some roastiness, cut hay and wheat. Spicy bitterings finish off a great pint.
Mouthfeel is sweet and smooth with a nice lively spiced bittering.
Drinkability - I have a bias for Adnam's but this was a really exceptional pint, kudos to the cellarman at The Castle in Cambridge, England. Great pint.

Photo of Spikester
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep copper-brown with good amount of off-white head and lacings.
Aroma is some spice, toffee.
Taste is complex toffee sweet malts with just enough bitter european hops to balance. Easy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side which helps make this a session beer for me.
I had this from a bottle which was slightly larger than a 12 oz. and smaller than a bomber. Cost about $3 US. If this was a bit less expensive I would drink a lot of this beer. Well recommended. Would really like to try the on-tap version sometime.

Photo of nztayls
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells fantastic, and like the bottle says - of fruitcake with no real hop aroma to speak off. Pours with a nice white head that dissipates reasonably quickly , and is a dark rich brown with a tinge of red to it. Nice and malty, with a lingering bitterness. Overall a very nice drop.

Photo of scream
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this quite a bit, but I am a fan of the English styled brews. There are others that are better but the distribution here in the U.S. is pretty thin at the moment. This is one of the best available from my perspective.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real great ruby red just like the bottle says, of dark red ruby and brown color. Hues of mahogany brown toward the top and orange on the bottom. Head has about two fingers and a faint whipped light caramel color lots of retention. Some hazy bubbles stick to the side just under the head. Real nice.

Great toasting grains and dry ripping barley. Fruity sense a bit of dry figs and dates, with a good hop dry bitterness. Very nice and impressive.

Taste has a real nice balance. Crackery dry malt, mixing with a good roast AND milky sweet softness. Slightly thin body, maybe even a little carbonation, comes with still enough richness to coat the palate. Faint hints of dried out toffee on the finish. Nice coating rich faint dark sugar sweetness on the swallow and even some banana.

A real pleasant beer, I've been wanting this for awhile and glad to have finally tried it. Fantastic.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium to dark ruddy brown amber with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and good lacing. Great aroma of sweet bready caramel malt, plum and dark fruit, toffee. Flavor follows with semi-sweet caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, nuts and slowly revealed earthy hops, finishing with a nice malty, mildly grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A tasty ESB with great malt and nicely balanced hops. I don't know this Gold hop variant, but it is very subtle at first, but reveals itself nicely in the finish and there is great malt support for it. I liked this quite a bit and will buy it again. Nicely done.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a white foamy/fluffy head. Not much lacing on the glass throughout. Not a strong smell of anything in particular. Faint floral smell, and a little astringent. Taste has a hint of a toasted flavor, with a smooth dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was nice, as this is cask-conditioned, somewhat creamy and medium-bodied. All in all, a good cask brew. I would have another, seems to be a good session beer. Nothing really stood out, rather a smooth experience.

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.